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

Media

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

2 Jul

The Straits Times: Drone technology outpacing legal frameworks: Experts

RSIS: AI Ethics 2.0: From Principles to Action

1 Jul

Fedscoop: Pentagon partners with Singapore to develop AI for disaster response

The Diplomat: What’s in the New US-Singapore Artificial Intelligence Defense Partnership

29 Jun

The Straits Times: Defence tech organisations must be agile: DSTA chief

Lianhe Zaobao: Defence organisations should collaborate with industry to tackle technological challenges together

28 Jun

The Straits Times: In rush to deploy new tech, reflect on its use: SM Teo Chee Hean

Lianhe Zaobao: Teo Chee Hean: Remain cautious of low-tech threats while focusing on hi-tech defence

The New Paper: Reflect on how wisely technology is used: SM Teo

Berita Harian: AI, serangan siber antara cabaran bagi masyarakat yang mahu maju: SM Teo

Tamil Murasu

Lianhe Zaobao: Industry and governments should enhance supervision and management of drones

The Straits Times: AI will not make soldiers obsolete, say experts

The Straits Times: Defence tech organisations must be agile and adaptable in addressing challenges: DSTA chief

PIONEER: Smart Tech, Agile Defence Discussed at Tech Summit

CNA: ‘Adaptive Process, Mindset’ needed to keep up with new technologies: DSTA Chief

MediaCorp Channel 8: Tan Peng Yam urges defence organisations to enhance collaboration with commercial entities

MediaCorp Channel U News

MediaCorp Channel 5 News

Vasantham News

Reuters: Defense contractor consolidation a security concern: U.S. Air Force acquisition head

Reuters UK: Defense contractor consolidation a security concern: U.S. Air Force acquisition head

Yahoo!: Defense contractor consolidation a security concern: U.S. Air Force acquisition head

Yahoo! Singapore: Defense contractor consolidation a security concern: U.S. Air Force acquisition head

Yahoo! Australia: Defense contractor consolidation a security concern: U.S. Air Force acquisition head

The Star Online: Defense contractor consolidation a security concern: U.S. Air Force acquisition head

CNA: Defense contractor consolidation a security concern: U.S. Air Force acquisition head

TODAY Online: Defense contractor consolidation a security concern: U.S. Air Force acquisition head

Air Force Magazine: US, Singapore to Collaborate on AI-Enabled Disaster Relief Response

Aviation Week: U.S., Singapore Discuss Defense AI Applications

IHS Jane’s: Singapore, US partner on AI for disaster relief

27 Jun

The Straits Times: Reflect on how to use tech wisely in ‘headlong rush’ to deploy it: Teo Chee Hean

Lianhe Zaobao: Remain cautious about threat of low-tech warfare amid focus on high-tech defence: Teo Chee Hean

CNA: Singapore must stay ahead of the game amid tech advances in warfare: Teo Chee Hean

CNA: Singapore must stay on top of tech advances in warfare: Teo Chee Hean

CNA Tonight

MediaCorp Channel 8 News: Singapore must stay on top of tech advances in warfare

MediaCorp Channel U News

MediaCorp Channel 5 News

PIONEER: AI must act in our best interest: Mr Teo

Suria: Dunia perlu ‘bentuk semula’ tentera bagi tangani ancaman bukan konvensional sila baca

The Straits Times: Call for rules-based order in cyber arena

Lianhe Zaobao: Militaries need to establish rules-based order in the cyber domain: Ng Eng Hen

Power 98

Transcript of Power 98 News Report

Speaking at the opening dinner of the Singapore Defence Technology Summit on Wednesday, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen raised the urgent need for a rules-based order to protect the functioning of society and prevent the loss of lives. This is especially when the cyber arena becomes more contested while the rules of engagement remain vague in this new battlefront. As organisations and resources are still optimised and allocated towards traditional, conventional threat, Dr Ng called for technology to improve the effectiveness of militaries around the world to deal with new challenges.

Dr Ng: “Our militaries today are not geared to respond optimally. When called upon to address these newer, non-conventional challenges, there will have to be close interaction between operational units and the defence technology communities such as yourselves to optimise resources and to improve responsiveness. For Singapore, MINDEF and the SAF, this ops tech integration is key.”

SURIA Berita news

Vasantham news

The Straits Times: Artificial intelligence will not make soldiers obsolete, say panellists at tech summit

EIN News: JAIC and DSTA forge technology collaboration

Milaero: JAIC and DSTA forge technology collaboration

UrduPoint: US, Singapore Share Artificial Intelligence Technology To Mitigate Natural Disasters

26 Jun

The Straits Times: Urgent need for rules-based order in the cyber domain, which will be more contested: Ng Eng Hen

Lianhe Zaobao: Urgent need for rules-based order in the cyber domain, which will be more contested: Ng Eng Hen

CNA: World needs to reshape militaries to deal with more non-conventional threats: Ng Eng Hen

CNA: Countries must reshape militaries to deal with new threats: Ng Eng Hen

MediaCorp Channel 5 News

MediaCorp Channel 8 News

MediaCorp Channel U News

Xinhua: Singaporean defense chief calls for rule-based order for cyber battle

China.org.cn: Singaporean defense chief calls for rule-based order for cyber battle

Lianhe Zaobao: AI in defence innovation

RSIS: US’ AI ethics debate – Overcoming barriers in government and tech sector

RSIS: Is the innovation winter coming?

25 Jun

The Straits Times: AI’s impact on military power

RSIS: Why the sky is not falling: The diffusion of artificial intelligence

Organisers & Partners

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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