Dstl to hold special conference aimed at AI

December 14, 2022

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) Dstl will share new technical concepts for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in an age of AI and autonomy, at an event for industry and academia.

It is hoped delegates will share early stage research to help potential partners understand where future funding opportunities may lie and help build the UK’s capability.

Organisers are seeking involvement with those representing niche areas and those who do not traditionally work with defence.

Dstl will also welcome those normally involved at later stages of technical development which could benefit from insights into its pioneering research and the future requirements of UK defence and security.

Potential suppliers of future defence and security technology can register to attend the showcase of the latest research into generation-after-next technical concepts for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). This was identified as an area for investment in the 2021 Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.


The AI and autonomy for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (A2ISR) project is covering research themes including:

AI-enabled ISR tasking and collection
cloud-edge infrastructures
data-centric process improvement
machine-assisted intelligence such as natural language processing
advantages that could be brought by quantum information processing

The showcase will be held on 23 February 2023 in Wiltshire. Attendees will see demonstrations of cutting-edge science and technology and have opportunities to discuss support to and the alignment of Dstl’s research with emerging concepts in industry and academia. There will also be an outline of the next steps for Dstl’s A2ISR project.

To express an interest email [email protected]

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