The workshop is about the technologies needed to cyber-defend the future autonomous systems that will be used by the Defence sector or by Industry and Logistics. Started in 2016, NATO IST 152 Research & Technology Group has created the first reference architecture and use cases for Autonomous Intelligent Cyber-defence Agents.


In the morning, delegates will be presented the rationale, current state of the art and challenges of autonomous cyber defence, as well as the results of NATO IST 152’s work. In the afternoon, different workshops and one-to-one meetings will discuss hands-on needs and issues as well as defence, industries, security providers and academics’ interest in engaging with autonomous cyber defence technology. Alongside presentations and discussions, there will be a technology exhibition of contributing technologies and research works.

Please see the below drop down box titled 'Keynote Speakers' for information on the Keynote Speakers for the 1st NATO-Industry Workshop on Autonomous Cyber Defence.

Exhibitors of contributing technologies are invited to join us for the workshop. Limited exhibition opportunities are available for £250 including a delegate place. To discuss options and requirements please contact us.

Further benefits

Further benefits from this event will be:

  • A strategic assessment of the need for autonomous cyber defence technologies in the light of industry & defence priorities, requirements and constraints
  • An opportunity to have one-to-one SMEs – Industry/Defence contacts and discussions
  • The possibility for research groups, Start-ups and SMEs to present their contributions to the development of autonomous cyber defence technologies and defence/industry partnerships
  • IST 152 will take delegates’ needs and interests into account in its final report due end of 2019 as well as the innovative technologies presented by Start-ups and SMEs
  • IST152 members will be available for further talks during the rest of the week.

Creating a research & innovation cluster

The workshop aims to assess participants’ interest to kick-start a research & technology community.The workshop will invite participants to express their interest to take part in the Autonomous cyber defence Research & Innovation Cluster that Cranfield sets-up to accelerate the development and evaluation of this technology.

Registration is now open and you can register here.

Networking Dinner

On Monday 18 March we will be hosting a networking dinner that delegates are invited to attend prior to the workshop on the 19 March. The dinner will provide an opportunity for networking and to highlight topics and ask questions that delegates would like addressed during the workshop. This networking dinner is open to any delegates attending the workshop.

The networking dinner will take place at the CMDC one of our on campus hotels from 7pm. The cost for the networking dinner is £50 and includes a 3 course meal and wine (or an alternative soft drink if preferred). When registering please indicate whether you are attending the networking dinner.

Keynote Speakers

The keynote speakers for 1st NATO-Industry Workshop on Autonomous Cyber Defence are: 

Alexander Kott, Chief Scientist, US Army Research Laboratory

Please note that our speakers are subject to change and we cannot guarantee their attendance.

Location and travel details

Stafford Cripps
Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL

Cranfield University is located at the very heart of the UK – within the innovation triangle between London and the cities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Our central location provides easy access from the M1, excellent main line rail service as well as proximity to key international airports. Set in rolling countryside, Cranfield offers a rich, rural landscape complemented by thriving towns and picturesque villages.

  • Road: We are just 10 minutes from Junctions 13 and 14 of the M1 motorway. There is free parking on campus.
  • Rail: Milton Keynes or Bedford
  • Air: London Luton (22 miles), Heathrow (50 miles) or Birmingham (70 miles)

For further travel details please visit our location page.


If you would like to book accommodation whilst visiting the campus then we are pleased to offer en suite accommodation on campus, which is within easy walking distance of lecture rooms and other facilities. To make an enquiry or booking, please contact Venue Cranfield. Please mention 'NATO Workshop' when booking your on campus accommodation to secure a rate of £108.50.

Download the Cranfield map to see the campus layout, parking, and distance from the Venue.

If you would like to book accommodation off campus we recommend Milton Keynes or Bedford, to see a list of local hotels please visit

Who should attend

Defence, Industry, Start-ups, SMEs, Academic research groups


Non-IST 152 Delegates: £100
Non-IST 152 Technology innovation exhibitors: £250 (including 1 delegate place)
Cranfield University alumni: £25
IST 152 Members and Cranfield University Staff and Students can attend the workshop for free. Please still register for this event via our registration form. The networking dinner is open to staff and students but this must be paid for.

How to register

Please register for your place here. (Cranfield University staff and students should still register to secure a delegate place using your Cranfield University email address).

Cranfield University alumni should register as above ticking the alumni box and selecting the alumni discount option on the payment screen.

Exhibitors please contact us to book a space, the exhibition fee includes 1 delegate place. Exhibitor spaces are limited.