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ARMY ROBOTICS EXPOSITION 2023 (ARX2023)
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The Australian Army is hosting the Army Robotics Exposition 2023 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on 29 and 30 August 2023, to stimulate discussion, observation and demonstration of Robotic and Autonomous Systems (RAS) concepts and technologies. ARX2023 is hosted as part of the Chief of Army Symposium 2023, and will provide an opportunity for Defence personnel including Capability Manager Delegates to view available technologies and innovations which may be applied to the future operating environment.
The Department of Defence, via the Australian Army, is seeking interested parties to respond to this Call for Submissions (CFS) summarising their relevant RAS technology and its potential benefit to one or more of the five capability offsets identified in the Army RAS Strategy:
1. Maximising Soldier Performance; through lightening the load physically and cognitively
2. Improving Decision Making; through Artificial Intelligence (AI), data analytics and networks to make better sense of and understand the situation in conflict
3. Generating Mass and Scalable Effects; through human-machine teaming, swarming technologies and optionally crewing platforms
4. Force Protection; through removing soldiers from some of the most dangerous battlefield tasks including Counter Improvised Explosive Device and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Environment tasks
5. Efficiency; through improving logistics, maintenance and medical effects utilising AI, data analytics, autonomy and leader-follower technologies.
Successful applicants will be invited to exhibit and potentially demonstrate their technology (either physical or cyber) at the ARX2023 in Perth. Army will fund the display space and setting, participants are invited to provide their physical or cyber-physical system for display.
Across all industries, the exploration and uptake of Artificial Intelligence and RAS technologies is accelerating. ARX2023 represents an opportunity to explore the convergence of multidisciplinary technologies and break the barriers of civil and military, private and public spheres in pursuit of sovereign innovation.
The realisation of RAS will be underpinned by a number of emerging technologies including AI, quantum technologies, power and energy efficiency (both battery technology and hybrid), and building trust in autonomous systems, both physical and cyber. In embracing these technologies, Defence will fundamentally alter the way it organises, trains, prepares for, equips and ultimately fights in the future. Cultivating Australia’s growing Defence industry and identifying new applications of dual-use technology developed in civil sectors is critical to this transformation.
Submissions are open to Australian Permanent Residents or Citizens only, and must hold an ABN.
Overview of Call for Submission (CFS) Process. Important: Please note that this is an overview only. Full details of the CFS process are set out in the CFS Terms and Deed of Participation.
The CFS competitive selection process is as follows:
- Applicants are to submit a short written CFS using the format dictated in Annex A to the challenge statement. Proposals that do not adhere to this format may not be considered. Applicants do not have to complete multiple submissions to display multiple technologies across different RAS Strategy fields; however, only one stand will be allocated per organisation/vendor.
- After assessing the written proposals, Defence may select a shortlist of applicants to invite to ARX2023.
- Defence may select approximately sixty proposals and invite them to participate in ARX2023, displaying and/or demonstrating their technology in accordance with the Deed of Participation.
Potential Applicants are encouraged to not respond to this CFS if their technology does not have the potential for Defence applications, or cannot be sufficiently communicated to Defence audiences through visualisations (electronic media) or practical demonstrations. Similarly, platforms requiring a footprint bigger than 3m x 3m area may be restricted from attending the event.
An alternative for potential applications that are ineligible for ARX is a submission through the Defence Innovation Hub (DIH) portal as an unsolicited innovation proposal – see the Priority Innovation Notice at the following link: https://www.innovationhub.defence.gov.au/call-for-submissions/ Proposals submitted through this method at the DIH are less time constrained than time sensitive ARX2023 submissions.
Submissions are open to Australian Permanent Residents or Citizens only, and must hold an ABN. Submissions not in accordance with the prescribed formats may not be progressed. Applicants which cannot participate in ARX2023 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on 29-30 August 2023 will not be progressed. Applications received after closing time may not be progressed. Applications which do not address the specific criteria for RAS technologies may not be progressed. Applicants which are requesting display items or demonstration platforms larger than the 3m x 3m area are to express this within their submission for assessment by Defence.
Display and potential demonstration at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre 28-30 August 2023