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 3580 - Ground Robotics Symposium 

3580 - Ground Robotics Symposium 



Event Number

Event Date

 to 9/17/2013

Event Location
Waterford at Springfield

Event Contact
Ms. Kari King, CMP at or 703-247-2588


The ability of robots to save lives has secured a path for ground robotics’ future alongside the Warfighter. Ground robotics, rapidly adopted during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, has enabled the U.S. and its’ allies to be more effective, efficient, and protected in a range of different missions, such as Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Combat Engineering, and Reconnaissance. With a waning defense budget, uncertainty of future budgets, and a leaner military force, an opportunity presents itself for new, efficient and effective technologies, to continue to extend and complement the Warfighter's capabilities. It’s more important than ever to bring together industry leaders and service-users, on one stage, in order to explore these emerging trends and determine what the next era of ground robotics hold.

The purpose of the Ground Robotics Symposium is to provide a forum for Industry and Government to have an honest dialogue for identifying the technologies that will be able to meet the future needs of the Warfighter. Topics of discussion include:

        - How can we do more with less?
        - How will open architecture grow the industrial base?
        - What is the ground robotics strategy of each Service moving forward?

In conjunction with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Ground Robotics Enterprise, NDIA has put together a conference that will feature distinguished speakers and panels of subject matter experts to ensure that the Warfigher continues to be equipped with the ground robotic tools needed for increased effectiveness and efficiency.


Download/Print/View the agenda (Updated 9/12/13)

8:00 am
Opening Remarks

  • Mr. Jorgen Pedersen, President & CEO, RE2 Inc.; Chairman, NDIA Robotics Division

8:05 am
Ground Robotics Strategy

  • Mr. Jose M. Gonzalez, Deputy Director, Land Warfare and Munitions, Strategic and Tactical Systems, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics)

8:30 am  
Foreign Military Sales and High Tech Products

  •  Mr. Derek Gilman, General Counsel, Defense Security Cooperation Agency

9:15 am  
Assistive Robotics

  • LTG Rick Lynch, USA (Ret), Executive Director, University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI)

10:00 am
Networking Break

10:30 am 
Robotics Enhancement Program

  • LTC Stuart Hatfield, USA, Branch Chief, Soldier Systems and Unmanned Ground Systems, FDD, Army G-8

11:00 am
Panel: What are the Roadblocks for Fielding Autonomous Systems?

  • Mr. Patrick Weldon, Project Manager, Polaris
  • LTC Matt Dooley, Army Capabilities Integration Center
  • LTC Joseph Hitt, USA, PhD, Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA

12:00 pm 
Networking Lunch

1:30 pm  
Keynote: The Future of Ground Robotics in the Marine Corps

  • BGen Kevin J. Killea, USMC, Commanding General, Marine Corps Warfighting Lab

2:15 pm 
Use of Navy Ground Robots

  • Mr. Tom Dee, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Expeditionary Programs and Logistics Management, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development & Acquisition)

3:00 pm 
Afternoon Break

3:30 pm  
Ground Robotics in the Public Safety Market

  • Dr. Ed Bundy, Program Manager, Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office

4:15 pm
Panel: How Will Open Architecture Grow the Industrial Base?

  • Mr. Michael Zeher, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Mr. Nick Guertin, Director for Transformation, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy – Research, Development,Testing & Evaluation
  • Mr. Morgan Quigley, Chief Architect Founder, Open Source Robotics Foundation
  • Mr. Marvin Iavecchia, Senior Staff Advisor, Unmanned Warfare, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology & Logistics

5:15 pm  
Closing Remarks

  • Mr. Jorgen Pedersen, President & CEO, RE2 Inc.; Chairman, NDIA Robotics Division

5:20 pm  - 7:00 pm
Networking Reception


The Waterford Springfield
6715 Commerce St.
Springfield, VA 22150
Tel: (703) 719-5700

Complimentary parking is available at the facility.


Online Registration is now CLOSED!

Onsite registration will open at 7am at the Waterford on September 17.

Registration Fees








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Cancellation Policy
All cancellation requests received on/before 9/6/13 will receive a refund minus a cancellation fee of $75. Refunds will not be given for cancellations received after 9/6/13.

Substitutions are welcome in lieu of cancellations! Please make your cancellation or substitution in writing to Kari King at

Note: Please be sure you are registering with the correct credit card or form of payment, as a $25 fee will be applied to registrations switching credit cards or forms of payment. 

Attendee Information

Symposium attire is business for civilians and Class A/Service Dress for military. In addition, your identification badge, received upon registration check-in, must be worn at all times.

Special Needs
NDIA supports the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Attendees with special needs or allergies/dietary restrictions should call or email Kari King, CMP, at 703-247-2588 or

Sponsorship Opportunities


iRobot              RE2


Download/Print/View the Sponsorship Menu!

Contact Kari King, CMP at or (703) 247-2588 to contract for sponsorship of the Ground Robotics Symposium.

Contact Info/Inquiries/Questions

NDIA POC: Kari King, CMP, or (703) 247-2588.


Affiliate Associations

The Association for Enterprise Information    National Training and Simulation Association    Precision Strike Association    Women in Defense