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Wireless Communications, Networking & Information Theory for Defence Symposium

A symposium over Video Teleconference to bring together government industry and academia in the field of wireless communications, networking and information theory, to share latest research, technology and development in the field.

Chair: Alex Hamilton
Secretary: Sam Holdcroft
Organising Committee: Prof Harald Haas, Prof Tim Spiller, Prof Andy Sutton, Prof Alister Burr, Prof Osvaldo Simeone, Prof Paul Mitchell, Prof Lajos Hanzo, Prof Mark Beach, Anil Shukla, Julius Caesar, Lt Col Oli Dinnis, Simon Baker, Jon Spencer, Alex Hamilton

9.00  Introduction – Alex Hamilton & Dr Paul Kealey
9.10 – 9.30  Keynote – Brigadier Adam Corkery
9.30 – 11.00 1st Session – Defence & Security Communications Overview

A brief overview and canter through some of the key topics pertinent to UK Defence & Security, presented to the wider community to inform, advise and steer efforts in wireless communications, networking and information theory.

Jon Spencer – Dstl – S&T enabling continuous capability evolution
Lt Col Luke Thomson – Navy Command HQ
Lt Col Oli Dinnis – Army HQ – UK Procurement activities in Battlefield CIS

11.00 – 11.15 Break
11.15 – 12.45 2nd Session – Disruptive and Novel Technologies

An introduction to some of the disruptive and novel technologies that may affect communications systems in the generation after next, presented by leading academics or industry in field.

Prof Tim Spiller – University of York – Quantum Communications Hub
Prof Lajos Hanzo – University of Southampton – The evolution from classical to quantum communications
Prof Harald Haas – University of Strathclyde/Pure LiFi – Optical Communications and their role in future communications systems

12.45 – 13.30  Lunch (Provided @ Home)
13.30 – 15.20 3rd Session – An Industrial Perspective

Underpinning enabling technology to support wireless communications, networking & information, to include views from Industry on how UK Capability can be generated to meet the emerging needs of defence

Prof Mark Beach – University of Bristol – Secure Wireless Agile Networks
Prof Andy Sutton – BT/University of Salford – 5G Communications, OpenRAN & lessons learnt for Defence
Prof Rob Maunder – Accelercomm/University of Southampton – Democratisation of 5G and advances in Hardware Capability to support defence communications
Anil Shukla – QinetiQ – How can Academia and SMEs engage with MOD, perceived challenges and examples (10 min talk)

15.20 – 15.30 Break
15.30 – 16.45 Panel – How to exploit S&T and emerging innovation through an agile and ever greening procurement route

Ben Parish – Defence Digital (Chair)
Peter Gould – Multiple Access Communications
Martin Smith – Thales (TBC)
Prof Rob Maunder – University of Southampton/Accelercomm
Prof Harald Haas – University of Strathclyde/Pure LiFi
Lt Col Luke Thompson – Navy Command HQ
Jon Spencer – Dstl

16.45 Closing Remarks – Alex Hamilton

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