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Unmanned systems summit kicks off in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, February 23, 2020

The UMEX and SimTEX Conference, addressing the latest scientific and technological developments in unmanned systems and artificial intelligence, opened yesterday (February 22) in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Being held under the theme ‘Manned-Unmanned Teaming in the Age of Smart Systems’, the event is running at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec).

The conference provided audience and speakers with an opportunity to explore and develop a better understanding of the daunting challenges facing humanity today.

The conference was inaugurated with an opening of speech by Mohammed bin Ahmad Al Bawardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs, in the attendance of Hussain Bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, UAE Minister of Education, Hakob Arshakyan, Minister of high-tech industry, Republic of Armenia, Lieutenant General Tim Keating, Executive Advisor Defence& Security, Kearney and Former Chief of Defence Force New Zealand, and a number of high-ranked military staff.

Al Bawardi said: "The UAE is determined to be a workshop to prepare for the future, and to become the capital of the future, dedicating its efforts and resources for this goal. UMEX and SimTEX 2020 is be the preferred platform for research into unmanned systems and simulation and training systems as well as port security

“One of the most prominent features of the era of artificial intelligence and digital technology, which in turn spawned the Fourth Industrial Revolution, was that it revolutionized technological development, accelerating advancement in human life. Machines and inventions are almost beyond human control, increasing the challenges and increasing the fears of technology becoming a double-edged weapon in their harmful uses."

The conference is an ideal platform for meeting and sharing experiences, as well as unleashing creativity and innovation to develop new inventions, as well as identifying uses and developing common strategies to face threats from the misuse of this technology, which will inevitably harm the interests and security of our societies.

“What we need today is to define the role of humans in their interaction with these machines and systems of all kinds, especially in light of the increasing uses of artificial intelligence by establishing controls, laws and systems of use,” Al Bawardi said.

“The use of unmanned systems has become multi-purpose and includes civil, security and military uses across land, sea and air transport, media, monitoring, traffic regulation, urban and remote area security and forest fires. In the era of the digital economy, it is well known that investment in future technology has become the most important area of investment, making a difference in the future progress and prosperity of countries.”

The conference attracted leading experts, academic researchers and global thought leaders to exchange views and explore the challenges and opportunities that have emerged as a result of artificial intelligence and the fourth industrial revolution. It also focused on the advanced participation of the unmanned systems technologies and their role in achieving its full capacity throughout the upcoming decade.

The conference agenda consisted of four keynote sessions and four panel discussions that hosted a group of 23 national and international speakers from 11 countries, holding discussion under four main themes, namely: Human Dimension, Missions and Operations, Industry and Market, and Border Security. The Human Dimensions theme addressed the human aspects of the unmanned systems and the mutual roles of manned and unmanned systems in the age of autonomy.

The conference activities addressed issues such as organising training sessions, renewal of simulation systems and next generation of advanced technologies. The panel discussions highlighted aspects of cooperation between manned and unmanned systems in the age of intelligent systems, as well as border security in the digital world.  – TradeArabia News Service


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