Disruptive and Transformative Innovation

27 March 2024
Customs House, Brisbane

TAS will be hosting the 2024 Symposium in Brisbane on Wednesday 27 March with the theme ‘Disruptive and Transformative Innovation’. Last year proved an excellent opportunity to discuss RASAI across defence, research, industry, and regulator perspectives and we expect this to continue in 2024, expanding the topic to incorporate other transformative innovation approaches.

Program Overview

The program and speaker line-up for the Symposium remain under development. A broad outline is provided below and detail will be incorporated progressively.

Please note, speakers are confirmed at time of listing but may change due to circumstances outside TAS or speaker control.

Start time: 0900

Introductory Remarks & Introduction to Theme

Introductory message (video), Minister for Defence Industry, Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Hon. Pat Conroy MP

Introductory remarks, Dr Simon Ng, Trusted Autonomous Systems, Chief Technology Officer


Defence Service Keynotes

How Navy employs disruptive innovation to enable autonomous systems delivery, CMDR Matt Gooda & Brian Trueman, Warfare Innovation Branch, Royal Australian Navy

Army innovation, the Robotic, Autonomous Systems Implementation Coordination Office, LTCOL Rachael Ayoub, Army RICO.

Autonomy innovation in Defence Science, Anselm Fatiaki, Deputy Program Leader – Land Autonomy, Defence Science and Technology Group

More speakers to be announced

Facilitated audience Q&A, RADM (ret) Simon Cullen, AM CSC, Queensland Strategic Defence Advisor, Maritime


Morning Tea


Research Perspective

Lessons learnt from a career at the ‘pointy end’ of innovation, Dr Sanjay Mazumdar, University of Adelaide

Unmasking submarines with hybrid child UAVs deployed continuously from maritime patrol aircraft: A case study in disruptive innovation, Dr Keith Joyner, University of New South Wales, Canberra

The Auslan communication technologies pipeline, Dr Jess Korte, QUT – TAS AQ Research Fellow

Out-of-distribution (OOD) detection in neural networks, Stefan Podgorski, Senior Research Engineer, Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML), University of Adelaide




Industry Perspectives

TAGVIEW – innovation for next generation trusted autonomy, Dr Andrew Walker, Software & Algorithms Lead, BAE Systems

Trusted autonomous systems in the MCM domain,  Daniel Dent & Anika Wenceslao, Thales Australia

Hyper-teaming cooperative robotics project, Dr David Johnson, Director Mission Systems

Ruthless innovation and speed to capability at Chaos1, Benny Johanson, Founder & Managing Director, Chaos1

Innovation at Revolution Aerospace, Dr Terry Martin, CEO Revolution Aerospace

Supporting capability at the right-hand end of the ‘Smiley Curve’, Darren Burrowes, Director Blue Zone Group

Elevating horizons: Advancing AI/DL for vision-based ISR beyond state-of-the-art – A sentient experience, Adj. Prof (QUT) Arnold Wiliem, Principal Engineer in Deep Learning, Sentient Vision Systems

Autonomous coordination of Maritime EW, Dr Andrew Lucas, Managing Director, Agent Orientated Software (AOS) Group


Afternoon Tea (as sessional break in above)


Concluding Remarks

Close of Plenary Sessions, Glen Schafer, Trusted Autonomous Systems, Chief Executive Officer


Networking Function (1630) at Terrace, Customs House


Event information

This is a single day event with plenary sessions taking place in The Long Room, Customs House, Queen Street, Brisbane.

A Networking event will be held on the lower terrace of Customs House at conclusion of the Symposium.

There will be a limit of 200 attendees. The Symposium is not being conducted for profit and the single low-rate registration fee is to meet delivery outgoings.

Full day delegate registration, including networking reception – $490 +GST

The Symposium sessions will take place at the Long Room, Customs House, 399 Queen Street Brisbane.

Trusted Autonomous Systems is supporting Defence and industry to:

  • Deliver world-leading trusted autonomous and robotic Defence technologies
  • Build innovative IP through targeted research and technology programs
  • Assist Australian industry to develop new, improved and competitive autonomy technologies
  • Evaluate the utility of autonomous systems through capability demonstrations.

Trusted Autonomous Systems is funded by the Commonwealth Government through the Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF) and Queensland Government through Advance Queensland. Find out more about TAS here.