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 and Chief Technology Officers
  • Government Chief Technology Officers
  • 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

Welcome Address by Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Defence, Singapore

Time Event
08:15

Registration

09:00 – 09:10

Opening Remarks

09:10 – 09:30

Keynote Address by Mr Teo Chee Hean, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, Singapore

09:30 – 10:30

Conversation with CEOs

Conversation with CEOs

Rapid advancements of technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics and additive manufacturing presents new challenges to business leaders as user requirements become more dynamic and delivery times are expected to be compressed. Technology proliferation is also expected to increase competition and all companies, both small and large have to respond to this dynamic environment to stay ahead. All these and the increasing global domination by technology giants are changing the face of the world economy. This session will discuss the implications of these global technological trends and how businesses are innovating to stay ahead.

Moderator:

Prof Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, The Edgar L. and Harold H. Buttner Chair, Department of EECS, University of California, Berkeley

Panellists:

10:30 – 11:00

Tea Break

11:00 – 12:30

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. There have been many discussions on the extent to which AI can improve the speed of decision making, operations and logistics. What does it mean for soldiers to be equipped and augmented by AI? What are the threats of adversarial AI? Soldiers operate in an environment where precision and accountability are critical to achieving mission success. How do we build trust in AI? This session will attempt to answer many of the questions related to the employment of AI for soldiers.

Moderator:

Dr Brian Pierce, Office Director, Information Innovation Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, US Department of Defense

Panellists:

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch

14:00 – 15:30

Panel Discussion: Can Smart and Secure Co-Exist?

Can Smart and Secure Co-Exist?

The proliferation of smart devices, AI, robotics and Internet of Things coupled with the increased accessibility to information bring about greater connectivity and efficiency and enable better decision making. However, this also presents new security vulnerabilities and threats to individuals, systems, defence establishments and cities. Smart and secure have to co-exist. The session will discuss how this paradigm can be realised.

Moderator:

Mr Bill Chang, Country Chief Officer, Singapore and CEO, Group Enterprise, Singapore Telecommunications Ltd

Panellists:

15:30 – 16:00

Tea Break

16:00 – 17:30

Panel Discussion - 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 framework to integrate drones into the airspace. This session will deliberate the safety and securing of drone operations to improve and protect lives.

Moderator:

Ms Ngiam Le Na, Deputy Chief Executive (Operations), Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency

Panellists:

-Held Concurrently With-

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.

Moderator:

Prof Sir Martin Sweeting, Founder and Group Executive Chairman, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd

Panellists:

-Held Concurrently With-

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 to be unlocked. The miniaturisation of electronics and sensors coupled with improved computing power and AI has provided more access to understanding the brain. While advancements in neuroscience may lead to enhanced human well-being and performance, there are various challenges, such as safety and societal concerns, which would need to be addressed before we can reap the benefits of neuroscience developments. This session will cover the opportunities and challenges at hand.

Moderator:

Dr Anthony Tether, Former Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, US Department of Defense

Panellists:

17:30

End of Panel Discussions

18:30 onwards

Networking Cocktail & Dinner at MONTI at Fullerton Pavilion

Time Event
09:00 – 09:30

One-on-One Dialogue with Dr Steven Walker, Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, US Department of Defense

Moderator:

BG Gaurav Keerthi, Assistant Chief Executive, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore

09:30 – 11:00

Panel Discussion: Are Agile Defence Establishments Possible?

Are Agile Defence Establishments Possible?

Countries and organisations today have to innovate and keep pace with technology 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.

Moderator:

Ms Gayle Chan, Director Digital Hub, Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency

Panellists:

11:00 – 11:30

Tea Break

11:30 – 13:00

Summary Plenary

Summary Plenary

This session synthesises the discussions from the earlier panels, offers insights into the possible global transformations to defence, security and society, and discusses the strategies to stay relevant amidst the shifting landscape.

Moderator:

Prof Daniel Hastings, Head, Aeronautics and Astronautics Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Panellists:

13:00 – 14:15

Lunch

14:30 – 17:30

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
  • Thales' Digital Identity and Security Solutions

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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