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Past event: Autonomous Capabilities for DoD Summit 2019

Leveraging the Power of Autonomy for Operational Flexibility

Our 3rd Annual Autonomous Capabilities for DoD Summit will provide a 'town-hall' type forum to discuss the modernized capabilities that autonomy, AI, and machine learning provide to the Warfighter, and how these innovative technologies are enhancing current and emerging DoD systems. The Summit will focus on the current priorities being enacted to accelerate the utilization of autonomy for the future battlefield, both to advance the DoD's strategy of competing in the Great Power competition, and to outpace adversaries who will also exploit autonomous capabilities to their advantage.

Topics Covered at the 2019 Summit:

  • Facilitating the application of AI & Autonomous systems across the DoD to better counter the adversary & disrupt future conflicts
  • Leveraging Advancements in Autonomy to Modernize the US Army
  • Advancing the Cross-Domain Integration of Autonomous & UxS Capabilities in Support of the Future Naval Fleet
  • Developing & Driving Autonomous Capabilities & Technologies in Support of the Future USMC Force
  • Integrating AI for improved Autonomous Intelligent Maneuver
  • Exploiting innovative autonomous systems to maximize USAF capabilities & increase force readiness
  • Analyzing how advances in AI, Machine Learning, Autonomy and other technologies could affect the future of national security
  • Developing Innovative AI and Autonomous Capabilities to Guide the Evolution of Army Technological Capabilities
  • Leveraging emerging & disruptive technologies to enhance Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS)

Why You Should Attend this Year's Summit

The 2019 Autonomous Capabilities for DoD Summit will provide a 'town-hall' style forum to detail current innovations in autonomy, AI, and machine learning to further advance DoD capabilities, platforms and systems. At this Summit, you will have the chance to hear from senior leaders across the DoD and Military Services on current and future initiatives for the facilitation of enhanced technologies onto autonomous systems, as well as critical assessments of the challenges, gaps, and opportunities when integrating autonomous capabilities in the battlefield

This event will explain how AI and autonomous capabilities are quickly becoming the future of War and will need to be utilized in order to compete in the Great Power competition. These enhanced capabilities will also reduce the number of Warfighters in harm's way and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of decision making for combat effectiveness. At this event, delegates will hear sessions that will help guide their understanding on how fully leveraging autonomy across the DoD can improve total Force readiness and empower the Warfighter.

The 2019 Summit will also give an in depth look at new initiatives that have been established throughout the DoD to help the U.S. remain a leader in AI and autonomous capability integration. The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center and the National Security Commission on AI have been established to field and further develop these disruptive, emerging technologies in order to outpace the adversary.

2019 Keynote Speaker:

  • Dr. Lynne E. Parker, Assistant Director, Artificial Intelligence, Office of Science and Technology Policy, White House

2019 Confirmed Speakers:

  • Wayne Nickols, Assistant Director for Autonomy, USD R&E
  • BG Matthew Easley, USA, Director, Army Artificial Intelligence Task Force, Army Futures Command
  • Dr. Paul Zablocky, SES,Program Manager, Strategic Technology Office, DARPA
  • Todd Turner, Portfolio Director for Air, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Research and Technology), ASA(ALT)
  • Dr. Jason Stack, SES, Director, Ocean, Atmosphere, and Space Research Division, Portfolio Manager for Autonomy, Office of Naval Research
  • Honorable Katharina McFarland, Commissioner, National Security Commission on AI
  • Jean-Charles Lede, AFRL Autonomy Technology Advisor, Autonomy COI Lead, USAF
  • Capt. Michael Kanaan, USAF, Co-Chair for Air Force Artificial Intelligence, HQAF

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Mary M. Gates Learning Center
701 N Fairfax St, 22314
Alexandria, VA, USA


Mary M. Gates Learning Center/United Way
701 N. Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA

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Waterfront At Old Town (One block away)
226 Montgomery St
Alexandria, VA 22314, US
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Alexandria, VA 22314
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Alexandria, VA 22314
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Event details
Organizer : DSI
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-21513