This decade has seen major developments in sensors and in data fusion and integration techniques used to maximise data retrieval from multi-sensor systems. The application of these techniques to guided weapons has so far been selective, but with the emphasis on smaller, more technological armies, multi-sensor systems are expected to play a crucial role in electronic warfare and guided weapon areas.
The Technology Foresight Review highlighted the importance of sensors for the future generation of guided weapon systems and it is estimated that, of future investment in guided weapons, over half will be in the field of sensors.
The MSc in Defence Sensors and Data Fusion is modular and can be taken part-time or as a one year full-time programme. The entry is at graduate level or equivalent. The course structure defines three levels of modules: Foundation, Subject and System.
The foundation level modules are designed to provide the groundwork in mathematics and science required for the course:
* Mathematics and Signal Processing
* Propagation Theory and Antennas.
The subject level modules deal with sensor technology:
* Radar Principles
* Electro-Optics/Infrared Sensors (Part One)
* Sonar/Acoustic/Seismic Sensors
* Sensor Fusion
* Soft Computing and Optimisation
* Data and Information Fusion
* Analysis and Design of Search and Track Radar
* Practical Radar Systems
* Electro-Optics/Infrared Sensors (Part Two).
The system level modules concentrate on systems integration and data fusion, together with a project:
* Sensor Integration and Data Fusion Study
* Individual Project.
Each module has an entry pack that specifies the knowledge required to study the module and an exit pack consisting of an assignment which is assessed. The project will commence at the University, but can be carried out in industry under the supervision of a University supervisor and an industrial mentor.
MSc full-time: 1 year, part-time: 3 years. PgDip full-time: 28 weeks, part-time: 2 years.
End of module examination, continuous assessment, project presentation and viva voce.