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It is free to attend this workshop.

On behalf of the Impactech team we would like to invite you to attend our event on Innovation in Autonomous Systems focusing on sensing and machine control for localised autonomy. The event will take place on the 24th of November 2016 at Roke Manor Research.

Developing Autonomous Systems involves combining different disciplines and subsystems, which must work seamlessly together to provide the required functionality. It is a challenging task since several technological and commercial obstacles and risks must be overcome. This event will focus on addressing two main areas regarding autonomous vehicles in the air, land and water domains: Multi-sensor System Integration and Intelligent Control Systems. The presentations will place emphasis on the use of sensing technology to extract data from the vehicle’s surroundings, allowing the vehicle to make decisions based on the observed data and equipping it with the ability to take control in uncertain and dynamic environments.

This event offers technical presentations and it will be a great opportunity for you to meet and engage with Autonomous Systems experts from across academia and industry, where innovative technology in this exciting and rapidly developing field can be exploited and challenged.

Background of Impactech

Impactech mission is to support collaboration between NMI member companies and University of Southampton researchers and educators, helping the UK to retain its leading position in the electronic systems and technology industry. Impactech operates as a facility that pulls together experts and businesses from across a wide range of domains, incrokeluding autonomous systems, nanotechnology, smart sensing, communications, electronics and data & security, allowing collaboration and acceleration of innovative solutions. A main focus of the hub is to hold regular networking events which will provide opportunities to hear about the latest challenges and development in key areas of university research, as well as from companies working in those areas. With over 80% of the industrial base being SMEs, the ultimate goal of the hub is to increase their visibility and market penetration, and provide support with their technical development.

This event is kindly hosted by Roke Manor Research

Draft Programme:

Chair: Dr Dean Thomas, Roke Manor Research

09:30   Coffee & Registration

10:00   Introduction & Welcome by Professor Michael Butler, Impactech

10:05   Transforming Solent and the role of Innovation
– Stuart Baker, LEP Solent

10:15   Artificial Intelligence for Autonomous Real-Time Collision-Free Route Planning
– Mike Hook, Principal Consultant at Roke Manor Research

10:30: Tea, Coffee and Networking

10:45   The Visual Control of Small Drone in GPS-Denied Environments
– Chang Liu, University of Southampton    

11:00   Stabilization and Control of Fleets of Autonomous vehicles
– Professor Eric Rogers, University of Southampton

11:15   Autonomous Sensor Platforms and the Impact on Future Naval Operations
– Simon Willmore, Deputy Head Combat Systems at BMT

11:40   Assurance of Decision Making Using Automated Formal Method
– Nick Tudor, Business Director at D-RisQ 

12:00: Site Tour & Lunch

13:15    David Goldsmith, Director of Ocean and Coastal Business at Xylem

13:35   Biogeochemical Sensor Enabled Marine Autonomous Systems
– Professor Matt Mowlem, Head of Ocean Technology and Engineering Group at University of Southampton

13:50   Sensor Integration, Connectivity and Applications in Unmanned Surface Vessels
– Dan Aldis, Design Engineer at AutoNaut & Phil Johnson, Project Manager at AutoNaut

14:05  Technology Barrier to Exploring the Marine Environment
– Professor Stephen Turnock, University of Southampton

14:20: Tea, Coffee and Networking

14:35   Assurance Challenges
– Paul Caseley, Senior Fellow at Dstl

14:55   Automated Design & Autonomous Systems within CEDG
– Dr David Toal, Lecturer at Computational Engineering & Design Group at the University of Southampton

15:10   Verification of Safe Movement of Autonomous Systems
– Dr Toby Wilkinson, Research Fellow at the University of Southampton

15:25: Wrap up & close