MSS MESSAGE FROM DR. REAGO
Members of the MSS Community,
2020 has been a trying year for all of us and MSS is no different. After recent strides forward in the conference approval process, travel restrictions and other physical separation measures necessitated by the COVID 19 virus have significantly impacted the CY 20 MSS conference schedule.
The conference chairs and the Executive Committee have conducted a series of planning teleconferences and have come to a decision to cancel the entire CY 20 Conference slate. This decision was not taken lightly and I want each of you to know that the Executive Committee remains committed to keeping MSS as a vibrant and effective interchange forum for DoD S&T activities in the military sensing technology area.
As evidence of this commitment to MSS, the Executive Committee has approved work on the planning for the CY 21 conference slate with a goal of returning to a regular OPTEMPO of four conferences in CY 21: Parallel, Active E-O / EO ICRM, Tri-Service Radar, and Joint. Other efforts to maintain momentum include conducting the MSS Fellow nomination and selection process for CY 20 and exploring the option of publishing partial proceedings for conferences that have already generated abstracts and/or papers. Along those lines, I ask all to consider submitting nominations of worthy candidates to the MSS Fellows Committee through the appropriate channels this year. The deadline for nominations is 5 June, but the Fellows Committee is looking at extending that window based on the current situation.
I hope all in the MSS community are staying safe and healthy during this trying period, and with your help, I look forward to a great year of conferences in 2021.
Dr. Donald Reago
Chair, MSS Executive Committee
Battlespace Acoustic, Seismic, Magnetic, and Electric-Field Sensing and Signatures Committee (BAMS)Previously the ARL sponsored Acoustics Meeting, the BAMS specialty group joined IRIS in 1997 and began its evolution into the Military Sensing Symposium. The BAMS specialty group provides a mixed fora including an unclassified distribution C forum and a SECRET level classified forum focused on exploitation of mechanical wave (acoustic and seismic) and field strength (electric, magnetic, and gravitational) sensors to support military and homeland security applications. Beginning with theory, modeling and simulation, the group treats source and background phenomenology, propagation, noise mechanisms, detection, processing and interpretation. Signal and Information processing areas covered include beamforming, target detection and tracking algorithms, noise reduction, target identification, and fusion of inputs from multiple sensors and sensor/data sources. In the sensors area the group treats evolving requirements, improved sensor concepts and designs, performance, test and evaluation, and operational application. A key area of interest is sensor fusion of disparate sensing types at the node level. Specific applications covered include unattended ground sensors, persistent surveillance systems, sensors for robots, weapon mounted, and implanted acoustic sensors; littoral sensors; sensors on vehicles, airplanes, ships, UAVs and UGVs; acoustic, magnetic, hybrid and other mine (surface, buried and marine) detection sensors; tunnel detection sensors; vehicle signature identification; etc.
National Symposium on Sensor & Data Fusion Committee (NSSDF)The NSSDF conference provides a secure forum for the presentation, discussion, and dissemination of classified and unclassified foundational, technological, and application-focused innovations in the sensor, data, information, and knowledge fusion (SDIKF) scientific domain within the defense, intelligence, and homeland security communities. NSSDF hosts both SCI and SECRET level sessions presenting the latest developments in integrated information operations (fusion) technology, requirements, and programs. Our intent is to bring together fusion researchers, practitioners, and users of multisource information from the academic, industrial, and governmental components of the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Intelligence Community, to discuss recent advances and new applications in sensor
and data fusion that contribute to the defense of the United States.