The 2018 Defence, Security & Space Forum

Wednesday 26 September, 08:30 to 18:30

The Defence, Security and Space (DSS) Forum is jointly organised by the European Microwave Association (EuMA) and Microwave Journal, to complement European Microwave Week’s activity in the defence, security and space sector. Each year the DSS Forum focuses on a hot topic that is engaging industry, academia and organisations/agencies to develop, test and implement leading edge technology. In 2018 the topic is: Integrating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) into defence and security scenarios.

The popularity of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles is growing due to a reduction in costs and the increasing capabilities and benefits provided by such systems. Currently, the estimated number of existing UAVs is believed to be a few million with that figure estimated to grow exponentially in coming years. From a Defence and Security perspective there is the need to integrate UAVs into current air traffic control and air defence systems, and to defend against threats posed by terrorists and insurgents utilising UAVs to achieve their own objectives.

Microwave technologies are essential to meet these challenges by providing UAVs with new and more advanced sensors and communications equipment. However, going forward the development of such systems also anticipates the use of new technologies such as Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, which will result in a high level of autonomy that, using the data obtained by the sensors, will provide the ability to learn from the environment and their own errors, facilitating autonomous decision making in a constantly evolving environment. 

Keynote speakers will consider the state of the art of leading technologies and systems for unmanned operations, the estimated evolution of technologies and trends and consider expected capabilities and functionalities to address future conflicts. The efforts made by the main players in the sector will be analysed and their views on new trends and technological developments will be offered.

The industry session will reflect the effort and investment that is being made to innovate, develop and bring UAV technology to market. Specific areas of activity include radar systems being developed for UAV security – detection, identification and denial and obstacle detection for autonomous flying and crash avoidance. From an industry perspective the emphasis will be on development at system and sub-system level, with particular focus on sub-system integration, not forgetting the significant role that test and measurement has to play in moving the sector forward.

The Executive Forum will present the points of view of the different established and regulatory bodies that allow coexistence between the different aerial platforms and describe the activity of the different players already established and emerging in the field.




Click on the Title of the individual presentations for the Abstract and Speaker Biography

08:30 - 10:10 EuRAD Opening Session

10:10 - 10:50 Coffee Break

10:50 - 12:30 New Concepts, Technologies and Systems for UAV Integration and Their Role in Future Hybrid Scenarios

● Analysis of the impact that the new digital technologies such as 5G will have on C4ISR Sensors and Communication Networks required for the future Hybrid battlefield.

● Current status and future developments and technologies for detect and avoid systems to support air traffic integration.

● Current and expected future threats caused by drones. The systems required to detect and neutralize such threats and the development of the technology to do so

12:40 - 13:40 Strategic Analytics Lunch & Learn Session
TThis session adds a further dimension to the discussion by offering a market analytics perspective, illustrating the status, development and potential of the market.

13:50 - 15:30 Microwave Journal Industry Panel Session
This session offers a perspective on the endeavour, innovation and investment that industry is committing to the development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the defence and security sector. Speakers will offer an insight into such areas of activity as microwave sensors/sub-systems, the test and measurement challenges that are being addressed and the issue of UAV identification and detection.

15:30 - 16:10 Coffee Break

16:10 - 17:50 EuMW DSS Executive ForumHigh level speakers from key governmental agencies and commercial companies involved in the integration of UAV air traffic into non-segregated air spaces in the future will offer their opinions and outline the opportunities and challenges that can be expected in coming years.  Speakers will also focus on the research needs and technological trends that will define the structure and technical characteristics of future unmanned systems.

17:50 - 18:30 Cocktail Reception
The opportunity to network and discuss informally the issues raised throughout the Forum.


Registration fee is €20 for those who registered for a conference and €60 for those not registered for a conference. Registration for this and other EuMW Conferences and events, opens June 2018. 


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