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Faced with an explosion of information from a variety of new sensor sources and types, and the limitations of current situation awareness and combat identification systems in information-intensive battle-space environments, Data Fusion continues to be one of the most pressing issues facing the battle commander today. Yet current data fusion capabilities cannot keep pace with the dynamic, highly mobile environment in which today's forces must operate.

New challenges are posed by the increased uncertainties and new threat scenarios involved in urban, littoral and counter-intelligence operations, and by the enormous increase in exploitable open-source information afforded by the www and commercial media. New developments in Data Fusion engineering are addressing many of these issues, while advanced techniques, such as adaptive data fusion, dynamic databases and tightly-coupled fusion/collection management are still under development.

This conference will address the current state of the science, the status of inserting data fusion systems and technologies in major DoD/MoD programs, and the forecast for future technologies. It will specify military requirements for information fusion and assess the importance of situational awareness and threat upon data fusion development. It will also provide a model for data fusion development and a methodology for applying data fusion architectures, tools and techniques to specific applications. It will demonstrate application examples of data fusion, looking at the context of information exploitation as well as fusion visualisation.

Programme highlights:
· IDENTIFY the new challenges within data fusion posed by new threat scenarios
· DISCOVER the latest initiatives in sensor fusion and tracking technology
· ASSESS military operational requirements for information fusion application
· GAIN an understanding of emerging methods of data fusion
· MAXIMISE networking opportunities in a globally attended forum and raise the profile of your organisation and its activities

A unique opportunity to learn from military, government & research experts including:
Lieutenant Colonel Louis de Chantal, C4ISR System Architect, État-Major de l’Armée de Terre
Dr Farid Askari, Director, The Fusion Centre, SACLANTCEN
Dr Gerald Powell, Senior Scientist, Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate, CECOM RDEC, HQ US Army
John Audia, Division Head, D-72 Signal Exploitation and Information Management, SPAWAR-SYSCEN
Dr Tod Luginbuhl, Senior Research Engineer, Naval Undersea Warfare Center
Dr Phillip Ainsleigh, Electronics Research Engineer, Naval Undersea Warfare Center
Simon Maskell, Lead Researcher, QinetiQ
Joachim Biermann, Group Leader, Information Fusion, FGAN-FKIE
Dr Luc Pigeon, Defence Scientist, Information and Knowledge Management Section, Defence R&D Canada
Dr Milan Snajder, Associate Professor, Military Technical Institute of Electronics (VTUE), Prague

“Good speakers covering a broad scope of the subject area”
Previous SMi Delegate: Major Mark Gidney, SO2 Concept Development, Army Data Services (ADS), Directorate of Information, British Army

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr Jagdish Chandra

Dr Jagdish Chandra, Research Professor, Institute for Reliability and Risk Analysis, The George Washington University

9:10 HIGHER LEVEL DATA FUSION

Dr Gerald Powell

Dr Gerald Powell, Senior Scientist, Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate, CECOM RDEC, HQ US Army

  • Data fusion as a key enabler for dominant manoeuvre and precision engagement
  • Conditions of information overload
  • Improving fusion accuracy and speed
  • Exploiting all levels of analysis
  • Technical challenges
  • Promising approaches
  • 9:40 NETWORKING AS AN ENABLER FOR A DATA FUSION INFRASTRUCTURE

    Dr William Torrez

    Dr William Torrez, Scientist, SPAWAR SYSCEN

  • Development overview
  • Strategic, operational and tactical requirements
  • Navy, joint and allied operational application
  • Process and operations analysis
  • Multiple hypotheses concepts
  • Advanced technology demonstrations
  • 10:20 ARMY OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENT

    Lieutenant Colonel Louis de Chantal

    Lieutenant Colonel Louis de Chantal, C4ISR System Architect, État-Major de l’Armée de Terre

  • The large scope of fusion
  • Fusion in the fields of ISTAR, information and intelligence
  • Enhancing low level information as a major challenge
  • Close combat fusion
  • Limits of automated fusion
  • Man in the loop of fusion
    Fusion and dissemination
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 TRACKING, CLASSIFICATION AND THE ASSIGNMENT PROBLEM

  • Tracking vs classification
  • Measurement assignment
  • Model assignment
  • State and assignment estimation
  • Model parameter estimation (training)
  • Likelihood evaluation
  • Dr Tod Luginbuhl

    Dr Tod Luginbuhl, Senior Research Engineer, Naval Undersea Warfare Center

    Dr Phillip Ainsleigh

    Dr Phillip Ainsleigh, Electronics Research Engineer, Naval Undersea Warfare Center

    12:00 KNOWLEDGE BASED INFORMATION FUSION

    Joachim Biermann

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

  • Heuristic information processing in intelligence
  • Characteristics of the intelligence domain
  • Knowledge based approach to information fusion
  • Development of template based methods
  • Feasibility of knowledge based information fusion
  • Basic requirements for information fusion modules
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 MULTI-SENSOR FUSION

    Dr Farid Askari

    Dr Farid Askari, Director, The Fusion Centre, SACLANTCEN

  • Satellite remote sensing
  • Tactical decision aids
  • Expert systems
  • Fuzzy logic
  • Client/server geographic information systems
  • Rapid environmental assessment
  • 14:40 CHALLENGES IN MULTI-SENSOR FUSION

    Dr Charles Glover

    Dr Charles Glover, Senior Research Scientist, ORNL, MDA-POET

  • Fusion of raw data to generate a best estimate of body motion features
  • Employment of a novel way to compute the Jacobian matrix used in the estimation of the body motion features
  • Employment of Bayesian networks to compute the belief that an object belongs a certain class
  • Demonstration of a need for fusion of measurements from more than one sensor to improve the confidence in object discrimination
  • Approach enabling effective discrimination of objects
  • Potential application of approach in missile defence
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 LARGE-SCALE MULTI-TARGET TRACKING AND MULTI-SENSOR FUSION

    Dr Thia Kirubarajan

    Dr Thia Kirubarajan, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, McMaster University, Canada

  • Interacting multiple model estimator
  • Multi-frame data association
  • Co-ordinate selection and measurement conversion
  • Estimator design for multiple model estimation
  • Multi-sensor fusion considerations
  • Application for GMTI and AEW tracking
  • 16:20 MEETING DATA FUSION CHALLENGES WITH NEW TECHNOLOGIES

    Bill Doig

    Bill Doig, Program Manager, Enterprise Security Solutions Group, SAIC

  • Challenges to the data fusion community
  • Technology shortfalls in the levels of the data fusion model
  • Recent accomplishments
  • Relevant technology areas and technologies
  • Time-phasing of capabilities – short, medium and long-term goals
  • Gap analysis
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Thia Kirubarajan

    Dr Thia Kirubarajan, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, McMaster University, Canada

    9:10 PARTICLE FILTERS

    Simon Maskell

    Simon Maskell, Lead Researcher, QinetiQ

  • Definition
  • Problem statement
  • Example models
  • Particle filtering
  • Algorithm optimisation
  • Conclusions
  • 9:40 TARGET TRACKING

    Dr Yvo Boers

    Dr Yvo Boers, Senior Consultant, Thales Nederland

  • The M3H filter: a new improved track filter
  • Automatic track filter tuning
  • Track filtering in the case of possibly erroneous measurements
  • A Multi-Sensor Data Fusion Library: MSDF Lib
  • 10:20 DISTRIBUTED TRACKING IN SENSOR NETWORKS

    Dr Chee-Yee Chong

    Dr Chee-Yee Chong, Chief Scientist, San Diego, ALPHATECH

  • Evolution of sensor networks
  • Processing requirements for large sensor networks
  • Distributed tracking algorithms for “large” sensor networks
  • Wireless ad hoc micro-sensor networks
  • Processing requirements for “small” sensor networks
  • Distributed tracking algorithms for “small” sensor networks
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 SATISFYING REQUIREMENTS IN C2 SYSTEMS

  • Military requirements in C2 systems
  • Situational awareness
  • Information fusion and creating common DB for different C2 sub-systems
  • Interoperability requirements for exchange information
  • Visualisation of information
  • Common operation picture
  • Dr Milan Snajder

    Dr Milan Snajder, Associate Professor, Military Technical Institute of Electronics (VTUE), Prague

    Prof Ladislav Nesrsta

    Prof Ladislav Nesrsta, Executive Manager, Delinfo, Ltd

    12:00 C4I DATA FUSION COMMAND CENTER

    Dr Luc Pigeon

    Dr Luc Pigeon, Defence Scientist, Information and Knowledge Management Section, Defence R&D Canada

  • Providing a robust understanding of an urban theatre of operations
  • Direction: mission planning and rehearsal
  • Collection: synthetic urban battlefield up to date reproduction and formalisation
  • Processing: urban battlefield data exploitation
  • Dissemination: synthetic urban battlefield visualisation
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 INFORMATION FUSION FOR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION

    Dr Jagdish Chandra

    Dr Jagdish Chandra, Research Professor, Institute for Reliability and Risk Analysis, The George Washington University

  • Networked information systems
  • Security and resilience in interconnected systems
  • Decision-making and management of uncertainty
  • Security assessment
  • Interdependence and Bayesian methods
  • Framework of non-additive measures
  • 14:40 CHALLENGES IN MULTI-SENSOR FUSION

  • Multi-sensor fusion is a weighted averaging scheme
  • Errors in accurately portraying covariance produce suboptimal fusion results
  • Examination of some error sources in mis-estimating covariance
  • Show effects of mis-estimating on multi-sensor fusion for closely spaced objects
  • Dr Charles Glover

    Dr Charles Glover, Senior Research Scientist, ORNL, MDA-POET

    Albert Perrella

    Albert Perrella, Staff Scientist, Institute for Defense Analysis, MDA-POET

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 MULTI-SENSOR DATA FUSION IN THE BATTLE MANAGEMENT

    Dr Marc Honikel

    Dr Marc Honikel, Senior R&D Engineer, Oerlikon Contraves

  • Generation of a unified 3D local air picture
  • Optimising sensor and weapon management
  • Advanced 3D multi-target tracking in large scenarios
  • Reducing false alarms by sensor reasoning
  • Increasing spatial and temporal resolution of an air defence system
  • Missions
  • 16:20 FUSION OF IMAGING AND NON-IMAGING SENSOR INFORMATION FOR AIRBORNE SURVEILLANCE

    Pierre Valin

    Pierre Valin, Senior Member of Engineering, Lockheed Martin Canada

  • Measuring attributes
  • Correlating attributes to a platform database
  • Imagery classifier designs (FLIR and SAR)
  • Truncated dempster-shafer evidential reasoning
  • Typical airborne surveillance scenarios
  • Results from scenarios and conclusions
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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