What was the conference about?
It addressed security in a broad sense; everything from detecting explosives to finding bacteria in drinking water, and the elderly who fall down.
How often is it held?
It’s an annual conference, organised by Security Link, a joint effort of LiU, Ministry of Defence (FOI) , Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH), and Chalmers University of Technology (Chalmers). The conference was just held for the second time, and the intent was that everyone working in security or security research here in Sweden should have the opportunity to meet and exchange experiences.
What did you get most out of it?
The most interesting thing about the conference was, perhaps, getting in contact with people who are working on similar problems from another direction, and the opportunity to coordinate work in joint experiments.
There were also several interesting lectures, like Leonard Matarese (U.S.A.) who talked about how they worked on combining the fire brigades and police force. They are training people who can both put out fires and be police. They’re equipped with things like dry fire extinguishers, closely resembling a hand grenade, that they could then throw at the source of a fire. That’s pretty nifty.
Does that lie close to your field of research?
I’m researching the positioning of firemen, how to track them from outside the building using sensors fastened to their uniforms. It’s especially important in quite common situations when they are required to enter apartments where there’s not a lot of space and lots of thick smoke. There aren’t many different types of sensors that function in that environment, so we’re testing IMUs – inertial measurement units – which are sensors that contain both accelerometers and gyros. With their help, we can keep track of a fireman’s position.
How is that going?
It’s going well, I was licensed this spring and will be ready with my thesis in a year and a half or so. It’s interesting to work on an assignment that could be of use in the real world. The whole field of sensor fusion is interesting; sensors are becoming cheaper, and because several different sensors can be used together, the potential is great. To begin with the technology only retained military applications, however since the sensors are now quite cheap, they’re everywhere - like in an iPhone.
There’s plenty to do.
TAMSEC stands for Technology and Methodology for Security Crisis Management; the moderator of the conference was Professor Fredrik Gustafsson, head of Security Link.
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Last updated: 2017-02-13