NATO NATO Logo Advanced Study Institute 
Imaging for Detection
and Identification
23 July--5 August 2006, Il Ciocco, Italy
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Meeting Purpose
The fusion of basic ideas in mathematics, radar, sonar, biology, and chemistry with ongoing improvements in hardware and computation offers the promise of much more sophisticated and accurate detection and identification capabilities than currently exist. Coupled with the dramatic rise in the need for surveillance in innumerable aspects of our daily lives, brought about by hostile acts deemed unimaginable only a few short years ago, the time is ripe for image processing scientists in these usually diverse fields to join together in a concerted effort to combat the new brands of terrorism. We envisage the proposed ASI as one important step.
To encompass the diverse nature of the subject and the varied backgrounds of the anticipated participants, the ASI will be divided into three broadly defined but interrelated areas:
I. The mathematics and computer science of automatic detection and identification;
II. Image processing techniques for radar and sonar;
III. Detection of anomalies in biomedical and chemical images.
A deep understanding of these three topics, and of their interdependencies, is clearly crucial to meet the increasing sophistication of those who wish to do us harm. The list of fully committed principal speakers includes many of the world's leading experts in the development of new imaging methodologies to detect, identify, and prevent or respond to these threats.
The ASI will bring together world leaders from academia, Government and industry, with extensive multidisciplinary backgrounds evidenced by their research and participation in numerous workshops and conferences. This will create an interactive forum for initiating new and intensifying existing efforts aimed at creating the required interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of images of all types for the purpose of detecting and identifying threats. The forum will provide opportunities for young scientists and engineers to learn more about these problem areas, and the vital role played by new mathematical and scientific insights, from the recognized experts in this crucial and growing area of both pure and applied science. An ancillary benefit will be the advancement of detection and identification capabilities for natural threats such as disease, natural disasters, and environmental change.
The directors will ensure that the talks are designed to address an audience consisting of a broad spectrum of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians involved in these fields. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with those individuals who have been on the forefront of the ongoing explosion of work in automatic detection and identification, to learn firsthand the details and subtleties of this important and exciting area, and to hear these experts discuss in accessible terms their contributions and ideas for future research. Furthermore, the team-authored textbook to be written by the lecturers will offer these insights to those unable to attend.
We wish to thank the following for their contribution to the success of this conference, and we note that United States Government support does not necessarily reflect the position or the policy of the United States Government and no official endorsement should be inferred:
NATO Scientific & Environmental Affairs Division
Office of Naval Research Global
U. S. Army Research Office
European Office of Aerospace Research and Development of the USAF
Air Force Office of Scientific Research
United States Air Force Research Laboratory
United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Special Projects Office
Prometheus Inc.
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