Many defence and security systems are dependent on complex electronics and software that must perform a mission safely, securely and reliably. Dstl's Futures and Innovation Domain seeks potential revolutions in future digital technologies or step changes in solutions to enduring computing problems.
This CDE themed SBRI 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.
Proposals 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. Specific topic areas of interest for future digital systems are:
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.
The competition will launch at a seminar to be held at Harwell, Oxford on Wednesday, 24 October 2012.
Potential applicants are strongly recommended to attend the seminar. Register now
The call will close at 1700 on Thursday, 6 December 2012.
All proposals must be submitted via the CDE portal
The brief will be available after the event on Wednesday, 24 October 2012.