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Pacific 2015 Maritime Unmanned Systems Conference

The Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) conference at Pacific 2015 will attract Defence, Industry & Academia from around the world to present, promote and discuss unmanned technologies. The 2015 conference will be held over 1.5 days and will focus on unmanned technologies relevant to future defence programs and maritime applications.

The themes will cover unmanned technologies relevant to SEA 1778, SEA 1180, NMP 1942, SEA 129 Phase 5 and AIR 7000 Phase 1b in addition to leading edge research and development.

This event is an associated conference of Pacific 2015 and will be held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island.


Tuesday October 6, 2015
0900 - 0930 Registration
0930 - 0945 Welcome Address: Assoc Prof KC Wong, President AAUS
0945 - 1020 Navy Unmanned Systems – The Way Forward
CAPT Al Whittaker, Capability Program Manager – Aviation, RAN
1025 - 1055 DST Group Unmanned Maritime Systems Research – An overview
Kevin Galor, Acting Chief of Martime Division, DST Group
1055 - 1125 Morning Tea
1125 - 1140 Presentation of the Rod Walker Award
1140 - 1210 General Atomics Aeronautical MQ-9 Sense and Avoid System
Ken Loving, Strategic Development, General Atomics Aeronautical systems
1215 - 1245 Incorporation of advanced EO/IR ViDAR payload into RAN NUAS
Simon Olsen, Director Business Development, Strategy and Partnerships, Sentient Vision Systems
1245 - 1330 Lunch
1330 - 1400 Navy UAS Program
LCDR Ben Crowther, Officer In Charge, Navy UAS Development Unit, RAN
1405 - 1435 Automating Maritime Domain Awareness - interoperability between UAS, USVs and UUVs
Andrew Duggan, Managing Director, Insitu Pacific
1440 - 1510 The Schiebel S-100 CAMCOPTER in support of Humanitarian and Security Operations and recent developments in Anti-Submarine and Rapid Environmental Assessment Payloads
Phil Swinsburg, Sales Representative, Schiebel
1510 - 1540 Afternoon Tea
1545 - 1615 MQ-4C Triton Update
Greg Miller, Program Executive, Northrop Grumman
1620 - 1655 UAS in Army: Understanding the Drivers for LAND 129 Phase 4
LTCOL Tim Rutherford, Australian Army
1655 - 1700 Closing Comments
1900 - 2200 Networking Dinner
Kingley’s Australian Steakhouse


Wednesday October 7, 2015
0900 - 0930 Unmanned Surface Vessels
Dr Derek Rogers, Centre of Excellence in Autonomous Systems, Saab Australia
0935 - 1005 Maritime Robotx Challenge
Dr Matthew Dunbabin, Queensland University of Technology
1010 - 1040 Unmanned Maritime Systems Research at ACFR
Prof Stefan Williams, Australian Centre for Field Robotics
1040 - 1110 Morning Tea
1110 - 1140 Anti-submarine Warfare Unmanned Surface Vessel - ASWUSV
Robert Dane, CEO, Ocius Ocean Technology
1145 - 1215 The use of Autonomous Surface Vehicles for Military and Security Operations
Vince Dobbin, ASV Unmanned Marine Systems
1220 - 1250 Unmanned Systems for Maritime Domain Awareness – Enabling Technologies
James Robinson, Business Development Director Surface Systems, Textron Systems
1250 - 1300 Closing Comments

Networking Opportunities:
A sponsors and speakers networking dinner will be held on the evening of Tuesday, October 6, 2015.

(Sponsors and speakers will be have complimentary admission to this event, other delegates are welcome to attend at an additional cost).


Category Early Bird Price
(before 1/8/15)
Standard Price
(after 1/8/15)
Defence / Government / Retired $500 $575
Industry (AAUS Member) $550 $625
Industry $600 $690
Academic $300 $345
Sponsor & Speakers Dinner** $100 $100

Pricing is AUD$ and Ex-GST.
Early Bird pricing available to 31/7/15.
Standard pricing applies from 1/8/15.
Speakers are registered at no cost
**Sponsors and speakers attend the Sponsors & Speakers Dinner at no cost.


Date, Time and Location
This event will be held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island.

Date: Tuesday 6th October and Wednesday 7th October 2015
Time: 0900-1610 Tuesday 6th October
0900-1300 Wednesday 7th October
Location: Conference Precinct, Exhibition Hall 4


For Further Information and to Pre-register:
To register and for more information please refer to the website www.aaus.org.au or contact the Executive Director, Mr Greg Tyrrell - greg.tyrrell@aaus.org.au