Nigel Lee, Robosys Automation’s Chief Strategy Officer, to present at the SMI Annual Conference

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Nigel Lee, CSO of Robosys Automation, will be delivering a presentation and participate in the round table discussion at the Society of Maritime Industries Annual Conference 2024 in reference to Driving Decarbonisation, Digitalisation and Autonomy – the Role of the Maritime Supply Chain and Marine Science and Technology.

The SMI Annual Conference Programme, which will be held at The Millennium Point in Birmingham, UK, is as follows:

Tuesday 10th September 2024

0900-0930Registration and networking coffee and refreshments 
0930-0945Welcome, Introductions and Housekeeping – Conference ChairDr Peter Collinson.
0945-1000Keynote Address

Session 1 – Delivering on the National Shipbuilding Strategy

1000-1015NSO review and strategic look ahead –TBC, Chief Executive Officer, National Shipbuilding OfficeChief Executive Officer, National Shipbuilding Office
1015-1030Government and Pipeline Update (TBC), topics could include Spending ReviewDeputy Director, National Shipbuilding Office
1030-1045Improving Govt Procurement in Shipbuilding Enterprise –TBC (Head of Commercial)
1045-1100NSIGN – Govt Procurement in practice and opportunity for SMEsJonathon Adey (NSIGN)
1100-1130Networking break with coffee/tea
1130-1145Skills – Beyond the UK Shipbuilding Skills Taskforce (the Skills Delivery Group) –New Chair of the SDG plus NSO
1145-1200Centres of Excellence – findings of the Task & Finish GroupLead from SEG – Collette Munroe
1200-1215Industry perspective
1215-1245Panel Discussion with all of the above – orchestrated by the Conference Chair 
1245-1330Networking Buffet Luncheon 

Session 2 – Driving Decarbonisation 

1330-1350How shipyards are adjusting to the green agendaLinton Roberts, CTO APCL
1350-1410The Electrification Journey – market advances and capabilitiesTBC, GE Vernova
1410-1430Achieving Net Zero Carbon Emissions and Sustaining Military Capability on Complex WarshipsRichard Partridge, Rolls Royce
1430-1450What is the Royal Navy doing about ESG?
1450-1515Networking break with coffee/tea 
1515-1535Green Corridors 
1535-1555ESG – Why we chose the B-Corp routeJames Hall, Spinlock
1555-1615ESG as a fundamental of your businessDarren Jones, Sonihull
1615-1645Panel Discussion with all of the above – orchestrated by the Conference Chair 
1900-2000Conference ReceptionReception to take place on Platform – Millennium Point
2000-2300Conference Dinner in Atrium at Millennium PointAfter dinner speech by Brian Johnson, Chair SMI

Wednesday 11th September 2024

Session 3 – Driving Digitalisation 

0900-0920What’s happening in the maritime digital sector?Richard Buckley, 90POE 
0920-0940An exploration of the opportunities and issues with dataNoah Silberschmidt, Silverstream
0940-1000Use of AI in the maritime domain
1000-1020Digitalisation of new fuels power management systemsEugene Bari, Ecomar Propulsion
1020-1100Networking break with coffee/tea 
1100-1120The rise of satellite communications and the optionsEuan Duncan, 
Regional Sales Director – UK & Ireland, Kongsberg Maritime Limited
1120-1140Digital Voyage – How Hydrographic Data Supports Sustainable NavigationLeo McLeman, Business Development Manager, UK Hydrographic Office
1140-1200Developing Cyber Confidence within the supply chainBMT
1200-1230Panel Discussion with all of the above – orchestrated by the Conference Chair 
1230-1330Networking Buffet Luncheon 

Session 4 – Driving Autonomy

1330-1350Regulating Autonomy 
1350-1410Autonomy – the growing role in defence thinkingNeil Skelland, Atlas Elektronik
1410-1430Driving factors in Offshore Renewables and Defence 
1430-1450The challenges associated with Autonomous Systems in the Underwater BattlespaceDavid O’Sullivan, Thales
1450-1510Networking break with coffee/tea 
1510-1530Developments in ocean monitoring and the next 5-10 yearsDr Sam Stanton
1530-1550The impact of robotics on fleet management
1550-1610Supporting international talent & skills development for intelligent autonomous maritime operationsNigel Lee, Robosys
1610-1630Panel Discussion with all of the above – orchestrated by the Conference Chair 
1630 Closing Address – SMI CEO

 Conference Chair

Peter Collinson, an independent technology transformation strategist with a background at BP, will be serving as the chair for SMI’s 2024 Annual Conference. 

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