With the UK MoD having recognised the potential of Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) to provide strategic superiority in military operations, the two-day conference (held on 4th-5th April 2019 in London) will seek to further enhance and modernise the British Army’s capabilities with new emerging technologies. Emerging technologies and their implication on future land warfare are vast and understanding the main issues behind land robotics is vital.
The UK MoD established five priorities in the development of RAS: Sustainability, Manoeuvrability, Situational Awareness, Lethality and Survivability. These five priorities are what the conference will revolve around. These will additionally encompass other main themes such as counter-IED, deep learning, AI, or communication systems.
Those who attend the conference can benefit from the latest updates on the UK MoD’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems Enhancement Programmes; attend exclusive military briefings from the UK, the US, Finland, and the Netherlands; Discuss and debate the key role of unmanned technology in land operations through enhanced survivability, situational awareness, lethality, sustainability, and manoeuvrability; and benefit from a comprehensive approach to emerging land autonomous robotics with briefings from military, defence research and procurement agencies.
Opening the conference on day one will be keynote speakers Lieutenant Colonel Richard Craig, SO1 Coherence, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, British Army; Mr Charles E. Dean, Vice President of Sales, Endeavour Robotics; and Colonel Warren Sponsler, Deputy Director, Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team, US Army.
Opening the conference on day two will be keynote speakers Dr Robert Sadowski, Army Chief Roboticist Robotics ST, US Army RDECOM-TARDEC and Mr Peter Stockel, Innovation Autonomy Challenge Lead, DSTL, UK MoD.
New topics for 2019 include: CBRN Detection, Modularity, Advancements in Artificial Intelligence and Updates from the Robotics Complex Breach Concept.
Also new for this year, SMi will launch a dedicated pre-conference workshop hosted by Pardus Defence and Security, UK named ‘Enhancing Dismounted Soldier Operations with Military RAS’. The workshop will be held on 2nd Tuesday April 2019 at the Holiday Inn, Kensington, London.