Data & AI Leaders Conference

Only registrations from representatives of NATO bodies and governmental/military representatives from NATO Nations will be accepted.

With limited capacity, we ask that Nations and NATO bodies/divisions limit their representatives to three participants.

Join us on 8 November 2022 for our Data & AI Leader’s Conference on Unlocking the Benefits and Embracing Transformation at NATO HQ.


We will focus on NATO’s path forward for data, AI and digital transformation. The conference will bring together senior officials from the NATO Enterprise, Allies and Industry.

Registration is now formally closed. If you wish to participate please contact the Data and AI Policy Unit directly at: [email protected]

Programme

8 November 2022

  • 08:30 - 16:00 - Registration Desk Open

  • 09:00 - 09:05 - Welcome Remarks

    Mr James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges

  • 09:05 - 09:15 - Opening Keynote

    NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană

  • 09:15 - 09:30 - Keynote: Data and AI: The Route to Digital Transformation for Multi Domain Operations

    Supreme Commander Allied Transformation (SACT), Gen. Philippe Lavigne (via video)

  • 09:30 - 09:45 - Keynote: Guiding Principles of the Federal Ministry of Defence Data Strategy

    Dr Lutz Wenzel, Deputy Chief Information Officer and Chief Data Officer for the German Ministry of Defence

  • 09:45 - 10:45 - Data Exploitation & AI: Opportunities and Future Possibilities for the Alliance

    Ms. Caroline Bellamy, Chief Data Officer, United Kingdom Ministry of Defence
    Gen (ret) Grégoire de Saint-Quentin, Senior Vice President for Advanced Projects at Preligens, former Special Operations Commander and former Chief of Joint Operations of the French Ministry of Defence
    Mr Robert Weaver, Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Defence Investment
    Dr Catherine Warner, Director of the NATO Science and Technology Organisation’s Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation
    Moderator: Mr James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges

  • 10:45 - 11:15 - Coffee Break at the Marketplace*

  • 11:15 - 12:15 - Building Sound Foundations: NATO Governance and Responsible Use of AI and Data

    Ms. Irene Fellin, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security
    Mr. Juha Heikkila, AI Advisor to the European Commission’s Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology
    Ms. Caroline Gorski, Chief Executive Officer of R2 Factory at Rolls-Royce
    Mr. Michiel van Dusseldorp, Senior Advisor to the Chief Data Officer for the Dutch Ministry of Defence
    Moderator: Mr. Matt McCormack, Legal Advisor at NATO Headquarters

  • 12:30 - 14:00 - Lunch (NATO Staff Centre)

    Participants will also have the opportunity to have coffee at the Marketplace

  • 14:00 - 14:15 - Keynote: The Data Advantage

    Dr Craig Martell, US Chief Digital and AI Officer, Department of Defense

  • 14:15 - 15:15 Embracing Transformation: Importance of Culture Change

    MGen Chris Zimmer, Canadian Acting Assistant Deputy Minister for Data, Analytics and Innovation
    RAdm Nick Wheeler, Director of the NATO Headquarters Consultation, Command and Control Staff
    Mr. Yves Van Durme, Global Organisation Transformation Leader at Deloitte
    Mr Michael Frings, Senior Regional Manager, Federal and Defense, NVIDIA
    Moderator: Dr. Nikos Loutas, Head of Data & AI Policy Unit at NATO Headquarters

  • 15:15 - 15:45 - Coffee Break at the Marketplace*

  • 15:45 - 16:45 - Putting Data Exploitation & AI into Practice: Insights from Real-Life Implementation

    Lt. Gen (ret) Gilles Desclaux, Executive Adviser for Thales
    Lt. Olivier De Meyst, Mine Counter Measures Project Officer for the Belgian Ministry of Defence.
    Mr Eugenio Santagata, CEO, Telsy and Chief Public Affiars and Security Officer, TIM
    Dr. Evangelos (Vangelis) Karkaletsis, Director of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT) of the National Centre for Scientific Research (NCSR) "Demokritos", Athens, Greece
    Moderator: Mr. Jean-René Couture, Head of Federated Interoperability at NATO’s Allied Command Transformation

  • 16:45 - 16:55 - Closing Remarks

    Mr. James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges

  • 17:30 - 19:30 - Cocktail Reception

    Hosted by the Kingdom of Belgium
    Welcome remarks by H.E. Ariadne Petridis, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Belgium to NATO
    Presentation of AI4Belgium initiative by Mr. Nathanael Ackerman, AI4Belgium General Manager

* Coffee breaks offer an opportunity to experience demonstrations at the Marketplace, which is open during the entire period of 9:00-16:30.

Speakers & Moderators

Keynote Speaker
Mircea Geoană
NATO Deputy Secretary General

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Keynote Speaker
Gen. Philippe Lavigne
Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT)

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Keynote Speaker
Dr Craig Martell
US Chief Digital and AI Officer

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Keynote Speaker
Dr. Lutz Wenzel
DEU MoD

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Keynote Speaker
Mr. James Appathurai
NATO

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Data Exploitation & AI: Opportunities and Future Possibilities for the Alliance

Speaker
Mr. Robert Weaver
NATO

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Speaker
Dr. Catherine Warner
NATO

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Speaker
Grégoire de Saint Quentin
Preligens

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Speaker
Caroline Bellamy
Chief Data Officer, United Kingdom Ministry of Defence

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Building Sound Foundations: NATO Governance and Responsible Use of AI and Data

Speaker
Ms. Irene Fellin
NATO

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Speaker
Mr. Juha Heikkila
European Commission

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Speaker
Ms. Caroline Gorski
Rolls-Royce

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Speaker
Mr. Michael van Dusseldorp
Senior Advisor to the Chief Data Officer for the Dutch Ministry of Defence

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Embracing Transformation: Importance of Culture Change

Speaker
MGen Chris Zimmer
CAN DND

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Speaker
RAdm Nick Wheeler
NATO

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Speaker
Mr. Yves Van Durme
Deloitte

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Speaker
Mr Michael Frings
Senior Regional Manager, Federal and Defense, NVIDIA

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Putting Data Exploitation & AI into Practice: Insights from Real-Life Implementation

Speaker
Lt Gen (ret) Gilles Desclaux
Thales

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Speaker
Lt. Olivier De Meyst
BEL MoD

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Speaker
Mr Eugenio Santagata
CEO, Telsy and Chief Public Affiars and Security Officer, TIM

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Speaker
Dr. Evangelos (Vangelis) Karkaletsis
Director of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT) of the National Centre for Scientific Research (NCSR) "Demokritos", Athens, Greece.

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Moderator
Mr. James Appathurai
NATO

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Moderator
Dr. Nikos Loutas
NATO

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Moderator
Mr. Jean-René Couture
NATO

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Moderator
Mr. Matthew McCormack
NATO

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Marketplace participants

Anticipe (Thales, ENSC Bordeaux)
In increasingly complex operational environments where information deluge can overwhelm operators, military decision-making must definitively speed up.To achieve such an operational advantage, Thales and the French Cognitive Science University (ENSC Bordeaux) have developed a demonstrator called ANTICIPE that helps commanders to speed up sense-making and decision-making processes in a multi-domain context.NATO ACT has been involved in the project since 2017 and sponsors its experimentation during the next STJU 23 exercise. Based on the NATO FIKSO scenario, the ANTICIPE demo showcases how the system processes data from all-domain information transiting in an organization, presents various synthetic visualizations of them and subsequently recommends optimized courses of action in collaboration with human users. ANTICIPE users have the ability to choose which inputs and values should be taken into account, entering in a so-called cooperative wargaming with the system. Further, once the commander has taken a decision, the system can automatically send directives (Commander's intent) and COA’s architecture to relevant planners, thereby speeding up timely, accurate implementation.

ROBIN/S-Cube (Project Argus) IMINT AI Solution for Strategic Sites Surveillance (Intelligence Fusion Centre/Preligens)
A unique IMINT solution leveraging EHR/VHR satellite imagery to monitor the activity of strategic areas of interest around the globe: ports, airfields, military camps, industrial sites...Detect, classify and identify objects of military interest automatically, alert analysts when a pattern of interest is spotted, follow the evolution of critical areas at a glance.

GeoAI tools (NATO SITCEN Geospatial Section)

The NATO HQ Geospatial Section operates and maintains a geographic information digital ecosystem which comprises the infrastructure, the data, the analysis tools and the expertise to deliver accurate, timely and relevant strategic geospatial products to senior leadership at NATO HQ.

The demonstration presented by the geospatial section will illustrate how this GIS digital ecosystem is leveraged to apply machine learning and deep learning techniques on geospatial data across all NATO’s operational domains.

Some examples of that include:

  • natural Language Processing methods applied to large collections of traditional media and social media sources to extract locations, codify events and trigger alerts on early signs of instability across the world;
  • deep Learning models trained to perform image recognition, image segmentation and object detection on large sets of earth observation data;
  • feature engineering and machine learning algorithms used to find spatial correlations and trends in geospatial data, and many others.

These activities represent the Section’s efforts towards the development of a NATO Enterprise GEO-AI system for multi-domain geospatial data collection, fusion and analysis to support most of the Alliance priorities identified in the NATO2030 and the recently adopted new Strategic Concept.

Spatial Intelligence in support of Technical Exploitation operations: Netherlands MoD under NATO Defence Against Terrorism Programme of Work (DAT POW)
Identifying objects of interest for Technical Exploitation or Battlefield Evidence purposes is becoming increasingly complex, in part due to the increased number of military disciplines involved. This project addresses the problem of automated object detection when training data is extremely scarce and operational conditions are challenging. A non-permissive environment, operational distance to an object, direct and indirect lightning and partially occluded objects hinder a reliable automatic detection. This project builds upon a diverse mix of participants; varying from big- tech, start-ups, data-science units from the Netherlands Ministry of Defence, the Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre and the NATO Communications and Information Agency. It utilizes state-of-the-art insights from the field of Artificial Intelligence such as synthetic data generation and few-shot learning to tackle the scarcity of training data and build a proof of concept. The detection is then visualized using Augmented Reality, where eye-tracking is used to prevent an information- overload for our operators. This project has been validated by the 11th Air Assault Brigade, the Joint Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition & Reconnaissance Commando and the Special Operations Forces of the Netherlands Ministry of Defence.

DroIDs and NATO C-UAS Innovation Challenge: NCIA under NATO Defence Against Terrorism Programme of Work (DAT POW)
The widespread proliferation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) poses a clear risk to civilian and military infrastructure, assets and people. The use of UAS capabilities by adversaries, both conventional forces and non-state actors, is rapidly increasing and evolving. Class I UASs are growing increasingly sophisticated, offering autonomous flight, high-end Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, and ever-expanding payload capacity, range, and endurance. Detection of Class I UAS using remote sensing is difficult due to target characteristics (small size, non-metal material, possibility to operate without emitting, etc.), for this reason the identification, characterization and classification of drones in the airspace requires the fusion of information from multiple sensors and the use of AI to help the operator for situational awareness. DroIDs is an AI-based Radio Transceiver used to prototype UAS detection and identification solutions based on deep learning of Radio Frequency signatures. Similarly, NATO Emerging Security Challenges division and NCIA are working on a NATO C-UAS Innovation Challenge, with the objective of investigating industry and academia best algorithms in making sense of large amount of drone tracks from different sources (radars, RF, etc.) for situational awareness. The first edition was conducted in 2021, while a new Challenge will be launched in 2023.

Outpost (Autonomous Perception Tower) (Lambda Automata)
Outpost is an autonomous perception tower, built using Hydra and commercial (COTS) EO/IR cameras. Outpost:

  • Detects, recognizes and tracks a variety of potential objects including (smoke piles, vehicles, pedestrians, vessels and aircrafts).
  • Can be deployed for years, in less than 2 hours, in remote locations since it does not require any infrastructure (e.g., power or construction) given it’s solar powered and does not require any digging.
  • Rectifies its sensors to pixel level against a 3D map enabling the autonomous scanning of defined 3D regions, and the passive rough geolocation of threats without the use of GPS or laser-range finders.
  • Is operated at fleet level enabling the surveillance of vast areas with minimal personnel requirements.
The first commercial deployments of the Outpost are with respect to optical recognition of smoke piles for early fire warning in remote areas. The team is also exploring its application in remote border monitoring through undisclosed pilot installations.

Science & Technology Ecosystem Analysis Model (STEAM)
One of the tasks of the Science and Technology Organization (STO), the world’s largest collaborative research forum in the field of defence and security, is to look at Emerging Disruptive Technologies (EDTs). To support the STO, we developed the Science & Technology Ecosystem Analysis Model (STEAM), or the “technology- trends detector” tool, that uses Artificial Intelligence to analyse millions of publicly available scientific articles to answer the Chief Scientist’s questions. STEAM can be used by analysts to explore multiple data sources related to technology trends around the world. By monitoring EDTs with STEAM, the Office of the Chief Scientist gets an insight into where technology is going and can underline the key challenges and implications for NATO. This tool informs the decision making of NATO’s Chief Scientist and future activities within the Science & Technology Organisation.

Data Literacy Curriculum (NATO HQ ESC - Deloitte)
To help support the implementation of NATO’s Data Exploitation Framework Strategic Plan and NATO’s AI Strategy NATO has commissioned the creation of a targeted Data and AI Literacy curriculum that would could be used as a reference to facilitate the delivery of a data and AI awareness raising campaign. This curriculum will be composed of key learning objectives, content covering data and AI basics, AI governance and responsible AI. This awareness raising curricula will be piloted though two scenario based exercises, tailored to both senior decision-makers and generic audience in late 2022 / early 2023.


Further details on Marketplace participants will be added as they become available.

Contact

Do not hesitate to contact the Data & AI Policy Unit (DAIP)
should you have any questions on the conference.