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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-evovling 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.

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  • 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

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Brigadier (Ret’d) Ian Cameron-Mowat

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

9:10 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?

9:50 Exploiting Automated Fighting Capabilities in Hostile Environments

Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hädicke

Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hädicke, Commander RAS Innovation Program, NLD 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

10:30 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

11:40 Session Reserved For Sponsor

12:20 Rising to the Eastward Threat of Adversary RAS Systems – The Estonian Strategy to RAS Development

Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

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

 • Integrating manned – unmanned strategies into the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Operation
• Boosting the mobility and lethality of infantry brigades using RAS capabilities
• Mali – Operational RAS testing and experimentation to maximise robotic superiority on the battlefield
• Challenges to countering adversary RAS programs

13:00 Lunch Break

13:30 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

14:10 Session Reserved For Idan Drive

Mr Leon Altarac

Mr Leon Altarac, VP Business Development, Idan Drive

14:50 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

15:30 Session Reserved for Rowden Technologies Ltd

16:10 Afternoon Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

16:40 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

17:20 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

18:00 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

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Brigadier (Ret’d) Ian Cameron-Mowat

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

9:10 From Experiment to Reality: British Advancements in RAS to support Dismounted Infantry Operations

Lieutenant Colonel Andy Locke

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

• 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

9:50 Leveraging the Advantages of RAS Technology for the Australian Army

Lieutenant Colonel Robin Smith

Lieutenant 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

10:30 Morning Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

11:00 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

11:40 Session Reserved For Sponsor

12:20 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

13:00 Lunch Break

13:30 Enhancing Tactical Lethality and Mobility for the Dismounted Soldier using RAS

Mr Ted Maciuba

Mr Ted Maciuba, Deputy Director, Maneuver Center/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

14:10 Session Reserved For Sponsor

14:50 Human-Machine Teaming with the US Naval Special Warfare Command

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

15:30 Afternoon Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

16:00 Enabling an ‘Autonomous Advantage’ for Militaries using Research and Development

Mr Peter Stockel

Mr Peter Stockel, DSTL Fellow, 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

16:40 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

17:20 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

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, NLD 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, Maneuver Center/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

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

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, NLD 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 Tom Scott

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

Mr Eric den Breejen

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

Mr Leon Altarac

VP Business Development, Idan Drive
Mr Leon Altarac

Mr Peter Stockel

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

Mr Ted Maciuba

Deputy Director, Maneuver Center/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

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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.

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