11th International Conference on Mobile Data Management (MDM 2010)


Mr. Jon S. Jones

Air Force Research Laboratory

Rome, NY, USA.


Keynote Talk

Sensor Fusion Reliance on Data Management



Today we are living in the data age in that there is more data available today than ever before requiring new methods of data management, processing, and fusion to be able to turn this data into information and knowledge.  Sensor fusion technology provides methods to compress data to the relevant information, provide metadata to update situation awareness, and provide multi-spectral information to provide the context for the awareness.  The fusion methods have a significant impact on the management of the data leading to technology challenges where processing takes place in a system, distributed management of the processing, and prioritization of information.  As a result of the vast amount of sensors and data being produced, algorithmic processing closer to the sensor is being emphasized in our researched.  This has the potential to significantly reduce that amount of data being transmitted across the data links while maintaining all of the metadata required to distribute the fusion process.  Processing  data closer to the sensor places a much larger technical challenge on the information management technology requiring  smarter publish and subscribe technologies to remote autonomous systems.   A distributed processing architecture crates new challenges in information management and sensor fusion through the creations of many more layers of information to manage.    Prioritizing the information is extremely difficult because the requests can come from a distributed set of requestors each with relatively even weighting on their missions being accomplished.  In the end, the information needs to come together to provide an enhanced situation awareness.


Mr. Jon S. Jones


      Mr. Jones is the Technical Advisor with AFRL’s Information Directorate, Information & Intelligence Exploitation Division responsible for Research and Development to implement Global Awareness and support Precision Engagement by advancing the state-of-the-art in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance exploitation capabilities.  Mr. Jones has accomplished several high-impact technology transitions during his tenure at AFRL.  He is recognized both nationally and internationally for his accomplishments in Ground Moving Target Indication (GMTI) exploitation and fusion.  He has also initiated major partnerships with other services, agencies and international coalitions to advance and mature technology for transition.  He is recognized as the Air Force authority on the use of GMTI exploitation capabilities to influence new sensor systems designs.

Mr. Jones studied Electrical Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo, earning a B.S. Degree in 1984.  He immediately joined the Simulation Design Branch at the Naval Ordinance Station, Indian Head, Maryland, researching and designing acceptance test computers for Naval Fire Control systems.  In 1986 he joined the Air Force research team in Rome New York conducting research in optical and radar systems.  He enrolled in a part-time Masters of Science program at Syracuse University earning a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1990.  In 1999 Mr Jones was awarded the Harry Davis award for outstanding technical leadership as well as selected as the AFRL/RI Civilian of the year.  In 2005 Mr Jones received the Human Effectiveness Directorate Excellence Award.  In 2008, Mr. Jones was selected as a AFRL Fellow.