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The 7th U.S./Australia Joint Workshop on Defense Applications of Signal Processing (DASP)

The 7th joint U.S./Australia/Canada/UK Workshop on Defense Applications of Signal Processing (DASP) scheduled for 10-14 July, 2011 is to be held at the Hyatt Coolum Resort, Coolum, Queensland, Australia. The Workshop will be jointly sponsored by the U.S. Defense Research Agencies and UK, Canadian, and US and Australian academic institutions.

In the tradition of its predecessors, the objective is to gather world-class researchers for stimulating and thought provoking presentations and peer review of state-of-the-art research and science and technology, as well as candid visioneering on signal processing as a discipline relating to defense applications. Each DASP has succeeded in bringing together about 50-75 researchers respectively from both defense laboratories and universities in the USA and Australia, together with representative from the UK and Canada. These Workshops are unanimously regarded as highly successful, having led to numerous subsequent collaborations among the participants and an intangible benefit to the participating countries' defense research communities and projects.

In addition to individual research scientists - the best and brightest in the world - DASP brings together the defense research establishments of Australia, United States, Canada and United Kingdom for mutual exploration and enhancement of the critical signal processing technology area. The defense strategic perspective has changed significantly since the end of the Cold War, and, with that, advancements in signal processing technology are key to today's requirement for global engagement readiness. Our challenges require a vast web of information, including technical data, to be available to the warfighter anywhere at anytime. Future generations of smart munitions, UAV's, and constellations of micro-satellites require sophisticated network management, and for this we depend on mutual collaboration toward quantum advances in surveillance imaging, remote sensing, communication, and other aspects of signal processing science.

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