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Wednesday 12th January 2022 to Friday 14th January 2022

This study group will run over three days and follows on from four previous events which took place over the last two years. The aim is to run this as an in-person event. It will however, include a virtual option for those unable to attend physically, but we hope to still welcome many of you back to Cambridge.


The UK needs to be able to operate in the electromagnetic environment (EME) effectively across all domains - space, air, land, sea and cyber. However, this has become increasingly complex as the environment becomes more congested and contested, due to continuing growth in civilian and military demand for spectrum (for example 5G). Approaches to solving the challenges of operating in the EME have been successful over many years, but this ever-increasing complexity means it is now necessary to explore innovative approaches. 

In response to this, the CEME (Contested/Congested Electromagnetic Environment) programme of work began over two years ago and seeks to apply new or alternative mathematics to these challenges and presents an opportunity to develop new approaches and create exciting possibilities for this field. Dstl have been working with PA Consulting and the Newton Gateway to Mathematics to develop a framework to engage the mathematical community in this area.

As well as some established domain experts, participants for this study group will come from a number of diverse fields including (but not limited to); signal processing, optimisation, operational research, imaging and vision, control theory, wave theory, machine learning, electrical and communications engineering. We are keen that mathematicians who would not normally be involved in electromagnetics join us.

Aims and Objectives

In response to the recent UK Integrated Review which committed billions of investment into science and technology over the next five years, scientists from Dstl are currently shaping the next research portfolio and will be at the event.
This three-day study group will give participants the opportunity to explore a number of new challenges in depth during break-out sessions with the expectation that innovative maths led approaches will arise. The types of challenge that will be tabled are listed below. More detailed challenge abstracts will be made available soon.

  • Hiding in Plane sight
  • Impact of a contested environment on automated decision making
  • Metrics to classify the EM environment (CEME States)
  • Real time risk based spectrum management
  • Interference tolerant waveforms

Please see the link for the provisional programme for an indication of timings.
A pre-briefing session will run via Zoom on Thursday 6th January 2022, at 14:00 – 15:30 PM. This session will briefly touch on the challenges for the study group the following week. For those who cannot attend the session, recordings will be made available on KHUB on Friday 7th January 2022. Information and how to join this session will be sent out nearer the time.

Registration and Venue

Attendance at this event is free of charge and initially by invitation only. However, if you believe you have relevant expertise and would like to join, please email
Nearby en-suite B&B accommodation is reserved and further information was provided to invited participants upon registration. The workshop is planned to take place at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge.

Please see the website for further information about the venue.

To register, please follow the link