The theme for the symposium will be:

Agile Command and Control (AC2).

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic this symposium will be held as a virtual activity over 3 to 4 days in November 2020.

Co-host role

The Emerging Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium (EDTAS) academic partner will co-host the event and act as the primary hub for broad national and international academic outreach by coordinating academic participation with internationally recognised leading researchers from institutions across Australia.

It would also be desirable for the academic partner to:

  • have the ability to provide both access to, and support for, a high level virtual video conferencing and syndicate/workshop platform
  • be able to identify a thought leader at professorial level and a post-doctoral researcher to provide operational support in partnership with the Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGFT)
  • indicate how this EDTAS could tie in with other activities of relevance to Agile Command and Control conducted by the university

Expected outcomes of the symposium

The Symposium will seek to understand Australia’s:

  • strategic needs
  • current technology capabilities
  • future technology development landscape and directions

Research drivers, challenges and opportunities around the following themes will be explored including:

  • artificial intelligence, human-machine teaming, autonomy and real-time battle simulation and modelling to assist decision making
  • organisational structures and cultures for greater headquarter agility
  • information, visualisation, augmented reality, and virtual assistants for providing enhanced situational awareness and sense-making
  • architectures for C2 distributed to the warfighter
  • exploitation, through data analytics, of vast quantities of increasingly diverse data sets
  • innovative human, social, cultural, and technical systems to enable agile organisational forms and commanders to rapidly execute command intent

What is the EDTAS?

The Emerging Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium (EDTAS) series helps future-proof Australian Defence as part of the Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF). It considers an expansive science and technology topics that will likely have a major impact transformational or disruptive for the Defence or National Security domains in the 10+ year timeframe.

These symposia have previously been held in New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia and will continue to seek academic partners and geographic locations indicative of a national program.

Have a look at our previous events to learn more about the EDTAS.

Am I eligible?

The EDTAS academic partner must be a signatory of the Defence Science Partnership Program and must have renowned research programs in a technology area of relevance to Agile Command and Control.

How do I apply?


The call for proposals closes at 11.59 pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on Friday September 2020.