Christina Grönwall invited speaker at SPIE Security and Defence Conference

On 21 and 22 September took the SPIE Security and Defence Conference place in Toulouse, France. Christina Grönwall, FOI, was invited speaker at this conference and presented the paper titled: 3D sensing and imaging for UAVs.

Authors: Christina Grönwall, FOI-Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden), Linköping Univ. (Sweden); Gustav Tolt, Håkan Larsson, Patrik Lif, Fredrik Bissmarck, H. M. Tulldahl, FOI-Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden); Markus Henriksson, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)

Abstract: This paper summarizes on-going work on 3D sensing and imaging for unmanned aerial vehicles UAV carried laser sensors. We study sensor concepts, UAVs suitable for carrying the sensors, and signal processing for mapping and target detection applications. We also perform user studies together with the Swedish armed forces, to evaluate usage in their mission cycle and interviews to clarify how to present data. Two ladar sensor concepts for mounting in UAV are studied. The discussion is based on known performance in commercial ladar systems today and predicted performance in future UAV applications. The small UAV is equipped with a short-range scanning ladar. The system is aimed for quick situational analysis of small areas and for documentation of a situation. The large UAV is equipped with a high-performing photon counting ladar with matrix detector. Its purpose is to support large-area surveillance, intelligence and mapping operations. Based on these sensors and their performance, signal and image processing support for data analysis is analyzed. Generated data amounts are estimated and demands on data storage capacity and data transfer is analyzed. We have tested the usage of 3D mapping together with military rangers. We tested to use 3D mapping in the planning phase and as last-minute intelligence update of the target. Feedback from these tests will be presented. We are performing interviews with various military professions, to get better understanding of how 3D data are used and interpreted. We discuss approaches of how to present data from 3D imaging sensor for a user.

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Security Link Yearly Report 2014 now available

The Security Link Yearly Report 2014 is the first of its kind. It describes the accomplishments of Security Link during 2014.

The highlights in short:

  • Security Link partners have attracted external funding for 89 different research projects. Of these, 44 were funded by the EU framework program.
  • During 2014, 62 scientific peer ‐ reviewed publications in refereed journals, 73 peer ‐ reviewed conference papers and 42 other scientific publications connected to Security Link were published.
  • The yearly Security Linkworkshop took place 20 November 2014 in Linköping.
  • Since January 2014, the multidisciplinary graduate school Forum Securitatis has been a permanent part of Security Link and is managed and financed by the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) and Linköping University (LiU). During 2014, a total of 18 PhD students have been enrolled in the graduate school and a total of 2 doctoral degrees have been obtained.
  • During 2014, the five funding organizations VR, VINNOVA, Forte, FORMAS and Energimyndigheten, have on behalf of the Swedish Government, conducted and evaluation of the Strategic Research Areas, including Security Link, to determine the future financing of the strategic research areas. The result from the evaluation is expected during 2015.

Award for Excellence for paper by Dr. Sofie Pilemalm

Dr. SoSofie Pilemalmfie Pilemalm’s paper “Enabling organizational learning from rescue operations– the Swedish Rescue Services Incident Reporting System” published in International Journal of Emergency Services has been selected by the journal’s editorial team as a Highly Commended paper in the 2015 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.

Dr. Sofie Pilemalm is associate professor in Informatics and the director of CARER.

All the winning papers are published on the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence website.