4th IMA Conference on Mathematics in Defence


Date Thursday 26 November 2015
Location Satellite Applications Catapult, Harwell Oxford, 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, and is used to model military systems and scenarios. These 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 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 will be the fourth Mathematics in Defence conference; the first three conferences, held in 2009, 2011 and 2013, 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 will cover 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, tracking, Monte Carlo methods, particle filters, pattern recognition.

Invited Speakers

  • Derek Bird, MoD Chief Statistician
  • Prof Simon Maskell, Professor of Autonomous Systems, University of Liverpool: Sequential Monte Carlo Samplers for Iterative Numerical Bayesian Analysis.

Organising Committee

Richard Lane – Chair (Qinetiq); Lucy Barnes (University of Kent); Alan Dawes (AWE); Neil Gaspar (AWE); Richard Hoyes (DSTL); Luke Marsh (DSTL); Andy Pearson (Rolls-Royce); Rich Perkins (DSTL); Richard Pinch (Cheltenham).

Further Information

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

Proceedings papers

Hazard and risk modelling for weapon danger areas (pdf)
T. Adamson, J. Clark, S. Ellis (DOSG, DE&S)

Bistatic SAR coherence improvement through spatially variant polarimetry (pdf)
D. Andre (Cranfield University)

Statistics of weakly scattered radar em waves with application to multiple channel SAR (pdf)
B.C. Barber (Dstl)

A Bayesian method for imaging voids using Gravimetry (pdf)
G. Brown (Dstl)

Agent Based Simulation and Visualisation of Emergency Relief Effort Strategies (pdf)
N.C. Chamberlain, P. Sant (Babcock International Group)

Conflict contagion – predicting internal conflicts (pdf)
T. C. Clarke, M. Oldfield (Dstl)

The application of Dempster-Shafer theory of evidence to intelligence analysis (pdf)
S. Coulson, R May (Red Scientific)

Flight planning for unmanned aerial vehicles (pdf)
A. Fügenschuh, D. Müllenstedt (University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg)

Stochastic modeling, analysis and verification of mission-critical systems and processes (pdf)
S. Gerasimou, G. Mason, C. Paterson, A. Banks, R. Calinescu, D. Kudenko, S. Rowe (York University)

Crowdsourcing and Defence, in the age of Big Data (pdf)
M. Grela, K. Kulesza, M. Zagórowska, P. Zioło (Polish Academy of Sciences)

Modelling of phase noise from frequency references in bistatic radar (pdf)
G. Herbert (QinetiQ)

Robust vehicle detection in synthetic aperture radar imagery (pdf)
R.D. Hill, C.P. Moate, T.P. Leonard (Igence Radar)

Inferring a multi-stage red-force plan using noisy observations of actions (pdf)
P. Horridge (QinetiQ)

A Rigorous Rationale for Covariance Loading in Adaptive Antennas (pdf)
J. Hudson (Sensor Agility Ltd)

SQL injection attack detection method using structure equation models and visualization of data (pdf)
T. Matsuda (Shizuoka Institute of Sci. & Tech.)

Smoothing methods for particle filters in tracking applications (pdf)
J. Nulsen, P.D. Baxter, T. M Wood (Cambridge Consultants)

Multi-modal object detection via contextual foreground regions (pdf)
I. Rodger, B. Connor, N. M Robertson (Heriot-Watt University)

Bayesian vs frequentist techniques for the analysis of binary outcome data (pdf)
M. Stapleton (AWE)

Tasking sensors adaptively using online learning of their achieved performance (pdf)
R. Young, S. Maskell, S. Parsons (QinetiQ)

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