NATO NATO Logo Advanced Study Institute 
Advances in Sensing
with Security Applications
17--30 July 2005, Il Ciocco, Italy
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Meeting Purpose
The fusion of basic ideas in mathematics, biology, and chemistry with ongoing improvements in hardware and computation offers the promise of much more sophisticated and accurate sensing 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 scientists in the diverse areas of sensing and security to join together in a concerted effort to combat the new brands of terrorism. We envisage the proposed ASI as one important initial 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 increasing need for fast and accurate sensing--what is the threat;
II. The scientific underpinnings of the ongoing revolution in sensing;
III. Specific sensing algorithms and techniques.
A deep understanding of these three topics, and of their interdependency, 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 methodologies to both comprehend and predict these threats and to effectively deal with them.
The ASI will bring together these 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 sensing and security. 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 vital and growing area of both pure and applied science.
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 sensing and security, 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:
NATO Scientific & Environmental Affairs Division
European Office of Aerospace Research and Development of the USAF
Air Force Office of Scientific Research
United States Air Force Research Laboratory
U.S. Air Force Rome Labs
Prometheus Inc.
Unfortunately SELEX Sistemi Integrati S.p.A reneged on their support commitment
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