Australian Information Industry Association


Collaborative Innovation with Defence and Industry in an era of Accelerated Change

Date: Thursday 9 July 2020

Time: 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Where: Virtual via Cisco Webex

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Robotics, artificial intelligence and autonomous systems have become an increasingly important aspect of military capability.  Following rapid adoption of these technologies in military operations, we have also seen the emergence of lower cost, more accessible autonomous systems and AI technologies entering the commercial sector. The rapid acceleration and potential for disruption of these emerging technologies presents both opportunities and challenges that the Australian Defence Force must effectively harness in order to realise a competitive advantage.  In an era of unprecedented technological, geopolitical and societal rate of change, maintaining a transient advantage requires Defence to not only master these emerging technologies, but to build an ecosystem that truly partners with Industry, to foster revolutionary innovation.

With the Government announcing significant investment in Defence Capability over the next decade, bringing with it a renewed focus upon increasing both national security and national prosperity as a result, the Australian Industry Capability requirements is focussed on the growth of Australian jobs across ICT, software-intensive systems, advanced manufacturing and services.

The AIIA is holding this Summit to raise the awareness in the ICT Community of the increasingly important role of collaboration between Defence and Industry partners, of the innovation programs and ecosystems that have been established to foster this engagement, and to ensure Australian businesses are able to meaningfully contribute to the next generation of Defence capability.


Lieutenant Colonel Keirin Joyce, CSC

LTCOL Joyce is an Australian Defence Force Academy graduate with an Honours Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering. LTCOL Joyce has spent the last 14 years in support of the ADF Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) capability including deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. LTCOL Joyce is a Chartered Professional Engineer, holds a Masters in Aviation Management (specialising in Human Factors), a Masters of Aerospace Engineering, a Masters in Military and Defence Studies, a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education (Mathematics) and he is currently researching part time as a Doctorate of Philosophy student through ADFA. For the last three years LTCOL Joyce was the Australian Army UAS Sub-Program Manager responsible for all Australian Army UAS activities and this year is the Royal Australian Air Force RPAS Sub-Program Manager. Keirin is married to Rachael and they have four children.

GPCapt Jerome Reid

Group Captain Jerome Reid is currently posted into dual posts as Director of the Defence Artificial Intelligence Centre & Director of the Defence Technology Acceleration ColLab within the Joint Capabilities Group.

Jerome is foremost an experienced warfighter and arms professional.  He has seen operational combat and peace keeping in the Middle East, Africa, and Indo-Pacific regions, and has been afforded the privilege and honour of commanding and leading warfighters in combat.  Jerome has also been deployed on several humanitarian disaster relief and capability building missions.

Jerome’s passion, however, is in mindful disruption of the status quo, for the specific purpose of transformation to build a better society.  In this capacity he has been called upon to transform the whole of Defence Industrial Relations & remuneration paradigm, Total Workforce System for a future ready ADF, Air Force’s transformation into the world’s first 5th Generation Air Force, and Defence’s transformation into an Augmented Intelligence future. Currently Jerome is the Director of the Defence AI Centre.

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