Program Defence, Safety & Security

workshop: Modelling & simulations & gaming, Better than a detective?

Department: Modelling & simulations & gaming
Speake: Freek van Wermeskerken
Studies: Inf, AI, Math

In this workshop your target will be to hunt a (fictional) fugitive. We will simulate the fugitive and by taking the correct actions you will obtain new intelligence on the subject. You do not require any skills regarding the tracking of fugitives because we will provide you with a database full of information on previous (fictional) fugitives. This data includes the characteristics of the fugitives and their behaviour during their flight. The main focus of this workshop is how to make sense of previous intelligence and how to apply that knowledge.

Furthermore, the workshop also shows how the police investigate such cases and how more data does not naturally lead to an overview of the situation, let alone an action perspective. Open sources, such as social media, will be given attention with respect to intelligence gathering and it will become apparent that useful information is easily extracted. Finally, we will show you a computer program called QUIN, which is able to support the police in their investigations. QUIN aims to analyse historical data and model the characteristics of fugitives so that a prediction on their whereabouts and status can be calculated.

Do you like to find patterns in data? Can you make sense of those patterns and successfully apply that information to your fugitive? Then join our workshop because we are looking for you.

workshop: A crash course in innovation to protect

Department: Explosions, Ballistics &Protection
Speaker(s): Vera Meester; Luuk Lubbers
Studies: Inf Ph, Inf, ME, AE, CE, BM

The need for protection of people, vehicles and infrastructure against threats posed by for example bullets and explosives is ever so evident in current society. Incidents seem to happen more and more frequently. The work of our department contributes to the safety of Dutch society, the Dutch armed forces, and (inter)national companies and organisations (EU, EDA, NATO). Our ultimate goal is to provide innovative, safe, affordable and practical protective solutions that help save lives and reduce injuries.

workshop: 3 D printing of Energetic Materials

Department Energetic Materials 
Speaker: Michiel Straathof
Studies: Inf, ME, AE, CT

Over the last decade, it has become clear that 3D printing will have a huge impact on the way commercial businesses operate. So far, most applications have focused on inert materials, such as plastics and metals. However, there is also much to be gained from 3D printing of energetic products, such as gun or rocket propellants. For the past 5+ years, TNO has been at the forefront of 3D-printing of energetic materials. A unique combination of expertise in the fields of energetic materials, materials science, and additive manufacturing has enabled the development of novel energetic compositions, the procedures to print these compositions reliably, and the knowledge of how to successfully integrate and test 3D-printed products in a weapon system.

The next big challenge in 3D printing of energetic materials is to integrate multiple materials in a single item. This allows for the creation of so-called functional gradients, i.e. changes in material properties across the item, which can be used to optimize its ballistic performance. One example is a missile rocket motor that first produces high thrust to quickly accelerate to cruise speed, then low thrust to coast to its target and finally high thrust again to maximize kinetic energy at impact.

In this expert session, you will be introduced to the potential benefits of creating functional gradients through 3D printing.

Workshop: Military Operations

Department: Military Operations
Speaker: Bob van der Vecht
Studies: AE, AI, Inf, Ec, Math

What does the army of the future look like? How can we prepare for hybrid forms of warfare? What is the value of intelligence in a networked environment? How can we optimize the use of the defense measures for missile threats on naval ships? How can we sustain new aircrafts in a cost effective way?

At the department Military Operations we are trying to find answers to the questions above and more. We are involved in multidisciplinary projects to analyze issues on a strategic, operational, tactical or logistical level in the defense and security domain. We use qualitative as well as quantitative tools for this. The department also provides support during the planning, execution and evaluation of operations on land, at sea and in the air.

In this workshop we will dive into one of the methods we have developed to approach complex, dynamic problems. In an interactive session we will introduce you to MARVEL, a method for problem structuring and complex system analysis.

For a fictitious scenario of a military stabilization mission, you will analyze the factors underlying the conflict in the area and develop an effective operations plan. How to stabilize the situation? How to combine interventions of multiple actors (including the military and the local government) most effectively?

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