International Data Farming Workshop Underway in Finland

By Edward Lundquist
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Delegates at the International Data Farming Workshop meet at the Finnish Defense University in Helsinki, Finland.

The 27th International “What if?” Workshop has brought data farming experts together at the National Defence University in Helsinki, Finland.

Data farming is a way to conduct operational analysis through modeling and simulation, high performance computing to build scenarios, and then explore new options for decision makers.  The methodology permits planners and decision makers to ask the “what if?” questions to determine the probabilities of various outcomes.

The workshop is being attended by representatives from Germany, Sweden, Canada, Turkey, the U.S. and Finland.  Teams will be examining humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, cyber warfare, operational defensive planning, and conducting fundamental work on validating the data farming methodology.

The workshop is being conducted in conjunction with the NATO Modeling and simulation work group 124, which is meeting at the same time at the Finnish Defence College.

“The workshops are good opportunities for networking, learning from other countries and to see what others are doing,” said Kevin Ng, PhD, senior defense scientist with Defence Research Development Canada in Ottawa.

Military officers attending the Finnish Defence University are participating, and a special team of high school students from the Päivölägifted and talented school in Tarttila, Finland, is examining the impact of climate change on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. 

Santiago Balestrini Robinson, PhD, a research engineer with the Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta said the teams can accomplish a lot in a week.  “We won’t solve the entire problem, but we’ll understand it better.”

The workshop is very useful for scoping the problem, said Klaus-Peter Schwierz, PhD, and operations research scientist from Germany.  “We can see what is of common interest among the nations.  You get a new perspective.”

Balestrini Robinson said the students, who are all serving officers, are especially helpful in discussing scenarios.  “They know what would really be going on in an operational military context.”

Data farming combines various disciplines of modelling and simulation; rapid scenario prototyping; design of experiments; high performance computing and visualization of results in a collaborative way.

 “From our perspective, data farming is unique,” said Schwierz.  “It is a combination and collaboration of the five mutually dependent fields.”

“All of the elements exist independently.  There’s no recipe book that puts them together,” said Balestrini Robinson.  “Data farming does that.”

Gary Horne, PhD, a research scientist with MCR Federal in McLean, Va., who originated the data farming concept and who co-chairs MSG-124 said, “Here in Finland this week we have very productive collaborations of people working in five different teams consisting of both data farming analysts and subject model experts from a variety of nations giving diverse perspectives. This kind of collaboration allows for important progress on questions important to NATO and to the advancement of data farming capability.”
 

Maritime Reporter November 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Navy

Damen Outfitting First of Nine Bahamas Patrol Boats

The first of nine Damen Stan Patrol 3007s ordered by the Royal Bahamas Defense Force has arrived at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem in the Netherlands for outfitting.

US Navy: Tortuga Allision Costs CO, XO Their Jobs

USS Tortuga's (LSD 46) Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Thomas Goudreau and Executive Officer, Cmdr. John Fleming, were relieved of their duties Dec. 16, due to loss of

Japan Gains Edge in Australia Submarine Deal

Australia and Japan appear to be inching closer to an agreement on the sale the top-secret technology from Japan to build a fleet of new generation submarines.

News

Port Workers in Argentine Grain Hub End Strike

Port workers in part of the Argentine grains hub of Rosario lifted a work stoppage on Friday, only a day after they went on strike over demands for higher year-end bonuses, a union official said.

Madsen to Chair Norway’s Research Council Executive Board

Henrik O. Madsen appointed chairman of the executive board of the Research Council of Norway   DNV GL president and CEO Henrik O. Madsen was appointed as chairman

Larger Tankers May Offer Better Return Chances

Investors looking for returns in the tanker markets can invest their capital in a variety of ways. Should an owner invest in a VLCC or an Aframax? How about an

Maritime Safety

NZ Report: Human Error to Blame for Rena Grounding

New Zealand's Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) published its final report into the grounding of containership Rena in October 2011. The TAIC’s

DNV GL Targets Safer Approach to Subsea Lifting

The completion of a joint industry project (JIP) to improve existing standards and regulations around subsea lifting operations has resulted in a new recommended practice (RP).

NOAA: US to See More Floods from Sea Level Rise

Most of U.S. coast may see 30 or more days a year of floods up to 2 feet above high tides. By 2050, a majority of U.S. coastal areas are likely to be threatened

Eye on the Navy

Damen Outfitting First of Nine Bahamas Patrol Boats

The first of nine Damen Stan Patrol 3007s ordered by the Royal Bahamas Defense Force has arrived at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem in the Netherlands for outfitting.

NRL Researchers Demo Ship-to-Shore Data Link

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) along with Mercury Continuity (MC) have demonstrated the Tactical Reachback Extended Communications (TREC) system in the port of Miami.

NASSCO Opens Bremerton Repair Facility

General Dynamics NASSCO celebrated the grand opening of its new location in Bremerton, Wash., yesterday. The facility will support the company’s recently-awarded contract to repair and maintain U.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1904 sec (5 req/sec)