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SMi Group is proud to announce the inaugral Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems USA conference (VIRTUAL/ONLINE ACCESS ONLY) on the 21st and 22nd June 2021. With a renewed focus on maintaining overmatch against near-peer adversaries, the US DoD is investing heavily in land robotics of all sizes to increase Warfighter lethality and remove the soldier from dangerous situations.

The newest and most exciting event in SMi’s unmanned portfolio, MRAS USA is the only US-based event specifically dedicated to military robotics in the land environment. It will bring together the leading US and international program managers, robotics experts and industry to discuss the rapidly expanding role of military robots within the modern battlespace. As new opportunities and challenges emerge in this rapidly changing area, the conference enables the military robotics community to work collaboratively to forge ahead and deliver the very best unmanned capabilities to soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines.

As well as bringing together the US ground robotics community, the conference will gather in some of the most dynamic and innovative international militaries to provide their unique perspectives; no other event in the USA offers the same number of opportunities to meet, discuss and network with opposite numbers from allied nations..

Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems USA 2021 is the only occasion to meet world-leading experts virtually in the field of autonomous and robotic technologies. Attend the two-day conference and benefit from insights delivered by first-class scientists, researchers, academics and senior military figures from the USA and abroad.

  • Supported by a cross-section of US ground robotics teams and strategic leaders, receive unparalleled insight and access to the US military's ground robotics strategy and development programs.
  • Meet virtually and network with leaders in military robotics from industry, military and government across the two days.
  • Hear updates and guidance from world leading RAS programme managers.
  • Delve into the latest topics and trends shaping the future of robotics in land forces..
  • Discover cutting-edge ground robotics technology to enhance operational effectiveness and explore opportunities for greater coalition interoperability.

 

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Conference programme

All timings are in Eastern Daylight Time (BST-5)

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Major General (Ret'd) Bill Hix

Major General (Ret'd) Bill Hix, Former Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/5/7 Headquarters, US Army

9:00 US Army Robotics Long-Term Strategy, Requirements and Funding

Mr Stuart Hatfield

Mr Stuart Hatfield, Branch Chief, Soldier Systems and Unmanned Ground Systems, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, US Army

• Overall robotics requirements to fit RAS goals in 30-year strategies
• Available funding for robotics development and how industry can further integrate with Army research
• Redesigning existing formations to integrate RAS at the lowest levels
• Anticipated challenges of integrating and fielding robotics across the whole US Army

9:40 The New Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle Program – Planned Capabilities and Acquisition Strategies

Colonel Jeffrey Jurand

Colonel Jeffrey Jurand, PM Maneuver Combat Systems, PEO GCS, US Army

• An outline of the unmanned capabilities for the OMFV Platform
• Testing and evaluation methods to develop the next state-of-the-art unmanned fighting vehicle
• A timeline for future integration and deployment for the project
• A word on sustainable acquisition practices and integrating new technologies into modern fighting systems

10:20 Session Reserved For Gold Sponsor

A Senior Representative

A Senior Representative, , FLIR Systems

11:00 Morning Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

11:30 The Future of Robotic Combat Vehicles in the U.S. Army

Lieutenant Colonel Chris Orlowski

Lieutenant Colonel Chris Orlowski, Product Manager Robotic Combat Vehicle, PEO GCS, US Army

• Updates on deploying light to medium robotic combat vehicles in U.S. Army formations
• Challenges to operating robotic combat vehicles in built up urban areas.
• Advancing modular options for robotic combat vehicles to be adaptable to modern combat situations
• Next steps in robotic combat vehicle architecture development and integration
 

12:10 Unmanned Ground Vehicles and Robotic Combat Vehicles — Campaign of Learning and Requirements Update

Major Cory Wallace

Major Cory Wallace, RCV Requirements Officer, NGCV CFT, US Army Futures Command

• Recent Observations from Live and Virtual Experiments
• Requirements Update
• Future Experiments
• Robotic Warfare Concept Update
 

12:50 Lunch Break

13:50 Enhancing the Tactical Lethality and Situational Awareness Capabilities for Special Operations using RAS

Major Will Taylor

Major Will Taylor, Product Lead for Human Machine Team, PEO SOF Warrior, USSOCOM

• Current projects to acquire and integrate unmanned assets into special operations
• How RAS can augment the operator and the squad
• Artificial Intelligence for Small Unit Maneuver
• Using edge analytics to support the delivery of autonomous assets
• Where we are going: the direction of effort for RAS in special operations
 

14:30 Defining Artificially Intelligent UxS Swarms

Senior Chief Petty Officer James Harvey

Senior Chief Petty Officer James Harvey, Senior Enlisted Advisor, N9 Future Concepts and Innovation, United States Naval Special Warfare Command

  • Role of the N9 Future Concepts and Innovation Directorate in informing the force on developments in robotics and AI.
  • Man-machine teaming via multi-modal communications to achieve optimal employment of unmanned systems in contested, complex, or congested environments.
  • Using synthetic environments to train AI models and optimize application of robotic systems.   
     
  • 15:10 Afternoon Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

    15:40 Implementing Decision-Centric Warfare Using Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems

    • What is Mosaic or Decision-Centric Warfare?
    • Where are we in the three-phase implementation of Mosaic Warfare?
    • How can AI and Autonomous Systems enhance the force‘s ability to conduct decision-centric operations?
    • What are the technical requirements to support command, control, and communications of autonomous systems conducting decision-centric operations?

    Mr Bryan Clark

    Mr Bryan Clark, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

    16:20 Australian Army Robotics Development and RAS Role in Future Force Planning

  • Australian Army RAS testing and experimentation: lessons for effective creation of RAS capability
  • The role of robotics in future Australian land forces and plans for gradual integration of RAS into current formations
  • Human/machine teaming for effective cognitive processes
     
  • Brigadier Ian Langford

    Brigadier Ian Langford, Director General Future Land Warfare, Australian Defence Force

    Colonel Robin Smith

    Colonel Robin Smith, Director Robotics and Autonomous Systems Implementation and Coordination Office (RICO), Australian Army
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    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Major General (Ret'd) Bill Hix

    Major General (Ret'd) Bill Hix, Former Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/5/7 Headquarters, US Army

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Major General (Ret'd) Bill Hix

    Major General (Ret'd) Bill Hix, Former Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/5/7 Headquarters, US Army

    9:00 Machine Learning and Further Robotics Developments

    Colonel Christopher Korpela

    Colonel Christopher Korpela, Director of the Robotics Research Center, The United States Military Academy at West Point

    • Current RAS projects of the Robotics Research Center
    • Agile Ground Robot (AGRO) – Benefits to future ground operations
    • Challenges to developing Machine Learning capabilities
    • A word on ethical considerations for autonomous weapons

    9:40 Progression Towards a Unified Strategy of Delivering Unparalleled Autonomy-Enabled Capabilities

    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Dr Robert Sadowski, Army Chief Roboticist (Robotics ST), US Army

    • Providing a greater range of operational opportunities through robotic integration
    • Open modular ground vehicle autonomy for military operations
    • Challenges for future ground autonomy
     

    10:20 US Army Robotics at the Small Unit Level

    Mr Ted Maciuba

    Mr Ted Maciuba, Deputy Director Robotics Requirements, Maneuver CDID, US Army Futures Command

    • Army Maneuver Robotic Strategy
    • 10X Robotic and AI Equipped Dismounted Infantry Platoon initiative
    • Artificial Intelligence for Small Unit Maneuver

    11:00 Morning Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

    11:30 Implementation of Autonomous Systems – Reconsidering Operational Balance?

    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik, Senior Staff Officer/Future Solutions, Estonian Defence Forces

  • Impact of technology proliferation on operational capabilities of small forces
  • Implementation of unmanned ground systems - question of technology or concepts?
  • Challenges for coalitions – how to stay interoperable?
     
  • 12:10 UK Strategic Perspective: Incorporating Robotics and Autonomous Systems into Future British Army Operations

    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont, SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, British Army

    • The British Army’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems Strategy
    • Progress in creating a robust RAS capability for ground forces: current projects and testing
    • Agile acquisition and testing: how the British Army works with industry to drive progress and robotic innovation
    • UK-US joint robotics development programs
    • Future of British Army robotics: where are going to be in the next 5 years

     

     

    12:50 Lunch Break

    13:50 Robotics and Autonomous Systems: From Basic Research to Deployment

    Professor Srinivasa Narasimhan

    Professor Srinivasa Narasimhan, Interim Director of the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

  • Description of the Robotics stack
  • Current successes and challenges
  • Academic, Industry, Government Partnerships
     
  • 14:30 Autonomous Robotic Manipulation

    Dr Chad Kessens

    Dr Chad Kessens, Senior Robotics Research Scientist, US Army Research Laboratory

    • Developing algorithms to enhance the capabilities for autonomous robotics
    • Full body robotic manipulation – Where we are and where we are going
    • Challenges to robotic autonomy
    • A case study in autonomous route clearance – The RoMan

    15:10 Afternoon Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

    15:40 Developing Legged Robotics to Enhance Small Unit Mobility and Lethality

    Mr Jason Pusey

    Mr Jason Pusey, Mechanical Engineer, US Army Research Laboratory

    • Updates on legged robotics maneuverability
    • Challenges to creating mobile legged robots - obstacle detection and stability
    • How AI can assist with mobility challenges
    • A Case Study – The LLAMA

    16:20 How should robots make locomotor transitions in complex 3-D terrain?

    Dr Chen Li

    Dr Chen Li, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering

    • To move in complex 3-D terrain (forests, mountains, rubble, Martian rocks), animals and robots must use different modes of locomotion to traverse large obstacles.
    • However, most mechanistic understanding of terrestrial locomotion concerns how to generate and stabilize near-steady-state, single-mode locomotion (e.g., walk, run).
    • In a variety of locomotor-terrain interaction systems found in complex 3-D terrain, we discovered that locomotor transitions are barrier-crossing transitions on a potential energy landscape.
    • Our models revealed diverse strategies to make desired locomotor transitions more probable and advanced robot performance.

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

    Major General (Ret'd) Bill Hix

    Major General (Ret'd) Bill Hix, Former Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/5/7 Headquarters, US Army

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    Brigadier Ian Langford

    Brigadier Ian Langford

    Director General Future Land Warfare, Australian Defence Force
    Colonel Jeffrey Jurand

    Colonel Jeffrey Jurand

    PM Maneuver Combat Systems, PEO GCS, US Army
    Dr Chad Kessens

    Dr Chad Kessens

    Senior Robotics Research Scientist, US Army Research Laboratory
    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Army Chief Roboticist (Robotics ST), US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Orlowski

    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Orlowski

    Product Manager Robotic Combat Vehicle, PEO GCS, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

    SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

    Senior Staff Officer/Future Solutions, Estonian Defence Forces
    Major Cory Wallace

    Major Cory Wallace

    RCV Requirements Officer, NGCV CFT, US Army Futures Command
    Major Will Taylor

    Major Will Taylor

    Product Lead for Human Machine Team, PEO SOF Warrior, USSOCOM
    Mr Stuart Hatfield

    Mr Stuart Hatfield

    Branch Chief, Soldier Systems and Unmanned Ground Systems, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, US Army
    Mr Ted Maciuba

    Mr Ted Maciuba

    Deputy Director Robotics Requirements, Maneuver CDID, US Army Futures Command
    Professor Srinivasa Narasimhan

    Professor Srinivasa Narasimhan

    Interim Director of the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
    Senior Chief Petty Officer James Harvey

    Senior Chief Petty Officer James Harvey

    Senior Enlisted Advisor, N9 Future Concepts and Innovation, United States Naval Special Warfare Command

    Brigadier Ian Langford

    Director General Future Land Warfare, Australian Defence Force
    Brigadier Ian Langford

    Bryan Clark

    Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
    Bryan Clark

    Bryan Clark is senior fellow and director of the Center for Defense Concepts and Technology at Hudson Institute. He is was a career enlisted and officer submariner and is an expert in naval operations, electronic warfare, autonomous systems, military competitions, and wargaming. He recently published studies on the use of unmanned systems in anti-submarine warfare and US Navy fleet architecture.

    Colonel Jeffrey Jurand

    PM Maneuver Combat Systems, PEO GCS, US Army
    Colonel Jeffrey Jurand

    Colonel Robin Smith

    Director Robotics and Autonomous Systems Implementation and Coordination Office (RICO), Australian Army
    Colonel Robin Smith

    Colonel Robin Smith is current the SO1 Robotic and Autonomous Systems within Future Land Warfare Branch of the Australian Army HQ, where has been in post since November 2017. He recently authored the Australian Army Robotic and Autonomous Systems Strategy. He is a logistician by background and served for over 30 years in the British Army before transferring to the Australian Army. He has commanded at all levels up to and including Regimental level and deployed a number of times. He has a background in Electronic Engineering and has fulfilled a number of roles in the Joint logistics domain at the tactical and operational levels.

    Dr Chad Kessens

    Senior Robotics Research Scientist, US Army Research Laboratory
    Dr Chad Kessens

    Dr Chen Li

    Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering
    Dr Chen Li

    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Army Chief Roboticist (Robotics ST), US Army
    Dr Robert Sadowski

    Jeffery Jurand

    Project Manager, PEO Ground Combat Systems
    Jeffery Jurand

    COL Jurand commissioned as an Armor Officer in 1998. His early Army career spanned several assignments including a combat tour in Iraq before transitioning into the Army Acquisition Corps. He has since served in various acquisition roles on the path to his current position as the Project Manager of the Army’s Maneuver Combat Systems. In 2019-2020, Col Jurand attended the U.S. Army War College Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University where he studied cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence. COL Jurand has a B.S. in Engineering Science from Vanderbilt University and an M.Eng in Project Management from University of Maryland, College Park.
     

    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Orlowski

    Product Manager Robotic Combat Vehicle, PEO GCS, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Orlowski

    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

    SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

    Senior Staff Officer/Future Solutions, Estonian Defence Forces
    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

    Major Cory Wallace

    RCV Requirements Officer, NGCV CFT, US Army Futures Command
    Major Cory Wallace

    Major General (Ret'd) Bill Hix

    Former Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/5/7 Headquarters, US Army
    Major General (Ret'd) Bill Hix

    Major Will Taylor

    Product Lead for Human Machine Team, PEO SOF Warrior, USSOCOM
    Major Will Taylor

    Martijn Hadicke

    Project Leader NLD Army Robot Autonomous Systems, NLD Army
    Martijn Hadicke

    Mr Bryan Clark

    Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
    Mr Bryan Clark

    Mr Jason Pusey

    Mechanical Engineer, US Army Research Laboratory
    Mr Jason Pusey

    Mr Stuart Hatfield

    Branch Chief, Soldier Systems and Unmanned Ground Systems, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, US Army
    Mr Stuart Hatfield

    Mr Ted Maciuba

    Deputy Director Robotics Requirements, Maneuver CDID, US Army Futures Command
    Mr Ted Maciuba

    Professor Srinivasa Narasimhan

    Interim Director of the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
    Professor Srinivasa Narasimhan

    Senior Chief Petty Officer James Harvey

    Senior Enlisted Advisor, N9 Future Concepts and Innovation, United States Naval Special Warfare Command
    Senior Chief Petty Officer James Harvey

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