Upcoming Webinars: Aerospace

Advancing Software Development for the Future of Autonomous Military Vehicles


Recent industry breakthroughs in self-driving vehicles are enabling the potential use of autonomous ground vehicles in military operations. The use of software to control navigation by fusing data from multiple sensors is a key enabler to the use of autonomous ground vehicle technology in military operations. Several Department of Defense programs are already prototyping and evaluating software that can be adapted to autonomous ground vehicles.

This 60-minute Webinar from the editors of Aerospace & Defense Technology will analyze the maturity level of current software that can enable autonomous ground vehicle navigation. An audience Q&A session will follow the technical presentation.


Kevin O'Brien, Ph.D., Technical Director, Defense Innovation Unit, U.S. Department of Defense

Dr. Kevin O’Brien is the Technical Director for the Autonomy Portfolio within the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), where he has worked since 2020. Prior to joining DIU, he led the fielding of robotic systems for warehouse automation at Berkshire Grey. Before his work in industry, he served as an Air Force officer, where he led the testing and deployment of wireless communication systems. Kevin holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Will Ryan, Project Manager – Autonomy, Defense Innovation Unit, U.S. Department of Defense

Major Will Ryan is a Project Manager for DIU’s Autonomy Portfolio, where he leads DIU’s ground autonomy efforts, alongside Dr. Kevin O’Brien, and serves as the primary liaison between the Army and DIU’s autonomy projects. Over the past 15 years, he has served in various leadership and staff positions in both conventional and special operations units. Prior to joining DIU, Will served as the Operations Officer and Executive Officer for the 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He also has served in the 173rd Airborne Brigade, the 75th Regimental Special Troops Battalion, and 2nd Infantry Division, and he has multiple deployments to the CENTCOM, EUCOM, and AFRICOM theaters. Will holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering management from the United States Military Academy and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.


Amanda Hosey, Editor, SAE Media Group

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