Sydney, October 9, 2019

Organised in association with Maritime Australia, the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems conference at Pacific 2019 will attract Defence, Industry & Academia from around the world to present, promote and discuss unmanned technologies.

The 2019 conference will be held on Wednesday October 9, 2019 at the International Convention Centre during the Pacific expo and will focus on autonomy and unmanned technologies relevant to future defence programs, particularly maritime applications.

AAUS events are focused on broadening professional relationships amongst members and key industry end users.  Our events are strongly supported by key Defence personnel and there will be opportunities to meet with them during the conference and at the conference dinner. The conference dinner will be held on the evening of October 9 following the conference.


  • Unmanned System technology and autonomy as applied in the maritime domain.
  • Air, surface and subsurface technologies and applications.  (ISR, EW, countermine, cross-cueing, manned / unmanned teaming).
  • Update from key ADF (Navy, Army and RAAF) programs utilising unmanned systems
  • Update from Academic organisations on R&D in the field of autonomy with maritime applications.


If you would like to be considered as a speaker for the conference, AAUS is now accepting short abstracts on your proposed presentation.  Short abstracts should be no longer than 100 words and outline how your topics matches the conference themes.

Key Dates

Call for Papers: May 18, 2019

Registration Open: late May, 2019

Abstract Submission Deadline:  July 26, 2019

Presentation Acceptance Notification:  July 31, 2019

Early Bird Deadline:  July 31, 2019

Conference Date:  October 9, 2019


Navy, Air Force and Army and CAS-G have confirmed support of the conference and will provide updates on relevant programs.

Dr Helen Cartledge, Director Maritime Autonomous & Remote Systems (MARUS), Ships Division, CAS-G

LTCOL Keirin Joyce, Army UAS Sub-Program Manager

WGCDR Ian Forsyth, Deputy Director Maritime Patrol & Response, RAAF

Dr Stephen Carr, Optoelectronics Specialist, Maritime Division, DST Group

Melanie Olsen, Technology Development Engineering – Team Leader, Australian Institute of Marine Science

Prof Stefan Williams, Head of School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, University of Sydney

Robert Dane, Chief Executive Officer, Ocius Technology

Cameron Devries, Aerosonde Advanced Product Development Lead, Textron Systems

Prof Matthew Dunbabin, Principal Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology

Prof Guy Williams, Academic Lead Autonomous Marine Systems Laboratory, University of Tasmania

Tony Duthie, Marketing,  Leonardo MW



A conference dinner is available at additional cost and provides a great networking opportunity in a relaxed environment.  This years dinner will be a stand up event with substantial canapes and drinks.

Dinner Venue: The Watershed Hotel in Darling Harbour

Date: Wednesday October 9

Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm


  • AAUS Member: $350 (Early Bird) / $395 (Standard)
  • Defence & Government:  $350 / $395
  • Industry:  $450 / $495
  • Academia:  $270 / $315
  • Conference Dinner option:  $105

Pricing is Ex-GST. Early Bird discount ends July 31, 2019. Speakers and Sponsors are registered at no cost for the conference and conference dinner.

Registration is now open via the official Pacific 2019 website.



The Autonomy in the Maritime Domain conference provides a great opportunity for organisations to engage closely with the Australian Defence Force and Industry discussing emerging unmanned systems programs.

Sponsorship offers organisations a significant branding opportunity.

Sponsorship Prospectus