This event is designed to feature the latest technologies, tools, and research developments that will strengthen and sustain the warfighter. 

We are seeking contributions that will facilitate a discussion regarding the future technology areas that will enable effective, affordable capabilities for the warfighter that ensure success on the battlefield and beyond.

Please note: Unless otherwise noted, presenters are responsible for their own travel and hotel arrangements and associated costs. Registration for the conference is not included with an accepted proposal. 

The theme of the conference is: Innovation for the Future. Please keep this in mind as you submit your abstracts. 

Symposium Focus Areas

  • Advances in Sensitive Site Exploitation/Post/Blast Analysis
  • Alternatives to Open Burn/Open Detonation
  • Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning
  • Chemical/Biological Agent Defeat
  • Counter Improvised Explosives Devices (CIED)
  • Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD)
  • Counter Unexploded Ordnance (CUXO)/Demining
  • Data Management, Visualization and Information Sharing
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)/Counter Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (CUAV)


Individuals are required to submit a concise abstract of 5000 characters or less by Friday, March 15, 2019. Authors will be notified whether their abstract has been accepted in mid-April 2019. 

Please upload your abstract via the NDIA website here and complete ALL required information. All abstracts must be submitted electronically in accordance with specific instructions as outlined in the submission guidelines section below.

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (5000 characters or less) is Friday, March 15, 2019. Any abstracts submitted after the deadline will NOT be considered for review. Presenters will be notified whether or not their abstract has been selected in mid-April 2019.

1. Abstracts must be UNCLASSIFIED and cleared for Distribution A.
2. Abstracts must be submitted in English. Potential panel presenters must be fluent in English.
3. Abstracts should include the below information:

  • Purpose - What is the aim of the research or technology to be presented in a panel session or demonstration?
  • Theme - How does the research or technology relate to the theme and focus area(s) of the symposium?
  • Design/Methodology/Approach - How were the research or technology objectives achieved? Include a discussion on the research or design analysis and the primary methodology used.
  • Findings - What are the overall research or technology findings?
  • Practical Applications - What are the practical applications of the research or technology? What changes to existing practice might be made as a result of this research or technology?
  • Original Value - What unique findings will be conveyed through the research or technology?


For any inquiries regarding call for abstracts and the conference program, please contact: Daniel Lung at dlung@ndia.org. For all general symposium inquiries, please contact: Andrew Peters at apeters@ndia.org.