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.

Conference Date:  October 9, 2019



Session 1

0900: Welcome

0910: Keynote presentation:Being Watched – Achieving Civil Maritime Security in Australia’s Maritime Domain

CDRE Mal Wise (RAN), Chief of Operations, Maritime Border Command.

0940: Keynote presentation: “Maritime Autonomous Systems Program”

Dr Helen Cartledge, Director Maritime Autonomous & Remote Systems (MARUS), Ships Division, CASG &

CAPT John Navin, RAN, Director MHP, Navy Capability Division.

1010: Panel Session / Industry Q&A on Maritime Autonomous Program. Opportunities for Industry Engagement – Creating partnerships with industry and academia

Panel: Dr Brendon Anderson, Research Leader for Maritime Autonomy, DST Group, CMDR Brad Vizard, Deputy Director Mine Warfare, RAN, CMDR Paul Hornsby, Navy Lead, Autonomous Warfare Systems, RAN, CMDR Mick Parker, Operational Requirements Sponsor Mine Warfare, RAN, Russell Endersby, Deputy Project Manager SEA 1905

1030:Geopolitical Implications of Australian Triton”

Jake Campbell, Triton Program Manager Australia, Northrop Grumman.

1050: Barista Coffee Break.  Powered by Insitu Pacific

Session 2

1130:Innovative Autonomous Solutions”

Robert Dane, Chief Executive Officer, Ocius Technology.

1150: “The Challenge of Integrating Autonomous Systems into Routine Coral Reef Monitoring” 

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

1210: Challenges in Deploying Robust Autonomy for Robotic Exploration in Marine Environments” 

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

1230: “Risking it all for Science – Deploying Autonomous Systems in Polar Environments”  

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

1250: “Recent Applications of Autonomous Perception-To-Action for Conservation and Natural Resource Management” 

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

1310: Networking Lunch Break.  Light lunch provided.

Session 3

1400: Keynote presentation: “Army UAS in the Littoral”

LTCOL Keirin Joyce, Army UAS Sub-Program Manager.

1430: Payload Sensors for Tactical UAS – 2019 update” 

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

1450: Engineering UAS in Australia – a 25 year Aerosonde perspective” 

Andrew Glenk, Chief of Engineering, Textron Systems Australia.

1510: Night ViDAR – Reclaiming the Night” 

Simon Olsen, Director Business Development, Strategy and Partnerships, Sentient.

1530: Resolving the Conflict between Ship Design and UAV Launch and Recovery Deck Limits; the Development of Enhanced Dynamic Interface Study Tests”  

Dr Bernard Ferrier, SETA NAVAIR PMA 266.

1550: Contribution of VTOL-UAS to Information Advantage in the Maritime Domain” 

Tony Duthie, Leonardo MW.

1610: “Civil RPAS Solutions for Maritime Security” 

Matthias Seifert, Key Account Manager, UAS & CIS, Airbus.

1630: Conference End




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