3rd IMA Conference on Mathematics in Defence


Date:  Thursday 24 October 2013
Location:  Tom Elliot Conference Centre, Qinetiq, Malvern, UK



Science and technology play an increasingly important role in equipping and supporting the armed forces. Mathematics is fundamental to these disciplines, providing a framework for understanding and solving the varied and complex problems faced. Mathematics and statistics are used to model military systems and scenarios. The information provided by mathematical models can be used to estimate system performance, suggest improvements or find weaknesses of real systems.

This conference brings together a wide variety of mathematical methods with defence and security applications. The conference programme will include keynote speakers, contributed presentations and poster sessions as well as refreshment breaks for informal discussions. It is intended for mathematicians, scientists and engineers from industry and academia, as well as government and military personnel who have an interest in how mathematics can be applied to defence problems.

This was the third Mathematics in Defence conference; the first two conferences, held in 2009 and 2011, each attracted over 100 delegates from a range of organisations including QinetiQ, Dstl, BAE Systems, Thales, Rolls Royce, the IMA, the MoD, academic establishments and international parties.

Conference Topics
The conference covered the following themes: Data analysis: data and text mining, data fusion, information visualization, multidimensional data analysis; Modelling and Estimation: electromagnetic models, estimation theory, Markov models, non-linear models, mathematical models, simulation; Operational Analysis: cost benefit analysis, counter-terrorism, risk management, intelligence analysis, behaviour analysis; Security: cryptography and coding, security systems, secure communications; Signal Processing: adaptive processing, computer vision, digital signal processing, distributed sensor processing, emitter location, image processing, signal enhancement, super-resolution, synthetic aperture radar, time series analysis; Statistical Methods: Bayesian techniques, classification, detection, identification, Monte Carlo methods, particle filters, pattern recognition.

The proceedings will be made available to delegates on CD and for download from the conference webpage. All interested parties will be welcome to register for this conference.

Keynote Speakers
Professor Malcolm Macleod, Chief Scientist, C4ISR, QinetiQ
Professor Peter Roberts OBE, Chief Scientist, AWE

Organising Committee
Richard Lane (QinetiQ) – Chair, Alan Dawes (AWE), Chris Freshwater (Dstl), Neil Gaspar (AWE), Joseph Gillard (Dstl), Lucy Mannering (University of Kent), Luke Marsh (Dstl), Andy Pearson (Rolls Royce), Richard Pinch (GCHQ), Ann Steptoe (Dstl), Georgina Wadcock (Dstl), Malcolm Walker (Dstl).

Further Information
For further information please contact Lizzi Lake, Conference Officer, E-mail: conferences@ima.org.uk, Tel: +44 (0) 1702 354 020, Fax: +44 (0) 1702 354 111, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Catherine Richards House, 16 Nelson Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1EF, UK.

Proceedings Papers

Mathematics in Defence – a personal AWE perspective
Professor Peter Roberts OBE, Chief Scientist, AWE

Mathematics in Defence – Some Timelines
Professor Malcolm Macleod, Chief Scientist, C4ISR, QinetiQ

A multi-sensor inference and data fusion method for tracking small, manoeuvrable maritime craft in cluttered regions (pdf)
Jordi Barr, Murat Uney, Daniel Clark, Dave Miller, Matthew Porter, E. H. Amadou Gning, & Simon J. Julier

Robust Principal Component Analysis for micro-Doppler based automatic target recognition (pdf)
C.Clemente, A.W. Miller, J. J. Soraghan

Acoustic spectral reflectometry for the determination of ground mechanical properties
Colin Rogers, Jason Lepley

Wide-Baseline Image Change Detection
Ziggy Jones, Mike Brookes, Pier-Luigi Dragotti, Mohammed Jahangir

Reconstruction of radar waveforms with spectral gaps using an autoregressive model
S D Hayward

Soft Data Fusion of Categorical Crowdsourced Data and its Application to Urban Situation Assessment
Barry Park, Anders Johannson, David Nicholson

Out-of-band and adjacent-channel interference reduction by analog nonlinear filters (pdf)
Alexei V. Nikitin, Ruslan L. Davidchack and Jeffrey E. Smith

Hypothesis Testing, Confidence Intervals and Acceptance Sampling
Salima Bibi, Sam Ellis, Mike Hicks and Robert Langford

Improved modelling of upper atmospheric densities using multi-model ensembles
Sean Elvidge, Humberto Godinez, Matthew J. Angling, and Josef Koller

Advanced Differential Cryptanalysis and GOST Cipher (pdf)
Nicolas T. Courtois and Theodosis Mourouzis

The CABARET Scheme for Scalable High-Resolution Shock Capturing in Turbulent Flows
Sergey Karabasov, Vasily Semiletov, Vasily Goloviznin, Philip Ridley

Analysis of Multibeam SONAR Data using Dissimilarity Representations
Iain Rice, Roger Benton, Les Hart and David Lowe


Performance Evaluation of Multitarget Tracking with Track Confidence Using the Optimal Sub-Pattern Assignment Metric (T.M. Wood)

Muon Scattering Tomography for Cargo Screening (Stapleton M, Steer C, Quillin S, Burns J)

Utility-Based Methods for Acquisition Decisions (J. L. Moore)

Propagation of uncertainty through the hazard chain (P. B. Westoby)

Signal enhancement and filtering in the presence of noise using diffusion filtering (S.G. Jacob)

A Lagrangian model to analyze time dependent resource allocation inefficiency due to intrinsic responses (Juha-Pekka Nikkarila, and Juhani S. Hämäläinen)

Automatic Text and Data Stream Segmentation Using Weighted Feature Extraction (pdf)
Boris Dadachev, Alexander Balinsky, Helen Balinsky and George Forman

An Adaptive Beamformer with Hybrid ICA Steering Control (John E Hudson)

SYNChronised numerical methods (Alan S Dawes)

Robust Krylov-Subspace Methods for Passive Sonar Adaptive Beamforming (Samuel D. Somasundaram and Nigel H. Parsons)

Design and Analysis of Binary Trials (Sam Ellis, Ralph Mannson, Laura Craddock)

Biosurveillance Data Fusion for Early Warning and Detection of a Disease Outbreak (J. Parr, J. Gillard and V. Bowman)

Optimal Detection of Signal with Known Phase (Johnson, P. J.)

The Multiple Traveling Salesmen Problem with Moving Targets (Armin Fügenschuh, Matthias Knapp, Hendrik Rothe)

Fusing Geodetic and Radar measurements for tracking ground-based targets (Paul R. Horridge)

An analytical approach to optimize time dependent resource allocation problem (Juha-Pekka Nikkarila, Juhani Hämäläinen and Bernt Ǻkesson)

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