Main Conference: Day 1

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration & Welcome Coffee

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Chairman's Welcome Remarks

Nick Lambert, Former National Hydrographer, United Kingdom

Nick Lambert

Former National Hydrographer
United Kingdom

9:15 AM - 9:55 AM Establishing A Warfighting Tactical Edge Over An Opponent Through The Exploitation Of Environmental Data

Captain Gary Hesling, Hydrographer of the Navy, Royal Navy
• The enduring utility of ocean environment intelligence in supporting the naval warfighter
• Is there a human or technological gap between ocean science and the naval community? If so, how do we fill this gap?
• Royal Navy priorities for its survey and ocean research missions: data collection and exploitation in denied or congested network environments

Captain Gary Hesling

Hydrographer of the Navy
Royal Navy

9:55 AM - 10:35 AM Defining Ocean Intelligence: A SHOM Perspective

Bruno Frachon, Director, SHOM, French Navy
• Outlining SHOM’s involvement across a full spectrum of warfare domains
• Ocean surveys, design and delivery of operational products, including ocean forecasts
• What are SHOM’s main priorities in terms of procurement of new systems?
• How is SHOM overcoming the Big Data challenge?

Bruno Frachon

Director, SHOM
French Navy

10:35 AM - 11:15 AM Morning Coffee & Networking

11:15 AM - 11:55 AM NATO’s Strategic Maritime S&T Priorities – Ocean Science and Mapping

Catherine Warner, Director, NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation
• CMRE’s S&T focus – undersea and surface intelligence collection
• NATO’s autonomous glider systems
• How can the naval science community work better with naval operators to understand their requirements?

Catherine Warner

NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation

11:55 AM - 12:35 PM The Ocean of Things: Autonomous Networking & Sensor Fusion in the Maritime Domain

John Waterston, Program Manager, Strategic Technology Office (STO), DARPA
• Outlining the Ocean of Things concept
• The practical and technological challenges to achieving a distributed sensor network: float design and data analytics
• Conclusions from the Proposers Day

John Waterston

Program Manager, Strategic Technology Office (STO)

12:35 PM - 1:35 PM Lunch & Networking

1:35 PM - 2:15 PM Regulatory and Technological Developments in Unmanned Autonomous Maritime Vehicles

Commodore James Fanshawe (Ret), Chair, Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group
· Expanding the Navy’s use of autonomous vehicles in the UK’s new regulatory framework
· Technological developments and opportunities for the UAV industry to work with defence leaders
· Challenges for future missions: command and control, data processing, manpower burdens

Commodore James Fanshawe (Ret)

Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group

2:15 PM - 2:55 PM Incorporating Unmanned Systems Into Littoral Hydrographic Surveys

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• Outlining the U.S. Fleet Survey Team Primary Missions:
- Providing Combatant Commanders access in the littorals through Oceanographic, Hydrographic, and Bathymetric (OHB) validated Safety of Navigation (NAV) hydrographic surveys and activities contributing to naval missions
- Planning and executing Fleet or COCOM requested emergent or out-of-cycle rapid littoral hydrographic requirements, e.g. beach, river, channel, harbor, or port surveys
- Rapid Littoral Surveys (RLS) include maintaining the capability to provide rapid support to Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) and Foreign Humanitarian Assistance (FHA) related operations
• Incorporating unmanned systems into littoral hydrographic surveys: challenges, obstacles, and potential solutions

2:55 PM - 3:45 PM Technology Thought Leaders Panel: Outlining the Next Generation of Autonomous Surface and Undersea Vehicles

• What are the most critical technological challenges facing autonomous vessel designers today?
• What is the experience of commercial off the shelf providers working with navies? Are the panellists satisfied with the opportunities for engagement and levels of transparency?
• Where do the panellists see the technology moving towards in the next decade? How achievable is, for example, adoption of swarming?
• How limiting are current regulations on technology adoption?

3:45 PM - 4:25 PM Afternoon Tea & Networking

4:15 PM - 4:55 PM The Tunisian Navy’s Hydrographic Capabilities for Survey in Shallow Water

Captain Karim Taga, Commander, Hydrographic and Oceanographic Center, Tunisian Navy
• Operating Tunisia’s new hydrographic rigid-hulled inflatable boat for survey in very shallow water
• New multi beam system NORBIT WBMS for shallow waters and coastal surveys
• Current challenges and future plans for investment

Captain Karim Taga

Commander, Hydrographic and Oceanographic Center
Tunisian Navy

4:55 PM - 5:35 PM Multi-Role Hydrographic Capabilities to Enhance the Polish Navy’s Operations in Shallow Waters

Captain Andrzej Kowalski, Commander, Hydrographic Office, Polish Navy
· Acquisition of a new high-resolution multibeam system for the Polish Navy’s Submarine Support and Rescue vessel – technology, uses
· Current challenges for mapping in shallow waters and supporting operations
· Future plans for investment running in parallel to the Navy’s enhancement of its undersea warfare capabilities

Captain Andrzej Kowalski

Commander, Hydrographic Office
Polish Navy

5:35 PM - 5:45 PM Closing Remarks & End of Day 1

Nick Lambert, Former National Hydrographer, United Kingdom

Nick Lambert

Former National Hydrographer
United Kingdom