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.

Instructions for authors

The deadline for submissions has now passed. Successful authors will be invited to submit a paper or poster for inclusion in the conference proceedings by 14 September 2015. Authors accepted for oral presentations will be requested to submit a paper; authors accepted for poster presentations may optionally also submit papers. This is an open conference and all papers and presentations will be unclassified. The proceedings will be made available to delegates on CD and for download from the conference webpage.

Conference Fees

IMA Member £115
Non-IMA Member £155
IMA Student £75
Non-IMA Student £85


To register for this conference, please download, complete and return the application form by e-mail, fax or by post (see contact details below and on the form).

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.

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