Call for papers — Workshop on "Phenomenology and Exploitation of Hyperspectral Sensing within NATO"

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About the event

On 14 and 15 October 2019, the Royal Military Academy of Belgium will organize a Inter-Panel / Inter-Group Workshop on Phenomenology and Exploitation of Hyperspectral Sensing within NATO to be held at their premises in Brussels. 

Optical imaging becomes an integral part of military systems as it provides solutions to the whole defense ecosystem including surveillance, intelligence, measurement, monitoring and execution. Hyperspectral imaging advances the imagery knowledge by providing information about the physical and chemical properties of features in the scene.

In the recent years, several initiatives within NATO assessed the importance of hyperspectral technology for various defence and security applications. The SET-190 RTG on ‘Phenomenology and Exploitation of Thermal Hyperspectral Sensing’ successfully conducted an airborne hyperspectral data collection campaign (Pronghorn trial, August 2014) that allows for the first time to assess all the COTS and operational airborne longwave hyperspectral sensors were currently available at that time. This data collection was supported by the deployment of an unprecedented array of ground-truth sensors. The Pronghorn dataset was shared among participating nations of the follow-up RTG, SET-240. This RTG addresses the NATO Long Term Capability Requirement (C-IED, Priorities for the RTB, 18 March 2010) and the NATO RTB Hard Problem (Defeat the CBRNE terrorist threat, Priorities for the RTB, 18 March 2010) by evaluating the use of hyperspectral in mitigating CBRNE/IED threats. Specifically the SET-240 aims the assessment and comparison of advanced exploitation methodologies and algorithms in the detection/identification of CBRNE/IED threats, sharing the results and writing joint recommendations for NATO.

more information about the event's aim, objectives, topics and venue can be found here.

About the call


Abstracts for contribution should provide:

  • the nature of the contribution;
  • a title;
  • an explicit statement of the content and its relevance to the workshop;
  • the full name of the principle author and co-authors with the respective e-mail addresses and affiliation.

The content part of the abstract should not exceed 200 words.

Authors are permitted to submit multiple abstracts for papers.

Please send an electronic copy of the abstract to the programme chair Alexandre Jouan ( and Co-chair Michal Shimoni ( by 20th SEPTEMBER 2019.

Authors will be notified no later than 25th SEPTEMBER 2019.

Papers and presentations

Approximately 25 papers will be selected for presentation; each author will be allocated fifteen minutes for their presentation and a further five minutes for discussion. Papers must be written and presented in English and all presentations will be published.

Authors of these papers will be required to send their full paper, of 5 pages minimum, to CSO in pdf together with the source document (MS Word etc.) by email no later than 14th October 2019, covering the:

  • Introduction/relevance to the workshop
  • Rationale
  • Description
  • Conclusions


It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that the paper/poster/demonstration has received the necessary clearances before submission. Please allow sufficient time for the clearance to be issued before the deadline. The classification for the workshop has been declared UNCLASSIFIED.


Authors from the United States must comply with US procedures.

Important dates


Submission of abstracts


Notification to Authors


Authors to receive Instructions to Authors information from CSO


Submission of paper, presentation and Publication Release and Clearance Certificate (Form 13e) to CSO by email




Security Level and Clearance for Presentations and Papers

This WORKSHOP is UNCLASSIFIED and is open to NATO nations. It is the responsibility of each contributor to fulfil the publication release and clearance requirements of his / her organization / company and country to obtain clearance of abstracts and papers as needed. An official clearance is mandatory in the United States and there may also be a requirement in other countries to obtain clearance for unclassified as well as classified papers. For further information, authors should contact the appropriate Programme Committee Member listed in this document or their National STO Co-ordinator. To assist with this process, the SET Panel Assistant will send further detailed instructions to the authors of the abstracts selected.