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Recent developments in sensor and data fusion technology have resulted in organisations having to review their policies accordingly. Attending SMi’s third Annual Military Data Fusion conference will enable you to analyse the significance of these technological breakthroughs and the importance of sensors for the future generation of guided weapon systems. With the belief that over half the investment in guided weapons in the future will be spent on sensors, this is a subject area that must be re-evaluated and cannot be overlooked.

This conference will address installation issues while examining emerging systems, capabilities and techniques for situation and threat assessment. Systems integration challenges for both sensor and multi-sensor systems will also be explored along with an examination of the repercussions of inserting data fusion systems into upgrades and new military programs.

The two-day conference will consist of presentations given by an international panel of industry and military experts covering topics including: applications for guidance control of smart weapons; automatic target recognition systems; IFFN systems; sensor fusion; target tracking; dynamic databases; architecture & systems design; installation and operational requirements for data fusion systems.

To complement this fantastic speaker programme we are running a post conference interactive workshop in association with the Space Dynamics Laboratory of Utah State University entitled:

Data Fusion – Problems & Solutions 14th September 2001 The Hatton, London

As a senior industry specialist, you will be aware of the importance and potential within this field. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to invite you to register for this valuable conference and workshop, where you can benefit from the practical insight and hard advice provided by an outstanding panel of speakers.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (Ret`d) Jeremy Barrett

Colonel (Ret`d) Jeremy Barrett, Head of Defence Systems and Services, Hi-Q Systems

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Dr Stephen Braim

Dr Stephen Braim, Technical Manager, DERA/Ministry of Defence

  • Data, information & knowledge
  • The aims and objectives behind the common operational picture (COP)
  • The characterisation of information quality & information context
  • An examination of the data, information and processes required to complete the COP
  • The criteria for developing data fusion systems capable of producing the COP
  • The operational and technological difficulties associated with existing platforms

    Will the COP ever be achieved? – challenges for the future

  • 9:40 DATA FUSION – CHALLENGES AND CONCEPTS

    Alan Steinberg

    Alan Steinberg, Technical Director, Space Dynamics Laboratory, Utah State University

  • Why so few operational fusion systems?
  • Operational challenges: - dealing with uncertainty - using external sources and legacy sensors - connectivity and responsiveness - distributed sensor fusion - situation assessment and impact assessment - the human element - performance validation
  • Prospects for the future
  • 10:20 DATA FUSION SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT

    Dr Alan Marrs

    Dr Alan Marrs, Program Manager, DERA

  • An overview of the current sensor data fusion development programme
  • The role of data fusion systems and techniques
  • Limitations of current data fusion systems
  • Current research areas
  • Future developments
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 INFORMATION FUSION RESEARCH IN SWEDEN

    Dr Per Svensson

    Dr Per Svensson, Director of Research - Command and Control Information Systems, Swedish Defence Research Agency

  • An overview of the Swedish comman & control information systems (CCIS) R&D program
  • Model-based C2 and consistent situational views
  • Information fusion: key technology of the future CCIS
  • Information quality and management of uncertain information
  • Information fusion projects in Sweden
  • 12:00 DATA FUSION – A NAVAL PERSPECTIVE

    Dr Rabinder Madan

    Dr Rabinder Madan, Program Officer, Office of Naval Research

  • An overview of current naval data fusion directions
  • Issues of current data fusion systems
  • Naval systems and their integration
  • Operational analysis of component systems
  • Future technical developments and programmes
  • 12:40 Lunch

    13:40 SATELLITES AND DATA FUSION

    Dr Elisa Shahbazian

    Dr Elisa Shahbazian, Director - Research and Development, Lockheed Martin Canada

  • The roles of satellites in command and control systems
  • The integration of satellite data into current and future command and control systems
  • Future technological developments and imagery architecture
  • 14:20 AIRBORNE DATA FUSION SYSTEMS

    Squadron Leader Iain Walsh

    Squadron Leader Iain Walsh, Eurofighter Requirements Manager (Avionics and Sensors), Defence Procurement Agency

  • The operational requirement
  • On-board systems
  • Data-link integration
  • Eurofighter sensor/data fusion
  • Presenting to the pilot
  • Sensor/data fusion in the operational environment
  • 15:00 MULTI-SOURCE, MULTI-TYPE INFORMATION FUSION

    Luc Pigeon

    Luc Pigeon, Defense Scientist, Defence Research Establishment Valcartier

  • Current trends in information merging
  • Formalisms and theories: - principles of probabilistic approaches - principles of fuzzy approaches
  • DND information merging and fusion: COP, ISTAR and Urban-Operations (UO)
  • Identification of research challenges
  • What lies ahead - next generation command and control
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 MISSILE OPERATIONS INTEROPERABILITY

    Commander Bryan McGrath

    Commander Bryan McGrath, Interoperability Officer, Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense Organization USN

  • The joint composite tracking network
  • Improvements in air & missile defence operational capabilities
  • Composite tracking & data fusion: - accuracy - resolution - consistancy - real-time
  • The wider picture – joint vision 2010
  • Relationships of JPN, JDN and JCTN
  • Improved war-fighting capabilities in 2010 TAMD environment
  • 16:40 UNDERWATER SENSOR AUTOMATION AND FUSION

    Roger Benton and Robert Taylor

    Roger Benton and Robert Taylor, Section Leader Algorithmic Development and Algorithmic Consultant, Thomson Marconi Sonar

  • The current state of sonar data fusion and automation
  • Requirement for sensor and multi sensor data fusion and automation within the modern sonar systems looking at littoral water operations
  • Future developments in underwater acoustic multi sensor data fusion: - improved data processing – the extraction of information from raw data - the role of classification in the fusion process - role of human computer interface and the feasibility of automating complex tasks - system architecture and functionality for automated systems - the development process looking at how we can implement complex automated systems
  • 17:20 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Malcolm H Mills

    Malcolm H Mills, Principal Consultant, Gregory-Harland

    9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

    Richard Wittstruck

    Richard Wittstruck, Deputy Product Manager - Aerial Common Sensor, US Army

  • Multi-intelligence correlation and fusion, the key to making tactical decisions
  • The cross cue of imagery, signals and other intelligence to enhance the commander's situational awareness - a must for the future army
  • Fused intelligence data provides future commanders with improved targeting capabilities
  • The way forward
  • 9:40 SENSOR DATA FUSION

    Prof.Maurus Tacke

    Prof.Maurus Tacke, Director of Research - Institute of Optronics and Pattern Recognition, FGAN-FOM Deutschland

  • Challenges in target detection, recognition, and tracking
  • Visualisation of multi-sensor data
  • Sensor data fusion for automatic systems and subsystems
  • Multiple sensor system architectures
  • Examples of sensor technology: - obstacle warning - seeker head - ground to air warning systems
  • 10:20 THE MULTIPLE DATA FUSION REVOLUTION

    Raymond Held

    Raymond Held, Team Co-ordinator - ISR Integration SPAWAR, US Navy

  • An introduction to the latest techniques for data fusion and target tracking
  • The critical technologies to meet these requirements
  • The technical challenges facing current systems
  • An examination of sensor technology and sensor resource management
  • Future developments in target tracking and sensor fusion technologies
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 SCANNING THE HORIZON

    Colonel Ed Walby

    Colonel Ed Walby, Chief - Sensors and Platforms Division, AC21SRC, US Air Force

  • Current sensor technology
  • Developing sensor technology
  • Future platform requirement
  • System Integration in the next century
  • Future of radar systems
  • Early warning capability
  • 12:00 MULTI-SENSOR ARCHITECTURES & DATA FUSION ALGORITHMS

    Dr Brian Shand

    Dr Brian Shand, Principal Engineer, Advanced System Architecture

  • Multi-sensor data fusion principles, algorithms and techniques
  • Decisions for multi-sensor management
  • Practical applications/limitations
  • Consequences on: - tracking - classification - combat identification performance
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 INSERTION OF DATA FUSION TECHNOLOGIES INTO DND PROGRAMMES

    Major (Ret'd) Ian Glenn

    Major (Ret'd) Ian Glenn, Principal Consultant, ING Engineering

  • The current state of science
  • Current data fusion capabilities and challenges: - increased uncertainties - dynamic operational environments - exploitable open source information
  • New developments in data fusion engineering
  • Insertion of current data fusion technologies into DND programmes
  • Future technology developments
  • 14:40 DATA FUSION

    Louis de Chantal

    Louis de Chantal, Information System Architect, THALES Communications

  • Current fusion requirements of the military
  • Integration to reduce operator workloads
  • Data, information and intelligence
  • Capabilities of the fused data to improve tactical situation awareness

    Fusion and rating of information, a substantial improvement for quality information

  • Discrimination and uncertainty through the fusion process, an aid for decision

    In the search of discrimination

  • The amelioration of operational effectiveness

    Future development programmes

  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 INTEROPERABILITY - THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE TO JOINT WARRIOR DEMONSTRATIONS

    Colonel Gary Bradley

    Colonel Gary Bradley, Director, JWID Joint Program Office

  • Interoperability - what does it mean?
  • Practical interoperability and joint warrior demonstration
  • Standards - documents and relationships
  • The interoperability challenge
  • Co-ordination processes examined
  • Interoperability testing

    Joint interoperability

  • 16:20 MULTIPLATFORM RADAR TECHNOLOGY INSERTION – A CASE STUDY

    Thomas Darcy

    Thomas Darcy, Vice-President European Region - Multiplatform Radar Technology, Northcrop Grumman International

  • Enhancing target data quality
  • Accurate target information, detection and tracking
  • Integration of IFF & ESM systems integration with the radar sensor
  • Data fusion capabilities and future developments
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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