20 - 23 January, 2020 | Twickenham Stadium, London, United Kingdom

Unmanned Ground Vehicles Conference (23 Jan)

8:00 - 8:50 REGISTRATION & COFFEE

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

9:00 - 9:40 DISCUSSION: HUMAN-MACHINE TEAMING AND CHANGING THE WAY WE FIGHT

·          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

9:45 - 10:15 U.S. ARMY ROBOTICS ROADMAP AND ARCHITECTURE

10:10 - 10:40 U.S. ARMY ROBOTIC COMBAT VEHICLE UPDATE

·          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

10:40 - 11:10 MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:10 - 11:40 THE ARMY WARFIGHTING EXPERIMENT: AUTONOMOUS WARRIOR

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

11:40 - 12:10 FRENCH CONSIDERATIONS FOR LEVERAGING AI & AUTONOMOUS CAPABILITY

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

·          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

13:00 - 14:00 NETWORKING LUNCH

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

14:30 - 15:00 NDL RAS/UGV ACHIEVEMENTS AND SUCCESSES SO FAR

·          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 

15:00 - 15:30 DISCUSSION: SENSOR FUSION, MULTI-FUNCTIONAL VEHICLES AND OPERATIONALISING THE TECHNOLOGY

·          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? 

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