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Robotic and autonomous countermeasures

Abstract
Security and defence discussions are now filled with speculation about robot weapons and artificial intelligence (AI). The problem is, security cannot be built on robotic weapons, autonomous systems or AI alone. Autonomous systems are more like operating platforms and firing systems than weapons per se. For example, electro-optical weapons, firearms, missiles, and nuclear weapons are defined by their impact. Robotised features simply increase that impact.

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1st DGKM-CBRN Forum (Berlin)

5/May/2018

Christoph Amelunxen from the University of Paderborn presented "TOXI-triage - Introduction to an EU-Development Project" at the 1st DGKM-CBRN Forum on 5th May in Berlin, Germany.

The1st DGKM-CBRN Forum focused on medical mission management and medical care in a mass casualty of CBRN-contaminated patients.
The aim of this forum is to provide, via selected scientific contributions and practical demonstrations, with a platform for professional exchange and networking opportunities on the topic of CBRN-related medical protection.

Analytica 2018 (Munich)

10/Apr/2018

TOXI-triage partners attended the 26th International Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis, Biotechnology and Analytica. TOXI-triage brochures were distributed.

Analytica fair is organized by Messe München and takes place every two years. Visitors include decision-makers and users from the chemical, medical and pharma industries and from the industrial and government research sector. Analytica is the leading international trade fair for laboratory industry. This year gathered 1164 exhibitors from 49 countries and around 35,800 visitors.

Discrimination of bacteria by rapid sensing their metabolic volatiles using an aspiration-type ion mobility spectrometer (a-IMS) and gas chromatography-mass

Abstract

The objective of our study was to investigate whether one may quickly and reliably discriminate different microorganism strains by direct monitoring of the headspace atmosphere above their cultures. Headspace samples above a series of in vitro bacterial cultures were directly interrogated using an aspiration type ion mobility spectrometer (a-IMS), which produced distinct profiles (“fingerprints”) of ion currents generated simultaneously by the detectors present inside the ion mobility cell. Data processing and analysis using principal component analysis showed net differences in the responses produced by volatiles emitted by various bacterial strains. Fingerprint assignments were conferred on the basis of product ion mobilities; ions of differing size and mass were deflected in a different degree upon their introduction of a transverse electric field, impacting finally on a series of capacitors (denominated as detectors, or channels) placed in a manner analogous to sensor arrays.

Expert Evaluation Panel (Moreton in Marsh)

17/Apr/2018

With just 18 months to project completion, the Expert Evaluation Panel (EEP) Meeting in April in Moreton in Marsh will critically evaluate plans for the FTX and ensure that we are on track for the final push to successful completion.

The panel of experts will be composed by CBRN End User experts from Police, Fire, Ambulance, Military and Hospitals.
The purpose of their review is to assess and ensure that the planned FTXs will enable suitable evaluation of the project technologies.

7th German IMS users conference (University of Reutlingen)

6-7/Mar/2018

Some members of TOXI-triage attended the “7th German IMS users conference” held at the University of Reutlingen and hosted by Professor J.I. Baumbach. More than 20 presentations were scheduled and about 80 people attended the event.

Helko Borsdorf (UFZ) held a presentation titled “Sprayed liquid-gas extraction in combination with ion mobility spectrometry: A novel approach for the fast determination of semi-volatile compounds in air and from contaminated surfaces”.

VGBF in Salzburg (Salzburg)

20/Feb/2018

Christoph Amelunxen from the University of Paderborn presented "Herausforderungen beim MANV in CBRN-Lagen - Technologien und Workshopergebnisse" ("Mass-Casualty Incident Challenges in CBRN - Technologies and Workshop Results") at the annual conference of the VGBF in Salzburg, Austria.

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