The Year of Autonomy January – December 2017


Vision of the Year of Autonomy

The 2017 / 18 Year of Autonomy aims to  bring together innovators and users of autonomous and robotic systems from across marine, land and air  to address key challenges and share learning. With the aim of developing cross sector collaboration


  • Improve industry access to information on cross-sector challenge areas
  • Shared understanding of research base and industry approaches to issues they have in common across the autonomy landscape
  • Development of cross-sector industry collaborative projects and programmes
  • Engage funders and key stakeholders on the key challenge areas
  • Create a recognised South Coast Cluster of Excellence for Autonomy


  • Five Workshops on the common Key Challenge Areas
  • Develop a roadmap of capabilities and challenge areas
  • Funding
  • Engage Funders (Traditional and User community)
  • Horizon scan funding landscape for opportunities


Workshop Themes:

Thursday 1 March 2018 - Societal Acceptance  hosted by ASV    

The finale to the series of Year of Autonomy events will draw on the factors that affect the acceptance of autonomous systems within society, both now, and in the future. The programme will feature a host of speakers from across industry, academia and government, each sharing their insights and observations on this topical subject.

Presentations from the day

The presentations from the day are avaliable by clicking here 

Thank you to all those who attended.


Events Held in 2017 

Collaborative Autonomy Hosted by Qinetiq

Report of The Event Click Here


Regulation Hosted by SMMI 

Report of The Event  click here 


  • Current initiatives to shape future regulations Tony Gillespie UCL click here 
  • Driverless Cars Ian Stock KTN click here 
  • Marine Autonomous Regulations James Fanshaw CBE MASWRG click here
  • Rail Technical Strategy Piraba Navaratnam RSSB click here 
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft Bryan Stanilas ARPAS ckick here 

Risk and Reliability Hosted by University of Portsmouth 

Report of The Event click here 


Energy Management hosted by Plymouth Marine Laboratory and Plymouth Marine Institute 

Report of The Event click here 


End of Series Round Up Hosted by NOC as part of MATShowcase 2017

15 November 2017 at NOC