workshop announcement

The Group

The Canadian Tracking and Fusion Group (CTFG) is a group of professionals working in the field of target tracking and data fusion. Currently, there are over 60 members from government, industry and academia. While the idea has been in the works for many years, the plans to have a formal group meeting or workshop, where the members could meet in person and discuss common interests and ideas, were finalized only recently.

Objectives

Participation in the CTFG provides members from different sectors in Canada with a forum for discussing technologies that have a common relevance across many applications domains, including land, air, space, maritime, underwater, etc. The discussions among various participants at the workshop will not only help exchange information on the state-of-the-art in Canada, but also foster collaboration among various groups working on tracking and fusion. Specifically, the objectives of the workshop are as follows: 1) discussing current topics of interest in various application areas; 2) understanding the needs of government and industry groups and linking them with the capabilities of university groups; 3) establishing sub-groups and benchmark problems to evaluate new and established technologies; 4) identifying future directions for R&D in view of Canada ’s priorities.

Topics

Unclassified presentations on any aspect of target tracking and fusion for civilian and defence applications are acceptable. They may cover any aspect of target tracking and fusion, including, but not limited to, sensors, signal processing, detection, tracking, low-level fusion, high-level fusion, classification, resource management, information flow, performance evaluation, fusion architectures, decision systems, registration, software, data sets, benchmark and data modeling.

Submissions

Please submit a 300 to 400 word abstract of your 20 minute presentation to Jack Ding at zhen.ding@drdc-rddc.gc.ca. Proposals for presentations on research, development, software demonstrations, experiments, benchmark problems, research collaborations and ideas on emerging problems are actively solicited. Proposals for extended panel discussions, tutorials, or software demonstrations are also encouraged. Participation without presentation is also strongly welcomed.

Location

DRDC Ottawa is at 3701 Carling Avenue in Ottawa . As this is a secure facility you will require a passport or equivalent ID when you arrive. If you are not a Canadian citizen, please let us know when you register. Our recommended accommodation is Holiday Inn in Kanata . The details of the hotel can be found at http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/ottawa/yowow/hoteldetail. There will be a no-host dinner on the evening of the first day at Graffiti’s Italian Eatery & Saloon, which is co-located with the Holiday Inn in Kanata.  The details of the restaurant can be found at http://www.graffitis.ca/GroupDining/tabid/10223/Default.aspx.

Registration

There is no fee for this workshop, but the number of participants is limited. Register by sending your name, phone number, email and postal addresses to Jack Ding at zhen.ding@drdc-rddc.gc.ca. Please include your government, corporate or university affiliation. For more information, contact any of the organizers.