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4th February 2014

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Venue: Jurys Inn, Guild Street, Aberdeen AB11 5RG
4 February 2014 * 9.30am-4.30pm
* Security clearance required for one optional afternoon session. Paperwork to be returned by 21 January 2014.

About the Event

CENSIS invites you to join BAE Systems, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), for a workshop and information session on sensing and sensor systems for maritime, defence and subsea applications. This free, one-day workshop will introduce companies and postdoctoral researchers to opportunities to develop products and technologies for defence and security markets from two new programmes:

  • MarCE, the Maritime Collaborative Enterprise led by BAE Systems, bringing together the best R&D competencies to maintain the technological cutting-edge of the Royal Navy
  • DARPA Hydra, a US Navy programme for the development of rapid, scalable and cost-effective deployment of marine and subsea capabilities.

The aim of the day is to identify possibilities for future research partnerships. This is a unique opportunity to understand the problem space, build relations with the user community, and understand the exploitation routes.

Provisional Programme

Please join us for an open morning session followed by a networking lunch, and an interactive afternoon session, which will include advice from DSTL on how to gain the most from your involvement in MarCE.

  • 9.30am  – Registration and Coffee
  • 10.30am – Welcome & Introductions
  • 10.35am  – CENSIS overview
  • 11.00am – MarCE Programme
  • 11.30am – DARPA Hydra Programme
  • 12.00pm – Morning wrap up / explanation of afternoon session
  • 12.10pm  – Networking lunch
  • 1.00pm – Closed workshop sessions led by MarCE and DARPA
  • 4.00pm – Closing remarks / networking

Security Clearances

The morning session, and afternoon session with DARPA, are open to everyone. The afternoon MarCE session only requires the completion of security documents which must be returned by 21 January 2014, therefore early registration at this event is essential. Due to the nature of the event, non-British nationals may need additional clearance.

Target Audience

The event is aimed at companies and academic research groups with expertise in sensors and sensor systems, but not necessarily at companies already operating in this sector.

Companies are advised they should gain most from this event by sending both a technical and a business/commercial representative.

Further Information & Registration

To confirm your attendance, please email Sian Williams – – CENSIS Business Development Manager, with your name, job title, organisation and contact details, and whether you would like to attend both afternoon sessions. If you plan to attend the MarCE afternoon session, documents relating to security clearance will be emailed to you from CENSIS.

Selected Speakers / Key Programme Contacts+ more coming soon…

Colin Utting – Senior Consultant Engineer – Future Technology & Deterrent, MarCE
Colin has over 25 years’ engineering experience, the majority of which has been in the research or early development phases of projects. He has worked in the area of submarine combat systems for 23 years, including the early development of the Submarine Command System (SMCS) which, along with its successors (ACMS & SMCS NG), has been fitted across the RN flotilla. Following a period with the Weapon Systems Integration Authority (WSIA), Colin joined BAE Systems Submarine Solutions, and is currently responsible for all future technology from horizon scanning through to targeted research for future submarine combat systems and adjacent markets.

Matthew Patrick, MarCE Communications & Outreach, BAE Systems
Matt joined BAE Systems after roles in the military and defence industries, as well as internal communications and event planning. Bringing a broad range of experience from these roles, he is responsible for outreach and engagement. Highlights have included training at the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and running televised events and award ceremonies such as the Autosports Awards.