OSTEWG meeting @ Fusion 2020

OSTEWG meeting @ Fusion 2020

OSTEWG held a (virtual) meeting at Fusion 2020 on 7th July 2020. There were 25 attendees.

Attendees introduced themselves and their areas of interest. There was a good discussion identifying obstacles to engagement. It was concluded that although the data set provided was a very good contribution/motivator, it didn’t match everyone’s personal interests. Personal interests were mixed between those with an application focussed interest (WAMI, SSA, MDA, etc) and those with an algorithmic interest (Sensor Management, Filtering, Event extraction, etc). It was felt that a broader set of each of these might encourage parallel activities which could cross-fertilise. Splitting into a small number of focussed sub-groups was felt to be a good way forward.

The attendees agreed that a useful structure would be to create sub-groups on an algorithmic axis, while keeping the objective of each sub-group to show broad applicability to a number of application areas. Data helps with these areas and we discussed that there may be ways of re-constituting different versions of the WAMI data set to make it more aligned with each sub-group, while seeking alternative data sets.

Therefore it was agreed that we would set up three algorithm-focussed subgroups, which are:

  • Sensor management (led by Jordi Barr)
  • Filtering (led by Simon Maskell)
  • Event extraction (led by Erik Blasch)

And that these should develop versions of the three main application problems {SSA, WAMI and MDA} that illustrate the algorithmic problem applied to those domains. Then seek to acquire data or augment the existing data to bring out relevant challenges for these.

Two key desires expressed by the attendees were to meet more frequently (other working groups meet every two weeks) and to hold seminars to explore the challenges in each subgroup and where in Stone Soup the problems can be addressed. Therefore, a first action to each of the subgroup leads was to hold such a seminar. Agreed target date – within 6 weeks.

  • ACTION: subgroup leads to hold a seminar for your subgroup to explore the challenges and where in Stone Soup the problems can be addressed.
  • ACTION: subgroup leads to set up regular meeting schedule for your subgroups.

Based on the experience gained from the WAMI dataset group, Trello was seen as a good place to design the workflow within these subgroups and assign components to individuals.

  • ACTION: Paul to set up Trello boards for each of the three subgroups.
  • ACTION: all to sign up to at least one subgroup.


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