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2022 MSS Virtual Parallel (BSD, Materials & Detectors, and Passive Sensors) Conference
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Important Dates: 02/25/2022 09:00 AM ET - Registrations Due
01/28/2022 05:00 PM ET - Presentation/Publication/DA/Poster Due Date
Dates: Monday, February 28, 2022 - Thursday, March 10, 2022
Location: Virtual Platform

The General Information brochure, which lists each presentation, the day of the presentation, and general time of day for the presentation has been posted to the files section below (must be logged in to access).

Due to the continued impact of COVID, and current OSD event and travel restrictions, the 2022 Parallel Conference is now planned to be held virtually.

The virtual conference is taking place during the dates of 28 February - 8 March (M&D: 28 FEB- 1 MAR, Passive Sensors: 2-3 MAR, and BSD: 7-8 MAR) Committee Unclassified Days) and an S-VTC on 10 March 2022. 

The 2022 MSS Parallel Conference is a parallel meeting of the MSS Specialty Group on Battlefield Survivability and Discrimination, the MSS Specialty Group on Detectors, the MSS Specialty Group on Materials, and the MSS Specialty Group on Passive Sensors.

MSS Specialty Group on Battlefield Survivability and Discrimination

The Battlefield Survivability and Discrimination Specialty Group evolved from the MSS Specialty Group on Camouflage, Concealment, and Deception (CC&D) and focuses heavily on the survivability of both sea and battlefield platforms. It covers CC&D, Counter CC&D, Countermine, and IED Defeat topics. The meeting treats counter CC&D sensors including a heavy emphasis on Hyperspectral sensors. In addition, the human factor aspects of both detecting enemy assets and hiding US assets from the enemy are considered in depth.

MSS Specialty Group on Detectors
The MSS Specialty Group on Detectors is a forum for the presentation, discussion, and dissemination of information on detector technology. It covers the electromagnetic spectrum from x-rays through terahertz. The group addresses all aspects of detector technology including detection phenomena, the physics of ideal and real detectors, advanced material growth technology, and the chemistry of detector fabrication processes. This meeting covers the reliability and survivability of detectors including nuclear hardness. Also of interest are the electronics and signal processing associated with focal plane image formation such as readout circuit technology, on-focal-plane signal processing, and non-uniformity correction. Detector technologies of interest include discrete detectors, scanning and staring focal plane arrays, photon and thermal detectors, coherent and incoherent detectors, and wavelength converters.

MSS Specialty Group on Materials
The MSS Specialty Group on Materials provides a forum for the presentation, discussion, and dissemination of information within the defense community on the exploration, development, and utilization of materials to be used in military optical and electro-optical devices and systems operating in the optical (UV to mm wave) spectrum. Subjects include materials for detectors and substrates, optical windows and other optical elements, filters, optical techniques such as diffractive and binary optics and rugates, meta-materials, and other materials issues that enable the development of optical and electro-optical sensors, etc.

MSS Specialty Group on Passive Sensors
The MSS Passive Sensors specialty group evolved from the Imaging Systems Specialty group of IRIS and provides a forum for the presentation, discussion, and dissemination of information regarding developments in passive sensor systems operating in the optical (UV through mm wave) spectrum. The group focuses on systems that exploit natural or man-made emanations from the target and scene. The group addresses both tactical and strategic systems and considers all elements that make up a system from the entrance aperture through to the decision process, including any image processing that may be applied. It also addresses multi-element systems such as FLIR-laser ranger/designator systems where the principal sensor system is passive. Sensors considered include UV sensors; visible band sensors and image intensifier systems; infrared sensors from the near IR to the long-long wave IR/mm wave; multiband, Hyperspectral, polarimetric sensors; weapon guidance seekers; and other similar devices. Sensor components and associated technologies including displays, gimbals, etc. are also discussed. Human factors associated with sensors and the entire target acquisition process are also of interest.


2021 Passive Sensors

2021 Battlefield Survivability and Discrimination

2021 Detectors and Materials

Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, the 2022 Parallel Conference is being held virtually. You must be fully registered to receive the virtual conference invite and attend virtual sessions. 

Attendees who plan on attending the classified portion of the program will need to submit a clearance. Attendees who plan on ONLY attending the unclassified portions do not need to submit a clearance. However, all attendees must have an approved and active account on the MSS website to register. See the General Information brochure for detailed registration instructions. Please note that website account creation and conference registration are two separate steps. Plan accordingly as website account approval can take up to 5 business days. 

Notes for Government Attendees: 
  • Please make sure to check with your Financial Management & Accounting Division on the payment method.  We have been advised that travel cards should not be used to pay for virtual registration. 
  • Payment for C5ISR attendees will be paid by a designated Government Purchase Card holder. Please do not use your travel card or personal credit card for payment. Either upload your SF-182 with the details or contact to finalize your registration. 

  • Government: $100.00
  • Industry: $100.00
  • Member: $100.00 
  • Presenter: $100.00
Contact: Carson Weaver
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