Unmanned Ground Vehicles Conference (23 Jan)

8:00 - 8:50 REGISTRATION & COFFEE

8:50 - 9:00 CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS

·          Broadly, how do you see unmanned platforms and RAS transforming the battlefield- in the next 5, 10 & 20 years?
·          What do you see as the biggest roadblock / main challenges for fielding different types of UGVs in the near-term?
·          How can industry support efforts to accelerate deliver of unmanned and autonomous technologies?
·          The ethical question and communicating the realities of robotic combat vehicles
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Lieutenant Colonel (GS) Armin Dirks

Planning Division II, Land Systems Roadmap Group,
German Ministry of Defence

Tony White

Director of Advanced Technology
Ultra Electronics – PCS

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Dr. Robert W. Sadowski

Army Chief Roboticist, GVSC, CCDC
U.S. Army Futures Command

·          RCV/MET-D Experimental Prototype Schedule & Observations
·          The RCV (L) is a reconnaissance platform that can covertly infiltrate to a position and leverage its robust sensor package to establish situational awareness
·          The RCV (M) enables the commander to attrite and suppress a threat with unmanned vehicles prior to the first human contact, thus reducing risk
·          The RCV (H) aggressive maneuvers alongside its human counterpart and destroys all threat targets with its on-board weapon system
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Major Cory Wallace

Robotic Combat Vehicle Lead, NGCV CFT
U.S. Army Futures Command

10:40 - 11:10 MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

Pushing the boundaries of technology and military capability, testing a range of prototype systems by putting them in the hands of the user while giving invaluable military feedback to industry
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Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Serle SO1 Lt Forces

Close Combat, Ground Manoeuvre Capability, Army HQ
British Army

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Colonel Marc Espitalier

Coordinating Officer, Army Staff Capability, Artificial Intelligence - Robotic & Autonomous Systems
French Army

12:10 - 13:00 DISCUSSION: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND CYBER SECURITY

Major Jeroen Franssen - Information & Innovation Manager, Belgian Army
·          Building & controlling AI and how to achieve verifiable and trusted standards
·          Reducing the cognitive load
·          Accountability, assurance aND safety: Certification challenges and the probability of a fatal event as a benchmark
·          Resilience challenges and how to harden AI
·          Progression debate and technological maturity
·          Cyber security issues: Resilience requirements across flexible systems and different payloads
·          Managing information and the software code within a kill chain
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Major Jeroen Franssen

Information & Innovation Manager
Belgian Army

13:00 - 14:00 NETWORKING LUNCH

14:00 - 14:30 EXPEDIENT LEADER-FOLLOWER UPDATE

·          Overview of current achievements and progress
·          Feedback from patrolling exercises and testing – key lessons learned
·          Developing future CONOPS for ISR, target acquisition, patrol, guarding and logistical operations 
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Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hadicke

Commander, Robot Autonomous Systems Cell, 13th Light Infantry Brigade
Royal Netherlands Army

15:00 - 15:40 DISCUSSION: SENSOR FUSION, MULTI-FUNCTIONAL VEHICLES AND OPERATIONALISING THE TECHNOLOGY

Major Jeroen Franssen - Information & Innovation Manager, Belgian Army
·          Autonomous chassis and mission system payloads
·          Remote control of sub-systems
·          Information integration across radios, cameras, sensor systems and remote weapon systems
·          Different autonomy needs across air defence, troop support, engineer tasks, engineering/bridging
·          Interoperability and building architecture to swap payloads between vehicles
·          Coalition assured Autonomous resupply (CAAR)
·          What is the optimal force mix between robotics & manned/sensor & robotics and how can we use experiments and wargaming to find out? 
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Major Jeroen Franssen

Information & Innovation Manager
Belgian Army

15:40 - 16:00 CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS