25 - 27 June, 2019
Hilton London Olympia , London, United Kingdom

Conference Day 1, 26th June 2019


8:00 - 9:00 REGISTRATION AND COFFEE

Major General (retd.) Andrew Sharpe, Director of the British Army’s Centre for Analysis and Conflict Research at Strategy and Security Institute

Major General (retd.) Andrew Sharpe

Director of the British Army’s Centre for Analysis and Conflict Research
Strategy and Security Institute

9:10 - 9:50 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: DEVELOPING GAME CHANGING TECHNOLOGIES AT THE INFORMATION LABORATORY

  • The Data Analysis and Assessment Center (DAAC): providing visualization and analysis tools and support services to enable the analysis of an ever-increasing volume of data
  • The Department of Defense (DOD) Supercomputing Resource Center (DSRC): delivering high performance computing (HPC) resources to DOD scientists and engineers across the Nation
  • Developing, modernizing, and maintaining software to address DoD's science and engineering challenges
  • Exploring, evaluating, and applying emerging High Performance Computing technology to advance DoD productivity
Dr. David A Horner, Director of the Information Technology Laboratory at U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Dr. David A Horner

Director of the Information Technology Laboratory
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

9:50 - 10:20 PUTTING AI TO WORK: EXAMPLES FROM THE CIVIL AND DEFENCE WORLD

Sponsors:
Deloitte
·          What is AI and what can we do with it?
·          How is AI already addressing challenges across industries?
·          How can AI technology be implemented?
·          What tools and techniques can be applied to defence?


Matthew Howard, Director of Artificial Intelligence at Deloitte

Matthew Howard

Director of Artificial Intelligence
Deloitte

10:20 - 11:00 THE FUTURE CHALLENGES OF BIG DATA ANALYTICS AND AI

  • Exploiting and protecting data
  • Overcoming the challenges and seizing the opportunities of digitalisation
  • Achieving information superiority over the enemy
Air Commodore Tim Neal-Hopes, Head Joint User C4ISR & Cyber at UK Ministry of Defence

Air Commodore Tim Neal-Hopes

Head Joint User C4ISR & Cyber
UK Ministry of Defence

11:00 - 11:30 MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:30 - 12:10 THE ARTEMIS PROJECT: A MASTER PLAN TO DEVELOP BIG DATA AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

  • State of the art and main challenges
  • Applications for defence field
  • The need of the ecosystem
  • Different projects for operational use and to develop technologies
Colonel Jerome Lemaire, Digitization & Artificial Intelligence Master Plan Leader at Directorate General of Armaments

Colonel Jerome Lemaire

Digitization & Artificial Intelligence Master Plan Leader
Directorate General of Armaments

12:10 - 12:30 AI IN DEFENSE: IT’S ABOUT THE DATA

In his talk, Mr. Bechtel will be discussing the issues of BigData and its relationship to Artificial Intelligence(AI) in Defense and Intelligence operations. He intends to touch on the following points:
 
The issues around the efficacy of AI in defense are all related to data.
  • Data and new data sources have proliferated beyond human ability to monitor and/or contextualize each discrete piece of information.
  • Artificial Intelligence, including Machine Learning and Deep Learning, offer the best promise for dealing with the flood of data and reporting.
  • Once we pursue AI, we must have data systems that assemble and care for the reporting in a way that does not hinder and in fact enables our AI algorithms
  • Legacy database systems cannot respond to our data requirements for AI going forward.
  • Our new systems must be able to collect, ingest, govern, secure, and make accessible the whole volume of data.
  • The qualities of that new system can be delineated as flexible, scalable, and clean.


Brigham Bechtel, Chief Strategist Intelligence Community and DoD at MarkLogic

Brigham Bechtel

Chief Strategist Intelligence Community and DoD
MarkLogic

12:30 - 13:10 ACCELERATING THE DEVELOPMENT AND AWARENESS OF BIG DATA SOLUTIONS FOR DEFENCE

  • Overview of past and present data challenges run by DASA
  • The areas of data interest in the Front Line Commands
  • The DASA route to funding for big data and data analytics solutions for defence
 
Ralph Wilkins, Innovation Partner at Defence and Security Accelerator

Ralph Wilkins

Innovation Partner
Defence and Security Accelerator

13:10 - 14:40 NETWORKING LUNCH

14:10 - 14:50 THE INFLUENCE OF BIG DATA IN DECISION MAKING PROCESS: A PERSPECTIVE FROM THE BRITISH ARMY

  • Mitigating data overload on the battlefield
  • Assessing how much reliability can be attributed to Big Data: can we trust current systems?
  • Future prospects: speculating the changes that Big Data will bring to decision making in the defence sector, and how it will affect the OODA loop
Colonel Alex Porter, Assistant Head of Strategic Concepts, Directorate of Capability at British Army

Colonel Alex Porter

Assistant Head of Strategic Concepts, Directorate of Capability
British Army

14:50 - 15:10 THE VALUE OF IP INTELLIGENCE

Charlie Johnson, VP UK at Digital Element

Charlie Johnson

VP UK
Digital Element

17:10 - 17:50 INCREASING CYBER INTEROPERABILITY BETWEEN EUROPEAN ARMIES

  •  Integrating cyber command structures in army’s structures
  • The challenge of communication: could European armies use common cryptographic systems?
  • Raising awareness to weakest link: training the European soldier how to behave in the cyber environment
Mr Mario Blokken, Head Permanent Secretariat at European Land Force Interoperability Center (Finabel)

Mr Mario Blokken

Head Permanent Secretariat
European Land Force Interoperability Center (Finabel)

15:50 - 16:30 AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

16:30 - 17:00 BRIDGING THE TECHNOLOGICAL GAP BETWEEN THE MILITARY AND THE CIVIL SECTOR

  • JHub’s programme for Big Data Analytics and AI
  • Improving the operation of the UK armed forces
  • Re-purposing and combining existing technologies available elsewhere in the defence and civil sectors to deliver new functionality
Adrian Holt, Innovation Scout at jHub

Adrian Holt

Innovation Scout
jHub

James Kuht, Innovation Scout at JHub

James Kuht

Innovation Scout
JHub

  • How does innovation get rewarded in defence
  • Bringing non-traditional partners into defence procurement
  • Skills and cultural change required for machine speed warfare
Major General (retd.) Andrew Sharpe, Director of the British Army’s Centre for Analysis and Conflict Research at Strategy and Security Institute

Major General (retd.) Andrew Sharpe

Director of the British Army’s Centre for Analysis and Conflict Research
Strategy and Security Institute

Brigadier General Jennifer Buckner, Principle advisor for Cyber Operations to the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army at US Army

Brigadier General Jennifer Buckner

Principle advisor for Cyber Operations to the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army
US Army

Adrian Holt, Innovation Scout at jHub

Adrian Holt

Innovation Scout
jHub

Ralph Wilkins, Innovation Partner at Defence and Security Accelerator

Ralph Wilkins

Innovation Partner
Defence and Security Accelerator

James Kuht, Innovation Scout at JHub

James Kuht

Innovation Scout
JHub

Major General (retd.) Andrew Sharpe, Director of the British Army’s Centre for Analysis and Conflict Research at Strategy and Security Institute

Major General (retd.) Andrew Sharpe

Director of the British Army’s Centre for Analysis and Conflict Research
Strategy and Security Institute

18:10 - 19:30 DRINKS RECEPTION

Sponsors:
Defence IQ