AAUS Conference: Autonomy in the Maritime Domain

Wednesday 8 November
Thursday 9 November
0900 – 1615 : Wednesday 8 November
0900 – 1250 : Thursday 9 November

This event is open to all Indo Pacific 2023 trade visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates however, registration fees applies. Register here.

Rooms E3.1 & E3.2, Exhibition Level 3, International Convention Centre Sydney

AAUS' Autonomy in the Maritime Domain conference will be taking place as part of the Indo Pacific Maritime Exposition in Sydney this November.

AAUS' Autonomy in the Maritime Domain 2023 conference will be taking place over two (2) days, Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th November, as part of this year's Indo Pacific Maritime Exposition at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.

AAUS' conference will focus on autonomy and unmanned technologies relevant to future defence programs, particularly maritime applications.

AAUS events focus on broadening professional relationships amongst members and key industry end users.  Our events are strongly supported by key defence personnel and there will be opportunities to meet with them during the conference and at the conference networking function which will take place on the evening of the conference (date to be confirmed)

Events Themes/Objectives

  • Uncrewed system technology and autonomy as applied in the maritime domain. 
  • Air, surface and subsurface technologies and applications. 
  • Applications including ISR, EW, countermine, cross-cueing, crewed/uncrewed systems. 
  • Operational concepts for autonomous maritime platforms (eg. ISR, adjunct missile magazines, drone motherships, nodular mission packages).
  • Update from key ADF personnel on strategies emerging from DSR and programs utilising autonomy / uncrewed systems. 
  • Update from industry and academia on likely near-term and far-term technologies. 
  • Safety considerations and role of Code of Practice in demonstrating autonomous technologies. 
  • Assurance and accreditation of autonomous systems. 
  • AUV, USV and MASS training and the need for training accreditation
  • Challenges and opportunities for maritime autonomous systems. 
  • Developments on cross domain command & control for autonomous platforms
  • Extending operation envelopes for autonomous platforms (eg sea states, range and reliability).

Event Format

AAUS’s Autonomy in the Maritime Domain is a live, in person event held at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) as part of the Indo Pacific Maritime Exposition.

The conference will include both formal presentations and audience interactive panel sessions.

There will be time to network and meet up with industry peers during break times and also at the catered networking function held on one of the evenings during the event (date to be confirmed) which is included in the price of your ticket.


Registration is now open.   REGISTER NOW

How to Register:

  1. Select Trade Visitor or Defence Visitor to begin.
  2. Complete your personal details.
  3. Select the AAUS Conference and complete your payment.

Delegate Type Price (inc GST)
AAUS Member  $410
Gov/Defence  $410
Non-member  $495


AAUS gratefully acknowledges the support of our event sponsors:






Wednesday 8th November

Time Activity / Presentation Presenter
0900 Coffee & Networking  
0920 Welcome/Opening remarks Reece Clothier (Boeing / AAUS) & TBC (AMDA Foundation)
0930 Pushing the Edge of Maritime Autonomy Development - Trusted Autonomous Systems Project Update 2023 Dr Simon Ng (TAS DCRC)
0945 Maritime Domain Developments for the MALE RPAS Robert Zubeck  (General Atomics)
1000 Tactical Uncrewed Aircraft Systems in the Maritime Domain Chris Mallon (Textron Systems)
1015 The challenges of passively detecting small objects in difficult maritime environments from 500ft to 30000ft Mark Palmer (Sentient)
1030 Panel Discussion Session Speakers.  Panel Moderator Steve Ludlam (Defence SA)
1050 Morning Tea
1120 Improving the Regulatory Experience for Autonomous and Remotely Operated Vessels: TAS Regulatory Project Overview Rachel Horne (TAS DCRC)
1135 Bringing a socio-technical lens to verifiably safe and trusted Human-AI systems in the maritime domain Dr Victoria Young (King's College London)
1150 We are all in this together: Addressing test & evaluation challenges as a team Melanie Olsen (AIMS)
1205 Panel Discussion Session Speakers plus Lily David (Asena).
1230 Lunch
1315 Projecting power across the Indo-Pacific with autonomous systems Dr Marcus Hellyer (C2 Robotics)
1330 Invited keynote - Topic TBC CDR Jeremiah Daley -USN (CO USVDIV1 - Unmanned Surface Vessel Division 1)
1345 Invited keynote - Topic TBC Erin Kampschroer - USN (PMS 406 - Unmanned Maritime Systems)
1400 Maritime Autonomy Masterclass Chuck Fralick (Chief Technology Officer - Leidos)
1415 Panel Discussion Session Speakers plus VADM (ret) Dave Lewis - USN
1440 Afternoon Tea
1500 Invited Keynote - WIN Update CDRE Darron Kavanagh - RAN (Director General Warfare Innovation Navy)
1515 Invited Keynote - Northern Approaches Study Bryan Clark (Hudson Institute)
1530 The Case for Assured Autonomy VADM (ret) Frank Pandolfe - USN 
1545 Panel Discussion Session Speakers. Moderator: Jennifer Parker
1615 Conference Day Close  
1800  Conference Cocktail Function (2 hours) Sydney CBD Venue (Delegates to be notified of details)


Thursday 9th November

Time Activity / Presentation Presenter
0900 Coffee & Networking  
0930 Welcome Day 2 Conference  Greg Tyrrell (AAUS)
0935 The Seawolf Autonomy Architecture David Battle (Mission Systems)
0950 Lessons from Medium-USV trials: Building trust in platform autonomy Jacob Bailey (Austal)
1005 Power Supply for Marine Autonomous Systems Allen Stotz (Gibbs & Cox)
1020 Autonomous Maritime Systems - Education & training for the next generation of professionals Chris White (AMC)
1035 Panel Discussion Session Speakers
1055 Morning Tea
1125 Leveraging autonomy for persistent undersea surveillance Damian Kennedy (Saab Australia)
1140 Optimising MCM system ownership via commonality Daniel Scourzic (Exail)
1155 Development of a XLUUV - HUGIN Endurance Richard Patterson (Konsberg Discovery)
1210 Advances in the REMUS UUV to leverage multi-mission profile capabilities Nick Goodwin (HII Unmanned Systems)
1225 Panel Discussion Session Speakers
1245 Closing Remarks  
1250 Conference Day Close

Contact Name Michelle Bannigan
Contact Phone 0410 583957
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