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APR 2018

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24 ST | April 2018 www.sea-technology.com T here is considerable inno- vation and exciting activity in maritime unmanned sys- tems. Unmanned marine vehi- cles are used for a wide range of military and commercial applications. The military uses unmanned maritime sys- tems for purposes such as mine countermeasures (MCM); intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) oper- ations; anti-submarine warfare (ASW); and port security. Commercial uses include oil and gas exploration and construction, oceanographic data collection and envi- ronmental surveys. XPONENTIAL 2018 is the destination for those look- ing to harness the power of all unmanned technology, including unmanned maritime systems. An intersection of cutting-edge innovation and re- al-world applications, XPONENTIAL is the one event that brings all things un- manned into sharp focus. More than 8,500 profes- sionals, crossing a wide spectrum of industries, will gather in Denver, Colorado, from April 30 through May 3 to participate in four days of forward-thinking, advanced education and networking and have the chance to ex- plore a 370,000-sq.-ft. exhibit hall. As the largest gathering of professionals in the un- manned systems and robotics industry, XPONENTIAL 2018 will serve as an event for representatives from more than 20 vertical markets. From agriculture to energy, mapping and surveying to oil and gas, and construction to telecommunications, there will be opportunities for establishing new relationships and enhancing existing ones. Topics Four tracks focused on policy, technology, business solutions and trending topics will provide more than 200 unique opportunities for edu- cation at XPONENTIAL 2018. The curriculum will feature keynote speeches by leaders and visionaries in unmanned systems. There will also be technical sessions and pan- els discussing the latest mari- time developments, including swarming applications for maritime search and rescue, improving autonomy for au- tonomous maritime systems, use cases in the oil and gas sector and regulatory impacts on maritime operations. The- AUVSI XPONENTIAL ST Conference Preview

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