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BENEFITS OF ATTENDING:

· ACQUIRE detailed knowledge of night vision in the UK, Europe and the US
· UNDERSTAND latest 3rd generation thermal imaging developments
· LEARN about the human factor implications with night vision technologies
· DISCOVER the advantages and technical specifications of the XR5 image intensifier tube
· GAIN an invaluable insight into digital image fusion, visual ergonomics and situational awareness

A unique opportunity to learn from leading industry experts including:
· Squadron Leader Douglas Vine, Night Vision Training Specialist, RAF Henlow
· Lieutenant Commander Iain Cameron, Air and Littoral Manoeuvre Research Officer, Ministry of Defence, UK
· Carl Fischerstrom, Head of Tactical Sensor Systems, Swedish Defence Materiel Administration
· Major Harry J Hewson, Deputy Programme Manager, USMC Light/Attack Helicopter Programmes, US Marine Corps
· Dr James D B Nelson, Research Officer, Applied Math and Computing, University of Cranfield
· Dr Frank Kooi, Senior Scientist, Vision and Imaging, TNO Human Factors
· Al Efkeman, Director, System Development, ITT Industries Night Vision
· Dr Joseph P Estrera, Manager of Engineering and CTO, Northrop Grumman Electro-Optical Systems
· David Clarke, Engineering Manager, BAE SYSTEMS Avionics
· Ir G O Vrijburg, Director R&D, Delft Electronic Products

“Very good overview of night vision”
Kees Ruiter, International Sales Manager, Night Vision, Delft Electronic Products

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Keith Atkin

Keith Atkin, Consultant, KA Associates

9:10 OPENING ADDRESS

  • Introduction
  • Current experience
  • New developments and future application
  • Summary
  • Lieutenant Commander Iain Cameron

    Lieutenant Commander Iain Cameron, Air and Littoral Manoeuvre Research Officer, Ministry of Defence, UK

    Adrian Ball

    Adrian Ball, Day/Night all Weather Project Manager, QinetiQ

    9:40 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

    Major Harry J Hewson

    Major Harry J Hewson, Deputy Programme Manager, USMC Light/Attack Helicopter Programmes, US Marine Corps

  • Current capabilities
  • AH-1Z/UH-1Y application
  • Future requirements
  • 10:20 NIGHT VISION SYSTEM

    Dr James D B Nelson

    Dr James D B Nelson, Research Officer, Applied Math and Computing, University of Cranfield

  • Overview
  • Near/far infra-red image fusion for night vision
  • Stereo vision for range measurement
  • Understanding the driver-car interface via gaze tracking
  • Outlook for future research
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 UK 3RD GENERATION THERMAL IMAGING

    John Beale

    John Beale, Project Manager, Thermal Imaging Business Group, QinetiQ

  • Overview
  • Technological development
  • Generic technology
  • Benefits of 3rd generation thermal imaging
  • Exploitation programmes
  • Future outlook
  • 12:00 THE HUMAN FACTOR

    Squadron Leader Douglas Vine

    Squadron Leader Douglas Vine, Night Vision Training Specialist, RAF Henlow

  • Introduction
  • Training products for NVG operations
  • Multiplicity of choices of applications for operator
  • Human factor limits of night vision
  • Spatial disorientation during helicopter flight
  • Future technologies and development
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 IMAGE FUSION

  • Target tracking
  • Moving target indication
  • Electronic image stabilisation
  • Mosaic creation
  • Gaze control for gimballed EO systems
  • Image fusion
  • Roger Joel

    Roger Joel, VP Sales and Marketing Manager, Octec

    David Dwyer

    David Dwyer, Engineer, Octec

    14:40 LATEST TECHNOLOGIES IN NIGHT VISION

  • Latest image intensifier technology: Omni 6 and 16 mm tube performance
  • Requirement for digital imagery for electronic battlefield (the next step after fusion)
  • Architectures for digital battlefield integration on a direct view system
  • Miniature high-resolution intensified cameras for sensor fusion
  • Image enhancement for improved viewing using digital imagery
  • New intensifier concepts for LLTV
  • Al Efkeman

    Al Efkeman, Director, System Development, ITT Industries Night Vision

    Dr Rudy Benz

    Dr Rudy Benz, Director, Sensor Development, ITT Industries Night Vision

    15:20 LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN NIGHT VISION TUBES

    Ir G O Vrijburg

    Ir G O Vrijburg, Director R&D, Delft Electronic Products

  • XR5 tube advantages
  • S/N ratio
  • MTF
  • Auto-gating
  • Dynamic range
  • 16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks followed by Afternoon Tea
    Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Squadron Leader Douglas Vine

    Squadron Leader Douglas Vine, Night Vision Training Specialist, RAF Henlow

    9:10 EMERGING VISUAL TECHNOLOGIES

    Dr Jannick Rolland

    Dr Jannick Rolland, Associate Professor of Optics, School of Optics/CREOL, and School of EE & CS, University of Central Florida

  • Overview
  • Review of fundamentals of 3d displays
  • Human perception and human factors
  • Head mounted displays
  • Emerging technologies breaking new technological grounds
  • Resolution capability
  • 9:40 TACTICAL SENSOR

    Carl Fischerstrom

    Carl Fischerstrom, Head of Tactical Sensor Systems, FMV

  • Introduction to Swedish night vision
  • Requirements for the next generation NVG
  • Thermal system developments
  • The concept of integrating night vision in military units
  • 10:20 SENSOR DATA FUSION AND NIGHT VISION

    Prof Maurus Tacke

    Prof Maurus Tacke, Director, FGAN-FOM

  • Possible data fusion benefits
  • Between data fusion and information fusion
  • Examples for potential fusion: spectral information, active with passive sensors
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 NIGHT VISION TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLICATION

    Dr Joseph P Estrera

    Dr Joseph P Estrera, Manager of Engineering and CTO, Northrop Grumman Electro-Optical Systems

  • Introduction
  • I2 night vision advantages/disadvantages and uncooled thermal infra-red imaging advantages/disadvantages
  • Combining I2 night vision and uncooled thermal IR imaging through digital image fusion systems for improved situational awareness
  • Military applications
  • 12:00 VISUAL ERGONOMICS OF ENHANCED VISION

    Dr Frank Kooi

    Dr Frank Kooi, Senior Scientist, Vision and Imaging, TNO Human Factors

  • Multiband night vision
  • (False) coloring the night
  • Combining enhanced and synthetic imagery
  • Image fusion or image separation?
  • Innovative displays to avoid information overload
  • Ten ways to enhance situation awareness
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 LATEST TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT

    David Clarke

    David Clarke, Director, Defence, National Audit Office

  • New UK staring focal plane array thermal imager
  • Technical details
  • Applications
  • Detector technology
  • Features
  • Reliability
  • 14:40 FLIR SYSTEM

    Dr Stefan Johansson

    Dr Stefan Johansson, Development Manager, FLIR Systems

  • Introduction
  • Technical specifications of FLIR
  • Integrated approach
  • Benefits of an integrated approach
  • Future of FLIR
  • 15:20 MODERN IMAGING TECHNIQUES ACROSS THE SPECTRAL BAND

    Ian Palmer

    Ian Palmer, Project Manager, E2V Technologies

  • Push broom imaging for photo-reconnaissance
  • Long range imaging at 1.5 micron using active illumination
  • 24 hour imaging using single L3Vision CCD sensor
  • 16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks Followed by Afternoon Tea
    Close of Conference

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