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Research paper co-authored by SLC Business professor published in industry journal

2014-09-09, 9:55 AM

St. Lawrence College Business professor Geoff Pond, and a group of colleagues, has published a research paper in the latest edition of Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation. The focus of the research is the use of sensors for large scale surveillance operations. 

According to Pond, modern armed forces have a variety of sophisticated sensor technologies at their disposal. The question of where to deploy these sensors to survey as large an area as possible is not trivial, especially considering that some areas are more important to surveillance operations than others. In practice, a variety of general “rules-of-thumb”, are often used but more sophisticated computer-assisted methods often yield superior solutions.

“This research examines the effectiveness of three different computer algorithms used to optimize the placement of sensors. These algorithms are evaluated both in terms of providing solutions that survey as large an area as possible but also in the algorithm’s execution speed,” Pond explained. “Two of the algorithms tested are very recent advents of computer science yet our research demonstrates that, for this problem, a better approach is a largely forgotten, simpler algorithm first introduced in the 1960s. Sometimes the simple approach is the best approach!”

This project was funded through a grant by Defense Research and Development Canada to the Royal Military College of Canada. The research project was jointly led by Dr. Geoff Pond (School of Business – SLC) and Dr. Jack Brimberg (Department of Mathematics and Computer Science – RMCC); and assisted by Mr. Yongkui Wang (Department of Mathematics and Computer Science – RMCC) and by Dr. Bill Simms (Department of Management and Economics – RMCC).


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