invited Speakers

Dr. tony ponsford, Raytheon canada limited
Dr. eloi bosse, universite laval
cdr. robert hudson, canadian forces
maj. Marc fricker, canadian forces

tony ponsford

To be determined


Dr. A.M. (Tony) Ponsford is an Engineering Fellow and Technical Director Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) at Raytheon Canada. Tony joined Raytheon Canada Limited in 1991 and established the company’s MDA group building on his experience with High Frequency Surface Wave Radar (HFSWR) and Integrated Maritime Surveillance (IMS) technology as applied to surveillance of the 200 nautical mile Economic Exclusion Zone (EEZ). Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 75,000 people worldwide.

Tony’s career in Maritime Domain Awareness started whilst serving in the Merchant Marine where he worked with Shell Tankers in developing concepts of MDA. In the 1980’s, working as a research associate at the University of Birmingham, he initiated the development of HFSWR for persistent surveillance of a nation’s 200 nautical mile (nm) Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Dr Ponsford moved to Canada in 1987 and joined NORDCO Limited in St. John’s, Newfoundland as the Senior Scientist, Manager and Technical Director of the newly formed Integrated Maritime Surveillance business unit. In this capacity, Tony established Canada’s first HFSWR test bed facility at Cape Bonavista. This development progressed into the world’s first shore-based, real-time, EEZ surveillance sensor that provided continuous, all-weather, tracking of ships, icebergs and aircraft throughout the EEZ. Two prototype systems were subsequently deployed on the Canadian East Coast. A third transportable unit was also produced and evaluated on a number of Canadian and US programs. The success of the Canadian demonstration has resulted in a number of international sales.

In 1977 Tony graduated with distinction from Plymouth Navy College (UK). In 1982 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Maritime Technology, graduating with first class honours, from the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology. Whilst working at the University of Birmingham (UK), Tony was awarded a doctorate in philosophy under special regulations of the University, in recognition of his pioneering work in High Frequency Surface wave Radar.

Dr Ponsford is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is Co-Chair of the IEEE AESS Ottawa Chapter. He is also the General-Chair of the Organizing Committee for IEEE Radar Conference 2013.

eloi bosse

Fusion of Information to Improve Dependability in Cyber-Physical and Social Systems (CPSS)


Our world is an interlocking collective of Socio-Technical Organizations (STOs) also referred in the literature as Cyber Physical Social Systems (CPSS) that consist of inhomogeneous, interacting adaptive agents capable of learning: large numbers of groups of people hyperlinked by information channels and interacting with computer systems, and which themselves interact with a variety of physical systems in order to maintain them under conditions of good control. Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are integrations of computation with physical processes. In CPS, embedded computers and networks monitor and control the physical processes, usually with feedback loops where physical processes affect computations and vice versa. Cyber-Physical-Social Systems—that is, CPS tightly conjoined, coordinated, and integrated with human and social characteristics. Primary examples of STO or CPSS include Command and Control Organizations (CCOs) such as 911/Emergency Response Systems (911/ERS) and military organizations, as well as “critical infrastructures” that have become central in the emergency preparedness work of many nations. Use of the term is often related to (inter)national security challenges and exemplified by technological networks like energy supply, transport services, water supply or information and communication services. Failures of these systems can cause major damage to the population, the economy or the national security.

Information overload is a core problem that both military and civilian organizations (CPSS) are facing today. The problem is so well recognized that The Economist ( February 27th 2010), dedicated a special report to ‘data deluge’: “everywhere you look, the quantity of information in the world is soaring. According to one estimate, mankind created 150 exabytes of data in 2005. This year, it will create 1200 exabytes. Executives or commanders want better ways to communicate complex insights so they can quickly absorb the meaning of the data and take action on it. That problem has been referenced as BigData and data deluge in recent literature. BigData and data deluge are contextual to CPSS complex dynamic environments. Data and information fusion technologies can certainly contribute to solve that problem. This talk discuss the development of a new generation of smart support systems based on information fusion technologies to improve dependability in CPSS facing information overload and complexity. Large CPSS frequently experience faults, and those faults need to be handled to limit the damage they cause. Fault management is the set of processes used to ensure dependability. The talk will discuss the following scientific challenges: 1 - Domain knowledge representation and modeling; 2 - Uncertainty management and information fusion; 3 - Prognosis and diagnosis tools to improve dependability in CPSS.

In fact the ultimate motivation of this research is to study the interactive mechanism between the cyber world and the physical world that is believed to be a great opportunity for innovation. In addressing the three (3) challenges above, we can gain knowledge about how intelligent systems based on proper uncertainty management methods, information fusion and machine learning technologies can improve situation awareness and dependability in complex systems. These intelligent systems will assist the user in order to predict and recognize vulnerabilities, threats, opportunities, anomalies in the complexity of the dynamic environments encountered in the potential domains of application of CPSS such as: high confidence medical devices and systems, assisted living, traffic control and safety, advanced automotive systems, process control, energy conservation, environmental control, avionics, instrumentation, critical infrastructure control (electric power ‘smart grid’, water resources, communications systems, etc), distributed robotics (telepresence, telemedicine), defense systems, manufacturing, and smart structures. The talk will discuss more specifically two representative examples of the kind of problems future Information and Communications Technology (ICT) workers will be asked to solve i.e: in future defence and security and in power networks industry (e.g.’Smart Grid’) environments.


Éloi Bossé received the B.A.Sc. (79), M.Sc.(81) and Ph.D (90) degrees from Université Laval, QC, in Electrical Engineering. In 1981, he joined the Communications Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada, where he worked on signal processing and high resolution spectral analysis. In 1988 he was transferred to the Defence Research Establishment Ottawa (DREO) to work on radar target tracking in multipath. In (1992) he moved to Defence Research and Development Canada Valcartier (DRDC Valcartier) to lead a group of 4-5 defence scientists (DS) on information fusion and resource management. He has published over 200 papers in journals, book chapters, conference proceedings and technical reports. In 2007, a DS-7 level of scientific development was awarded to Dr. Bossé: a very selective level (only 2-3 in whole DRDC) that is being obtained through a holistic evaluation of scientific merit of the whole carrier. Dr. Bossé is an adjunct professor at Université Laval since 1993, University of Calgary (2007-2010) and McMaster University (Hamilton) (1993-2005, 2010-). He headed the C2 Decision Support Systems Section at DRDC Valcartier from 1998 till 2011. Dr. Bossé was the Executive Chair of the 10th International Conference on Information Fusion (FUSION`07), held in July 2007 in Québec City. He represented Canada (as DRDC) in numerous international research fora under the various cooperation research programs (NATO, TTCP, bi and tri-laterals) in his area of expertise. He is co-author of the following book on information fusion: Concepts, Models, and Tools for Information Fusion, Artech House, Norwood, 2007, (NAMRAD Principals 2006 achievement AWARD) and co-editor of High-Level Information Fusion Management and Systems Design, Artech House, Norwood, MA, 2012 . He retired from DRDC in Sept 2011 and he is currently seeking for an Industrial Chair on Information Fusion and Decision Support at Université Laval (QC) that might be awarded in Fall 2013.

robert hudson

Information and Decision Advantage within DND

The presentation will focus on how DND/CAF will force develop Joint Mission and Operational C4ISR.  It will highlight the new capability framework and how the programs will be aligned to achieve Information and Decision Advantage at the Strategic, Operational and Joint Missions levels of operations across a full spectrum of missions and capabilities.
Cdr Hudson entered the CF as a bright young CMR Naval Cadet in 1979, graduating from RMC in 1984.  He obtained a Master’s of Engineering from RMC in Electrical Engineering in 1992.  He had a typical naval engineering career, with 3 sea tours as a Head of Department and Squadron Technical Officer, including as the first engineer (plank owner) of HMCS FREDERICTON.  He also had significant ship construction project experience in TRUMP, the 280 mid life refit, MCDVs and CPFs.  In recent years, he spent three years as the Commanding Officer of NETE, where he worked on SHIPLAN, SECLAN and many other naval and joint capabilities.  Following that he worked for six years as the National lead for Weapons and Technical Intelligence in CDI, the coolest job in all of defence.  Working with a great Joint team, he established the first Informationalized Warfare (the Chinese and Russian doctrine to command and control the EM spectrum) Section.  After 6 years of studying threat systems; bullets to missiles, and everything in between including threat C4ISR systems, he was well positioned to find the vulnerabilities and weaknesses in our current national C4ISR systems.  In 2011 Cdr Hudson was posted into Chief Force Development (CFD) as the first ever Director of Joint C4ISR (DJC4ISR) Requirements and the Lead Architect for National Defence.  CFD gave him the mission to better understand this thing called C4ISR and how to better Force Develop an Integrated, Joint C4ISR Capability.  He is currently working as Senior Staff Officer for Command & Control (C2) and the Project Director for CONFEDERATION, a project that will examine how the CAF and DND support operations with Intelligence, Cyber, C4ISR, and Information Management.  Seldom bored, today he will discuss some of those findings and the C2 directions in which the CAF and National Defence are evolving.

marc fricker

Aurora Incremental Modernization Project (AIMP) Sensor Fusion Challenges

Software Fusion Lessons Identified from the newly acquired CP140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft fleet. Presentation begins with an overview of the role of the aircraft, and how it was upgraded, through Operational Test and Evaluation of what was acquired, and finishes with what effort needs to take place to make the newly acquired systems operationally useable.
Major Marc Fricker is an Aerospace Engineer with the Canadian Forces. He started his career as an Integral Systems Technician (now Avionics Tech) in 1990. After completing basic training, and a posting to Comox, BC, on beautiful Vancouver Island, he was accepted for the University Training Plan for Non-Commissioned Members. He was one of the last courses to go through Chilliwack, BC before being sent to the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario.
He completed a BEng in computer hardware and received his commission in 2000. Having been accepted for a DRDB scholarship, he remained at RMC to complete a Masters of Computer Engineering, with a specialization in autonomous systems control. Following graduation, with master’s degree in hand, Major Fricker was seconded to the Canadian Space Agency, to assist with teaching astronauts how to operate the Mobile Servicing System (CanadArm 2), as part of Canada’s commitment to the International Space Station.
In 2007, Maj. Fricker returned to the Royal Military College of Canada, and taught as an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, teaching undergrad courses in the field of robotics.
As of 2011, Maj. Fricker is the Aurora Incremental Modernization Project (AIMP) Block III manager, closing out the multi-million project.