Sydney, October 9, 2019

Organised in association with Maritime Australia, the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems conference at Pacific 2019 attracted 200 delegates from Defence, Industry & Academia to discuss autonomy and unmanned technologies relevant to maritime applications.


Session 1

0900: Welcome

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

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

0940: Keynote presentation: “Maritime Autonomous Systems Program” [view presentation]

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” [view presentation]

Jake Campbell, Triton Program Manager Australia, Northrop Grumman.

1050: Barista Coffee Break.  Powered by Insitu Pacific

Session 2

1130:Innovative Autonomous Solutions” [view presentation]

Robert Dane, Chief Executive Officer, Ocius Technology.

1150: “The Challenge of Integrating Autonomous Systems into Routine Coral Reef Monitoring” [view presentation]

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

1210: Challenges in Deploying Robust Autonomy for Robotic Exploration in Marine Environments” [view presentation]

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”   [view presentation]

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” [view presentation]

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” [view presentation]

LTCOL Keirin Joyce, Army UAS Sub-Program Manager.

1430: Payload Sensors for Tactical UAS – 2019 update” [view presentation]

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

1450: Engineering UAS in Australia – a 25 year Aerosonde perspective” [view presentation]

Andrew Glenk, Chief of Engineering, Textron Systems Australia.

1510: Night ViDAR – Reclaiming the Night” [view presentation]

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” [view presentation] [view technical paper]

Dr Bernard Ferrier, SETA NAVAIR PMA 266.

1550: Contribution of VTOL-UAS to Information Advantage in the Maritime Domain” [view presentation]

Tony Duthie, Leonardo MW.

1610: “Civil RPAS Solutions for Maritime Security” [view presentation]

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

1630: Conference End