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Accurate and efficient information management on the battlefield is crucial to the success of military operations. The process of collecting, collating, integrating and interpreting data must be carried out whilst ensuring that no information is lost. SMi’s 7th Annual Military Data Fusion Conference will examine key advances in fusion technologies, analysing real-world information problems and identifying emerging solutions. The growing military requirement for information fusion will also be examined, as well as operational lessons learned and the development of advanced information fusion systems.
The conference will propose possible solutions to the current capability shortfall and look at the development of advanced information fusion systems. Military Data Fusion will also address the practical challenges to technological advancement, focusing on interoperability considerations and the required developments in advanced processing technologies.

This event gives you the unique opportunity to gain an insight from leading experts in Information and Data Fusion including:

A Keynote Address from…

  • David Carstairs, Director, Network Centric Operations & Integration Systems Wing, Electronic Systems Center, US Air Force

And Special Presentations from:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Steve Anderson, SO1 Requirements DIJE, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • David Clarke, Senior Scientist, NATO C3 Agency
  • Dr William Torrez, Scientist, SPAWARSYSCOM, US Navy
  • Major Jerry Levine, Command and Control Development Centre, British Army
  • Dr Eloi Bosse, Section Head, Decision Support Systems, Defence Research and Development Centre, Valcartier
  • Dr Velizar Shalamanov, Former Deputy Minister of Defense of Bulgaria 1998-2001, Defense Policy Planning and Integration, Ministry of Defence, Republic of Bulgaria , Advisor to the President of the Academy, Director, C4 Programs, Center for NS and Defense and Head, C4I Section, Institute of Parallel Processing, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • Professor Thia Kirubarajan, Canada Research Chair in Information Fusion, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, McMaster University
  • Joachim Biermann, Senior Scientist, FGAN-FKIE
  • Catharina Candolin, Director, R&D,  Set-Security
  • Dr Panos Louvieris, Senior Lecturer, Information Systems, Surrey Defence Centre, University of Surrey

Chaired by:

  • Dr Per Svensson, Research Director, Information Fusion, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

Benefits of Attending Military Data Fusion Include:

  • REVIEW current and future military requirements for data fusion, reflecting on international operational experience
  • ANALYSE key practical applications of data fusion on the battlefield
  • EVALUATE the latest advances in information and data fusion systems
  • IDENTIFY current fusion methods, whilst learning how to exploit information in the most efficient and effective manner
  • DISCOVER future information fusion requirements, examining how data fusion is being developed in order to successfully meet these needs
  • NETWORK with key decision-makers and industry experts in an international forum

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr Per Svensson

Dr Per Svensson, Research Director, Information Fusion, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

9:50 UK’S ENVIRONMENTAL FUSION CAPABILITY (EFC)

Lieutenant Colonel Steve Anderson

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

  • Requirements for fused environmental information
  • Overview of the Environmental Fusion Capability (EFC) and its implementation
  • The Recognised Environmental Picture (REP) concept (VIDEO)
  • Challenges faced in supporting the Joint Operational Picture (JOP) and Network Enabled Capability (NEC)
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 JOINT COMPOSEABLE HUMAN ROBOTICS OPERATIONS

    Dr William Torrez

    Dr William Torrez, Scientist, SPAWARSYSCEN, San Diego, US Navy

  • Critical Operational Need
  • CmHRO ACTD Overview
  • CmHRO Landscape
  • Operational Challenges
  • CmHRO Concept of Operations
  • Future developments
  • 11:40 SMART DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM

  • Combining Critical Success Factors (CSFs) with soft computing techniques to support commanders’ intuitive decision making in high velocity, high pressure military decision making environments
  • Reducing information overload and communication difficulties
  • Parsimonious gathering, fusing and presentation of key information to satisfy commanders’ critical information requirements
  • Increasing tempo by reducing OODA-loop cycle times
  • Evidence-based confidence enhancement, based on Bayesian Belief Networks backed by SME support with a VR Forces testbed
  • Major Jerry Levine

    Major Jerry Levine, , Command and Control Development Centre, British Army

    Dr Panos Louvieris

    Dr Panos Louvieris, Senior Lecturer in Information Systems, Surrey Defence Centre, University Of Surrey

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 ARCHITECTURE OF INTELLIGENCE FUSION SYSTEMS

    Dr Velizar Shalamanov

    Dr Velizar Shalamanov, Head, C4I Department, Institute of Parallel Processing, Director C4 Programs in Centre for NS and Defence Research, Bulgarian Academy Of Sciences

  • Architecture of the situation
  • Architecture of the collection system
  • Architecture of the situation assessment system
  • Architecture of the collection planning and tasking
  • C4I architecture to support situational awareness
  • Information sharing architecture
  • 14:30 INFORMATION FUSION AND DECISION SUPPORT

    Dr Pierre Valin

    Dr Pierre Valin, Acting Head , Defence Research And Development Canada-Valcartier

  • Overview of the new context for military decision making
  • Decision support and the cognitive requirements
  • Information fusion as a key enabler to situation awareness
  • Uncertainty modelling for information fusion
  • Identify the key challenges encountered
  • Future developments
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 SUPPORTING MILITARY INTELLIGENCE PROCESSING

    Joachim Biermann

    Joachim Biermann, Senior Scientist, FGAN/FKIE

  • Modelling heuristic intelligence processing
  • Templating: A qualitative approach to information fusion
  • Examples of template-based information fusion
  • System aspects
  • Research challenges to level 2 and level 3 fusion
  • 16:20 VISUALIZATION AND THE COMMON OPERATING PICTURE (COP)

    Colonel (Ret'd) Tom Johansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Tom Johansen, Consultant, Nordic Defence Systems

  • Future scenarios and military trends in decision making
  • Challenges to a future COP display in NCW
  • Decision makers and their tools, - or the lack of them
  • "Mental picture" vital to high speed manoeuvre warfare in a NCW environment
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Per Svensson

    Dr Per Svensson, Research Director, Information Fusion, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

    9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS - DEVELOPMENTS IN NETWORK CENTRIC WARFARE

  • Analyse latest developments in command, control and information systems
  • Explore challenges encountered
  • Case study - The future aircraft - e-3 awacs sentry
  • The future of E-3 AWACS
  • Lieutenant General Charles Johnson II

    Lieutenant General Charles Johnson II, Commander, Electronic Systems Center

    David Carstairs

    David Carstairs, Director, Network Centric Operations & Integration Systems Wing, Electronic Systems Center , US Air Force

    9:50 THE HUMAN ELEMENT

    Peter Setter

    Peter Setter, Project Manager, Airborne Mission Systems, QinetiQ

  • Role of humans in information fusion
  • Minimising human error
  • Possible solutions
  • Future initiatives
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 MULTI-AGENT DATA FUSION SYSTEMS

    Dr David Nicholson

    Dr David Nicholson, Executive Scientist, Advanced Technology Centre, BAE SYSTEMS

  • Distributed fusion
  • Multi-Agent Systems
  • Resource management
  • Coordination + cooperation
  • Future directions and challenges
  • 11:40 FUSION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGIES

  • Technological environment
  • Explore new military requirements for data fusion
  • Limitations of current systems and architectures
  • Security solutions
  • Fusion in the future
  • Catharina Candolin

    Catharina Candolin, Project Manager and Researcher, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Helsinki University Of Technology

    Catharina Candolin

    Catharina Candolin, Director, R&D , Set-Security

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 SYSTEMS OF SYSTEMS

    Bryan Talbot

    Bryan Talbot, Lightning Solutions, Northrop Grumman Information Technology

  • Reverse thinking the fusion systems: Starting with human knowledge
  • End-to-end fusion system characteristics
  • Fusion of high-value categorical data
  • Interactive visualization of complex information
  • Connecting the dots between humans and technologies
  • 14:30 LARGE-SCALE MULTI-TARGET TRACKING AND MULTI-SENSOR FUSION

    Professor Thia Kirubarajan

    Professor Thia Kirubarajan, Canada Research Chair in Information Fusion, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, McMaster University

  • Introduction to multitarget tracking
  • Target tracking models
  • Multiple model estimation
  • Data association using multiframe assignment
  • 15:40 MODERN IMINT SENSORS

    Dr H B Mitchell

    Dr H B Mitchell, Senior Research Physicist, IMINT and Radar Division, Elta Systems

  • Advantages of modern IMINT sensors
  • Insufficient interpretation capabilities
  • Sub-optimal exploitation processes
  • Challenges of quality and reliability
  • Possible solutions to challenges
  • 16:20 ENHANCED SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

    Dr Lex Toet

    Dr Lex Toet, Senior Scientist, TNO Defence, Safety & Security

  • Grayscale image fusion
  • False colour image fusion
  • True colour image fusion of multiband night vision images
  • True colour image fusion of single-band night vision images
  • Performance assessment
  • Current developments
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks - Close of Conference

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