5th IMA Conference on Mathematics in Defence



The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Camberley, GU15 4PQ, England

Thursday November 23, 2017 Thursday November 23, 2017 Europe/London 5th IMA Conference on Mathematics in Defence The Royal Military Academy SandhurstCamberleyGU15 4PQEngland In conjunction with The Sandhurst Trust Programme (pdf) Introduction Science and technology play an increasingly important role in supporting the […] Event Link: https://ima.org.uk/5018/5th-ima-conference-mathematics-defence/

5th IMA Conference on Mathematics in Defence

In conjunction with The Sandhurst Trust

Programme (pdf)


Science and technology play an increasingly important role in supporting the defence industry. Mathematics is fundamental to these two disciplines, providing a framework for understanding and solving the varied and complex problems faced, and to model systems and scenarios. These models are then used to estimate system performance, find weaknesses in real systems, and suggest improvements.

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

This will be the fifth Mathematics in Defence conference; the first four conferences, held in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015, each attracted over 100 delegates from a wide range of organisations including QinetiQ, Dstl, AWE, BAE Systems, Thales, Rolls Royce, the IMA, the MoD, academic establishments and international parties.

Conference Topics

Contributed papers or posters were invited on all aspects of mathematics in defence.  Topics covered include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Data Science and Machine Learning
  • Signal Processing
  • Modelling and Estimation
  • Statistical  Methods
  • Operational Analysis
  • Cyber-physical Systems
  • Security

This is an open conference and all papers and presentations will be unclassified. The proceedings will be made available to delegates on USB and for download from the conference webpage. Prizes will be awarded at the conference for the best paper, the best poster and the best early career researcher’s presentation.

Invited speakers

Tony O’Connor CBE FORS (Chief Analyst, Ministry of Defence)
Dr. Simon Shiu (Director of Security Labs, HP Inc.)

Organising Committee

Neil Gaspar (AWE) – Conference Chair
Richard Hoyes (DSTL) – Deputy Chair
Jeremy Gribble (AWE) – Technical Chair
Helen Balinsky (HP Labs Bristol)
Rhiannon Ellis (AWE)
Sam Ellis (MoD)
Maria Kopec (AWE)
Luke Marsh (DSTL)
Andy Pearson (Rolls Royce)
Adam Zagorecki (Cranfield)

Proceedings Papers

Deep object classification in low resolution LWIR imagery via transfer learning (pdf)
Rachael Abbott, J.M. Del Rincon, B. Connor (Queen’s University Belfast), N. Robertson (Thales)

External Fake Constraints Interpolation: the end of Runge phenomenon with high degree polynomials relying on equispaced nodes – Application to aerial robotics motion planning (pdf)
Nicolas Belanger (Airbus)

Coverage Maximization for Multistatic Sonar Location under Budget Restrictions (pdf)
Armin Fügenschuh (Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg) Emily M. Craparo (Naval Postgraduate School)

Mathematical Model on Wireshark Operation Skill Evaluation (pdf)
T. Matsuda, M. Sonoda, M. Etou, H. Satoh, T. Hanada, N. Kanahama and H. Ishikawa (Department of Information Security, University of Nagasaki)

CASSANDRA: A Tool for Mission System Performance Prediction (pdf)
David R. Parker (BAE Systems)

A particle filter for track-before-detect of a target with unknown amplitude viewed against a structured scene (pdf)
Malcolm Rollason, David Salmond (QinetiQ Limited)

Further Information

For further information, please contact Lizzi Lake, Conference Officer: email 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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