Update 04/07/13: If you are registered on the summer school, you will receive details of your accommodation soon. We look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.

Registration includes:

  • On campus accommodation (incl. breakfast)
  • Lunches (Monday to Friday)
  • Attendance to the summer school dinner


From 22nd-26th July 2013, we will be hosting the First International Summer School on Finite Set Statistics at Heriot-Watt University.

There is an increasing interest in developing accurate estimation techniques for problems in multi-sensor multi-target data fusion. Finite Set Statistics is becoming the dominant mathematical framework for addressing these kinds of problems, yet there is often a knowledge gap between the background of signal processing engineers and the mathematical skills required to derive algorithms with Finite Set Statistics.


The course will cover concepts in probability theory, stochastic filtering, functional analysis, variational calculus, point process theory, multi-object estimation, and practical implementations with sequential Monte Carlo and Gaussian mixture techniques.

To ensure that participants are equipped to derive new algorithms for their applications, the course will be delivered through traditional lectures and mathematics tutorials on set exercises supervised by leading experts in the field.

In addition the course will involve invited international speakers discussing advanced topics.


The course is aimed at PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and researchers in defence organisations with interests in sensor fusion.

Prerequisites are a working knowledge of Bayesian estimation or Kalman filtering.


The objectives of the project are to:
  • Fill a gap in knowledge for signal processing engineering research students and industrial practitioners.
  • Facilitate the process of taking new theoretical developments into practical engineering applications.
  • Create a focal point for research in FISST.
  • Stimulate new international collaborations in this field.


The FISST course will cover the theory and applications of multi-object estimation motivated by research from the international leaders in this field. Distinguished speakers include:

  • Dr Ronald Mahler, Lockheed Martin USA,
  • Professor Ba-Ngu Vo, Curtin University, Australia,
  • Professor Martin Adams, University of Chile, Chile,

The course is organised by

  • Dr Daniel Clark,
  • Mr Jeremie Houssineau,

with support from our team at Heriot-Watt University:

  • Dr Emmanuel Delande,
  • Dr Sharad Naggapa,
  • Dr Murat Uney.