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AI in land, air and maritime

Please note: all timings are listed as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).


Chair’s welcome and introduction

Elise Tapping, Chair AI TN & Chief Engineer for Ships Support Maritime Combat System Underwater Electronic Warfare


Military AI and International Law

  • Current State of Affairs
  • International Legal Framework: International Law applicable to Methods and Means of Warfare
  • Legal principles to conform to, and Technical features to overcome shortcomings

Kees van Haperen MBA MSc CEng MBCS CITP MINCOSE MICW FORS, Director Business Development, Borwell ltd, UK


Fusion in Defence

  • The changing landscape in defence
  • The current fusion situation
  • The evaluation of future options

Colin Paterson, Deputy Head Lightning Delivery Team, MoD, UK

Phillippa Spencer, DSTL, UK


How AI could support and enhance the Command, Control, Communication, Computer and Intelligence (C4I) challenges faced by the military operators of today?

  • C4I Requirements for AI systems
  • Military Communication using Tactical Data Links (TDL)
  • Automatic Information, Processing and Evaluation

Huw Davies and Kai Thurner, Atheniem


Break and Networking


Can we really take a risk-based approach to AI

  • How should we frame the problems and questions we're trying to address with AI?
  • What considerations should be made?
  • How can you ensure you're able to actually procure and/or implement a solution?

Mark Woods, Chief Technical Advisor EMEA, Splunk


In-flight aircraft reconfiguration using deep learning

  • Deep Learning techniques are applicable in supporting an automated reconfiguration of the internal processing of an airborne mission system, utilising the Allied Standard Avionics Architecture Councils (ASAAC) software stack.
  • The proof of concept provides an automatic prioritisation of internal bandwidth for different sensors and applications based on the platforms current situation, using positional and track data.
  • This could maximise the platforms usage throughout the different phases of a mission, especially in more complex scenarios including Tactically Congested, Degraded and Operationally limited environments (TCDO), alleviating operator workload and maximising the processing capacity to reduce Size, Weight, Power and Cost (SWaP-C).

Kirsten McCormick, Artificial Intelligence Lead, General Dynamics – Mission Systems


Panel discussion: Complex systems with ‘responsible AI’. How do we manage it?

Mark Woods, Splunk
Kirsten McCormick
Kees van Haperen

Take the opportunity to put questions to our expert panel of speakers, and share solutions with your peers to overcome the challenges you are facing.


Chair’s final remarks and close