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SMi’s 2nd annual ISR conference will provide attendees with a complete view of the issues currently being felt in ISR. Focusing on PED (Process, Exploitation and Dissemination) of data this informative event will bring together key military and civilian personnel to provide attendees with an in-depth look into the current status of ISR.
The event will present itself as the perfect platform for learning about the new advances in the field, presenting attendees with lasts information and technology in this ever changing sector. SMi’s ISR conference will explore the issues and successes around PED and will provide the perfect platform for discussion and debate.

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, with senior military and civilian representatives presenting on their own experiences and referring to current projects and case studies, this event promises to be a unique forum for problem-solving debate and idea sharing discussion.

The conference will be a fantastic opportunity for military and defence personnel within the ISR industry to talk to leading experts who are currently working on ISR projects and operations. This unique opportunity to hear about ISR expressed from the views of military personnel currently developing ISR. From across Europe and North America the diversity of speakers will give a broad spectrum of ideas and opinions. This event promises to be a unique platform for networking and problem solving.

Discuss methods and strategies for successful ISR developments
Understand the issues currently facing military personnel
Analyse the current developments surrounding PED
Develop ideas to maximise interoperability
Evaluate dissemination issues in contesting environments
Network with key industry professionals and military personnel

Military and civilian personnel, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers, Managing Directors, Vice Presidents, Director, Partners, Heads and Managers working in:

ISR
ISTAR
NATO
Command, Control Communications and Computers
Airborne Network
Global Information Grid
Combat Air Patrol
LEMV
NAVAIR
Operation Systems Developments
Defence Common Ground System
Remotely Piloted Air Systems
Alliance Ground Surveillance
 

Adams County L E A P; Advanced Visual Systems; AstraZeneca AG; Banetele; EXAA AG; FFG; FINE CHEMIE; HBG Construction Ltd; Indus International Inc; Knowledge Elicitation and Archiving Laboratory (KEA); Korea University; Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control; Ministry of Economy andEnergy; Morris Polich & Purdy LLP; Multnomah County; Myongji University; Nlogic; Offshore Geo - Surveys Sdn Bhd; Phoenix Consulting Group; Photon-X; Poten & Partners; Pronav Ship Management Gmbh; Romgaz Sa; RWE Supply & Trading; S P Power Grid Ltd; Sentar Inc; Snc-Lavalin Inc; South Hook LNG Terminal Company Ltd; St John's Hospital; Stadtwerke Soest Gmbh; Strachan Medical Practice; Strata - G; Templepatrick Surgery; TEPCO(TOKYO ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY); Thales Avionics S A; Zeitgeist Consulting;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

George Harrison

George Harrison, Director, GA Technical Research Institute

9:10 MAJIIC2 Project Update

Joe Ross

Joe Ross, Technical Manager, NATO Communications and Information Agency

• Results from latest MAJEX
• Relatioships with NATO AGS Programme
• Relationship with Chicago JISR Initiative
• Relationship with other NATO
• Relationship updated NATO JISR Policy

9:50 Delivering collaborative information and intelligence exploitation (CI2X)

Anthony Crook

Anthony Crook, SO1 DPD Cap C4ISR, Ministry of Defence, UK

• Meeting the defense challenges of the C21st through CI2X
• CI2X principles & milestones
• Achieving horizontal and vertical functional integration

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 NATO JISR Initiative

Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Esposito

Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Esposito, Staff Officer UAV Operations, NATO

-          Chicago Summit

-          NATO JISR Capability Area Manager (CAM) and JISR Task Force

-          NATO JISR Network Development

-          NATO JISR Training

-          NATO JISR Way Ahead

 

11:40 Next steps for NATO’s Ground Surveillance Programme

Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Esposito

Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Esposito, Staff Officer UAV Operations, NATO

• AGS Core- ground, air and support segments
• NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Management Organization responsibilities
• Looking ahead- Strategic allied commander Europe

12:20 Airborne ISR in the Royal Navy

Lieutenant Commander Paul Mullowney

Lieutenant Commander Paul Mullowney, Qualified Weapons Instructor, Aviation Warfare Centre, RAF Waddington

• Collection platforms for RN ISR
• Onboard exploitation vs. post mission exploitation
• Data fusion
• Sensors and data links
• The future of assured ISR for the Fleet

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 ISR/RPA/UAS operator training

George Harrison

George Harrison, Director, GA Technical Research Institute

• Brief outline of US RPA training
• FAA issues with US RPA pilots
• RPAs in the national airspace
• FAA mandates
 

14:40 Status of the ESSOR Programme: Moving to WF implementation and Testing*

  • Strategic Aim and Main Expectations
  • Stakeholders and Relationships Scheme
  • ESSOR Contract Overview
  • ESSOR Perspectives on SDR
  • Status of Activities
  • Looking to the future
  • Conclusions
  • Philippe Margot

    Philippe Margot, ESSOR Programme Manager , OCCAR-EA

    Christian Serra

    Christian Serra, Technical Director, a4ESSOR S.A.S

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Imagery and GEOINT for the European Union

    Derek Hatton

    Derek Hatton, Image Analyst, European Union Satellite Centre

    <p>&bull;&nbsp;EU SatCen Operations<br /> &bull;&nbsp;Satellite Imagery Analysis for EU Missions<br /> &bull;&nbsp;OSINT Support to EU SatCen Analysts<br /> &bull;&nbsp;Challenges in Future Exploitation and Dissemination</p>

    16:30 Exploiting UAV imagery - where we are and where we want to be

    Toby Breckon

    Toby Breckon, Senior Lecturer, Computer Vision & Image Processing, Cranfield University

    17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    George Harrison

    George Harrison, Director, GA Technical Research Institute

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    George Harrison

    George Harrison, Director, GA Technical Research Institute

    9:10 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance in an Austere and Evolving Threat Environment

    Major General Ken Israel USAF (ret'd)

    Major General Ken Israel USAF (ret'd), Defense Science Board Advisor, Office of the Secretary of Defense , Israel Associates

  • Autonomous Vehicles will dominate the next generation of ISR assets
    1. Limiting Factor will be the Role of Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination
    2. Speed of information must exceed the speed of engagement
  • Challenges:  Technology, Threats and Operations
  • Next Generation Required Capabilities:  Multi intelligence Sources, Integration of Social Radar, Volumetric Solutions, Autonomy for Swarm Assets, Cyber, New Operational Paradigms, Multi Mission Weapons
  • Value of Speed, Stealth, Precision and Persistence on the Non-Linear Battlefield

     

  • 9:50 Overview of UK-US ISR Interoperability issues

    Tony Reeves

    Tony Reeves, ISTAR Team Leader, 3SDL

    • Reconnaissance Airborne Pod for Tornado (RAPTOR) PED improvements
    • Airborne Stand-Off Radar (ASTOR) PED limitations
    • Lessons learned from Foreign Comparative Test (FCT) Project
    • Future US PED capabilities for UK ISR data

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Challenges facing ISR-Interoperability in Peace Support Operations as Presented from the Perspective of a Neutral Country*

    Colonel Dr Friedrich Teichmann

    Colonel Dr Friedrich Teichmann, Director, ICT Innovation Department, Ministry of Defence, Austria

    • Modern ICT trends (pathway towards an information society) Synergy between IT Space Applications
    • Geospatial Services IT Security: the forgotten prime directive?
    • Architecture design methods applied for ISR
     

    11:40 Lessons Learned from International Partnership in the USAF Distributed Common Ground Station (DCGS)

    Major General James Poss USAF (ret'd)

    Major General James Poss USAF (ret'd), Director of Strategic Initiatives, High Performance Computing Collaboratory , Mississippi State University

  • The USAF pioneered the DCGS and distributed operations concepts
  • They have worked well, but shifting from being physically present for processing exploitation and dissemination (PED) to doing it from thousands of miles away was a difficult paradigm shift
  • We encountered few technical challenges, but many cultural, procedural and policy issues
  • USAF, RAF and RAAF have been working via USAF DCGS since 2007; Allied participation in brings tremendous benefits, but adds new procedural, policy issues
  • We should work together to solve these issues for other nations; PED partnership is absolutely vital to modern collective security
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    14:10 Providing Global Awareness in Distributed Dynamic Environments

    Peter  Sapaty

    Peter Sapaty, Director of Distributed Simulation and Control, Institute of Mathematical Machines and Systems

    • Self-evolving spatial intelligence and its implementation in dynamic networked systems
    • Investigation and impact of distributed infrastructures with Spatial Grasp Technology (SGT)
    • High-level management of cooperative robotic reconnaissance teams
    • Integration of cyber and electronic warfare with directed energy systems in SGT
    • Automatic distributed control in time critical asymmetric responses and missions

    14:50 The Qualified Weapons Instructor (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) Course

    Andy Kelly

    Andy Kelly, QWI ISR Instructor, 54 squadron , RAF Waddington

    • The Requirement - Why the QWI ISR Course was originally conceived to improve ALI in Afghanistan by taking J2/J3 SMEs and broadening them across the wider ISR domain
    • The QWI (ISR) Course – What the QWI ISR Course does is to train, to the expert level, operators that can plan, task and execute ISR holistically at all levels across all environments
    • The Applicant – Who applies for the QWI ISR Course and who is accepted with an emphasis on the optimal type of candidate
    • Course Syllabus – How the QWI ISR Course is delivered in terms of subject matter and the type of training used
    • Graduate Disposal – Where the successful QWI ISR Course graduates are employed both in the UK and on operations
     

    15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 PED- Round Table Discussion

    The demand for actionable, global ISR continues to grow at a rapid pace. However, the future of ISR is not necessarily about the platform and/or sensor, but it really is about the data and the people who exploit it’
    Colonel Patrick Shortsleeve 2012
     

    Derek Hatton

    Derek Hatton, Image Analyst, European Union Satellite Centre

    George Harrison

    George Harrison, Director, GA Technical Research Institute

    Lieutenant Commander Paul Mullowney

    Lieutenant Commander Paul Mullowney, Qualified Weapons Instructor, Aviation Warfare Centre, RAF Waddington

    Major General James Poss USAF (ret'd)

    Major General James Poss USAF (ret'd), Director of Strategic Initiatives, High Performance Computing Collaboratory , Mississippi State University

    17:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    George Harrison

    George Harrison, Director, GA Technical Research Institute

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Anthony Crook

    Anthony Crook

    SO1 DPD Cap C4ISR, Ministry of Defence, UK
    Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Esposito

    Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Esposito

    Staff Officer UAV Operations, NATO
    Major General James Poss USAF (ret'd)

    Major General James Poss USAF (ret'd)

    Director of Strategic Initiatives, High Performance Computing Collaboratory , Mississippi State University
    Philippe Margot

    Philippe Margot

    ESSOR Programme Manager , OCCAR-EA

    Andy Kelly

    QWI ISR Instructor, 54 squadron , RAF Waddington
    Andy Kelly

    Anthony Crook

    SO1 DPD Cap C4ISR, Ministry of Defence, UK
    Anthony Crook

    Christian Serra

    Technical Director, a4ESSOR S.A.S
    Christian Serra

    Colonel Dr Friedrich Teichmann

    Director, ICT Innovation Department, Ministry of Defence, Austria
    Colonel Dr Friedrich Teichmann

    Derek Hatton

    Image Analyst, European Union Satellite Centre
    Derek Hatton

    George Harrison

    Director, GA Technical Research Institute
    George Harrison

    Joe Ross

    Technical Manager, NATO Communications and Information Agency
    Joe Ross

    John Callahan

    Associate Director InfoDom, ONR Global
    John Callahan

    Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Esposito

    Staff Officer UAV Operations, NATO
    Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Esposito

    Lieutenant Commander Paul Mullowney

    Qualified Weapons Instructor, Aviation Warfare Centre, RAF Waddington
    Lieutenant Commander Paul Mullowney

    Major General James Poss USAF (ret'd)

    Director of Strategic Initiatives, High Performance Computing Collaboratory , Mississippi State University
    Major General James Poss USAF (ret'd)

    Major General Ken Israel USAF (ret'd)

    Defense Science Board Advisor, Office of the Secretary of Defense , Israel Associates
    Major General Ken Israel USAF (ret'd)

    Mick Davidson

    Tactical UAS SME, Unmanned experts
    Mick Davidson

    Peter Sapaty

    Director of Distributed Simulation and Control, Institute of Mathematical Machines and Systems
    Peter  Sapaty

    Philippe Margot

    ESSOR Programme Manager , OCCAR-EA
    Philippe Margot

    Toby Breckon

    Senior Lecturer, Computer Vision & Image Processing, Cranfield University
    Toby Breckon

    Tony Reeves

    ISTAR Team Leader, 3SDL
    Tony Reeves

    Workshops

    Collection Driving the Tasking Cycle
    Workshop

    Collection Driving the Tasking Cycle

    Copthorne Tara Hotel
    16th April 2013
    London, United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place
    Kensington
    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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