Maritime Unmanned Systems Conference at Pacific 2017


The AAUS Maritime Unmanned Systems conference at Pacific 2017 will attract Defence, Industry & Academia from around the world to present, promote and discuss unmanned technologies.

The AAUS unmanned systems conference is held in conjunction with Pacific 2017 (www.pacific2017.com.au).   PACIFIC 2017 will be staged in the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) on the shores of Sydney Harbour and runs from October 3-5, 2017.  Our event will be held in a conference room at this venue.

The 2017 conference will focus on unmanned technologies relevant to future defence programs and maritime applications and has been well supported by the Australian Defence Force who use our conferences to engage with industry on unmanned systems programs.   We expect key presentations from Navy, Air Force, Army and CAS-G.


    • Domains: Air, Surface, Subsurface
    • The integration of domains, C2 and cross-cueing – single asset and multiple asset control
    • Platforms and sensors including sensor research
    • Applications – Defence, Civil Security, other 

  • Relevant Defence Projects include:

    • SEA 129 Phase 5 (MTUAS)
    • SEA 1180 and SEA 5000 – (UAV / UUV / USV)
    • SEA 2400 – Hydro – (USV / UUV)
    • SEA 1778 Phase 1 – Mine Countermeasures– (AUV /USV)
    • AIR 7000 Phase 1B  (Multi-mission UAS)
    • LAND 129 Phase 4 (SUAS)
    • SEA 1000 – (UUV)



OCTOBER 4, 2017   Room E3.9 (level 3) International Convention Centre Sydney

 TimeActivity / Presentation TitlePresenter 
 0915 - 0930 Welcoming Remarks AIRMSHL Geoff Shepherd (Ret) & Greg Tyrrell (AAUS)
 0930 - 1000 Keynote 1:  CAPT Nicholas Stoker (RAN)
 1000 - 1030 Keynote 2:  Maritime Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems CMDR Philip Woodward (RAN)
 1030 - 1055 Army’s contribution to Maritime UAS Ops – Amphibious ISR LTCOL Keirin Joyce (Army)
 1055 - 1120 Morning Tea 
 1120 - 1145 Payload Sensors Program for TUAS; Hyperspectral Imaging for Support to Amphibious Operations Dr Stephen Carr (DST Group)
 1145 - 1210 Australian ViDAR Optical Radar transforming Tactical UAS for Navy missions Simon Olsen (Sentient Vision Systems)
 1210 - 1235 Update on Target (UAT) Capabilities
 Andrew Duggan (Insitu Pacific)
 1235 - 1300 RPAS Certification Peggy MacTavish (Flight Data Systems)
 1300 - 1345 Lunch 
 1345 - 1410The Evolutionary Path to the Ideal Combination of Manned and Unmanned rotary/VTOL systems in a Maritime Operational Environment Lars Zander (Airbus)
 1410 - 1435 Unmanned Warrior 2016 – an UAS Industry Perspective Rick Wellesley (Leonardo)
 1435 - 1500 Development of a Multi-role, Manned/Uninhabited and Autonomous RHIB for the ADF Dr Derek Rogers (Saab Australia)
 1500 - 1525 Future Innovative Applications for Maritime Robotic and Autonomous Systems Darren Burrowes (BlueZone Group)
 1525 - 1550 Afternoon Tea 
 1550 - 1615 Unmanned Mine-Countermeasure Solution Jean-Claude Alcouffe (ECA Group)
 1615 - 1640 The Path to Real World Autonomy for ASVs Vince Dobbin (ASV Global)
 1640 - 1705 Persistent Autonomous Unmanned Surface Vessels powered by the Ocean Robert Dane (Ocius)
 1705 - 1730 Liquid Robotics Maritime Surveillance Solution James Buescher (Liquid Robotics)


A Sponsors and Speakers Networking dinner will be held on the evening of Wednesday October 4 at Stacks Taverna close to the ICC.  The dinner event is sponsored by Flight Data Systems and will provide a casual atmosphere to network with conference speakers and sponsors.  

Stacks Taverna 
Southern Building, 24/25 Darling Quarter,
1-25 Harbour St Sydney View Map
7pm - 10pm
Dress: Casual

Note, extra costs apply and dinner numbers are limited.


Pricing details for the 1 day event are:


Early Bird Price

Normal Price




AAUS Member



Industry (non AAUS)






Conference Dinner




Early Bird prices will be available until August 31, 2017.

Pricing is exclusive of GST.

Note, delegates to the conference will also be registered for Pacific 2017.  


AAUS is a not for profit organisation that aims to promote the unmanned systems industry through quality events at affordable prices.  This is only possible through the generous support that we receive from Sponsors.  

Flexible sponsorship packages are available for organisations wishing to bring a team and promote its activities.

AAUS Pacific 17 Sponsorship Packages v1.0.pdf


Greg Tyrrell - AAUS Executive Director

Telephone 0458 850 202


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