Accelerating cross-domain autonomy – 15 June 2022

Following the success of the Trusted Autonomous Systems Symposium in Townsville in 2021, TAS will be hosting the 2022 Symposium in Brisbane on Wednesday 15 June with the theme ‘Accelerating cross-domain autonomy’. Last year proved an excellent opportunity to discuss RASAI across defence, research, industry, and regulator perspectives and we expect this to continue in 2022.


Welcome (0830)

Master of Ceremonies

Dr Tara Roberson, Trusted Autonomous Systems

Introductory Remarks

Hon Stirling Hinchliffe MP – Minister for Tourism, Innovation and Sport and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics and Paralympics Sport and Engagement.  From 6 June, now by video presentation

Introduction to Theme

Professor Jason Scholz, CEO, Trusted Autonomous Systems

Keynote – ADF RASAI Strategy

Commodore Michael Turner, Director General Force Integration, VCDF Group


Session chair: Rear Admiral (Ret) Simon Cullen

Captain Adam Allica, Director Warfare Innovation – Navy, Royal Australian Navy

Rachel Horne, Director of Autonomy Accreditation – Maritime, Trusted Autonomous Systems

Morning Tea


Session chair: Dr Simon Ng, Trusted Autonomous Systems

Lieutenant Colonel Casey Guidolin, SO1 RICO, Australian Army

Stephen Bornstein, Managing Director Athena AI

Julia O’Callaghan, Director University Engagement / CRC Programs – DefendTex


Air & Space

Session chair: Air Vice Marshal (Ret) Neil Hart

Wing Commander Michael Gan, Plan Jericho, Royal Australian Air Force

Kristian Cruickshank, Co-Founder & CTO Revolution Aerospace

Professor Andy Koronios, CEO & Managing Director, SmartSat CRC & Dr Carl Seubert, CRO SmartSat CRC

Flight Lieutenant Mahaboob Mallik, Augmented Aviation Asset Intelligence Lead, Australian Department of Defence

Dr Jennifer Palmer, Trusted Autonomous Systems

Afternoon Tea


Session chair: Brigadier (Ret) Alison Creagh

Air Commodore Jason Begley, Director General Joint C4

Dr Anthony Szabo, IW STaR Shot Team Leader, Defence Science & Technology Group

Kuba Kabacinski, Executive Chairman, Consunet Pty Ltd

Common Control

Session chair: RADM (Ret) Simon Cullen

Prof. Jason Scholz, CEO, Trusted Autonomous Systems

Dr Michael Crump, Principal Technologist – Trusted Autonomy / Red Ochre Labs – BAE Systems Australia

Dr Navinda Kottege, Group Leader – Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group, Data 61, CSIRO

Networking Function (1700)

Dinner (1800-onwards)

Event information

To simplify travel arrangements, this is a single day event with a Symposium Dinner. All sessions will occur at the landmark location Customs House Registrations are available through this link. There will be a limit of 200 attendees. The Symposium is not being conducted for profit and the low registration fee is to meet delivery outgoings. Registrants with an @defence.gov.au email may use the discount code DEFENCE (also 20%) until the available tickets are sold.


  • Full day delegate registration, including networking reception and dinner – $990.00 +GST
  • Day delegate registration, excluding networking reception and dinner $850.00 +GST
  • NB – From 17 May the option for virtual registration has been rescinded due to strong preferences from registrants for physical attendance. Virtual delivery will be supported for presenters to ensure continuity if their travel abilities change.

There are a range of affordable hotels near Customs House for those travelling to the Symposium. Queensland venue requirements necessitate double COVID vaccination for physical attendance.  Should there be any changes to the delivery due to COVID, registrations are not refundable but will be converted to a virtual registration. Current Queensland Government advice on COVID is available here.

For parties that submitted an abstract and EOI for the Thinking Swarms Workshops, these will be held preceding the Symposium on June 13 and 14. This will be a separate registration and there is a small additional fee to cover administrative costs equivalent to an academic workshop.  The workshop is designed for nominated participants rather than observers. We look forward to interacting with you in June.

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.