SORMA West 2020 will focus on new concepts and technologies with the potential to advance homeland and national security applications. We encourage submissions that address advances relevant to the topic areas below. Submissions that describe emerging technologies and/or new applications are welcome.
Publication of a Call for Abstracts and opening of an online submittal site is expected soon and will be announced by e-mail. In the meantime, please consider these topic areas.
Novel detection and readout technologies
The sensing of radiation remains at the core of many applications in national and homeland security. In this topic, submissions that address novel developments in radiation detection and instrumentation are encouraged. Concepts and technologies that push the fundamental limits of performance (e.g., energy resolution, position resolution, time resolution, count rate, electronic noise, efficiency) are particularly encouraged as are those that provide new capabilities for key applications.
Data analysis approaches and algorithms
Ongoing advances in computing and data processing are enabling significant improvements in the handling, analysis, and visualization of radiation data. This topic will focus on algorithms and methods for enhanced processing of data from radiation measurements. Submissions that describe novel methods, new applications of traditional methods, and cross-disciplinary approaches are encouraged.
Systems and methods for gamma-ray and neutron imaging
Gamma-ray and neutron imaging continue to be important capabilities in a range of national and homeland security applications. Submissions that address new hardware, software, and system-level developments for localization, imaging, and mapping are encouraged.
Data fusion for enhanced detection, localization, and domain awareness
The use of data fusion methods to improve the performance and utility of radiation detection systems is an emerging area which shows great promise. Submissions are encouraged on topics including the fusion of data from multiple radiation detectors, the fusion of radiological and contextual data, and the use of non-radiological/contextual data to provide enhanced interpretability of results. Submissions on hardware and software topics are encouraged.
Technologies and concepts for active interrogation
Submissions that describe advanced technologies and new concepts for active interrogation are encouraged. Examples include advanced photon or neutron sources, advanced detectors and sensors, and new and novel algorithms.
Advances in simulation and modeling
Simulation and modeling underpin many aspects of the technology and application spaces of radiation detection and measurement. Submissions are encouraged on topics including new simulation and modeling tools, novel uses and applications of simulation and modeling, and innovative approaches to simulation and modeling that leverage advanced computing.
Enabling technologies and emerging applications
In this topic, we encourage submissions that describe new concepts, emerging technologies, and nascent applications relevant to national and homeland security. In addition, enabling technologies related to the topic areas above are encouraged. Examples include large-scale sensor networks, edge computing, robotic and autonomous systems, and alternative signatures.