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Event | Emerging Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium | Agile Command and Control (AC2)

The Emerging Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium (EDTAS) series helps future-proof Australian Defence as part of the Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF). It considers an expansive science and technology topic that will likely have a major impact — transformational or disruptive — for the Defence or National Security domains in the 10+ year timeframe.

These symposia have previously been held in New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia and will continue to seek academic partners and geographic locations indicative of a national program.

The theme for the symposium will be: Agile Command and Control (AC2).

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this symposium will be held as a virtual activity over 3 to 4 days in November.

Co-host role

The Next Generation Technologies Fund is seeking an academic partner for its next Emerging Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium.

The Emerging Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium (EDTAS) academic partner will co-host the event and act as the primary hub for broad national and international academic outreach by coordinating academic participation with internationally recognised leading researchers from institutions across Australia.

It would also be desirable that the academic partner:

  • have the ability to provide both access to and support for high-level virtual video conferencing and syndicate/workshop platform
  • can identifiy a thought leader at professorial level and a post-doctoral researcher to provide operational support in partnership with the  Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGFT)
  • can indicate how this EDTAS could tie into other activities of relevance to Agile Command and Control conducted by the university

Expected outcomes of the symposium

The Symposium will seek to understand Australia’s:

  • strategic needs
  • current technology capabilities
  • future technology development landscape and directions

Research drivers, challenges and opportunities around the following themes will be explored:

  • Artificial intelligence, human-machine teaming, autonomy and real-time battle simulation modelling to assist decision making.
  • Organisational structures and cultures for greater headquarter agility.
  • Information, visualisation, augmented reality, and virtual assistants for providing enhanced situational awareness and sensemaking.
  • Architectures for C2 distributed to the warfighter.
  • Exploitation through data analytics of vast quantities of increasingly diverse data sets.
  • Innovative human, social, cultural, and technical systems enabling agile organisational forms and commanders to rapidly execute command intent.

Event information

Date and time

Sun 1 Nov 2020 (All day) to Mon 30 Nov 2020 (All day)

Please note that the dates for this symposium have not yet been set. It will be held as a virtual activity over 3 to 4 days in November.