06/12/2012 - Harwell Oxford
Future Digital Systems
- Call launch: 24 October 2012
- Call close: 1700 on Thursday 6 December 2012
Many defence and security systems are dependent on complex electronics and software that must perform a mission safely, securely and reliably. The Dstl Futures and Innovation Domain seeks potential revolutions in future digital technologies or step changes in solutions to enduring computing problems. This call will fund a number of short projects (~10) to help the MOD understand disruptive future digital technologies and to help ensure that we are in a position to assure their safe and secure use.
Research proposals in response to this themed call should draw from the widest possible range of novel and emerging ideas and applications to improve our understanding of the state of the art and future potential for defence and security applications. Although this call will include specific research objectives, all innovative proposals that are within the general scope of the call will be considered.
Specific topic areas of interest for future digital systems are:
- Research is required to provide insight into the potential practical application of quantum information processing to Defence and Security problems. This covers algorithms and applications, computing models and systems, and assurance.
- Many known computing problems persist, despite being identified many years ago. Particular enduring areas of interest are: software resilience, trust and assurance in modelling and simulation, countering illegal copying and transfer of technology, and data / information compression.
- Defence and security system solutions are often constrained as they must have their safety and security assured. To minimise assurance barriers to technology adoption there are needs for: ways to assure emerging technologies, enterprise system of systems safety assurance, human factors in information assurance and rapid development of applications with assured levels of safety and security.
This CDE call for research proposals was launched at a seminar in Harwell (Oxford) on Wednesday 24 October 2012 and will close 1700 on Thursday 6 December 2012. The full details of the challenges can be found in the call document below and the presentations from the launch event.
This call was also supported by a webinar on 17 October 2012 - see the Q&A summary from this.
Although funding decisions are made by Dstl, MOD assessment may be contributed to by assessors from other government departments (GCHQ, HMGCC, CPNI and GO-Science) and, under appropriate agreements for non-disclosure, government-owned contractor-operated organisations (AWE).
All proposals must be submitted via the CDE Portal.
HoriZone - Future Digital Systems special October 2012
Future Digital Systems - Call document
Future Digital Systems - Call launch event presentations
CDE Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Issue 1 (1MB)
CDE Portal - Quick Start Manual (800KB)