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Wednesday 6th January 2021 to Friday 8th January 2021

This three day virtual study group follows two research scoping workshops which took place in September and January 2020. It forms part of a programme of work with Dstl and PA Consulting which began in 2019 and which seeks to apply mathematics to challenges in the electromagnetic environment (EME).

Background

Operating in the EM environment has become increasingly complex due to continuing growth in civilian and military demand for spectrum (for example 5G), which has made it a highly congested and contested area. Current approaches to solving the challenges of operating in this environment have been successful over many years, but this increased complexity means it is now necessary to explore innovative approaches.  Applying new or alternative mathematics to these challenges presents big opportunities to develop new approaches and create exciting possibilities for this field. 
Since the programme started in 2019, two successful research scoping workshops have been run which both aimed to investigate mathematically led solutions to defined challenges in the EM environment. Outputs have included a number of small, funded tasks to develop thinking further and the partners are keen to take things forwards to sustain and broaden the work of the programme. This will help to develop the academic community and form connections into other funding mechanisms to stimulate further activity.

Aims and Objectives

This three day event is different to the two which ran in January 2020 and September 2020, which were research scoping workshops. It will be a virtual study group specifically taking forward some of the challenges from these two events as well as introducing others.  On the first day, the challenges will be presented to the audience. Work-groups will then be formed with the aim of producing viable solutions that will be presented back to the problem presenters on the 3rd day.

As with the previous workshops, this activity will bring together relevant stakeholders from across various applied mathematical fields with electromagnetic environment domain experts to explore novel ways to address these challenges. Participants will be invited to explore the challenges in depth during break-out sessions with the expectation that innovative maths led approaches will arise. We are happy to hear from individuals from all disciplines including early career researchers and in particular we welcome enquiries from those with expertise in the following areas:

•    Information theory
​•    Inverse problems
​•    Optimisation (including multi-level and discrete problems)
•    Graph Theory / Network Analysis
•    Game theory
•    Agent modelling

Challenge areas to be investigated include:

•    Understanding the Fundamental Performance Limit of a Heterogenous Sensor System
                  o    Understanding the Fundamental Limits of Information Fusion
•    “Escape the Sensors” – Multi-level Objective Route Optimisation with Adversarial Agents
•    Optimisation of Communication Links between Dynamic Swarming Sensor Nodes

The majority of the participants who came to the first meeting last January had not worked on problems of this type before and indeed many people had not worked on electromagnetics.  This is fully aligned with the primary aim of this initiative to enable new thinking to come into this exciting field and why we strive towards development and establishment of a joined up multi-disciplinary UK community for this area. We hope to achieve this by building closer links and collaborations between applied mathematicians and the owners of complex challenges, establishing a joined up multi-disciplinary UK community for this area.

Registration

Attendance at this event is free of charge and initially by invitation only. However, we would be very interested to consider recommendations for others to invite. 

To register and for further information, please follow registration link.

 

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