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3rd IMA Conference on Mathematics in Defence

Date: Thursday 24 October 2013
Location: Tom Elliott Conference Centre, QinetiQ, Malvern, UK


Delegate Information

Proceedings Papers

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.

The programme is available to download, and Delegate Information is available for those who have already registered for the event. For the site map mentioned in the delegate information, please click here.

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:, 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.

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