New Speakers and Sponsors Announced for the Virtual Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology 2021 Conference

SMi Group Reports: A preview of the speaker line-up has been released for the upcoming Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology conference this May.

London, United Kingdom, January 17, 2021 --( Building the success of its three previous years, SMi Group's Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology Conference will return on 12th and 13th May 2021 as a virtual conference, which will bring together international operators and solution providers from a plethora of defence agencies to provide a valuable forum for anyone looking to enhance their unmanned capability.

For those interested in attending, it is only £299 for government, public sector, and military personnel to attend and £699 for commercial companies. Register online at

SMi Group are delighted to share the 2021 key topics and speakers for the two-day meeting:

UMS Autonomy

- "Future Trends in Autonomous Warfare and AI," Commander Paul Hornsby, Lead, Autonomous Warfare Systems, Royal Australian Navy
- "Enrolling Autonomy in Modern Underwater Warfare," Mr Matteo Perrone, Project Manager R&D Underwater Systems, FMV
- "Preparing for Unmanned Systems in the US Navy," Mr Reid McAllister, Director, Integrate Maritime Mobility Systems at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, US Navy

Operations With UMS

- "Maritime Unmanned Systems (MUS) Contribution to NATO Maritime Operations," Commander Antonio Anjinho Mourinha, Maritime Situational Awareness SME, NATO MARCOM
- "AUVs for ASW Training — Current and Future Capabilities and Level of Autonomy," Mr Johan Wahren, Project Manager Underwater Warfare Weapon Systems, FMV

UMS For MCM Operations

- "Denmark Mine Warfare: Tactical Experience and Operational Lessons Identified," Commander Andreas Johansen, Subject Matter Expert NMW, Maritime Capability and Development Branch, Denmark Defence Command
- "Leading-Edge S&T As An Enabler For Future Autonomous Mine Countermeasures," Dr Samantha Dugelay, Program Manager Autonomous Mine Countermeasures, NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation

Marine Robotics for Long Range Missions

- "Long Range Marine Autonomous System Operations for Marine Science," Dr Maaten Furlong, Head of Marine Autonomous and Robotics Systems, National Oceanography Centre
- "A Modular AUV: Exploring New Mission Capabilities," Mr Egbert Ypma, Team Leader/Research Program Manager, Performance at Sea, MARIN & Mr Eelco Harmsen, Senior Project Manager Navy, MARIN

This is just a preview of the 2021 speaker line-up and the brochure will be available soon, visit the website for more information at

Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology
12th - 13th May 2021
Virtual Conference: Online Access Only
Sponsors & Exhibitors: Leonardo and Navantia

To sponsor and/or exhibit at this event, contact Justin Predescu on +44 (0) 207 827 6130 or email

For all delegate enquiries, contact James Hitchen on +44 (0) 20 7827 6054 or email

About SMi Group:
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