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*CANCELLED* 2020 MSS Parallel Conference (Passive, BSD, and M&D)
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Important Dates: 04/20/2020 11:59 AM ET - Abstracts Due
08/21/2020 05:00 PM ET - Presentation/Publication/DA/Poster Due Date
Dates: Monday, September 21, 2020 - Thursday, September 24, 2020
Location: Gaithersburg, MD


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


The MSS Parallel meeting is an annual parallel meeting of the MSS Specialty Group on Detectors, the MSS Specialty Group on Passive Sensors, the MSS Specialty Group on Materials and the MSS Specialty Group on Battlefield Survivability and Discrimination.

MSS Specialty Group on Detectors
The MSS Specialty Group on Detectors is a SECRET level classified forum for the presentation, discussion, and dissemination of information on detector technology. It covers the electromagnetic spectrum from x-rays through terahertz. The group addresses all aspects of detector technology including detection phenomena, the physics of ideal and real detectors, advanced material growth technology, and the chemistry of detector fabrication processes. This meeting covers the reliability and survivability of detectors including nuclear hardness. Also of interest are the electronics and signal processing associated with focal plane image formation such as readout circuit technology, on-focal-plane signal processing, and non-uniformity correction. Detector technologies of interest include discrete detectors, scanning and staring focal plane arrays, photon and thermal detectors, coherent and incoherent detectors, and wavelength converters.

MSS Specialty Group on Passive Sensors
The MSS Passive Sensors specialty group evolved from the Imaging Systems Specialty group of IRIS and provides a SECRET Level classified forum for the presentation, discussion, and dissemination of information regarding developments in passive sensor systems operating in the optical (UV through mm wave) spectrum. The group focuses on systems that exploit natural or man-made emanations from the target and scene. The group addresses both tactical and strategic systems and considers all elements that make up a system from the entrance aperture through to the decision process, including any image processing that may be applied. It also addresses multi-element systems such as FLIR-laser ranger/designator systems where the principal sensor system is passive. Sensors considered include UV sensors; visible band sensors and image intensifier systems; infrared sensors from the near IR to the long-long wave IR/mm wave; multiband, Hyperspectral, polarimetric sensors; weapon guidance seekers; and other similar devices. Sensor components and associated technologies including displays, gimbals, etc. are also discussed. Human factors associated with sensors and the entire target acquisition process are also of interest.

MSS Specialty Group on Materials
The MSS Specialty Group on Materials provides a SECRET level classified forum for the presentation, discussion, and dissemination of information within the defense community on the exploration, development, and utilization of materials to be used in military optical and electro-optical devices and systems operating in the optical (UV to mm wave) spectrum. Subjects include materials for detectors and substrates, optical windows and other optical elements, filters, optical techniques such as diffractive and binary optics and rugates, meta-materials, and other materials issues that enable the development of optical and electro-optical sensors, etc.

MSS Specialty Group on Battlefield Survivability and Discrimination
The Battlefield Survivability and Discrimination Specialty Group evolved from the MSS Specialty Group on Camouflage, Concealment and Deception (CC&D) and focuses heavily on the survivability of both sea and battlefield platforms. The meeting is conducted at the SECRET classified level. It covers CC&D, Counter CC&D, Countermine, and IED Defeat topics. The meeting treats at the CLASSIFIED level counter CC&D sensors including a heavy emphasis on Hyperspectral sensors. In addition, the human factors aspects of both detecting enemy assets and hiding US assets from the enemy is considered in depth.


2020 Passive Sensors

2020 Battlefield, Survivability and Discrimination

2020 Detectors and Materials

Instructions: TBD
Contact: Carson Weaver
(571) 550-0147
Conference Files

File NameTypeUploaded
2020 CfP BSD V8-FINAL.pdf Call for Papers 02/26/2020
2020 CfP M&D -FINAL.pdf Call for Papers 02/26/2020
2020 CfP Passive-FINAL.pdf Call for Papers 02/26/2020