On 21st May, 0800-1300 EDT and 22nd May, 0800-1300 EDT, the findings of the Autonomous Systems Forum were discussed, elaborated on and exploited though an online workshop.

OBJECTIVE

To finalize the answer to give at the question : What military capabilities are most likely to benefit from autonomisation and how?

To Seek industry comments, ideas and suggestions on the policy guidance document.

SETTING

  • All the online forum participants were welcome to join the workshop online to elaborate on the forum findings and bring new insights in the debate.
  • Industry experts joined the workshop onsite at the Innovation Hub offices in Norfolk VA. Information and Registration here.
  • The workshop was broadcasted over the internet at Innovation Hub livestream

ONLINE MATERIAL

  • Workshop presentation are available here below (see Workshop Agenda)
  • Short video is available at Innovation Hub livestream
  • Workshop report will be available soon
  • If you attended the workshop, please take the survey

WORKSHOP AGENDA

Wednesday 21st May

Time

Topic

Speaker / Moderator

0830

 

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Workshop Introduction

Event overview, aims and objectives, Workshop conduct and rules.

Presentation Slides

Multinational Capability Development Campaign (MCDC) Briefing

Presentation Slides

Mr Serge Da Deppo

 

 

 

 

Cdr Sylwester Filipczak

0900

 

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Autonomy as a Capability

Briefing on initial study results looking at the operational benefits of autonomous systems, followed by a group discussion

Presentation Slides

Focus questions for this session include:

  • What are the operational benefits of increasing autonomy?
  • What are key cost, system and capability tradeoffs with increasing autonomy?
  • What are the required enabling technologies?
  • What are the priority research and development areas?

Mr Andy Williams

1015

Coffee Break

 

1045

 

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Autonomous Systems and Working with Partners

Focus questions for this session include:

  • Is there benefit from integration of observable human behaviour with data from social and mobile technology in order to improve human machine interaction in multinational operations?
  • What scenarios/tasks would benefit most?
  • Can the digital nature of autonomous systems be leveraged to support better situational awareness regarding the types of capabilities that coalition partners (military or civilian) are bringing to support operations (especially those that come together quickly in response to a sudden crisis)?

Dr Candace Eshelman-Haynes

 

1200

 

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Session Wrap-Up

Review of conclusions and recommendations

Mr Andy Williams

1230

Lunch

 

1330

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Workshop Continuation

MESA report 

Presentation Slides

Adjuct Prof Andreas Tolk

Thursday 22nd May

Time

Topic

Speaker / Moderator

0830

 

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Introduction to Policy Guidance Document

An overview of the main product the MCDC project will be explained to the participants

Mr Andy Williams

0900

 

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Policy Issues

Discussion on the following topic to elicit issues and recommendations for policy-makers:

  • Capability planning
  • Research and development planning
  • Military operational issues
  • Legal issues
  • Public policy issues
  • System design and human-machine interaction
  • Future technology

Mr Andy Williams

1015

Coffee Break

 

1045

 

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Policy Issues Continued

 

1200

 

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Workshop Wrap-Up