The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles 2008 conference is a crucial networking event for UAV professionals.

Attend and be updated on one of the most dynamic growth sectors in the global aerospace industry. Discuss how you can best approach the rapidly developing and increasingly important field of unmanned aviation. Listen to important issues that will provide you with the tools to meet your organisational requirements.

    Attend this conference to:

  • Assess the lessons learned from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Hear updates and developments on the latest UAV programmes
  • Analyse why we are integrating UAVs into the civil sector 
  • Discuss if we are we ready for total autonomy
  • Understand what the potential is for future UAV applications

    • An excellent line-up of guest speakers includes:
    • Colonel Bruce Emig, Chief Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and U-2 Division, Air Combat Command, USA
    • Colonel Jean-luc Fourdrinier, Project Officer, Joint C.D.&E. Centre, Ministry of Defence, France
    • Colonel Sicuso Vincenzo, Predator Squadron Commander, Italian Air Staff
    • Lieutenant Colonel Jens Fehler, C4ISTAR Branch, NATO Joint Airpower Competence Centre
    • Lieutenant Colonel Mircea Boscoianu, Military Technical Academy, Ministry of Defence, Romania
    • Squadron Leader Richard SandersonRoyal Air Force, UK
    • Major Mark Whittle, WATCHKEEPER Implementation Team, Headquarter Director, Royal Artillery, UK
    • Major Claire Button, Battery Commander, 18 (Quebec Space 1759) Battery, Royal Artillery, UK
    • Major Robert Kendall, International Training Programmes, Directorate of Air Contracted Force Generation, Canadian Forces
    • Leslie Cary, Technical Officer, Air Traffic Management, International Civil Aviation Organisation
    • Michael Strong, Directorate Civil Military ATM Coordination, EUROCONTROL
    • Nick Miller, Vice Chairman, ASTRAEA Project, UK
    • Carlos Montes, Advance Air Traffic Management Engineer, New Programmes and Safety Group, Boeing Research and Technology Europe
    • Network with an exciting mixture of confirmed delegates Including:

    • Royal Netherland Army Command
    • Lockheed Martin
    • EADS
    • Thales
    • SAAB
    • NAVSEA
    • MBDA
    • Mission Technologies
    • ONERA
    • Cranfield University
    • Greater Manchester Police

    • Feedback from - The Future of UAV's 2007

      "The event was perfectly organised and gives considerable networking opportunities." Senior Representative, EADS

      "A very professional update on the UAV topic. Congratulations."  Senior Representative, NATO

      "The speaker quality and content was very good and particularly useful. Well worth the time." Senior Representative, Ampex Data Systems Corporation

    Conference programme

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Professor Ian Poll

    Professor Ian Poll, Aerospace Engineering and Technical Director, Cranfield Aerospace, UK

    9:10 UAS Programmes in the US Air Combat Command – Lessons Learned

    Colonel Bruce Emig

    Colonel Bruce Emig, Chief, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and U-2 Division, Air Combat Command, US

  • Top Considerations learnt
  • Current technology
  • Challenges ahead
  • Future roadmap
  • 9:50 The Watchkeeper Programme – The Future for UAV Intelligence, Surveillance, Target, Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) Capabilities

    Major Mark Whittle

    Major Mark Whittle, Watchkeeper Implementation Team, Headquarter Director Royal Artillery, British Army

  • Timescale for delivery and development
  • Advantages the Watchkeeper will offer the British Army
  • Critical Design Review
  • Future direction and implementation
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 UAV Prospects Based on Lessons Learned in the French Military

    Colonel Jean-Luc Fourdrinier

    Colonel Jean-Luc Fourdrinier, Project Officer, Joint C.D & E. Centre, Ministry of Defence, France

  • Qualities and constraints of UAVs
  • Efficiency vs cost evaluation 
  • Sociological, physiological and legal implications
  • What will be realistic in the future?
  • 11:30 UK Reaper – Acquisition to Operations

    Sqadron Leader Richard Sanderson

    Sqadron Leader Richard Sanderson, SO2 RPA, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Update of activities
  • Future Direction
  • Recent successes
  • 12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:30 What is UAV Mission Planning?

    Isil Kolagasioglu

    Isil Kolagasioglu, Project Manager, STM Defence Technologies Engineering Inc.

  • Mission planning - functions
  • Pre mission analysis
  • Mission upload
  • Mission planning
  • Post mission analysis
  • 14:10 Insect Like Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicles

     Dr Rafal  Zbikowski

    Dr Rafal Zbikowski, Principal Research Officer, Department of Aerospace, Power & Sensors, Cranfield University

  • Motivation and background
  • Why insect like flight
  • Fundamental technical issues
  • Current status of technology
  • Future outlook
  • 14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Flight Ranges: Selection and Requirements

    Major Robert Kendall

    Major Robert Kendall, International Training Programs, Directorate of Air Contracted Force Generation , Canadian Forces

  • The need for a range cataloguing system
  • The catalogue and content
  • A sample of an actual flight test criteria
  • Saving time and money during the selection process
  • Avoiding costly show stoppers for flight evaluations
  • 15:50 Total Autonomy?

    Dr Tony Pipe

    Dr Tony Pipe, Reader in Robotics & Autonomous Systems, Deputy Director, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, Intelligent Autonomous Systems Lab, UK

  • Terms levels and categories of autonomy
  • Autonomy development
  • Autonomous system capabilities
  • Human requirements for, and interfaces to,
  • autonomous systems
  • 16:30 Transportable Autonomous Patrol Systems for Land Border Surveillance

    Nursen Ayaydin  Aslan

    Nursen Ayaydin Aslan, Project Manager, STM Defence Technologies Engineering Inc.

  • Border security Introduction
  • STM UAV capabilities:
  • Command and control
  • Mission Planning
  • Image processing
  • TALOS introduction
  • STM’s part in TALOS
  • 17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Professor Ian Poll

    Professor Ian Poll, Aerospace Engineering and Technical Director, Cranfield Aerospace, UK

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Professor Ian Poll

    Professor Ian Poll, Aerospace Engineering and Technical Director, Cranfield Aerospace, UK

    9:10 NATO’s Approach to Unmanned Aircraft Systems

    Lieutenant Colonel Jens Fehler

    Lieutenant Colonel Jens Fehler, C4ISTAR Branch, NATO Joint Airpower Competence Centre

  • Update on current developments
  • Integration and Interoperability
  • Bandwidth – How do we see it and how important is it?
  • Obstacles and challenges
  • Future roadmap for NATO UAS capabilities
  • 9:45 The UK Army’s Operational Implementation of UAVs in Iraq and Afghanistan

    Major Claire Button

    Major Claire Button, Battery Commander, 18(Quebec 1759) Battery, Royal Artillery, UK

  • The UK Army UAV operational update
  • Army UAV missions and operational experiences – How have UAVs been used to aid success?
  • How does a military commander take full advantage of UAV technology?
  • How do we increase operational effectiveness?
  • Future potential for UK military operations
  • 10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:40 Italian Air Force - An Operational Perspective

    Colonel Vincenzo Sicuso

    Colonel Vincenzo Sicuso, Predator Squadron Commander, Italian Air Staff

  • Where and how are UAVs being used?
  • Challenges encountered and overcome
  • Current and future information, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities
  • Adapting to operational environments
  • Successes, challenges and future insights
  • 11:15 Aerial Surveillance – UAV & Connected Technology

    Pietro Amati

    Pietro Amati, Managing Director, ASM Europe Ltd

  • Crime Surveillance & hostage location
  • Traffic monitoring and surveillance
  • Engineering R&D
  • Border & coast patrol - Search and rescue
  • 11:50 Integration of UAV’s into Non-Segregated Civil Airspace

    Leslie Cary

    Leslie Cary, Technical Officer, Air Traffic Management, International Civil Aviation Organisation

  • ICAO approach to unmanned aircraft system
  • Developing a regulatory framework
  • Sense and avoid issues
  • Integrating UAVs into non segregated civil airspace
  • Accommodating UAV into non-segregated airspace
  • Accommodating UAS at aerodromes
  • Safety and public perception implications
  • The way forward
  • 12:25 Networking Lunch

    13:45 Air Traffic Management and UAVs in Europe

    Michael Strong

    Michael Strong, Directorate Civil Military ATM Cooperation , EUROCONTROL

  • European ATM context
  • Integration Challenges
  • EUROCONTROL activities
  • European and international collaboration
  • How UAV integration might evolve
  • 14:20 ASTRAEA Programme Update – UAV Airspace Access

    Nick Miller

    Nick Miller, Vice Chairman, ASTREA, UK

  • Defining the requirements of UAVs to fly in commercial airspace
  • Effort to incorporate high-altitude, long endurance aircraft into the national airspace
  • National and multi national regulatory difficulties
  • Challenges faced
  • Future direction
  • 14:55 Afternoon Tea

    15:15 UAS Systems Research from the Czech Republic

  • Helicopter UAS – HEROS
  • Fix wing UAS – RoboStar
  • General concepts of our systems
  • Lubor Kult

    Lubor Kult, CTO, Project Leader, TrackSystem

    Jan Kneissl

    Jan Kneissl, Certification Officer, TrackSystem

    15:50 The Operational Advantages of Civil UAVs

  • Why use UAVs in the public sector?
  • What is being done now to aid success?
  • Difficulties encountered and overcome
  • Operational experiencesWhat will be possible in the future?
  • Vijith Randeniya

    Vijith Randeniya, Deputy Cheif Fire Officer, West Midlands Fire Brigade

    Patrick  Mika

    Patrick Mika, Watch Commander, Research and Development, Operations Support, West Midlands Fire Service

    16:25 Future UAV Integration in a Network Centric Environment

  • Future UAV interoperability with advance ATM system
  • How UAV will share the airspace with civil manned aviation?
  • UAS interoperability requirements in a network centric environment
  • Security issues associated to the UAS integration on the future SWIM (System Wide Information Management)
  • Future interagency applications
  • Carlos Montes

    Carlos Montes, Advanced Air Traffic Management Engineer, New Programmes and Safety Group, Boeing Research & Technology Europe

    David Esteban

    David Esteban, Aerospace System R&D Engineer, New Programs and Safety Group, Boeing Research & Technology Europe

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

    Professor Ian Poll

    Professor Ian Poll, Aerospace Engineering and Technical Director, Cranfield Aerospace, UK



    Addressing the UAV Training Challenge

    Addressing the UAV Training Challenge

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    19th November 2008
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    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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