The advent of new technology has increased the complexity of the global defence and security landscape. The Defence Science and Technology Agency will be hosting the Singapore Defence Technology Summit (Tech Summit) 2019 to expand on insights gained from the 2018 inaugural summit with the theme “Impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution on Defence and Security”.

Tech Summit is a unique gathering of global thought leaders from defence, security establishments, industry, academia and think tanks to network, confer and collaborate in the development of defence and security capabilities.

Attendees include:

  • Defence technology policy makers
  • National armament directors responsible for capability development
  • Chief Defence Scientists responsible for research and development
  • Chief Executive Officers and Chief Technology Officers from the industry
  • Thought leaders from academia and think tanks

Building on the insights gained from Tech Summit 2018, Tech Summit 2019 will examine domains such as artificial intelligence, sensors and drones pioneered by the military but rapidly adopted for commercial use, and discuss how these developments will impact defence, security and society. We will also explore how breakthroughs in neuroengineering, synthetic biology and space will shape our future, and more.

Programme

Theme: Proliferation of Technology and its Implications on Defence, Security and Society

Time Event
1800hrs

Networking Cocktail & Opening Dinner

Time Event
0815hrs

Registration

0900hrs

Opening Remarks

0910hrs

Keynote Address

0930hrs

Conversation with CEOs

1030hrs

Tea Break

1100hrs

Panel Discussion: Will Artificial Intelligence Make Soldiers Smarter?

Will Artificial Intelligence Make Soldiers Smarter?

Artificial intelligence (AI) has evolved significantly with big data and exponential advances in computer hardware. Many people have debated on how AI can improve the speed of decision making, operations and logistics. What does it mean for soldiers to be equipped and augmented by AI? Will it make soldiers smarter? Soldiers operate in an environment where precision is critical to achieving mission success. Precision can only be realised if there is transparency in the use of AI and when every vulnerability is understood. This session will attempt to answer many of the questions related to the employment of AI for soldiers.

1300hrs

Lunch

1430hrs

Panel Discussion: Can Smart and Secure Co-Exist?

Can Smart and Secure Co-Exist?

Many cities are embarking on digital journeys to realise their vision of a smart city. Though the proliferation and networking of smart systems bring about greater connectivity and efficiency, they also present new security vulnerabilities. With more data, the greater the risk. Smart and secure have to co-exist. The session will discuss how this paradigm can be realised.

1600hrs

Tea Break

1630hrs

Panel Discussions:

The Good and Bad of Drones

The Good and Bad of Drones

While militaries have been employing drones for dull, dirty and dangerous tasks, drones are now recognised to have an increasingly dramatic impact on society due to their wide range of applications – from delivery and infrastructure inspections to disaster relief and surveillance. In the wrong hands, drones can be exploited with a minimal skill set and low cost to inflict serious harm. We thus need technologies to ensure safety and assured operations, as well as a clear governance framework to guide drone use. This session will deliberate the safety and securing of drone operations to improve and protect lives.

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Will Small Outdo Big in Space?

Will Small Outdo Big in Space?

Small satellites hold tremendous promise for many applications. We are witnessing a New Space revolution where access to space and applications using space is affordable and no longer dominated by governments of developed countries. Will small outdo big in space? The session will look at the possibilities.

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The Brain as the Next Frontier

The Brain as the Next Frontier

As the most complex and least understood part of the human body, the brain has boundless hidden potential for us to unlock. Advancements in neuroscience can be applied to soldier enhancement, deception detection, and even convert subconscious neurological responses into information which can be transmitted to their commanders. However, ethical and social issues abound and if soldiers have no freedom to accept or decline such interventions, neuroscience may turn bad. This session will cover the opportunities and challenges at hand.

1800hrs

Networking Cocktail & Dinner

Time Event
0900hrs

One-on-One Dialogue

0930hrs

Panel Discussion: Are Agile Defence Establishments Possible?

Are Agile Defence Establishments Possible?

In this age of the 4th Industrial Revolution, countries and organisations will have to innovate and adopt technology more quickly to stay ahead. Speed is essential to achieve a comparative advantage. Defence establishments responsible for R&D, acquisition and materiel sustainment will have to do likewise. Many are reorganising themselves to be agile and nimble. This session will draw on the experiences of different countries to learn how organisations adapt and what are the trade-offs and risks involved.

1100hrs

Tea Break

1130hrs

Summary Plenary

1300hrs

Lunch

1430hrs

Technology Visits

  • Defence Science and Technology Agency
  • DSO National Laboratories
  • Singapore Armed Forces’ Sites
  • Agency for Science, Technology and Research’s FusionWorld
  • Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Operations Control Centre and Living Lab
  • ST Engineering’s Smart Solutions

Organisers & Partners

Organised by
Supported by
Strategic Partner
Platinum Partners
Gold Partner
Event Organiser
Held In

Media

For media enquiries, please email media@dsta.gov.sg.

Please click here for media collaterals and releases for the inaugural Singapore Defence Technology Summit 2018.

Venue

Shangri-La Hotel
22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350
Preferential rates for guest rooms have been secured for Tech Summit attendees. Book directly by completing this form and submitting it to:
Name: Ms Surhana Sayudi
Tel: +65 6213 4841
Fax: +65 6735 3257