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Programme highlights:
  • · Discover the increasing importance of data fusion application
  • · Maximise your current capabilities
  • · Acquire a wide based understanding of current and future technologies
  • · Develop key contacts through this focused networking forum
  • · Identify the key issues affecting data fusion development
  • · Learn from leading military and government experts

    A unique opportunity to learn from military, government & research experts including:

  • Paul Kennedy, Director, Communications and Information Systems Division, The NATO C3 Agency
  • Dr Michel Leonard, Head of Information Technology, NATO SACLANT Undersea Research Centre
  • Commander Bryan McGrath, Chief, Interoperability Branch, Joint Air and Missile Defense Organization
  • Major Mark Gidney, SO2 Concept Development, Army Data Services (ADS), Direcorate of Information, British Army
  • Jeffrey L. Paul, Acting Director, Space and Sensor Technology, DDR&E, DUSD(S&T)/SS
  • Martin Ferry, Technology Chief, Information Fusion, QinetiQ
  • Dr Rabinder N. Madan, Program Manager, Office of Naval Research Tore Smestad, Senior Scientist, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)
  • Conference programme

    8:30 Registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Paul Kennedy

    Paul Kennedy, Director, Communications and Information Systems Division, The NATO C3 Agency

    9:10 FUNDAMENTALS OF INFORMATION FUSION AND APPLICATIONS

    Captain Erik Blasch

    Captain Erik Blasch, Fusion Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory, US Air Force

  • Fusion definition
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Fusion methods and strategies
  • Fusion in everyday things
  • Applications from the military
  • Conclusions
  • 9:40 ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE WIRELESS NETWORK –THE WAY AHEAD

    Dr Michel Leonard

    Dr Michel Leonard, Head of Information Technology, NATO SACLANT Undersea Research Centre

  • Overview of programme
  • Multi-static ASW concept
  • Feasibility of data exchange
  • Investigation into new paradigms
  • Enhancing system performance
  • The way ahead
  • 10:20 FUSION ARCHITECTURE

    Edward Starczewski

    Edward Starczewski, Program Manager, Fusion Architectures, Fusion Technology Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory

  • Problem description
  • Design goals
  • Adaptive sensor fusion framework
  • Architecture progress
  • Future research
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 RESEARCH TORNADO

    Martin Ferry

    Martin Ferry, Technology Chief, Information Fusion, QinetiQ

  • Overview of airborne data and information fusion work at QinetiQ
  • Impetus behind the project
  • The use of raw sensor data in fusion
  • Moving the fusion system from simulator to aircraft
  • Providing the best information for situational awareness
  • Future work - challenges
  • 12:00 INFORMATION FUSION

    Joachim Biermann

    Joachim Biermann, Group Leader ‘Information Fusion’, FGAN-FKIE

  • Heuristic human processing methods and procedures
  • Default behaviour and template based information fusion
  • Supporting the fusion of current battlefield information
  • Concept of a flexible information fusion module
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 DATA – THE KEY TO INFORMATION SUPERIORITY

    Major Mark Gidney

    Major Mark Gidney, SO2 Concept Development, Army Data Services (ADS), Directorate of Information, British Army

  • Corporate data
  • Scoping the enterprise
  • Modelling the enterprise
  • Selecting a suitable database structure for the enterprise
  • 14:40 THE QUANTIZATION OF DATA

    Harry Ellis

    Harry Ellis, Senior Technical Consultant, Army Data Services (ADS)

  • A new approach to the storage and distribution of volatile data
  • Situation awareness with history, projection and competing versions
  • Replication across a flexible and vulnerable network of mobile and static data stores
  • Access control on a need-to-know basis that reflects changing operational needs
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 DATA NETWORKS AND MISSILE DEFENSE

    Commander Bryan McGrath

    Commander Bryan McGrath, Chief, Interoperability Branch, Joint Air and Missile Defense Organization

  • Advanced functionalities
  • Systems engineering approach
  • Allocating funcitionalities to networks
  • Sensor netting in missile defence
  • 16:20 DATA FUSION IN THE NAVY

    Dr Rabinder N. Madan

    Dr Rabinder N. Madan, Program Manager, Office of Naval Research

  • Tracking and sensor fusion challenges
  • Sensor level and network level fusion
  • Issues of measurement to track data association
  • Enabling tools for data fusion
  • Impact on real world issues
  • 17:00 MULTI-MODAL INDENTITY VERIFICATION

    Patrick Verlinde

    Patrick Verlinde, Associated Professor, Signal and Image Centre (SIC), Royal Military Academy, Belgium

  • Background
  • SIC data fusion research
  • Illustration of the SIC approach
  • SIC multi-sensor data fusion application - multi-modal identity verification
  • Summary
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Harry Ellis

    Harry Ellis, Senior Technical Consultant, Army Data Services (ADS)

    9:10 OPENING ADDRESS

    Paul Kennedy

    Paul Kennedy, Director, Communications and Information Systems Division, The NATO C3 Agency

  • Assessing military requirements through prototyping – the integrated test bed
  • Interoperability between the different system architectures and generations technology
  • From “big bang” to evolutionary implementation
  • How to live with COTS
  • The use of automated processes and the latest technologies
  • Conclusions
  • 9:40 DEVELOPMENTS IN DATA FUSION

    Tore Smestad

    Tore Smestad, Senior Scientist, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)

  • Definitions
  • Fusion between data fusion and visualisation
  • Visualisation status today
  • Visualisation principles by information theory
  • Examples and viewpoints from a recent NATO workshop
  • Conclusions
  • 10:20 INFORMATION FUSION

    Dr. James Llinas

    Dr. James Llinas, Research Professor; Director, Center for Multisource Information Fusion, University at Buffalo

  • Information fusion engineering science – architectural, computational
  • Transition engineering of research capabilities and evaluation science
  • Technology inventory development - affordability, reusability, scalability assessment - reconfiguration - Tools
  • Infrastructure - test beds, modelling and simulation - standards - data collection
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 INFORMATION FUSION

    Per Svensson

    Per Svensson, Director of Research, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

  • Information fusion: key technology of the future CCIS
  • Model-based C2 and consistent situational views
  • New information fusion methods for ground warfare applications
  • The FOI information fusion demonstrator
  • 12:00 SENSOR FUSION

    Alan N. Steinberg

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

  • Frameworks for problem-solving
  • Adaptive response in military applications: data, goal, model and technique-driven processes
  • Mission management under uncertainty
  • Needs-driven sensor & information acquisition management: time and uncertainty as commodities
  • Issues and current developments
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 MOVING GROUND TARGETS

    Dr. Peter Shea

    Dr. Peter Shea, Senior Principal Engineer, Orincon Defense

  • Using digital terrain and elevation data
  • Incorporating road information
  • Implementing and selecting ground vehicle motion models for a variable structure interacting multiple model tracking filter
  • Estimating and removing sensor biases
  • 14:40 RADIX - A SOLUTION TO MULTI-SENSOR DATA FUSION

    Kevin Withey

    Kevin Withey, Advanced Systems Engineer, EDS

  • Meeting requirements
  • Challenges
  • Design and application
  • Analysis of sensor technology
  • Future developments
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 DISIMILAR SENSOR FUSION

    Dr. Leon Kester

    Dr. Leon Kester, Senior Scientist, TNO - FEL

  • Investigation purpose
  • The critical aspect for beneficial fusion
  • The consideration of various architectures
  • Incorporation in the tracking process
  • Design and application of algorithms
  • Improving association reliability
  • 16:20 DATA AND INFORMATION FUSION

    Dr Elisa Shahbazian

    Dr Elisa Shahbazian, Director of R & D, Lockheed Martin Canada

  • Definitions and applications
  • Methods and techniques
  • Integration of traditional and new areas of engineering
  • Deciding on the most appropriate methods
  • Experience of development fusion systems
  • Conclusions
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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    Military Data Fusion - Problems and Solutions
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    Military Data Fusion - Problems and Solutions

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    18th September 2002
    London, United Kingdom

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