Fall 2006 UMASS Amherst
Operations Research / Management Science Seminar Series

Date: Friday, November 17, 2006

Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Isenberg School of Management, Room 112

Speaker: Dr. Les Servi

Lincoln Laboratory
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Biography:  Les Servi received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1981 and has  worked at Bell Labs, Verizon Labs, MIT and Harvard University (on a 9 month sabbatical leave), and is currently in the Sensor Systems Division of MIT Lincoln Laboratory.  He is a former associate editor of Operations Research and INFORMS Journal on Computing, a former Chair of INFORMS Applied Probability Society and INFORMS Telecommunication Society, a former INFORMS Board subdivision representative, a former INFORMS member of the Executive Committee to the Board (and its Treasurer), and an elected INFORMS Fellow, the Chair of the INFORMS Boston Chapter, and a recently appointed editor of Management Science.   He has published 40 papers in professional journals, 1 letter in the Wall Street Journal, has 2 original formulae in the CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and 11 US patents.

TITLE: Tracking with Maritime Application: An Overview
Abstract: This talk motivates a renewed interest in multi-sensor multi-target maritime tracking drawn from a national consensus for improved maritime domain awareness.  This talk then introduces models of trackers (e.g., optimal Bayesian estimators, linear and non-linear filters, particle filters, and interactive multiple mode models), methods of data association (e.g, gating, greedy nearest neighbor models, joint probabilistic data association (JPDA), multiple hypothesis tracking (MHT), and multi-dimensional assignement), and methods of fusing multiple sources of data.

The talk will end with a simulated example of maritime tracking and a brief discussion of the author’s attempts to track and detect actual pirate attacks off the coast of Africa.

This work was sponsored by the U.S. Government under Air Force Contract FA8721-05-C-0002. Opinions, interpretations, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the authors and are not necessarily endorsed by the United States Government.

This series is organized by the UMASS Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter. Support for this series is provided by the Isenberg School of Management, the Department of Finance and Operations Management, INFORMS, and the John F. Smith Memorial Fund.

For questions, please contact the INFORMS Student Chapter Speaker Series Coordinator, Ms. Trisha Woolley, twoolley@som.umass.edu