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The first annual Concealed Explosives Detection (CED) Workshop will be held at Downing College Cambridge, UK, from Monday 19th – Friday 23rd September 2016. Newly refurbished en-suite accommodation for this “residential workshop” will be on the College Campus. Sessions will be held during typical working hours. Other activities such as networking receptions and dinners will be arranged for the evenings.

The primary theme of the workshop will be concealed explosive detection research and development; however, other associated topics including policy, complimentary detection techniques, associated signal processing techniques, detection techniques for weapons and narcotics, experiences of deploying new detection technologies, end-user requirements and operational experience will be considered and discussed.

The aim of the CED Workshop is to have innovative content of high technical merit shared with and explored by the participants. All attendees will be required to provide an abstract for a paper or poster. Selection of papers and posters will be at the CED organising committee’s discretion. Active participation and discussion is expected from all attendees. This is an opportunity to build strong links between all players in explosives detection. All content will be unclassified from a security perspective, but no proceedings will be produced. Furthermore, to foster a spirit of openness in discussions and content, recording of presentations and photography of posters will not be permitted.

To ensure a dynamic, communicative environment, we plan to cap the attendee limit at around 100 participants. Delegates will be selected based on the merits of the abstract described in their completed application. The intention is to have a good balance of participation from Government, Industry and Academia, with representation from end-users as well.

The organisers of the CED Workshop believe this event will meet a real need for the community and provide a unique opportunity for researchers, government and industry experts to meet, share experience and knowledge, explore funding options, grow networks, and maximise the opportunities to apply promising new techniques to the very real and serious problems we all face from explosive threats.


Please use the link, APPLICATION to Participate in CED 2016, to complete an application form for consideration by the CED Workshop Committee for participation in the CED 2016 Workshop. The link is available only to registered CED List Members and requires you to first complete the form to “join” the CED Workshop group. If approved for participation, you will receive a subsequent email inviting your registration and payment with specific details to submit your final abstract. The fee is $1600(USD) inclusive of accommodation and meals for the week.

Please note that numbers at the venue are limited. We are therefore limiting the number of attendees from each organisation to 2-3 maximum. Please consider carefully who is best placed from your organisation to attend the workshop. The organising committee’s decision is final.