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This years military data fusion promises to be our largest defence systems event to date.

It deals with just one issue: how to implement state-of-the-art data fusion and data assimilation technologies in a military environment.

Attending this event will provide you with a clear roadmap to deliver real-time, 3D, highres, continuously-updated information to the warfighter - right now.

We have brought together the key players from the USA, the UK, Canada, France, the Netherlands and Sweden. These experts will brief you on the latest information that you need to for the successful provision of data to the warfighter.

The event will show you how to:
  • Implement cost effective data fusion solutions
  • Overcome problems of standardisation and interoperability
  • Effectively manage multiple intel, surveillance, target acquisition and recon data sources
  • Manage close combat data fusion
  • Assess the trade offs for man-in-the-loop and automated fusion systems
  • Ensure the highest pay-off combinations for your C4I and ISTAR systems
  • Evaluate the latest military decision support systems
  • Performance measurement of new data fusion applications
  • Deal with massive data fusion requirements and other large scale info systems
  • Apply confidence and pedigree tags to data
  • Integrate various decision makers into the loop
  • Successfully complete your data fusion programmes on time, and to budget, with best-in-class technologies
Speaker Panel Includes:
  • Lieutenant Colonel Steve Anderson, SO1 Reqts DIJE, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Dr William Torrez, Scientist, SPAWAR
  • Mark Owen, Data Fusion Engineer, SPAWAR Systems Center San Diego
  • Dr Per Svensson, Research Director, Information Fusion, Swedish Defence Research Agency
  • Dr Allen Zhao, Meteorologist, Naval Research Laboratory, US Navy
  • Joachim Biermann, Senior Scientist, FGAN – FKIE
  • Dr Éloi Bossé, Head, Decision Support Systems (DSS) Section, Defence Research & Development Canada, Valcartier
  • Gaetan Thibault, Scientific Authority ISTAR TD Project, System of Systems Section, Defence Research & Development Canada, Valcartier
  • Dr Thia Kirubarajan, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, McMaster University, Canada
  • Dr James Llinas, Research Professor, Director, Center for Multisource Information Fusion, University at Buffalo
  • John E Holmes, Technical Director, Data and Information Fusion Defence Technology Centre
  • Lieutenant Colonel (Ret’d) Louis de Chantal, C4 ISTAR Technical Operational Expert, System Engineering and Architecture, Thales Communications
  • Dr Yvo Boers, Senior Scientist – Team Leader, Thales Nederland
  • Dr David Nicholson, Executive Scientist, BAE SYSTEMS
  • Major (Ret’d) James Gainey, Independent Consultant
Plus, new briefings on:
  • The latest policies, operational requirements, budget allocations and systems architectures
  • US DoD's new data fusion technologies, systems and operations
  • UK MoD's Joint Environmental Data Fusion Capability
  • The US Navy's rapid assessment systems
  • French Army's operational requirements
  • Joint and allied info fusion requirements
  • Dynamic collection management and collection awareness
  • Integrating ISTAR and air defence data
  • Enhancing low level information
  • Modelling and simulation for data fusion
  • Tracking highly manoeuvable targets
  • Data fusion for Network Centric Warfare - how to move from a platform to a network centric system
  • Data fusion for situational awareness and threat assessment

Conference programme

8:30 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 CHALLENGES IN ACHIEVING EFFECTIVE INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

Gaetan Thibault

Gaetan Thibault, Scientific Authority ISTAR TD Project, System of Systems Section, Defence Research & Development Canada, Valcartier

  • The intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance context
  • The need for dynamic collection management
  • Effective information collection in ISTAR
  • Collection awareness for information and ISR management
  • A case study
  • 9:40 ARMY OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENT FOR FUSION

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret’d) Louis de Chantal

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret’d) Louis de Chantal, C4 ISTAR Technical Operational Expert, System Engineering and Architecture, Thales Communications

  • Understanding the operational needs of fusion
  • The large scope of fusion: so generic but so dedicated
  • Speciality of data, information and intelligence fusion
  • Fusion in the fields of ISTAR
  • The difficult fusion challenges for the COP and reference images

    Enhancing low level information as a major opportunity

    Fusion in NCW/NEC

  • Close combat fusion

    Man in the loop and automated fusion

    Requests, fusion and dissemination: the high pay-off combination

  • 10:20 INFORMATION FUSION IN SWEDISH COMMAND AND CONTROL

    Dr Per Svensson

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

  • The IFD03 information fusion demonstrator
  • Information fusion methods for intelligence information processing in network-centric warfare
  • 11:20 DECISION SUPPORT AND INFORMATION FUSION

    Dr Éloi Bossé

    Dr Éloi Bossé, Head, Decision Support Systems (DSS) Section, Defence Research & Development Canada, Valcartier

  • Human-technology-task (C2) approach
  • Cognitive system engineering
  • Decision support problem (including planning)
  • Situation analysis and information fusion
  • Performance evaluation (testbed and experiments)
  • 12:00 AN INITIATIVE IN R&D FOR DATA FUSION: THE DATA AND INFORMATION FUSION DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY CENTRES

    John E Holmes

    John E Holmes, Technical Director, Data and Information Fusion Defence Technology Centre

    14:00 INFORMATION FUSION IN INTELLIGENCE PROCESSING

    Joachim Biermann

    Joachim Biermann, Senior Scientist, FGAN – FKIE

  • Information fusion for situation awareness and threat assessment
  • Context sensitive information exploitation
  • Requirements of fusion systems in intelligence
  • Interactive processing
  • Research challenges to level 2 and level 3 fusion
  • 14:40 DISTRIBUTED DATA FUSION

    Dr David Nicholson

    Dr David Nicholson, Executive Scientist, BAE SYSTEMS

  • System architectures
  • Theoretic foundations
  • Practical algorithms
  • Performance evaluation
  • System demonstrators
  • Co-ordination/co-operation
  • 15:20 FUSION ARCHITECTURES

    Dr Elisa Shahbazian

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

  • Fusion architecture issues for a single platform
  • Fusion of primary and secondary information
  • A fusion model for collaborating nodes
  • Data incest handling
  • Issues for transitioning to network centric information fusion
  • 16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks Followed by Afternoon Tea

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Yvo Boers

    Dr Yvo Boers, Senior Scientist – Team Leader, Thales Nederland

    9:10 ENVIRONMENTAL DATA FUSION

    Lieutenant Colonel Steve Anderson

    Lieutenant Colonel Steve Anderson, SO1 Reqts DIJE, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • MoD Directorate for Joint Environment (DI JE)
  • Environment fusion capability – static and deployed
  • Joint operational picture
  • Recognised environmental picture
  • 9:40 NOWCAST FOR THE NEXT GENERATION NAVY

    Dr Allen Zhao

    Dr Allen Zhao, Meteorologist, Naval Research Laboratory, US Navy

  • An automated, portable, environmental data fusion/assimilation and web-based data display system for the navy battlegroups
  • Continuously process data from available sensors, including through-the-sensors, and update a local environmental data base
  • Use of state-of-the-art data fusion and data assimilation technologies to merge data from all types of sensors with products from numerical weather prediction models
  • Provide warfighters with real-time, three-dimensional, high-resolution, continuously-updated products that reveal the atmospheric features and impacts right now and in the near future
  • An automated verification system that provides the end users with confidence level of the nowcast products
  • 10:20 HORIZONTAL FUSION AND MILITARY PROCESS MANAGEMENT

    Dr William Torrez

    Dr William Torrez, Scientist, SPAWAR SYSCEN

  • Development overview
  • Strategic, operational and tactical requirements
  • Navy, joint and allied operational application
  • Process modeling and operations research
  • Executable models
  • Modeling and simulation
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 A NEURAL EXTENDED KALMAN FILTER MULTIPLE MODEL TRACKER

    Mark Owen

    Mark Owen, Data Fusion Engineer, SPAWAR Systems Center San Diego

  • Adaptive tracking
  • Function approximation
  • On line learning capability
  • Pre-programmed manoeuvres
  • Neural networks
  • Interacting multiple model
  • 12:00 INFORMATION FUSION SYSTEMS

    Dr Ulla Uebler

    Dr Ulla Uebler, Specialist Pattern Recognition Systems, MEDAV

  • Fusion of audio signals
  • Fusion of text
  • Classification of audio signals and texts
  • Visualisation of audio signals and texts
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 TACTICAL INFORMATION FUSION

    John Curtis

    John Curtis, Chairman, STASYS

  • The need
  • Measures of quality
  • Current techniques
  • Near term improvements
  • The future
  • 14:40 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

  • Multi-frame data association
  • Co-ordinate selection and measurement conversion
  • Estimator design for multiple model estimation
  • Multi-sensor fusion considerations
  • Sensor resource management
  • Application for GMTI and AEW tracking
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 MULTI-SENSOR MULTI-TARGET TRACKING WITH DISTRIBUTED AIR DEFENCE UNITS

    Dr Marc Honikel

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

  • Tracking in 3D with arbitrary sensors
  • Centralised vs decentralised approach
  • Generation of a 3D local air picture
  • Optimising sensor and weapon management
  • Test scenarios
  • Results
  • 16:20 PARTICLE FILTERS IN TARGET TRACKING AND INFORMATION FUSION

    Dr Yvo Boers

    Dr Yvo Boers, Senior Scientist – Team Leader, Thales Nederland

  • Particle filtering – what’s the deal?
  • Track before detect applications
  • Detection
  • Tracking
  • Exploiting extra information
  • What lies ahead
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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    Data Fusion - Problems & Solutions

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