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SAE Media Group is proud to announce the 2nd annual Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems USA conference on the 20th and 21st June 2022. Following on from our successful inaugural virtual event in 2021, we are excited to finally bring the community together under one roof for the first live event of its kind in the country.

With the continuing advances in robotic capabilities and the increasing threat of near-peer adversary technology the US DoD is continuing to invest heavily in land robotics of all sizes to increase Warfighter lethality and remove the soldier from dangerous situations.

MRAS USA 2022 is the only US-based event specifically dedicated to military robotics in the land environment. It will bring together the leading US and international program managers, robotics experts and industry to discuss the rapidly expanding role of military robots within the modern battlespace. As new opportunities and challenges emerge in this rapidly changing area, the conference enables the military robotics community to work collaboratively to forge ahead and deliver the very best unmanned capabilities to soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines.

As well as bringing together the US ground robotics community, the conference will gather in some of the most dynamic and innovative international militaries to provide their unique perspectives; no other event in the USA offers the same number of opportunities to meet, discuss and network with opposite numbers from allied nations.

Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems USA 2022 is the only opportunity of its kind to meet world-leading experts in the field of autonomous and robotic systems and innovation. Attend the two-day conference and benefit from insights delivered by program managers, researchers, academics, technical industry experts and senior military figures from the USA and abroad.
 

  • With contributions from a wide-range of US ground robotics teams and strategic leaders, receive unparalleled insight and access to the US military's ground robotics research and overall strategy
  • Meet and discuss with leaders in military robotics from industry, military and government during dedicated networking sessions
  • Hear from a selection of international partner nations, and gain valuable lessons from parallel allied programs
  • Discover cutting-edge ground robotics technology to enhance operational effectiveness and explore opportunities for greater coalition interoperability.
     

Attending this conference benefits all those involved in the development, testing and use of robotic and autonomous systems within the land domain. Focusing on the USA, the event will be attended by a wide selection of DoD, US Army and wider US Armed Forces personnel and government staff.

Abaco System; Altinay Aerospace and Advanced Technology; Armada; ARMY HQ; Aselsan A.S; Ben Gurion University of the Negev; British Army; CCDC-Atlantic; CEHC; Combat Capabilities Development Command; Cranfield University; DE&S; DE&S MOD; Defence Academy; Defence Equipment & Support, UK MOD; Defence Science and Technology Laboratory; DIT DSO; DMO; DoD; Domo Tactical Communications (DTC); DSTL; Egyptian Defence Office; Elmo Motion Control UK; Export Support Team; EY; Finnish Defence Forces; Five Three Alpha; FLIR Systems, Inc; FMV; FOI; German Army; Gladius Tactical; IHS Markit; IMP Castle Associates Limited; Infantry Trials and Development Unit; Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd; Maneuver Battle Lab; Microsoft; Milrem; Ministry of Defence; MoD The Netherlands; Moog inc; NDMA; NEXTER-SYSTEMS Head Office; Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation; Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency; Pardus Defence & Security Ltd; Pearson Engineering Ltd; Presidency of Defence Industries; Qinetiq; Radley Consulting; Rheinmetall Canada Inc; Rheinmetall Electronics; Royal Netherlands Army; SAAB AB; Saab Dynamics; Safran Group; Silvus Technologies, Inc.; Soucy Defence; Soucy Defense Division; Soucy International Inc; UK MoD; Undersecretariat for Defence Industry ; University of Defence; University of Oxford; University of Oxford/Air Force Institute of Technology; US ARMY; US Army Corps of Engineers; USC Institute for Creative Technologies; Vetronics Research Centre; US Marine Corps

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
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9:00 Moulding the Potential of Robotics and Autonomous Systems for Future US Army Operations

Brigadier General Stephanie Ahern

Brigadier General Stephanie Ahern, Director of Concepts, Futures and Concepts Center, US Army Futures Command
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  • An overview of the US Army Future Warfighting Concept 2035+ and the role of RAS
  • The US Army Futures Command’s Future Study Program and developing RAS Capabilities
  • Challenges and opportunities for RAS collaboration within the US Military
     
  • 9:30 US Army Robotics: Strategic Goals, the Spread of Funding and Adopting an Integrated Approach

    Mr Stuart Hatfield

    Mr Stuart Hatfield, Robotics and AI Branch Chief , HQDA FDD, US Army
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  • An update on long-term strategies for military robotics
  • The capability gaps that can be bridged through the incorporation of RAS within field formations
  • Working with industry partners, and correctly funding research and development
  • Rising to the challenges of adopting and integrated approach across the US Army
     
  • 10:00 Delivering Unrivalled Operational Autonomous and Robotic Capability

    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Dr Robert Sadowski, Army Chief Roboticist, Ground Vehicle System Center, Combat Capabilities Development Command, US Army Futures Command
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  • Towards the development of modular robotics solutions and enhancing interoperability
  • Mapping the US Army autonomy ecosystem
  • Overcoming the challenges of future ground autonomy
     
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee Break

    11:00 US Army Robotics Requirements for Future Ground Operations

    Colonel Rob Ryan

    Colonel Rob Ryan , Director, Robotics Requirements Division, Maneuver Capability Development Integration Directorate (MCDID), US Army Futures Command
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  • Army manoeuvre robotic strategy
  • Integrating new robotic technologies and AI to increase small unit lethality
  • Manned/unmanned teaming (MUM-T), enabling small unit endurance, persistence, protection, and depth
     
  • 11:30 Drones that Hunt Other Drones with AI

    Mr Adam Robertson

    Mr Adam Robertson, Founder and Chief Technical Officer, Fortem Technologies

    12:00 Networking Lunch

    13:00 Testing and Evaluation for the Next Generation of Unmanned and Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicles

    Colonel Jeffery Jurand

    Colonel Jeffery Jurand, Project Manager Maneuver Combat Systems, PEO Ground Combat Systems, Assistant Secretary of the Army, Acquisition, Logistics & Technology (ASA (ALT))
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  • An update on the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle programme
  • Adapting a modular open systems approach to developing autonomous vehicles
  • The challenges of integrating new technologies into existing and new combat vehicles
     
  • 13:30 Leveraging Commercial Best Practices for Autonomy Development: Software-Driven Development, Infrastructure & Testing

    Mr Colin Carroll

    Mr Colin Carroll, Director of Government, Applied Intuition Inc

    • The importance of software-driven development to DoD autonomy programs and what that looks like in practice
    • The infrastructure required to build successful autonomy programs
    • Why requirements for autonomous systems need to be flexible and should evolve as the market produces new AV technologies
    • Steps that DoD can take to bring autonomy programs up to date

    14:00 Afternoon Networking Break

    14:30 UK Strategic Perspective: Incorporating Robotics and Autonomous Systems into Future British Army Operations

  • The British Army’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems Strategy
  • Progress in creating a robust RAS capability for ground forces: current projects and testing
  • Agile acquisition and testing: how the British Army works with industry to drive progress and innovation
  • UK-US joint robotics development programs
  • Future of British Army robotics: where are going in the next 5 years
     
  • Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont, SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, British Army
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    Mrs Suzy Harris

    Mrs Suzy Harris, Head Capability Exploitation Team (Land) and Head Expeditionary Robotics Centre of Expertise, Future Capability Group, DE&S, UK MoD

    15:00 Special Operation and Robotics Teaming in Contested Environments

    Major Samuel Albahari

    Major Samuel Albahari, Project Officer: Artificial Intelligence for Small Unit Maneuver , United States Special Operations Command
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  • AI/RAS projects of PEO SOF Warrior Integrating unmanned assets into operations
  • AI/ML as a partner
  • Pathways to success for Autonomous System Procurement
     
  • 15:30 Chairmans Closing Remarks

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
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    15:45 Networking Drinks Reception Hosted by Applied Intuition Inc

    8:15 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
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    9:00 Incorporation of RAS Capabilities into the Future Fighting Capacity of the US Army Reserve

    Major General Martin F. Klein

    Major General Martin F. Klein, Commanding General, 75th U.S. Army Reserve Innovation Command
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  • Overview of the current interests of the 75th in the field of RAS and AI
  • Ensuring we keep pace with technological change
  • How the 75th is supporting the Army Reserve and wider Futures Command Community with RAS capability integration
     
  • 9:30 Adapting to the Evolving Testing & Evaluation Requirements for Autonomous and Unmanned Ground Systems

    Ms Camille Houston

    Ms Camille Houston, Director, Virtual Test and Advanced Electronics (VTAE) Directorate, U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center

  • The challenges associated with operational testing of autonomous systems
  • Ensuring robust and realistic multidomain testing and evaluation for current and emerging technologies
  • Adapting a holistic approach to identifying commanders’ requirements which could be met by RAS capabilities
     
  • 10:00 Australian Army: Emerging & Disruptive Technology for Future Force Planning

    Colonel Robin Smith

    Colonel Robin Smith, Acting Director General Future Land Warfare Branch, Australian Army

    • Australian Army RAS testing and experimentation: lessons for effective creation of RAS capability
    • Technology application to shape the future Army
    • Challenges to adoption

    10:30 Morning Coffee Break

    11:00 The Potential of Automated Fighting Capabilities in The Modern Battlespace

    Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hadicke

    Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hadicke, Head of Development & Innovation RAS-Program, Royal Netherlands Army

  • Infantry & Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UVG) synergy on the battlefield – A roadmap for deploying UGVs alongside infantry platoons by 2022
  • Advances in developing Dutch RAS capabilities
  • Limiting challenges to autonomous systems in complex military environments
     
  • 11:30 Robotics at West Point

    Colonel Christopher Korpela

    Colonel Christopher Korpela, Director of the Robotics Research Center, The United States Military Academy at West Point
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  • Overview of the current projects being undertaken by West Point
  • Ethics of lethal autonomous weapon systems
  • The challenges and barriers to incorporating machine learning technology
     
  • 12:00 Networking Lunch

    13:00 Developing Novel Robotic Solutions to Increase Medical Capabilities and Optimise Casualty Care

    Mr Nathan Fisher

    Mr Nathan Fisher, Chief, Medical Robotic and Autonomous Systems (MedRAS) Division, TATRC, Medical Research & Development Command, US Army Futures Command
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  • The importance of remote controlled or autonomous systems in reducing human task saturation and improving casualty care at the point of need
  • Overview of MedRAS’ current projects and goals
  • The future for autonomous transportation in medical supply and CAS-EVAC roles
     
  • 13:30 Toward Autonomous Mobile Manipulation

    Dr Chad Kessens

    Dr Chad Kessens, Senior Robotics Research Scientist, Autonomous Systems Branch, Army Research Laboratory, US Army Futures Command
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  • NATO EOD Technology Road mapping
  • Manipulation for Mobility
  • Grasping
     
  • 14:00 Afternoon Networking Break

    14:30 The Pathway of Research and Development of Robotic and Autonomous Systems (PRE-RECORDED)

    Professor Srinivasa Narasimhan

    Professor Srinivasa Narasimhan, Director, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
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  • An overview of the work of Carnegie Mellon: Current projects and collaboration with military partners
  • An overview of the robotics stacks
  • Partnering with industry and institutions to overcome common challenges to fielding effective robotic capabilities
     
  • 15:00 Unmanned Ground Vehicle Capability for the Turkish Armed Forces to Provide Overmatch in Military Operations

    • Current Developments And Novel Approaches To The Requirements Of The Combat Zone Dealing With UGVs
    • Introducing UGVs for the Turkish Army
    • National Abilities & Activities About Unmanned Systems
    • Road Map

    Mr Kerim Serkan Simais

    Mr Kerim Serkan Simais, Senior Associate, Department of Land Platforms, Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB)

    Ms Busra Ata

    Ms Busra Ata, Project Engineer, Department of Land Platforms, Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB)

    15:30 Chairmans Closing Remarks

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General Stephanie Ahern

    Brigadier General Stephanie Ahern

    Director of Concepts, Futures and Concepts Center, US Army Futures Command
    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Colonel Christopher Korpela

    Colonel Christopher Korpela

    Director of the Robotics Research Center, The United States Military Academy at West Point
    Colonel Jeffery Jurand

    Colonel Jeffery Jurand

    Project Manager Maneuver Combat Systems, PEO Ground Combat Systems, Assistant Secretary of the Army, Acquisition, Logistics & Technology (ASA (ALT))
    Colonel Rob Ryan

    Colonel Rob Ryan

    Director, Robotics Requirements Division, Maneuver Capability Development Integration Directorate (MCDID), US Army Futures Command
    Colonel Robin Smith

    Colonel Robin Smith

    Acting Director General Future Land Warfare Branch, Australian Army
    Dr Chad Kessens

    Dr Chad Kessens

    Senior Robotics Research Scientist, Autonomous Systems Branch, Army Research Laboratory, US Army Futures Command
    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Army Chief Roboticist, Ground Vehicle System Center, Combat Capabilities Development Command, US Army Futures Command
    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

    SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hadicke

    Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hadicke

    Head of Development & Innovation RAS-Program, Royal Netherlands Army
    Major General Martin F. Klein

    Major General Martin F. Klein

    Commanding General, 75th U.S. Army Reserve Innovation Command
    Major Samuel Albahari

    Major Samuel Albahari

    Project Officer: Artificial Intelligence for Small Unit Maneuver , United States Special Operations Command
    Mr Kerim Serkan Simais

    Mr Kerim Serkan Simais

    Senior Associate, Department of Land Platforms, Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB)
    Mr Nathan Fisher

    Mr Nathan Fisher

    Chief, Medical Robotic and Autonomous Systems (MedRAS) Division, TATRC, Medical Research & Development Command, US Army Futures Command
    Mr Stuart Hatfield

    Mr Stuart Hatfield

    Robotics and AI Branch Chief , HQDA FDD, US Army
    Mrs Suzy Harris

    Mrs Suzy Harris

    Head Capability Exploitation Team (Land) and Head Expeditionary Robotics Centre of Expertise, Future Capability Group, DE&S, UK MoD
    Ms Busra Ata

    Ms Busra Ata

    Project Engineer, Department of Land Platforms, Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB)
    Ms Camille Houston

    Ms Camille Houston

    Director, Virtual Test and Advanced Electronics (VTAE) Directorate, U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center
    Professor Srinivasa Narasimhan

    Professor Srinivasa Narasimhan

    Director, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

    Brigadier General Stephanie Ahern

    Director of Concepts, Futures and Concepts Center, US Army Futures Command
    Brigadier General Stephanie Ahern

    Brigadier General Stephanie Ahern is Director of Concepts, Futures and Concepts Center, Army Futures Command, in Austin, TX. As an Army Engineer she served in Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. As an Army Strategist, she taught at the U.S. Military Academy, spending summers in Iraq and State Department; was a Council on Foreign Relations fellow at Treasury; served in HQDA G-3/5/7, Arlington National Cemetery, OSD-Policy, National Security Council, and for Secretary of the Army; and was an MSFS and SSP adjunct professor at Georgetown University. She has a B.S. from USMA, Masters from Army War College, and Master and Ph.D. from Notre Dame.

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    As Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army COL (R) Hansen spent 26 years in the US Army in both the war fighting and acquisition fields. He held various command and staff positions in self-propelled, towed, and airborne artillery units and fire support elements. His research, development, and acquisition experience includes various assignments as a product,
    project, or program manager in electric guns, armored vehicles, and precision guided munitions. In his last 4 years of service as the Project Manager for Soldier Warrior, he was responsible for weapons, clothing, and equipment for aviation crewmen (Air Warrior), dismounted Soldiers (Land Warrior, Ground Soldier Ensemble), and vehicle crewmen (Mounted Soldier).

    Colonel Christopher Korpela

    Director of the Robotics Research Center, The United States Military Academy at West Point
    Colonel Christopher Korpela

    COL Christopher Korpela is an Associate Professor and Director of the Robotics Research Center at the United States Military Academy at West Point. COL Korpela has deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan serving in various command and staff positions. As a researcher, he has coordinated research projects and grants across the U.S. Department of Defense, academia, and industry. He is an Apgar Award winner and Andrew Carnegie Fellow. COL Korpela has testified at the United Nations as part of the U.S. Delegation on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems. He has authored and coauthored over 40 scientific and professional papers.

    Colonel Jeffery Jurand

    Project Manager Maneuver Combat Systems, PEO Ground Combat Systems, Assistant Secretary of the Army, Acquisition, Logistics & Technology (ASA (ALT))
    Colonel Jeffery Jurand

    COL Jurand commissioned as an Armor Officer in 1998. His early Army career spanned several assignments including a combat tour in Iraq before transitioning into the Army Acquisition Corps. He has since served in various acquisition roles on the path to his current position as the Project Manager of the Army’s Maneuver Combat Systems. In 2019-2020, Col Jurand attended the U.S. Army War College Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University where he studied cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence. COL Jurand has a B.S. in Engineering Science from Vanderbilt University and an M.Eng in Project Management from University of Maryland, College Park.

    Colonel Rob Ryan

    Director, Robotics Requirements Division, Maneuver Capability Development Integration Directorate (MCDID), US Army Futures Command
    Colonel Rob Ryan

    COL Robert Ryan currently serves as the Director for Robotics Requirements at the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, GA. prior to this assignment he served as the Deputy Director and was the overall lead for the network’s participation in Project Convergence 20 – the Army’s campaign of learning designed to advance and integrate the Army's contribution to Combined JADC2. The Network CFT is responsible for the focused integration of network, command, control, communications and intelligence to enable mission command across the network. As the Chief of Operations, he drives the integration and synchronization of the cross-functional team and leads current and future operational planning and execution. COL Ryan, an Infantry Officer, previously served as an Infantry Brigade Combat Team Commander for the 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division where he was responsible for making ready the Army warfighting ground component in response to military requested support (from natural disasters to high-intensity armed conflict) for the Indo-Pacific Combatant Commander. COL Ryan, a native of Syracuse, NY, enlisted in the Army in 1984 and was commissioned in 1993 into the Infantry as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the ROTC program at Cornell University. COL Ryan attend and received Master degrees from both the U.S. Air Force Command and Staff College and the Naval War College.

     

    Colonel Robin Smith

    Acting Director General Future Land Warfare Branch, Australian Army
    Colonel Robin Smith

    Dr Chad Kessens

    Senior Robotics Research Scientist, Autonomous Systems Branch, Army Research Laboratory, US Army Futures Command
    Dr Chad Kessens

    Dr. Chad C. Kessens is a Senior Robotics Research Scientist in the Autonomous Systems Branch of DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory (ARL). He holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech (BS, 2003), Washington University in St. Louis (MS, 2005), and the University of Maryland (PhD, 2018), and has been researching robotic manipulation topics including door opening, grasping, and self-righting since 2008. He has been a civilian employee with ARL since 2010, where he led the Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance’s mobile manipulation task, and where he now leads ARL’s LIMMBS laboratory manipulation efforts while also representing ARL interests in the Pacific Northwest.

    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Army Chief Roboticist, Ground Vehicle System Center, Combat Capabilities Development Command, US Army Futures Command
    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Dr. Robert W. Sadowski is a member of the Scientific and Professional (ST) cadre of the Senior Executive Service and serves as the United States Army’s Senior Scientist for Robotics within the Research, Technology and Integration Directorate at the United States Army CCDC Ground Vehicle Systems Center in Warren, MI.

    Dr. Sadowski previously served twenty nine (29) years of active United States Army duty culminating as the Electrical Engineering Program Director and Academy Professor at the United States Military Academy in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science where he continues serving as adjunct faculty.

    Dr. Sadowski has over forty (40) months of operational experience in Southwest Asia in a variety of leadership, staff, and engineering positions including Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently chairs RDECOM’s Community of Practice in Robotics and is guiding the development of robotics and autonomous systems technology as part of the third offset strategy.

    Dr. Sadowski is a graduate of the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University as a Fannie and John Hertz Fellow. He also holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.
     

    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

    SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

    Lt Col Lamont joined the Army in 2000 and has spent most of his regimental duty serving with 3 Commando Brigade, deploying on numerous operations and deployments. He assumed command of 24 Commando during Operation RUMAN, the UK response to the 2017 hurricanes in the Caribbean. Previous appointments have been as a Command and Leadership Instructor at the Royal School of Military Engineering and at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. With experience as the Military Engineering Capability Sponsor in MoD in Whitehall, he was appointed as the Army Headquarters’ lead for Robotics and Autonomous Systems in Apr 2020.

    Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hadicke

    Head of Development & Innovation RAS-Program, Royal Netherlands Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hadicke

    Major General Martin F. Klein

    Commanding General, 75th U.S. Army Reserve Innovation Command
    Major General Martin F. Klein

    Major General Martin F. Klein assumed command of the 75th Innovation Command, headquartered in Houston, TX, on 7 August 2021. General Klein was born in Richmond, Virginia. He entered the U.S. Army upon graduation from Lenoir Rhyne University in 1991 and was commissioned in the Infantry.

    Prior to his current assignment, General Klein served as Director, Army G-3/5/7, Strategic  Operations, the Pentagon, from 2020 to 2021; Commanding General, Deployment Support  Command in Birmingham, Alabama and Deputy Commander for Operations for the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois from 2017-2020; Commander, Army Support Activity- Fort Dix and Deputy Commander, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey from 2016-2017; Executive Officer to the Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General of the United States Army Reserve, the Pentagon, from 2014-2016.

    General Klein is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course; the Quartermaster Officer Transition Course and the Combined Officer Advanced Course; the Operations Research
    Systems Analyst Military Application Course; the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. He holds a Bachelor's of Business Administration from Lenoir Rhyne University, North Carolina; a Master's of Business Administration from Webster University, Missouri; and a Master's of Strategic Studies from the Army War College.

    Major Samuel Albahari

    Project Officer: Artificial Intelligence for Small Unit Maneuver , United States Special Operations Command
    Major Samuel Albahari

    MAJ Samuel Albahari is a distinguished military graduate from the University of Rhode Island and branched into the Field Artillery in 2008. Sam has held numerous operational assignments to include Fire Support Officer and Platoon leader with the 10th Mountain Division, as well as Battalion Fire Support Officer, Infantry Company Commander and Headquarters Battery Commander with the 101st Airborne Division. As an acquisition officer, MAJ Albahari has been an Assistant Program Manager within Program Executive Office Combat Support and Combat Service Support and a Project Officer in Program Manager Special Programs, United States Special Operations Command.

    Mr Adam Robertson

    Founder and Chief Technical Officer, Fortem Technologies
    Mr Adam Robertson

    Mr Colin Carroll

    Director of Government, Applied Intuition Inc
    Mr Colin Carroll

    Mr Kerim Serkan Simais

    Senior Associate, Department of Land Platforms, Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB)
    Mr Kerim Serkan Simais

    Mr Nathan Fisher

    Chief, Medical Robotic and Autonomous Systems (MedRAS) Division, TATRC, Medical Research & Development Command, US Army Futures Command
    Mr Nathan Fisher

    Nathan Fisher serves as the Chief for the Medical Robotic and Autonomous Systems (MedRAS) Division at the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), a subordinate command to the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC). Nathan is leading the MedRAS division in its mission to augment medical capability and capacity in pre-hospital settings through the application of emerging technologies in robotics and AI to rapidly bring the right expertise, tools, and supplies to the point of need. In addition to his Division Chief role, Nathan serves as a Principle Investigator for several TATRC research and development projects, ranging from the forward deployment of telesurgical robotics to the use of unmanned systems as vehicles of opportunity to expedite casualty evacuation and medical resupply.

    Prior to joining TATRC, Nathan worked as a Senior Mechanical Engineer supporting the design and manufacturing of vehicle systems, including ground combat vehicles and commercial aircraft systems. He holds a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, with a concentration on Robotics, from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland.

    Mr Stuart Hatfield

    Robotics and AI Branch Chief , HQDA FDD, US Army
    Mr Stuart Hatfield

    Mr. Stuart Hatfield is the G-8 Robotics Branch Chief, Headquarters, Department of the Army, where he manages the US Army’s $2.1 billion budget for Robotics and Autonomous Systems and small Unmanned Aerial Systems. He is the Army Staff lead integrator for Robotics, and he co-chairs the Joint RAS Enterprise to synchronize concepts, requirements, resources, technology, and standards for RAS across the Department of Defense.

    Stu is a retired Army officer with 23 years of service in a variety of command, staff, and combat assignments as an Armored Cavalry officer and strategic planner, including multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

     

    Mrs Suzy Harris

    Head Capability Exploitation Team (Land) and Head Expeditionary Robotics Centre of Expertise, Future Capability Group, DE&S, UK MoD
    Mrs Suzy Harris

    Ms Busra Ata

    Project Engineer, Department of Land Platforms, Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB)
    Ms Busra Ata

    Ms Camille Houston

    Director, Virtual Test and Advanced Electronics (VTAE) Directorate, U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center
    Ms Camille Houston

    Ms Ilkay Oner

    Senior Associate, Department of Land Platforms, Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB)
    Ms Ilkay Oner

    Professor Srinivasa Narasimhan

    Director, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
    Professor Srinivasa Narasimhan

    Srinivasa Narasimhan is the Interim Director and Professor of the Robotics Institute at
    Carnegie Mellon University. Robotics Institute is home to nearly 1000 faculty, students and
    staff dedicated to education, research & development and dissemination of all areas related to
    Robotics. Narasimhan obtained his PhD from Columbia University in Dec 2003. Within the
    Robotics Institute, Narasimhan has established a world-class sensing group and has led the
    development of numerous award winning imaging technologies (more than 8 best paper or
    demo awards) with applications in every robotics field. He and his team are currently
    working on futuristic cameras for non-line-of-sight imaging and non-invasive imaging deep
    inside the body. Prior to being interim director, Narasimhan has also been part of the
    Robotics Institute education leadership, serving as the first director of the world class Masters
    program in Computer Vision. He serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of
    Computer Vision and as an Area Chair of top computer vision conferences (CVPR, ICCV,
    ECCV, BMVC, ACCV).

    Sponsors

    Exhibitors

    Supporters

    Preliminary Attendee List (As of June 13th, 2022))

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    Speaker Interview - Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hadicke, Royal Netherlands Army

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    Sponsors


    Applied Intuition

    Sponsors
    http://www.appliedintuition.com/

    As the foremost enabler of autonomous vehicle development, Applied Intuition equips engineering, product, and testing teams with software that makes it faster, safer, and easier to bring autonomy to both commercial and defense markets. Applied’s suite of products focuses on all domain simulation and analytics for development, testing, and evaluation. Companies of all sizes use Applied to comprehensively test and rapidly accelerate their autonomous vehicle development. Headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in Washington DC, Los Angeles, Detroit, Tokyo, Munich, and Seoul, Applied is composed of software and automotive experts from the top companies in the world (such as Google, Amazon, Apple, Waymo, Tesla, Aptiv, GM, and Bosch). Applied Intuition is a non-traditional small business that is leveraging its commercial technologies and successes to accelerate autonomy in defense.


    Fortem Technologies

    Sponsors
    https://fortemtech.com/

    Fortem Technologies is the leader in airspace awareness, security, and defense for detecting and defeating dangerous drones. Through an advanced, end to end system of distributed radar, AI at the Edge, deep sensor integration, and autonomous drone capture, Fortem monitors and defends the world’s venues, infrastructures, cities, and regions. The same system is accelerating the safety of the world’s airspace for urban air mobility.

    Exhibitors


    Cognata

    Exhibitors
    https://www.cognata.com/

    Cognata Advanced Solutions provides an end-to-end photorealistic simulation platform, all remarkably true to real-world conditions. Cognata’s platform is more than a software - we provide the know-how for best utilization of synthetic data through all development stages – training, testing and validation fitted to the off-road vertical and scenarios. Various environments with different terrains and soil types, supported by a large variety of assets and moving objects.

    Media Partners


    Homeland Security Corporation (HSRC)

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SAE Media Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@saemediagroup.com

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