US Marine Corps and Maritime Tactical Systems test Mantis T-12 Surface Variant unmanned maritime system (Dvids, 2018) [880]

Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology Conference 2019

London Conference on the Latest Advances in Robotics and Autonomous Systems at Sea

As navies across the globe respond to ever more complex and contested operating environments, the drive to develop and deliver unmanned and autonomous systems has become more critical than ever.

Bringing together international operators and solution providers from a plethora of defence agencies, Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology Conference 2019 promises to provide a valuable forum for militaries looking to enhance their unmanned capability.

At this year’s Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology Conference attendees will hear about the latest advancements in unmanned and autonomous technology, including from senior Royal Navy Officers such as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff for Maritime Capability, Commodore Mike Knott, plus learn the latest developments on projects that are enhancing operational capacities, such as the European SALSA programme for autonomous underwater communications and innovative research into ‘biomimetic’ autonomous systems.

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Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology Conference Topic and Speaker Spotlight

1) KEYNOTE BRIEFINGS
Commodore Mike Knott, Assistant Chief of Staff Maritime Capability, Royal Navy
Commander Sean Trevethan, Fleet Robotics Officer, Royal Navy
Captain Gary Hesling, Captain HM/Hydrographer of the Navy, Royal Navy
Captain Piotr Szymak, Director of Institute of Electrical Engineering and Automatics, Polish Naval Academy

2) UNMANNED ISR
Commander Roman Antoniewicz, Director of Maritime Domain Awareness and C4ISR, Canadian Forces

3) S&T PERSPECTIVES ON SURFACE AND UNDERWATER AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS
Dr. John R. Potter, Former Principal Strategic Development Officer, NATO CMRE
Dr. Andrea Munafo, Senior Robotic Systems and Software Engineer, UK National Oceanography Centre

4) UNDERWATER COMMUNICATIONS & AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS
Mr Alexander Gabriëlse, Senior Scientist Underwater Technology, Norwegian Defence Materiel Organisation

5) UNMANNED & AUTONOMOUS MCM AND ASW CAPABILITIES
Head of International Programmes, PEO Unmanned & Small Combatants (SFC), US Navy
Commander Yvo Jaenen, Deputy Commander Belgian Navy MCM service and Operational Commander North Sea Unmanned MCM and Communications Trials 2016-2017, Belgian Navy

6) VERIFICATION & VALIDATION OF UMS
Senior Lieutenant (N) Mikko Viljainen, Senior Researcher, Finnish Naval Academy

7) AUTONOMOUS NAVIGATION SYSTEMS
Professor Nabil Aouf, Unmanned Autonomous System Subject Matter Expert, City, University of London

8) TRAINING & SIMULATION FOR UNMANNED SYSTEMS
Mr. Andy Fawkes, Director, Thinke Company Ltd

Conference Agenda

Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology Day One – 8th May 2019

8.30 Registration & Coffee

8.50 Chairman’s Opening Remarks
Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Anthony Rix, Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy

9.00 Unmanned and Autonomous Systems and the Future of Royal Navy Capabilities and Power Projection
Commodore Mike Knott, Assistant Chief of Staff Maritime Capability, Royal Navy UK

9.40 Delivering the Next Generation of Royal Navy Assets to Enable Effective Operational Capability into the 21st Century
Commander Sean Trevethan, Fleet Robotics Officer, Royal Navy

10.20 Session Reserved for Leonardo

11.00 Morning Coffee

11.30 Driving Royal Canadian Navy ISTAR Capabilities through Holistic New Unmanned and Autonomous Capabilities
Commander Roman Antoniewicz, Director of Maritime Domain Awareness and C4ISR, Canadian Forces

12.10 An Update on the Transformation of German Naval ISR Capabilities Through Rotary Unmanned Aerial Systems in the Maritime Sphere
Commander Andreas Muller, Chief Planning Officer, Naval Air Arm, German Navy

12.50 Networking Lunch

1.50 Session Reserved for Sponsor

2.30 S&T Challenges and Opportunities in Transitioning Unmanned Maritime Systems to Naval Operations
Dr. John R. Potter, Former Principal Strategic Development Officer, NATO CMRE

3.10 Self-Organising Robotic Networks for Ocean Monitoring
Dr. Andrea Munafo, Senior Robotic Systems and Software Engineer, National Oceanography Centre

3.50 Afternoon Tea

4.20 Utilising Unmanned Underwater Assets for Communication and Domain Awareness
Alexander Gabrielse, Senior Scientist Underwater Technology, Defence Material Organisation

5.00 Closing Panel Discussion: Integrating Unmanned and Autonomous Systems into Traditional Naval Operations
Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Anthony Rix, Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy

Commander Sean Trevethan, Fleet Robotics Officer, Royal Navy

Commander Roman Antoniewicz, Director of Maritime Domain Awareness and C4ISR, Canadian Forces

Commander Yvo Jaenen, Deputy Commander Belgian Navy MCM service and Operational Commander North Sea Unmanned MCM and Communications Trials 2016-2017, Belgian Navy

5.40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One
Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Anthony Rix, Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy

Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology Day Two – 9th May 2019

8.30 Registration & Coffee

8.50 Chairman’s Opening Remarks
Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Anthony Rix, Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy

9.00 Integrating Unmanned and Autonomous Systems for More Effective Hydrography in Support of Royal Navy Activities
Captain Gary Hesling, Captain HM/Hydrographer of the Navy, Royal Navy

9.40 Research and Development on Biomimetic Underwater Vehicles
Captain Piotr Szymak, Director of Institute of Electrical Engineering and Automatics, Polish Naval Academy

10.20 Session Reserved for Sponsor

11.00 Morning Coffee

11.30 Incorporating Emerging Unmanned Technologies to Meet US Navy Operational Demands
Head of International Programmes, PEO Unmanned & Small Combatants (Subject to Final Confirmation), US Navy

12.10 Session Reserved for Sponsor

12.50 Evolving Approaches to Belgian and Dutch Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Operations in the Age of Autonomy
Commander Yvo Jaenen, Deputy Commander Belgian Navy MCM service and Operational Commander North Sea Unmanned MCM and Communications Trials 2016-2017, Belgian Navy

1.30 Networking Lunch

2.30 Panel Discussion: Developing Unmanned and Autonomous Systems that Meet Naval Mission Requirements
Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Anthony Rix, Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy

Captain Piotr Szymak, Director of Institute of Electrical Engineering and Automatics, Polish Naval Academy

Snr. Lieutenant (N) Mikko Viljainen, Senior Researcher, Finnish Naval Academy

Dr. Andrea Munafo, Senior Robotic Systems and Software Engineer, National Oceanography Centre

Dr. John R. Potter, Former Principal Strategic Development Officer, NATO CMRE

3.10 Verification and Validation of Unmanned Systems for Future Naval Operations
Snr. Lieutenant (N) Mikko Viljainen, Senior Researcher, Finnish Naval Academy

3.50 Afternoon Tea

4.20 Developments in Autonomous Navigation for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Professor Nabil Aouf, Professor of Robotics and Autonomous Systems, City, University of London

5.00 A Training and Simulation Perspective on Unmanned and Autonomous Systems in the Maritime Domain
Mr. Andy Fawkes, Director, Thinke Company Ltd

5.40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two
Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Anthony Rix, Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy

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Image: U.S. Marines and personnel from Maritime Tactical Systems test the Mantis T-12 Surface Variant, an unmanned surface vessel, in preparation for Valiant Shield Sept. 7, 2018. Valiant Shield is a biennial, U.S. only, field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces in relation to current operational plans. This training enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas.