Feb 7

Wednesday, February 7 (Revised Due to Inclement Weather)

0800 – 1000 Registration Open & Continental Breakfast
1000 – 1015 Welcome and Opening Remarks
1015 – 1045 Keynote Address

Description: The morning keynote address will feature U.S. Army leadership discussing the latest air and ground autonomous systems initiatives being driven by the service.

Speaker: Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, Director, Office of Business Transformation, Office of the Under Secretary of the Army

1045 – 1115 Unmanned Systems- Now and In the Future

Description: Join Mr. Dale Ormond as he discusses the DOD’s efforts to ensure the U.S. maintains a competitive edge in terms of technology development, particularly in the realm of unmanned systems. Key topics will include research and development investment, important technology focus areas and strategic initiatives of interest to industry.

Speaker: Mr. Dale Ormond, Principal Director, Research, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Research and Engineering)

1115 – 1145  DARPA Unmanned Systems Technology Development

Description: This presentation will provide an overview of DARPA's efforts in developing new unmanned platforms and associated technologies. In doing so, it will examine the agency's history in this area, ranging from DARPA's work on early UAV's to more recent UxS initiatives. Finally, it will highlight the agency's current focus on autonomy and counter-UAS efforts.

Speaker: Mr. Jean-Charles Ledé, Acting Deputy Director, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA

1145 – 1215 Army's Robotic Ground Vehicle Development Strategy

Description: The Army is aggressively looking to accelerate the unmanned and autonomous ground vehicles across its new Movement and Maneuver Functional Concept. TARDEC, the Army's Ground Vehicle Research Design and Engineering Center, is leading the way to deliver unmanned ground vehicles for Soldier evaluation quicker. Their robotic strategy is built upon a modular, open autonomy architecture that enables incremental capability upgrades over time, opens competition at the subsystem and software module level and strives to bring the best unmanned vehicle capabilities to our Warfighters without depending on traditional acquisition timelines or processes. The Army's mission space diverges significantly from the structured environment commercial industry is working toward, requiring an innovative approach to capitalize on massive commercial market investment while ensuring our Soldier have the military unique capabilities they need to Fight and Win in a Complex World.

Speaker: Dr. Paul Rogers, Director, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC)

1215 – 1315 Lunch on Own – Concessions Provided
 1315 – 1345 Internal and External Sourcing of UAS Technology for the Air Force

Description: AFRL is both developing technology along traditional lines and reaching out to commercial activity in non-traditional ways.  Traditional activity aims to improve propulsion, collection, data fusion, and training for USAF RPA.  It also advances novel manufacturing, propulsion, and autonomy for UAS, as well as air-launched and counter-UAS capabilities.   Non-traditional outreach includes organizations oriented to small and non-traditional business, partnerships in national airspace integration, and aggregation of civil and commercial needs for dual-use opportunities.  This year also marks the first experiment with using a Technology Accelerator to move technology from start-ups toward defense solutions.

Speaker: Dr. Reid Melville, Strategy Lead, Unmanned Air Systems, Air Force Research Laboratory

1345 – 1415 Office of Naval Research: Autonomy and Unmanned Systems for the Future Force 

Description: Charged with discovery and invention, the Office of Naval Research is pursuing new unmanned technologies for air, land and sea applications and improving the capabilities of existing systems. Mr. Mastroianni's address will focus on ONR's role in Science and Technology development and broad interests in  autonomy and platforms across domains.

Speaker: Mr. Lee Mastroianni, Special Programs Officer, Office of Naval Research

1415 – 1445 Rock, Paper, Scissors, Tankbot, Slaughterbot: Some General Observations on What Works in Military Robotics

Description: After two years of intense investigation of military robotics across a variety of domains and missions, what have we learned? Why can't we get enough of some types of systems and why can't we seem to settle on others? What wargames, experimentation, and actual operations have taught us about what we want and need in our military robots.

Speaker: Lt. Col. Dan Schmitt, USMC Field Testing Branch, Marine Corp Warfighting Laboratory, and Maj. Justin Gogel, Rapid Capabilities Officer, Marine Corps Warfighting

1445 – 1515 Defining the Defense Department's Unmanned Systems Threat: Challenges and Opportunities

Description: Adversary use of unmanned systems technology is challenging the Department of Defense's capability development and procurement processes. A senior steering group was formed to align, integrate and accelerate counter unmanned systems efforts across the Department. Initially focused on policy, technology and operational challenges, efforts expanded to posturing the Department for long-term success against adversary exploitation of unmanned systems technology across domains.

Speaker: BG Clement S. Coward, Jr., Deputy Director for Force Protection, U.S. Army J8

1515 – 1545 Break
1545 – 1645 Panel: The Challenges of AI: Using, Protecting and Maximizing the Potential of Artificial Intelligence for Defense and Security

Description: The introduction of artificial intelligence into defense, national security and public safety applications presents both opportunity and challenges. From questions on how to integrate and maximize the resulting information to the challenges of how to protect it, there’s no shortage of debate when it comes to how the DOD and other government agencies should be utilizing this new tool. This lively discussion will seek to answer some questions, while inevitably drawing out new ones, as experts from defense, government and commercial industry debate the best ways for the DOD and government to benefit from commercial developments in this space, capitalize on the lessons already learned, address challenges related to ethics and much more.

Moderator: Dorothy Engelhardt, Director of Programs, Unmanned Systems, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy

Panelists: Dr. Pedro Rodriguez, Senior Research Scientist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; Dr. Timothy C. Faltemier, Progeny Systems Corporation; Mr. Gregory Allen, Adjunct Fellow, Technology and National Security Program, Center for a New American Security; Mr. Jaz Banga, Co-Founder and CEO, Airspace Systems

1645 –  1755 Unmanned Systems – Defense. Protection. Security. Innovation Challenge

Description: The Innovation Challenge is an opportunity for startups operating in the unmanned systems or autonomous systems spheres to present their technology to government and industry representatives. During the Innovation Challenge, five finalists will pitch their technology to the USPDPS audience of industry leaders and government professionals.

Finalists will answer questions from our panel of experts. Each finalist will have six minutes to pitch their technology and four minutes to answer questions from our panel of defense and government industry experts. The panel will advise and provide feedback, but the final choice will be left to the USDPS audience.

Advisory Panel: Mr. Orin Hoffman, Autonomy and Robotics, HQE DIUx; Mr. Frank Kelley, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Unmanned Systems), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development & Acquisition); Mr. Jean-Charles Ledé, Acting Deputy Director, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA; Dr. Bob Sadowski, Chief Roboticist, U.S. Army

1755 – 1800 Closing Comments
1800 – 1900 Networking Reception