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Accurate and efficient management of information on the battlefield is vital for successful military operations. The process of collecting, collating, integrating and interpreting data must be achieved whilst ensuring that no information is lost.

By considering international perspectives on fusion management and key concepts and application, SMi's 8th annual Military Data Fusion conference will provide an update on developments world-wide.   It will identify concerns in technological advancement, analysing current and future requirements, as well as determining the major challenges faced, and how these challenges can be resolved.

  • REVIEW the main issues driving current and future requirements for military data fusion
  • EXAMINE current information fusion applications and methods
  • ANALYSE practical examples and lessons learnt, analysing the current ability to achieve information security
  • DISCUSS future challenges and possible solutions
  • NETWORK with key decision-makers and industry experts in this international forum

An international speaker line-up includes:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Craig Cowan, SO1 Requirements DIJE, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Pontus Svenson, Scientist, Information Fusion, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
  • Dr William Torrez, Scientist, SPAWARSYSCOM, US Navy
  • Joachim Biermann, Senior Scientist, FGAN-FKIE
  • Alan Steinberg, Senior Research Scientist, CUBRC

    Chaired by: Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant, Information Systems and Management Consultancy

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant , Information Systems & Management Consultancy

9:10 LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCES

Thomas  Lockhart

Thomas Lockhart, C4ISR Plans and Policy Division, Joint Staff , French Navy

9:50 COMMAND AND CONTROL AND INFORMATION FUSION IN SWEDEN

Dr Pontus Svenson

Dr Pontus Svenson, Senior Scientist, Data and Information Fusion, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

  • New methods for C2 and information fusion and new situations faced in MOOTW settings
  • Increasing situational awareness - classifying opponents based on capabilities to affect us
  • The increasing need for human-in-the-loop systems and the requirement for technologies such as mixed-initiative interaction
  • Methods for accessing and changing knowledge bases e.g. wiki technology
  • Interoperability as a basic requirement for future systems
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 ENVIRONMENTAL DATA FUSION

    Lieutenant Colonel Craig Cowan RE

    Lieutenant Colonel Craig Cowan RE, SO1 Geospatial, Defence Intelligence Joint Environment, Ministry Of Defence

  • Overview of current and future practice for provision and exploitation of environmental Information within UK Defence
  • What Industry should realise
  • Examples of how we envisage meeting future tactical and operational requirements
  • 11:40 THE SMART DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM (SDSS)

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    14:00 BEYOND THE HIGHER LEVELS OF DATA FUSION

    Joachim Biermann

    Joachim Biermann, Senior Scientist, SDF, FGAN-FKIE

  • Modelling heuristic intelligence processing
  • Supporting processing steps in intelligence (JDL level 2 and 3)
  • Templating: A qualitative approach to information fusion for situation awareness and threat assessment
  • Knowledge based information fusion in defence and security (examples)
  • Ongoing research and challenges in high level information fusion
  • 14:40 DATA FUSION IN THE BIGGER TACTICAL PICTURE

    William Torrez

    William Torrez, Scientist, SPAWARSYSCOM, US Navy

  • Description of a preliminary analysis of the feasibility of man-packable sensor nets using miniaturized tactical ISR assets
  • Description of hands on experiments and proof of concept demonstrations of critical technology components.
  • Description of demonstrations utilizing miniature aerial vehicles and advanced algorithms for video stream geo-registration
  • Discussion of military operational utility of sensor nets for advanced ISRT
  • 15:20 DEVELOPMENTS IN CIVIL TECHNOLOGY

    Dr Andrew Tilbrook

    Dr Andrew Tilbrook, Director, Data and Information Fusion DTC, R&D, General Dynamics UK

  • Civil technology evolving faster than military technology
  • How do we integrate civil and military technology?
  • How will problem space have changed in ten year’s time?
  • 16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks, followed by Afternoon Tea

    Paul Kennedy

    Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant , Information Systems & Management Consultancy

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Paul Kennedy

    Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant , Information Systems & Management Consultancy

    9:10 DATA FUSION DEVELOPMENTS

    Paul Howland

    Paul Howland, Principal Scientist, NATO C3 Agency

  • A standards based approach
  • Current abilities in data fusion
  • Goals and requirements in data fusion
  • 9:50 ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES RELATING TO DATA FUSION, AGENTS AND SIMULATION

    Bryan Talbot

    Bryan Talbot, Senior Technical Staff, Advanced Missions Division, Northrop Grumman Information Technology, TASC

  • A simulation challenge
  • Data fusion perspectives
  • Advanced technologies
  • An integrated picture
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 DISTRIBUTED SENSOR NETWORKS

    Professor Nicholas Jennings

    Professor Nicholas Jennings, Professor of Computer Science, and Head of Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Group, School of Electronics and Computer Science, University Of Southampton

  • Decentralised control
  • Sensor networks
  • Intelligent agents and multi-agent systems
  • 11:40 INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    14:00 INTELLIGENT AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS

    Dr David Nicholson

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

  • Picture compilation
  • Shared Situation Assessment
  • Decentralised decision making
  • Multiple platform autonomy
  • 14:40 FUTURE CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS

    Alan Steinberg

    Alan Steinberg, Senior Research Scientist, CUBRC

  • Unexpected threats, targets and situations
  • Network Centric Operations and distributed data fusion
  • Integrating human and automatic decision making
  • Integrating data fusion, data mining and sensor management
  • Integrating across the data fusion levels: signal target, situation, threat, and performance assessment
  • Achieving trustworthiness: test and evaluation of multi-sensor and distributed systems
  • 15:20 DATA FUSION: EVOLUTION AND DEVELOPMENT

    Paul Kennedy

    Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant , Information Systems & Management Consultancy

    16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks, followed by Afternoon Tea

    Paul Kennedy

    Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant , Information Systems & Management Consultancy

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    Data Fusion: Problems and Solutions
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    Data Fusion: Problems and Solutions

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