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VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: ONLINE ACCESS ONLY

SMi Group is proud to announce the 4th Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems (VIRTUAL/ONLINE ACCESS ONLY) conference, taking place on 12th and 13th April 2021.

MRAS 2021 is the ONLY event dedicated to military robotics in the land environment. This unique event will give you essential insights into the development and implementation of unmanned and autonomous ground systems from international militaries. Robotics is becoming increasingly important in military discussions about force-generation, force-planning and future acquisition, so it is critical for military leaders and industry experts to understand the rapidly expanding role of military robots within the modern battlespace.

New for 2021: An emphasis on Unmanned Combat Vehicles, Enhanced Autonomous Capabilities and Battlefield Manned/Unmanned Teaming; new speakers from the US, Italy, the Netherlands, Israel, Norway and NATO.

With a continued focus on the RAS priorites of situational awareness, lethality, manoeuvrability, survivability and sustainability, Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems is the only event in 2021 which will enable you to return to your defence force with the latest information and contacts in this ever-evolving industry. 

Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems 2021 is the perfect occasion to hear from the most informed and renowned experts in the field of autonomous and robotic technologies. Join the two-day virtual conference and benefit from insights delivered by first-class scientists, researchers, academics and senior military figures.

The SMi Virtual Conference Platform will deliver the following benefits:

  • Live and On-Demand speaker content: Get online access to the latest strategies and case studies from your market!
  • Network with all event attendees: Connect, see who’s attending, chat and share contact details with all online delegates, speakers and sponsors.
  • Exhibit a Virtual Booth: Pack your customized booth full of documents and videos, and even show who is manning the booth during the event and who is hosting meetings.
  • Host & Join Meetings & Socials: Join preferred speaking sessions, host your own meetings and even host virtual networking socials with inbuilt Zoom functionality.

Abaco System; Altinay Aerospace and Advanced Technology; Armada International & Asian Military Review; ARMY HQ; Aselsan A.S; Ben Gurion University of the Negev; British Army; CCDC-Atlantic; CEHC; Combat Capabilities Development Command; Combat Capabilities Development Command – Atlantic (CCDC-ATL)/Army Futures Command (AFC); Combat Capabilities Development Command, Ground Vehicle System Center; Combat Capabilities Development Command, US Army; Cranfield University; DE&S MOD; Defence Academy; Defence Equipment & Support, UK MOD; Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S); 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; IMP Castle Associates Limited; Infantry Trials and Development Unit; Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd; Janes Information Group; Maneuver Battle Lab; Microsoft; Milrem; Ministry of Defence; MOD DE&S Future Capability Group; MoD The Netherlands; Moog inc; NDMA; NEXTER-SYSTEMS Head Office; NLD Army; 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; SAAB AB; Saab Dynamics; Safran Group; Silvus Technologies, Inc; 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;

Conference programme

All timings are in British Summer Time (GMT+1)

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Brigadier (Ret’d) Ian Cameron-Mowat

Brigadier (Ret’d) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Former Head of Force Protection , British Army

9:00 Maximising the Capability of Robotics and Autonomous Systems in the British Army

Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

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

 • The UK’s RAS Current Capabilities & Projects – An overview
• Overcoming the Current Challenges for RAS Development
• Exploring the British RAS Roadmap – Where will the UK RAS Program be in 2025?

9:30 Exploiting Automated Fighting Capabilities in Hostile Environments

Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hädicke

Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hädicke, Commander RAS Innovation Program, Royal Netherlands Army

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

10:00 Application of Advanced AI and Computer Vision to Lower Cognitive Load

Mr Matt Liba

Mr Matt Liba, Senior Director of Programs for Unmanned Ground Systems, FLIR Systems

  • Multi-domain MUM-T: Advanced integration of UAS and UGS into manned/un-manned vehicle platforms
  • Application of advanced AI and Computer Vision to lower cognitive load
  • Versatility and flexibility through open architectures
  • 10:30 Morning Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

    11:00 Unmanned Ground Vehicles Research for Norwegian Defence

    Dr Kim Mathiassen

    Dr Kim Mathiassen, Senior Researcher, FFI (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment)

    • Unmanned Ground Systems for Base Defence
    • Developing Autonomy in Norwegian Conditions
    • Using the Milrem Themis as an Autonomy Platform

    11:30 iMUGS - Creating the European standard UGS

    General (Ret'd) Riho Terras

    General (Ret'd) Riho Terras, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Milrem

     • THeMIS user experience from 10 countries
    • The importance of autonomous functions
    • Weaponized Robotics and Autonomous Systems and their ethic deployment

    12:00 Context and Developments of Estonian RAS

    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik, Senior Staff Officer, Autonomy-Theme mentor, Estonian Defence Forces

    • Russian approach to the military robotics
    • Responding to RAS-enabled adversary

    12:30 Enabling Human Machine Teaming for RAS Enabled Operations

    Keith Mallon

    Keith Mallon, Global Campaign Business Development Leader - Land Information Advantage, QinetiQ

    • Exploring the challenges to practical teaming, utilising an experimental approach to drive progress
    • A focus on information and integrated concepts
    • Assuring the emerging capability
    • Opportunities in RAS enabled logistics delivery

    13:00 Lunch Break

    14:00 Safety Analysis – Optimal Sensor Placement for Off-Road Military Vehicles

    Mr Danny Atsmon

    Mr Danny Atsmon, Founder and CEO , Cognata

  • Problem description
  • Cognata’s 6DoF sensor mounting capabilities
  • Creating the optimal sensor array
  • Safety precision and recoil demonstration
  • 14:30 An Update from the IDF Robotics and Autonomy Section

    Name Withheld For Security Reasons

    Name Withheld For Security Reasons , Robotics Thought Lead, Israeli Defence Forces

    • Development of algorithms using hybrid simulation
    • Concept for Examination and Approval of Autonomous Systems
    • Hybrid Simulation

    15:00 IDAN - Transform any Vehicle to Robotic Vehicle

    Mr Leon Altarac

    Mr Leon Altarac, VP Business Development, Idan Drive

  • Introducing a novel 'drive by wire' system that can transform any vehicle, from Hummvee to Oshkosh truck, in 10 minutes into a remote control vehicle.
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    15:30 The ‘Art of the Possible’ – US Progress Towards a Unified RAS Strategy

    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Dr Robert Sadowski, Army Chief Roboticist (Robotics ST), US Army

    • Utilizing modularity and architecture to advance the US robotics portfolio
    • Enabling robotics in future multi-domain operations
    • Using the convergence project to enhance battlefield commander’s situational awareness
    • Challenges for future ground autonomy

    16:00 Afternoon Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

    16:30 How We Can Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Complexity: Machine Learning at the Edge for Optimised Human-Machine Teams

    Mr Steve Hall

    Mr Steve Hall, VP Engineering, Rowden Technologies

    • Where are we today? Cognitive burden and the dismounted soldier in the Information OE
    • How Rowden is combining machine learning and optimised human-machine interfaces to solve Human-Machine Teaming challenges
    • Future R&D exploitation pathways to transform the experience of the dismounted soldier at the geographical and technological edge

    17:00 Optimising Unmanned Robotic Combat Vehicles for Future US Operations

    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Orlowski

    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Orlowski, PM Robotic Combat Vehicle, US Army

    • Developing manned – unmanned combat strategies for RCVs in Brigade Combat Teams
    • Pursuing the innovation of RCVs by using an approach of commonality and collaboration
    • Updates on the Soldier Operational Experiment and the development of light and medium RCVs for the US Army

    17:30 Autonomous Observation for Ground Robotic Systems

    Dr Christophe Guettier

    Dr Christophe Guettier, Innovation Program Manager, Safran Group

    • State of the art
    • Autonomous observations problems
    • Coordinating observation and mobility

    18:00 Strengthening the UK Land Forces through Collaborative RAS Procurement Strategies

    Major Tom Scott

    Major Tom Scott, Land Requirements Manager, Future Capability Group, DE&S, UK MoD

    • Optimising the DE&S Spiral Development Method for RAS projects
    • The UK MoD Transformation Fund and new RAS contracts
    • Expanding on ‘Commonality’ amongst RAS platforms for ease of development

    18:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Brigadier (Ret’d) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Brigadier (Ret’d) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Former Head of Force Protection , British Army

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Brigadier (Ret’d) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Brigadier (Ret’d) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Former Head of Force Protection , British Army

    9:00 From Experiment to Reality: British Advancements in RAS to Support Dismounted and Mounted Infantry Operations

    • Enhancing MEDIVAC capabilities through RAS
    • Boosting infantry situational awareness and decision-making ability with micro UAS systems
    • Updates for Exercise Dynamic Warrior 21
    • Current challenges to RAS deployment for infantry operations

    • RAS updates from the Armoured Trials and Development Unit

     

    Lieutenant Colonel Andy Locke

    Lieutenant Colonel Andy Locke, SO1 Infantry Trials and Development Unit , British Army

    Major Joe Williamson

    Major Joe Williamson, SO2 Futures and Integration , Armoured Trials & Development Unit

    9:30 Leveraging the Advantages of RAS Technology for the Australian Army

    Colonel Robin Smith

    Colonel Robin Smith, SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Australian Army

    • Demonstrating the benefits of robotic systems in operations – A summary of the Australian RAS strategy
    • The future of Australian RAS advancement using research and collaboration concepts
    • Developments in the creation of an RAS Brigade and the integration of semi-autonomous IFVs

    10:00 Using the Wolf Pack in the Battlefield

  • Overcoming the battlefield challenges with the collaborative work between UGVs
  • Increasing the situational awareness and relieving the cognitive burden using new AI technologies
  • A case study - Current trials with weaponized robotic systems
  • Next steps
  • Mr Étienne Rancourt

    Mr Étienne Rancourt, Manager, European Market, Rheinmetall Canada Inc.

    10:30 Morning Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

    11:00 Autonomous Robotic Indoor Reconnaissance System

    Mr Golan Ben-Giat

    Mr Golan Ben-Giat, Director Marketing & Business Development, Rafael Advanced Defence Systems

  • From platform management to mission management
  • Maximizing Soldier Performance
  • Reducing cognitive load levels
  • Improving Decision Making
  • Reducing exposure to dangerous and unpredictable situations
  • 11:30 Furthering the Italian Army’s Modernisation Program through Developing RAS Capabilities

    Lieutenant Colonel Vito Marra

    Lieutenant Colonel Vito Marra, Head of Concept Development Section, General Planning Division, Italian Armed Forces

    • Opportunities and challenges for Italy’s RAS program
    • An update on the Forza NEC program and establishing the role of RAS capabilities within this program
    • Providing enhanced situational awareness for soldiers using Micro UAS systems

    12:00 Unmanned Ground Vehicles – Development Status and Integration into Military Environment

    Dr Alexander Wolf

    Dr Alexander Wolf, Head of Technology Management Unmanned Systems & Systronics , Diehl Defence GmbH & Co. KG

  • Presentation of current developments at Diehl Defence in the area of unmanned driving under military conditions
  • Cooperation of UGVs and UAVs
  • Connecting UGVs and UAVs to Battlefield Management Systems
  • 12:30 Enabling an ‘Autonomous Advantage’ for Militaries using Research and Development

    Mr Peter Stockel

    Mr Peter Stockel, Autonomous Systems & Innovation Autonomy Challenge Lead, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)

    • Advancements in Project Theseus and the Joint Tactical Autonomous Resupply and Replenishment (JRARR) program
    • Assurance & Testing – Ensuring the survivability of robotic systems in the field
    • Leg vs Wheel vs Track – Finding the optimal RAS mobility system
    • Updates on the Robotic Platoon Vehicle Project

    13:00 Lunch Break

    14:00 Enhancing Tactical Lethality and Mobility for the Dismounted Soldier using RAS

    Mr Ted Maciuba

    Mr Ted Maciuba, Deputy Director, Robotics Requirements Division (RRD), US Army Futures Command

    • Current trials and experiments for the U.S. RAS Program
    • Update on the 10X Robotic & AI Dismounted Infantry Platoon
    • Developing a Multi-Domain Operations Ready Force for 2028
    • Future requirements for sustained RAS & AI development

    14:30 Enhancing Man-Machine Teaming Using AI

    Senior Chief Petty Officer James Harvey

    Senior Chief Petty Officer James Harvey, Senior Enlisted Advisor, United States Naval Special Warfare Command

    • Improving situational awareness in tactical environments using Multi-Agent Formation, UAS Swarm capabilities
    • Applying Human Machine Teaming (HMT) to gain battlefield superiority.
    • Minimising the complexities of operating RAS systems in military environments
    • A case study in modular UAS Systems: The Nova Drone

    15:00 Developing Legged Robotics to Enhance Small Unit Mobility and Lethality

    Mr Jason Pusey

    Mr Jason Pusey, Mechanical Engineer, U.S. Army Research Laboratory

     • Updates on legged robotics manoeuvrability
    • Challenges to creating mobile legged robots - obstacle detection and stability
    • How AI can assist with mobility challenges
    • A Case Study – The LLAMA

    15:30 Afternoon Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

    16:00 Safely Handling Explosive Threats using ROV - From EOD Operator to Enhanced Remote Dexterous Tele-Manipulation Robotics

    Mr Eric den Breejen

    Mr Eric den Breejen, Technical Consultant, Intelligent Autonomous Systems, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)

     • Objectives of the NATO Research Task Group (RTG) SCI-342 and an outline of the robotic tele-manipulation technology roadmap
    • Increasing Situational Awareness using 3D Robot Vision and Tactile Sensors
    • Developing (autonomous) control interfaces for ROV to perform a wider array of EOD tasks
    • Performance metrics in support of the Robotic Technology Roadmap creation

    16:30 Maintaining the Integrity of GPS-Based Navigation Within Autonomous Systems

    Dr Ivan Petrunin

    Dr Ivan Petrunin, Lecturer in Digital Signal Processing for Autonomous Systems, Cranfield University

    • Overcoming the environmental challenges for UAS/UAV navigation
    • Demonstrating the successes and shortcomings of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
    • Integrity monitoring, path planning and guidance for UAS/UAVs in urban environments

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Brigadier (Ret’d) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Brigadier (Ret’d) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Former Head of Force Protection , British Army

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Colonel Robin Smith

    Colonel Robin Smith

    SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Australian Army
    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Army Chief Roboticist (Robotics ST), US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Andy Locke

    Lieutenant Colonel Andy Locke

    SO1 Infantry Trials and Development Unit , British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hädicke

    Commander RAS Innovation Program, Royal Netherlands Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

    Senior Staff Officer, Autonomy-Theme mentor, Estonian Defence Forces
    Mr Ted Maciuba

    Mr Ted Maciuba

    Deputy Director, Robotics Requirements Division (RRD), US Army Futures Command
    Name Withheld For Security Reasons

    Name Withheld For Security Reasons

    Robotics Thought Lead, Israeli Defence Forces

    Brigadier (Ret’d) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Former Head of Force Protection , British Army
    Brigadier (Ret’d) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Colonel Robin Smith

    SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Australian Army
    Colonel Robin Smith

    Dr Alexander Wolf

    Head of Technology Management Unmanned Systems & Systronics , Diehl Defence GmbH & Co. KG
    Dr Alexander Wolf

    Dr Christophe Guettier

    Innovation Program Manager, Safran Group
    Dr Christophe Guettier

    Dr Ivan Petrunin

    Lecturer in Digital Signal Processing for Autonomous Systems, Cranfield University
    Dr Ivan Petrunin

    Dr Kim Mathiassen

    Senior Researcher, FFI (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment)
    Dr Kim Mathiassen

    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Army Chief Roboticist (Robotics ST), US Army
    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Keith Mallon

    Global Campaign Business Development Leader - Land Information Advantage, QinetiQ
    Keith Mallon

    Lieutenant Colonel Andy Locke

    SO1 Infantry Trials and Development Unit , British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Andy Locke

    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Orlowski

    PM Robotic Combat Vehicle, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Orlowski

    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hädicke

    Commander RAS Innovation Program, Royal Netherlands Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hädicke

    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

    Senior Staff Officer, Autonomy-Theme mentor, Estonian Defence Forces
    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

    Lieutenant Colonel Vito Marra

    Head of Concept Development Section, General Planning Division, Italian Armed Forces
    Lieutenant Colonel Vito Marra

    Major Joe Williamson

    SO2 Futures and Integration , Armoured Trials & Development Unit
    Major Joe Williamson

    Major Tom Scott

    Land Requirements Manager, Future Capability Group, DE&S, UK MoD
    Major Tom Scott

    Mr Danny Atsmon

    Founder and CEO , Cognata
    Mr Danny Atsmon

    Mr Eric den Breejen

    Technical Consultant, Intelligent Autonomous Systems, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)
    Mr Eric den Breejen

    Mr Étienne Rancourt

    Manager, European Market, Rheinmetall Canada Inc.
    Mr Étienne Rancourt

    Mr Golan Ben-Giat

    Director Marketing & Business Development, Rafael Advanced Defence Systems
    Mr Golan Ben-Giat

    Mr Jason Pusey

    Mechanical Engineer, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
    Mr Jason Pusey

    Mr Leon Altarac

    VP Business Development, Idan Drive
    Mr Leon Altarac

    Mr Matt Liba

    Senior Director of Programs for Unmanned Ground Systems, FLIR Systems
    Mr Matt Liba

    Mr Peter Stockel

    Autonomous Systems & Innovation Autonomy Challenge Lead, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
    Mr Peter Stockel

    Mr Steve Hall

    VP Engineering, Rowden Technologies
    Mr Steve Hall

    Mr Ted Maciuba

    Deputy Director, Robotics Requirements Division (RRD), US Army Futures Command
    Mr Ted Maciuba

    Name Withheld For Security Reasons

    Robotics Thought Lead, Israeli Defence Forces
    Name Withheld For Security Reasons

    Senior Chief Petty Officer James Harvey

    Senior Enlisted Advisor, United States Naval Special Warfare Command
    Senior Chief Petty Officer James Harvey

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

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    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    Cognata

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://www.cognata.com/

    Cognata is a leading global supplier of large-scale automotive simulation for the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) and autonomous vehicle markets. Working with leading automotive technology companies around the world, Cognata’s end to end simulation platform accelerates time to market by delivering simulation solutions for the entire automated driving product lifecycle, from training to testing to deployment. Cognata delivers large-scale simulation platform to responsibly accelerate the time to market of automated driving. Deploying safe and reliable automated driving systems requires training and testing over billions of miles and in a near-infinite number of corner cases. Time, cost, and safety make physical testing an impossible standalone solution. Simulation is an essential complement. Large-scale simulation is the core of Cognata. Our commercially deployed solution provides ADAS and autonomous vehicle developers a platform of unparalleled realism and scale for training and testing their automated driving technology over billions of virtual miles and custom scenarios safely and at a fraction of the time and cost of physical testing.


    Domo Tactical Communications

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.domotactical.com

    Domo Tactical Communications (DTC) is a global leader in Tactical IP Mesh technology and COFDM video transmissions systems. DTC mission-critical solutions secure, share and communicate real-time video, voice and data to enable Shared Situational Awareness (SSA) on land, on the sea and in the air. DTC has developed leading-edge technologies for successful operations in demanding environments, where COFDM solutions provide longer range and penetration. DTC works with military, law enforcement, counter-terror units, governments, autonomous systems manufacturers and system integrators to meet key connectivity and communication challenges.

    High Data Rate (HDR) IP Mesh radios enable enhanced range, Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations through the use of COFDM waveforms. Mobile Adhoc Network (MANET) Mesh radio solutions deliver ultra-low latency, end-to-end encryption and unrivalled robustness in challenging real-world environments. The DTC Mesh provides a seamless self-forming, self-healing MANET networking capability which can be relied on even in the toughest conditions.

    DTC’s portfolio of products interlink to form an integrated surveillance and communications network - offering secure, fast and reliable access to real-time video, audio, location-based information and evidential material.

    Leveraging a technical heritage stretching back over 50 years and incorporating the unrivalled COFDM waveform experience of the Domo engineering team, DTC has a passion for innovation which keeps us one step ahead in the rapidly changing and increasingly challenging environments in which we perform - whether on the battlefield or the streets of our cities. High-performance communication systems enable our customers to securely monitor, communicate and share information with confidence in complex environments and the most demanding situations.



    FLIR

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.FLIR.com

    FLIR Systems is a world-leading industrial technology company focused on intelligent sensing solutions for defense, industrial, and commercial applications. FLIR Systems’ vision is to be “The World’s Sixth Sense,” creating technologies to help professionals make more informed decisions that save lives and livelihoods.


    Idan Drive

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.idan-drive.com

    IDAN develops electro-mechanical control systems to manipulate steering, gas brake pedals, and secondary functions for all types of cars, trucks, and agricultural equipment, transforming any vehicle into a robotic platform. The company has many years of experience in vehicle retrofitting projects both for on-road and off-road applications.


    Milrem Robotics

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://milremrobotics.com/

    Milrem Robotics’ mission is to provide innovative robotic solutions for challenging environments. We believe that our cutting-edge robotic solutions fulfil a higher purpose – enabling more meaningful lives. Respect for the value of human life being our top priority, we aim to retrieve people from danger areas and liberate them from dirty, dull and dangerous tasks. Through our products and services, we seek to increase human safety and labour efficiency in a number of targeted industries, particularly in defence, agriculture, forestry, municipal services, rescue and mining. By sparing and protecting human lives via innovative technology, we promote the idea of dedicating time for the realization of one’s true potential. We treasure lives lived lively.


    QinetiQ

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://www.qinetiq.com/

    Leading in the application of autonomous and robotic systems for defence and security, we actively develop solutions and provide services to support work in the maritime, land and air domains. Our robots can support a variety of operations from bomb disposal to natural disasters to cargo handling. Increasing safety and reducing the burden on troops, commanders and first responders. We have more than 40 years’ experience in designing, developing and operating tactical robotics to keep military personnel and civilians out of danger.


    Rheinmetall Canada Inc.

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://www.rheinmetall.ca/en/rheinmetall_canada/index.php

    Passion for technology

    Rheinmetall Canada is a proud member of Germany's Rheinmetall Group, Europe’s foremost supplier of army technology and a longstanding partner of armed forces.

    As an internationally recognized systems integrator, Rheinmetall Canada creates technologically advanced, fully-customized solutions for soldier systems, robotic systems, weapon systems, and C4I systems.

    Located in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Ottawa, and other locations throughout the world, over 375 employees put their expertise to work and push back their limits to ensure the success of each mandate.



    Rowden Technologies

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://rowdentech.com/

    We are the future of technology development and systems design for autonomous mission systems. Our people, tools and methodologies deliberately bridge the Defence and Technology sectors, with a focus on the application of machine learning at the tactical edge. We are strong advocates of open source software, extensible systems and pragmatic risk-taking. Innovation and quality engineering should not be mutually exclusive.



    Safran Electronics & Defense

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://safran-electronics-defense.com

    Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace, Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Group has 70,000 employees and generated sales of 17.4 billion euros in 2015. Safran is listed on Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC40 index, as well as the Euro Stoxx 50 European index.

    Safran Electronics & Defense is a world leader in optronics, avionics, electronics and critical software for both civil and military markets. No.1 in Europe and No.3 worldwide for inertial navigation systems used in air, land and naval applications, it is also the European leader in optronics and tactical UAV systems and the world leader in helicopter flight controls. Operating across the globe, Safran Electronics & Defense and its subsidiaries employ 7,600 people in Europe, Asia-Pacific, North America and South America. The company’s products are deployed worldwide on more than 600 ships, 7,000 armored vehicles and 10,000 aircraft.


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    Diehl Defence

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    http://www.diehl.com

    Diehl Defence is one of the world's largest specialist metering and data solutions providers, manufacturing across Europe. We provide smart metering solutions to utilities companies through the intelligent networking of various metering devices into larger data platforms. These solutions offer transparency for utilities and enables considerably increased efficiency in reading, billing and service processes. Our customers are also able to benefit from real-time effects such as early recognition of leaks and the optimisation of distribution networks through intelligent information and real time data. Diehl Metering supports utilities in the UK and across the globe, developing smart meter and IZAR data and software solutions along with providing end-to-end support, backed up by our dedicated UK technical team. With Diehl Metering you are already perfectly equipped for smart metering as an important component of smart city concepts. Thanks to more than 20 years of experience with the company's own radio technology, Diehl Metering has at its disposal excellent expertise in communications within the IoT (Internet of Things). Moreover, security of our customer data has the highest priority


    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd

    Sponsors
    http://www.rafael.co.il/4312-en/Marketing.aspx

    RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. is synonymous with Dynamic Defense, Daring Innovation, and Technological Ingenuity. For over 70 years, the Company has pioneered advances in defense, cyber and security solutions for air, land, sea, and space. Our innovations are based on extensive operational experience and understanding of evolving combat requirements. They enable the rapid development of effective solutions for complex battlespace challenges. Always ahead ? we ensure an ongoing advantage for our worldwide client base. We are dedicated to continuously enhancing our customer service, as well as expanding our global industrial cooperation programs.

    Media Partners


    Global Military Communications

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    Global Military Communications is a publication that tracks the trends, drivers and technology that fuel the military communications sector. Communications continue to be the lynchpin of modern warfare and is crucial to any military campaign. The sector is going through unprecedented change as militaries and governments across the world move towards a network centric approach to their communications. From operations in war zones to homeland security and disaster recovery operations, Global Military Communications provides you with the latest communications developments on land, sea, and in the air.


    SecurityClearedJobs.com

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    SecurityClearedJobs.com is an on-line job board designed and marketed to attract candidates who work within Defence, Government and Nuclear sectors. We advertise 1000’s of job opportunities both on a Permanent and Contract basis covering opportunities within all industry sectors. Visit our site www.SecurityClearedJobs.com to search for your next job opportunity.


    Armada International

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    http://armadainternational.com

    ARMADA INTERNATIONAL is leading defence magazine which reports on and analyses defence systems, equipment and technology. Together with its Compendium supplements, ARMADA provides defence planners in the militaries, in government, in procurement and in the defence industry itself with the information they need to plan their strategies.


    SEGURANÇA & DEFESA

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    http://www.segurancaedefesa.com/

    SEGURANÇA & DEFESA (“Security & Defense”), the recognized leader among South American defense magazines. In the market for 29 years, its staff includes the best experts in the field. Sold on newstands and by subscriptions, it is sent free of charge to key names and addresses in the defense sector.


    Robotics Tomorrow

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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, SMI 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@smi-online.co.uk

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