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Royal Military Academy (RMA)

Communications, Information, Signals & Sensors

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Renaissance Avenue 30
1000
Brussels
Belgium
3227426340
alain.muls@gmail.com
http://www.rma.ac.be/ciss/en/
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Prof Alain Muls (Head of Department)

Field of Activity


1. NATURAL SCIENCES
» Medical Sciences

2. ENGINEERING
» Aerospace technologies
» Space & satellite technologies

4. HORIZONTAL ACTIVITIES
» Navigation, guidance, control and tracking

5. TECHNOLOGIES & MATERIALS
» Detection technologies

6. INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
» ICT applications
» Communication equipment and technologies
» Cyber security
» Radio Frequency (RFID)

Core competencies

The SIC develops a high-level expertise in C4I systems (Command,
Control, Communication, Computers & Information). The research
focuses on the processing of data recorded from a wide area of
sensors (radar signals, images, navigation signals, …). The
interpretation and fusion of sensor data leads towards an
analysis of a specific threat or scenario. Specific
visualization based on an intelligent parsing of the obtained
information is communicated towards the command centre, where a
decision is taken and executed. The build up expertise of the
research pole is applied in both security and Defense related
problems.

In signal processing, the SIC specializes in the processing of
radar, sonar, infrared, hyperspectral, terahertz and navigation
signals. In remote sensing, the research activities of SIC are
mainly dedicated to the enhancement of the processing tools of
the Belgian Geographical Institute (NGI) and of the GEO division
of the Belgian Defense. They concern change detection for the
updating of maps, the 3-D reconstruction and the vectorization of
maps needed for the preparation of missions abroad. Image
processing is performed in applications such as detecting small
floating objects from a vessel as well as non-cooperative
detection of the vessels itself in open sea. The modeling
activities include the modeling of the electromagnetic and
infrared signatures of ships. The hyperspectral data processing
concerns the detection and the identification of pollutant gasses
and the characterization of the materials contributing to the
land cover. The processing of the polarimetric and
interferometric SAR data, combined with multispectral and
hyperspectral data, allows, after a data fusion process
accounting with context information, eg. to characterize better
the land cover. In crisis management, SIC develops management
methods in complex environments including the implementation of
multisensor and multiprocessor systems. The concerned
applications include humanitarian demining and catastrophe
management. SIC is active in a specific application domain of
terahertz waves which consists of investigating the potential of
developing a fast, high resolution, non-invasive and non-contact
inspection system for assessing aeronautic composite parts during
production. At the same time, the propagation of THz waves in
highly diffusing materials is under investigation at a
fundamental level. Information Security ensures the protection of
data and the reliance on communications based on interconnected
computer infrastructure which is crucial for security and
military applications. Satellite navigation systems combined with
low cost off the shelf sensors provide real-time positioning and
navigation capabilities which become ever more important for
conducting military or security related operations.

H2020 Research Focus


RTD Experience

 Project CoordinatorProject PartnerProject Acronyms
FP7/H2020-SecurityTIRAMISU


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2012-08-13 / 2012-08-13