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 90 members from government, industry and academia.

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 modelling. This year’s focus area is multi-domain awareness in surveillance systems and presentations on this topic are encouraged.

Submissions

Please submit a 300 to 400 word abstract of your 20 minute presentation to Thia Kirubarajan (Kiruba) at kiruba@mcmaster.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

Technical presentations on September 10 and 11 at the Carling Campus, 3500 Carling Avenue, Ottawa will be open to everybody. The demonstrations on September 12 at the DRDC Shirley’s Bay Campus, 3701 Carling Avenue, Ottawa will be restricted to Canadian citizens. As the DRDC Shirley’s Bay Campus is a secure facility you will require a passport or equivalent ID when you arrive.

Accommodation

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Days Inn Ottawa West at a nightly rate of $118. The hotel is at 350 Moodie Drive in Nepean, and can be reached at (613) 726-1717. A no-host dinner will be held on the first evening of the workshop.

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 Thia Kirubarajan (Kiruba) at kiruba@mcmaster.ca. Please include your government, corporate or university affiliation. For more information, contact any of the organizers.