4th IMA Conference on Mathematics in Defence 2015

Thursday 26 November 2015, Satellite Applications Catapult, Harwell Oxford, UK

Science and technology play an increasingly important role in equipping and supporting the armed forces. Mathematics is fundamental to these disciplines, providing a framework for understanding and solving the varied and complex problems faced, and is used to model military systems and scenarios. These models can be used to estimate system performance, suggest improvements, or find weaknesses of real systems.

This conference brings together a wide variety of mathematical methods with defence and security applications. The programme will include keynote speakers, contributed presentations and poster sessions as well as refreshment breaks for informal discussions. It is intended for mathematicians, scientists and engineers from industry and academia, as well as government and military personnel who have an interest in how mathematics can be applied to defence problems.

This will be the fourth Mathematics in Defence conference; the first three conferences, held in 2009, 2011 and 2013, each attracted over 100 delegates from a range of organisations including QinetiQ, Dstl, BAE Systems, Thales, Rolls Royce, the IMA, the MoD, academic establishments and international parties.

Conference Topics

The conference will cover the following themes: Data analysis: data and text mining, data fusion, information visualization, multidimensional data analysis; Modelling and Estimation: electromagnetic models, estimation theory, Markov models, non-linear models, mathematical models, simulation; Operational Analysis: cost benefit analysis, counter-terrorism, risk management, intelligence analysis, behaviour analysis; Security: cryptography and coding, security systems, secure communications; Signal Processing: adaptive processing, computer vision, digital signal processing, distributed sensor processing, emitter location, image processing, signal enhancement, super-resolution, synthetic aperture radar, time series analysis; Statistical Methods: Bayesian techniques, classification, detection, identification, tracking, Monte Carlo methods, particle filters, pattern recognition.

Confirmed Invited Speaker: Prof Simon Maskell, Professor of Autonomous Systems, University of Liverpool

Instructions for authors

Contributed papers or posters are invited on all aspects of mathematics in defence. Papers or posters will be accepted on the basis of a 300-500 word abstract which should be submitted by 14 May 2015 by e-mail to conferences@ima.org.uk. Abstracts are expected to conform to the following template in Times New Roman, size 10 font:


Contributing author(s) Surname, Initials

Affiliation(s) Department, organisation.

Abstract: 300-500 words only.

Authors will be advised of acceptance by 15 June 2015. Successful authors will be invited to submit a paper or poster for inclusion in the conference proceedings by 14 September 2015. Authors accepted for oral presentations will be requested to submit a paper; authors accepted for poster presentations may optionally also submit papers. This is an open conference and all papers and presentations will be unclassified. The proceedings will be made available to delegates on CD and for download from the conference webpage. Prizes will be awarded at the conference for the best paper, the best poster and the best early career researcher’s presentation.

Further Information

For further information please visit the conference webpage (http://www.ima.org.uk/conferences/conferences_calendar/4th_mathematics_in_defence.cfm.html) or contact Lizzi Lake, Conference Officer (E-mail: conferences@ima.org.uk, Tel: +44 (0) 1702 354 020)

Cancer Research UK International Symposium on Oesophageal Cancer

The Cancer Research UK Oxford Centre, Cancer Research UK, Cambridge Cancer Centre and Chinese Hospital Chinese Academy of Medical Science (CICAMS) have come together to host an International Symposium on Oesophageal Cancer.

The symposium is being co-organised by Professor Xin Lu, Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald and Professor Qimin Zhan. Speakers that cover the breadth and depth of Oesophageal Cancer Research will be in Oxford on June 6-7th for this innovative event.

We are pleased to confirm that registration is now open and details can be found here.

Why oesophageal cancer?

Investigating oesophageal cancer presents unique opportunities for advances on two fronts: addressing the substantial unmet clinical needs of this disease; and uncovering molecular mechanisms with broad implications for our understanding of tumorigenesis.

The oesophagus provides an unusual yet accessible tumour context. In the lower oesophagus, the squamous epithelium of the oesophagus meets the columnar epithelium of the stomach and oesophageal adenocarcinoma is often preceded by epithelial cellular changes in an inflammatory condition called Barrett?s oesophagus. This setting thus presents a unique model for studies of the fundamental principles of interactions among different epithelial cell types, how signalling and differentiation are disrupted in cancer development and the influence of immune responses and inflammation on cell fate. On a global scale oesophageal squamous cell cancer is a major cause of cancer related death with some very high incidence areas thus providing further opportunities for investigating the epidemiology and causation of this disease and potential avenues for treatment.

Oesophageal cancer research is thus an ideal forum to bring together cell biologists, geneticists, immunologists and clinicians.

EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Grand Challenges – Event


The Healthcare Technologies Strategic Advisory Team (SAT) have agreed the future Grand Challenge strategy based round a matrix of grand challenges and cross-cutting research capabilities. This matrix is still to be finalised, however current thinking is that there will be four healthcare driven challenges:

  • Using real-time information to support self-management of health and wellbeing, and facilitating timely interventions.
  • Optimising treatment for individuals through early diagnosis, patient-specific prediction and evidence-based intervention.
  • Enhancing the precision and minimising the invasiveness of surgery, radiotherapy, and other physical interventions.
  • Supporting the development of new therapies – from drug delivery technology to scalable manufacturing methods.

The new strategy will be launched at a town meeting in London on 14th April 2015, along with a number of funding opportunities to begin implementing the strategy. To attend this launch event, a expression of interest needs to be submitted via the EPSRC website. This will need to be submitted by the 2nd March 2015. This will ensure the diversity and appropriateness of attendees.

To find out more and complete the EOI – Click Here (EOI form at bottom of page)

HPC and Big Data Summit 2015


UK High Performance Computing & Big Data Summit 2015

Date: 3rd February 2015
Location: QEII Conference Centre, London
Description: This CPD Certified Course will provide a unique forum for the HPC community, including scientists, engineers, educators, researchers and developers in academia, industry and government, to discuss policies surrounding the development of the UK’s e-infrastructure, address challenges, share new ideas and applications, and explore future and emerging technologies to boost research excellence and enhance the competitiveness of UK business and industry.

To view the conference agenda click here
To find out more or enquire about “Early Bird Pricing”, please contact Hannah Chipperfield at hannah.chipperfield@govnet.co.uk

Robotics and Sensors events

Meeting the Challenges of Commercialising Robotics

Location: London
Date: 14th October 2014
Duration: 9.30-16.30
Organiser: Re.Work

Efforts to commercialise robotics research face numerous challenges including capital investment, public perception, health & safety concerns & technology readiness. This event will explore key barriers to the technology transfer of robotics to market, focusing on the valuable application of autonomous technology & impact, plus the challenges to uptake by industry, & the ROI.

For further details, and to register – click here.


Sensors in the Environment

Location: London
Date: 15th-16th October 2014
Duration: All day
Organiser: Sensor 100

This new Conference, named ‘Sensors in the Environment’, will follow the same format as the very successful Sensors in Medicine series. The Conference objective is to bring together academic and commercial experts to explore new ideas and innovations in the application of sensors to environmental monitoring.

For further details – click here.