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Non-TD-Info Event: MOD Autonomy S&T Collaboration Review 2019 – SME Searchlight

Non-TD-Info Event: MOD Autonomy S&T Collaboration Review 2019 – SME Searchlight

Thursday 11th July 2019

Location : Bristol area - to be confirmed on registration

Time : 09:00 to 17:00

What’s Going On?

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) Autonomy Science & Technology (S&T) Collaboration Review 2019 hosted by Dstl is a unique opportunity to present your capability, gain an oversight of defence and security autonomous systems and autonomy research, and engage with MOD stakeholders and defence suppliers. This year we are delighted to be able to open the event up to a wider range of suppliers as part of the SME Searchlight programme.


The objective of the event is to identify collaboration and exploitation opportunities by bringing the Defence and Security autonomy and autonomous systems enterprise together and further develop the network of industry and academia that support Defence and Security.


Dstl are hosting a one day event on Thursday 11th July at a new location in Bristol. This event will, through a series of presentations and networking poster sessions, provide attendees with an overview of current cutting edge work in the area of autonomy and autonomous systems research and development and the direction of the Dstl Autonomy Research programme. The event provides an excellent opportunity for researchers, SMEs, defence primes and Dstl to showcase their work, create and identify collaboration and exploitation opportunities.

The event presents latest research on defence and security autonomy and autonomous systems. Consequently, it aims to bring MOD’s research into focus and provides a fantastic opportunity to bring the low Technology Readiness Level (TRL) research, core research and stakeholder communities together.

Application to attend

Places are limited to organisations undertaking (directly or indirectly) autonomous systems or autonomy related projects, research or development that may be applicable to the MOD. Apply by sending an email to with ‘Searchlight’ in the subject line, and include a short description of why your company is appropriate. There are 50 places for suppliers available as part of the SME Searchlight programme; we will send confirmation as soon as possible.

Project Summaries and Poster Presentations

All are invited to give a relevant autonomy or autonomous systems project/technology summary presentation, which will be limited to 5 minutes, with 2 questions only. It is suggested that slides are kept to a bare minimum and follow the template: objectives, approach, benefits and future requirements. Multiple project presentations will have a combined time slot allocation. Presentations will be grouped by theme.
Project posters, or a 2.5 foot wide pop-up banner, are welcome at the networking sessions.
Presentations and posters (ppt or pdf) need to be submitted in advance by COP 5th July 2019.

Suppliers are encouraged to bring display items to support their presentations / posters.

Autonomy Programme
“Driving Autonomy into Defence”

Outline Agenda  Thurs 11th July

  • 0900-1000 Registration
  • 1000 Conference opens
  • 1000-1010 Welcome address
  • 1010-1600 Themed project summaries and network sessions
  • 1600-1630 Guest speakers
  • 1630-1700  Future direction and closing remarks 
  • 1700 Close

Joining Instructions

Attendance is by pre-registration only. A short description of what your company does in the field of autonomy is required. To register, or for more details, please contact the event team:
E-mail: with Searchlight in the subject line.

Event Location and Directions

Bristol - Full details will be provided on registration

Presentation Submissions
If you wish to do a 5 minute presentation, slides (either in .ppt. or .pdf format) should to be submitted in advance to by 5th July 2019.

Security and IPR
Event attendance is by pre-registration only. All presentations, posters and discussions are not to be above UK OFFICIAL.
There is no IP cover, so please ensure your presentations, posters and discussions reflect this.

Civilian smart office dress is suggested

A buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided at the event free of charge on the day.

Personal Requirements
If you require access arrangements or have dietary requirements please make this known to the event team in your email.

We look forward to seeing you.

Key Words

AI - Artificial Intelligence  Autonomy & Autonomous Systems  dstl  Event  Innovation & Digital Disruption  Robotics & Autonomous Systems (RAS)  Searchlight Project / SME Searchlight 

Associated Documents/Files

There is 1 document/file associated with this event.

MOD Joint Concept Note 1/18 Human-Machine Teaming - May 2018 P  Expand

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MOD Joint Concept Note 1/18 Human-Machine Teaming produced by the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre. "This joint concept note should be read by everyone who needs to understand how AI, robotics and data can change the future character of conflict, for us and our adversaries. In particular, it aims to inform and guide the development of policy, strategy, force and capability development so as to find the optimum balance of human-machine teams in Defence’s future force structure."

Key Words

Autonomy & Autonomous Systems  dstl  Human Factors & HFI  Robotics & Autonomous Systems (RAS)