Top-level Speakers Announced for Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology 2020 in London

SMi Reports: Expert speakers at the event in May, will provide a discussion on unmanned systems across the full maritime domain, including undersea, surface, and aerial environments.

Bringing together international operators and solution providers from a plethora of defence agencies, the 4th Annual Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology Conference, taking place on the 13th-14th May 2020 in London, promises to provide a valuable forum for delegates wishing to enhance their unmanned capability.

For those interested in attending, there is a £200 Early Bird discount ending on 28th February 2020. Register at

Delegates will have the opportunity to listen to briefings on the world’s leading unmanned systems programmes and learn about new ways to incorporate autonomous technology into the fleets.

The topics to be discussed at the two-day event and their respective speakers, include:

FUTURE FLEET DESIGN (Day One & Day Two Opening Keynote Briefings)

  • Rear Admiral Andrew Burns, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Capability), Royal Navy.
  • Vice Admiral Manuel Antonio Martinez-Ruiz, Director of Engineering and Naval Shipbuilding, Spanish Navy.
  • Vice-Admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo, Deputy Planning and Coordination, Portuguese Armed Forces General Staff.
  • Commander Ian Danbury, Deputy Director NATO MUS Innovation and Coordination Cell, NATO.


  • Captain Chris Ling, Director NavyX, Royal Navy.


  • Commander Chris Taitt, Section Head – C4ISR, and Remote and Autonomous Systems, Director Naval Requirements, Royal Canadian Navy.
  • Mr Reid McAllister, Director, Integrated Maritime Mobility Systems at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, US Navy.
  • Lieutenant Tiago Lanca, COO of Unmanned Vehicles Operational Experimentation Unit, Portuguese Navy.


  • Dr Samantha Dugelay, Program Manager Autonomous Mine Countermeasures, NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation.
  • Commander Herman Lammers, Director, NATO Naval Mine Warfare Centre of Excellence (NMW COE).


  • Commander Paul Droge, Branch Head Underwater Warfare Technology, Maritime Systems Department, Defence Material Organisation (DMO), Netherlands MoD.
  • Mr Johan Wahren, Project Manager Underwater Warfare Weapon Systems, FMV.
  • Commander Antonio Anjinho Mourinha, Maritime Situational Awareness SME, NATO MARCOM.


  • Mr Matteo Perrone, Project Manager R&D Underwater Systems, FMV.
  • Dr Maarten Furlong, Head of Marine Autonomous and Robotics Systems, National Oceanography Centre.


  • Mr Egbert Ypma, Team Leader/Research Program Manager, Performance at Sea, MARIN
  • Mr Eelco Harmsen, Senior Project Manager Navy, MARIN
  • Dr Sanjay Sharma, Head of Autonomous Marine Systems Research Group and Associate (Reader) Professor in Intelligent Autonomous Control Systems, University of Plymouth

The event brochure including the full speaker line-up and programme details is available to download online at

UMST 2020Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology
13th-14th May 2020
Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, UK

Gold Sponsor: Leonardo, Sponsors: Elmo Motion Control UK Ltd, Intrepid Minds, and Ocean Infinity.

For delegate enquiries:

Please contact Jamie Wilkinson on +44(0)207 827 6112 or email [email protected]

For sponsorship and exhibition enquiries:
Please contact Luke Teachen on +44 (0) 207 827 6130 or email [email protected]