Senior Experts to Discuss Unmanned Platform Autonomy at the Virtual Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology Conference in May

SMi Group reports: Five senior experts from different organisations are set to present on unmanned platform autonomy at the virtual conference in May.

London, United Kingdom, February 21, 2021 --( This year's Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology conference taking place virtually on 12th and 13th May 2021, will host international naval officials and key military decision makers and stakeholders as they come together and discuss how unmanned maritime systems are changing the nature of warfare above and below the water.

Those who attend the two-day event will have the opportunity to virtually network over five hours with more than eight different nations including: Australia, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, UK, US, and more.

It is £499 for government, public sector and military personnel to attend and just £999 for commercial companies. Register at

With rapidly evolving autonomous technology spanning everything from advanced sensors to navigation systems, the maritime industry is embracing this emerging technology for its vast opportunities for naval missions, cost-effectiveness, safety, and fuel efficiency. *

Delegates at the virtual event in May will hear updates from senior experts on unmanned platform autonomy. The presentations include:

• Future Trends in Autonomous Warfare and AI
Presented by Commander Paul Hornsby, Lead, Autonomous Warfare Systems, Royal Australian Navy

• Enrolling Autonomy in Modern Underwater Warfare
Presented by Mr Matteo Perrone, Project Manager R&D Underwater Systems, FMV

• Marine Autonomous Systems: Research and Applications
Presented by Dr Sanjay Sharma, Head of Autonomous Marine Systems Research Group and Associate (Reader) Professor in Intelligent Autonomous Control Systems, University of Plymouth

• Long Range Marine Autonomous System Operations for Marine Science
Presented by Dr Maaten Furlong, Head of Marine Autonomous and Robotics Systems, National Oceanography Centre

• A Modular AUV: Exploring New Mission Capabilities –
Presented by Mr Egbert Ypma, Team Leader/Research Program Manager, Performance at Sea, MARIN & Presented by Mr Eelco Harmsen, Senior Project Manager Navy, MARIN

Industries across the globe are adopting new autonomous innovations. Therefore, there has never been a better time to gather and explore these technologies together in order to maximise the opportunities.

The 2021 brochure is now available at

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

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


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