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1 Thales & its Research & Technology Arm Prof. Hamid Asgari 0 Thales UK July 2014

2 Outline  Thales Corporate and Thales UK  Engagement with Academia  Thales UK Research & Technology  Some Current Research Areas  Business Challenges  Remarks Thales UK July

3 Thales Corporate World leaders in mission-critical information systems 2 Thales UK July 2014

4 A global company helping customers to:  provide reliable & secure solutions  monitor & control  protect & defend Thales UK July

5 Profile A balanced revenue structure Defence 55 % Civil 45 % Revenues in billion euros Employees 65,000 (workforce under management at 31 Dec. 2012) Research and development 2.5 billion euros (approx. 20% of revenues) Shareholders (at 31 May 2013) French State 27 % Dassault Aviation 26 % Float 47 % of which employees 3% Global presence 56 countries 4 Thales UK July 2014

6 Worldwide operations… Global reach, local expertise 65,000 employees in 56 countries Australia: 3,600 Korea: 1,370 France: 34,300 UK: 7500 Germany: 4,500 Spain: 2,100 Netherlands: 2,000 Italy: 2,600 Belgium: 950 USA: 2,200 Canada: 1,200 Brazil and rest of Latin America: 660 Others: Saudi Arabia: 730 / China: 390 / South Africa: 340 / Switzerland: 290 / Singapore: 240 / India: 200 / Austria: 200 / Norway: 180 / Portugal: 160 / Poland: Thales UK July 2014

7 ...in all the markets we serve… Dual markets civil / military Trusted partner for a safer world Ground Transportation Security Space Defence Aerospace Thales UK July

8 Key UK Sites  Basingstoke  Belfast  Bristol  Cambridge  Cheadle Heath (Stockport)  Crawley  Doncaster  Glasgow  London  Reading (Research & Technology facility)  Templecombe  Weybridge (HQ) Thales in the UK Thales UK July

9 Circa 7,500 employees 12 key UK locations (35 sites overall) Circa 4,000 engineers & technicians 90% qualified to degree level or above Thales UK 2012 sales: £1.35 bn Invested more than £3 bn in UK since th anniversary of Thales UK in 2013 Reading-based research & technology facility, with c80 engineers, mathematicians & scientists Serving four key markets:  Defence & Security  Aerospace & Transport Thales UK July

10 Aerospace  Flight simulators  Air navigation  Avionics, IFE  Air traffic management  Collision avoidance  Satellite com.  Cockpit & cabin connectivity Thales technology in the UK (1) Provide high-performance electronics & secure IT solutions for flight crews & air traffic controllers Thales UK July

11 Defence  Surveillance  Force protection  Complex weapons systems  Mission management  Information management  Radar  Unmanned air systems  Electronic warfare  Optronic systems  Naval communications  Air space management  Cockpit communications Thales technology in the UK (2) Support the armed forces in gaining & sustaining decision- making & operational superiority in conventional theatres, urban combat and cyberspace Thales UK July

12 Security  Cyber security  Counter terrorism systems  Monitoring & control systems  Network security  Infrastructure protection  Secure financial transactions  Telecommunications Thales technology in the UK (3) Develop integrated solutions, resilient networks & value-added services to protect citizens, sensitive data & critical infrastructure Thales UK July

13 Ground Transportation  Urban & mainline signalling  Train control, train protection & warning systems  Services, supervision & control  Integrated communications  Security & information management  Transport information & telecoms systems  Technological solutions for roads  Training services & systems Thales technology in the UK (4) Boost the capacity & efficiency of transportation systems with improved safety, lower costs & better passenger services Thales UK July

14 Thales UK July 2014 Thales UK engagement with Academia 13

15 A strategy driven by Research & innovation…  About 20% of revenues invested in R&D  Focus on key technical domains  Research policy  International network of research centres  Cooperation with academic and government research institutes worldwide  Technical Research  Access to problem solving capabilities of universities/institutes  Access to expertise and relevant scientific & technical knowledge  Recruitment  Opportunities to recruit highly qualified staff  Advantage in the competition for the best graduates Businesses that work with academia generally achieve greater business performance of those companies that don’t Thales UK July

16 Primary School Secondary School University Undergraduate Model for Thales UK Academic Engagement Supporting: Masters Projects Doctoral Students (PhD & EngD) Visiting Professors Teaching Sponsored Chairs Secondments Technical Research Projects Industry Advisory Panels Sponsored Students Final year project support Talks to final year students Graduate Recruitment Research & Postgraduate Training Placements Thales GDP & Pool Graduate Recruitment Challenge Encouraging participation in STEM subjects Work Experience Teacher Engagement STEM Ambassadors Science Workshops Local Partner Schools Involve Parents Supporting ‘A’ Level Projects Lesson Support Careers Advice Thales UK Prizes Thales UK July

17 Thales UK July 2014 Thales (UK) Activity with Universities Academic links:  50 Sponsored Doctoral Students  25 Industrial Advisory Panels  8 Visiting Professors or equivalent  Participating in co-funded TSB or EC research projects  Sponsored UCL  Members of:  - Cranfield  - Queens Belfast  - Cambridge  - EPSRC peer review college  - Mobile VCE  Participants in CBI’s ICARG Thales supports over 250 PhD students around the world IVHM = Integrated Vehicle Health Management CSIT = Centre for Secure Information Technologies CSIC = Centre for Smart Infrastructure & Construction MVCE = Mobile Virtual Centre of Excellence ICARG = Inter Company Academic Relations Group 16

18 Thales UK Research and Technology Thales UK July

19 TRT centres Presence around the world TRT is a bridge between Academia, SMEs and the Thales Group to create innovation for growth, competitiveness and profitability. Canada Thales UK July Reading Paris Singapore Delft Canada

20 KTD Responsible for  Key Technical Domains  Overall R&T Governance  Segmentation to cover specific R&T fields  Annual R&T activity plans  Use cases to bring together Technical and Engineering Expertise to develop solutions for customers  Control of work with external agencies (co-funded)  EC, TSB, ESA, etc. Thales UK July

21 Thales UK July 2014 Positioning Systems Positioning Systems Security Systems Security Systems Applications & Technologies Applications & Technologies Communication Systems Communication Systems Precise Positioning Technology Indoor positioning - UWB Navigation & simulation/modelling Integrated Navigation systems Digital Signal Processing Collaborative working technology Road user charging Network Technology Public Safety Radio Ad Hoc/Mesh networks Wireless Sensor Networks Quality of Service SatCom and Space communication Secure Communications Security Systems Technology Threat Analysis Smart Image Processing Information and Cyber Security Multi level Object Based Security Content-Based Security Container & Port Security Application Areas & Technology Themes 20

22 Thales UK July 2014 Research Areas, Challenges 21

23 Thales UK July 2014 Research Areas - examples  Future Internet Concepts  Recursive Architectures  Cyber Resiliency in Connected World  Building resilient architectures  Networked cyber physical systems  Resilient techniques against persistent and sophisticated attacks  Advanced cloud infrastructures & Services  Inter Cloud  Computing, storage, and data portability  Big Data management  Data -> Contextual information -> Knowledge  Decision making, security, privacy  MLS and CBS Architectures for Information security  Novel adaptive MLS architectures  CBS Architectures in multi-domain settings 22

24 Physical Infrastructure Plane - System of Systems Controller and Adaptation Layer Programmable Functions & Controls (Functional, Monitoring & Security) Security Data/Event Processing Knowledge & Intelligence Production Pool of functions for run-time configurations /Adaptation Data Aggregation, Abstraction Decision Support, Mitigation Strategies, Response Controller (Local, Distributed) Cyber Managed Objects, (e.g., Virtualised Env.) Security Management Applications Anticipation, Event recognition Analytics, etc. Knowledge Bases Inter-domain Workflow System / Network / Service Management & Orchestration Plane Initiate & Reconfigure Functions & Controls Security Events & Context Data Goals: Anticipate, Withstand, Recover, Evolve Admin NFVI NFV Monitoring Probes Cyber Security - Resiliency 23 Thales UK July 2014

25 Inter Cloud 24 Thales UK July 2014

26 Multi-Level Security  MLS refers to protecting data (objects) that can be classified at various levels, from users or processes (subjects) who may be cleared at various levels. Top Secret Secret Confidential Restricted Protect Unclassified Top Secret Secret Confidential Restricted Protect Unclassified Read, No Write Read, Write No Read, Write Subjects (with Associated Clearances) Bell LaPadula Multi-Level Security (MLS) Model. Objects (Classification levels) 25 Thales UK July 2014  Unanticipated/emergency situations where flexible access to information is essential as it is not possible to predict all cases in advance (e.g. in healthcare and access to medical records).

27 Thales UK July 2014 Business Challenges  Engineering graduates  Shortfall  Need to persuade more women  Recruiting good graduates is difficult.  Competition  Retaining staff, interesting work to keep them  Horizon scanning, next big things  Market  Traditional market in defence is reducing  Transfer defence technology to civil market  How to get into emerging markets; identifying the new domains to get into.  Change  Technology being adopted before it is mature  Lengthy process, time to market, keep up with the pace of demand  More automation in the software assessment process to speed up 26

28 Thales UK July

29 Remarks Thales UK July

30  Concepts & objectives  Clear Problem Statement, Motivation  The context: Environment, Real-life applications/operational scenarios  Problem formulation and concept  State of the Art and Open Gap/Challenges, Progress beyond SoA  Technical Approach (Solution Space), Functional Architecture  Implementation  Methodology, Structure, and Plan  Risks and Contingency Plan  System-Level Architecture and Developments  Verification, validation and Experimentation  Impact  End-user: Acceptance of technology, usefulness, ease of use  Social: benefit to a segment of society, addressing a treat to society (crime, terrorism), rights, values, privacy, etc.  Economic: financial, cost saving, creating new job opportunities,  Scientific: advancement of knowledge, publications  Industrial: New component, new solution, new Business Models  Exploitation and IPR (Patent, Standardisation, PoC, Prototype) Understand The Big Picture Thales UK July

31 Architectural views What is Architecture? The process and product of designing and constructing systems reflecting:  Functional entities and their interactions (logical)  Systems and their inter-operations (physical). Architecture Types Functional Arch. Functional Blocks Communication Arch. System-Level (Deployment) Arch. Components Network Arch. Communication Architecture Logical Connectivity System-Level Architecture Platforms Components, Systems Physical connectivity Network Architecture Functional Blocks Functional Architecture Functions Physical ViewLogical View Thales UK July

32 Verification, Validation, Integration, & Performance Tests  Component Level Verification Tests  The emphasis of these tests was set to prove the functionality and validating the correct behaviour of the components by passing on the known input to each component and verifying the resultant output against the expected output.  Integration Tests  These tests must verify the applications and infrastructure inter-work and function collectively (including middleware, components, user interface, external and utility applications, etc.)  System Level Validation Tests  The emphasis is to prove the functionality and validating the correct behaviour of the entire system infrastructure.  Performance Assessments  The overall aim is to determine whether the overall objectives of the proposed system is realized. Thales UK July

33  Quality of report shows the quality of your work and the amount of the efforts you put for the activity represented in that report.  Reports should not be a collection of tests/paragraphs but a single coherent doc.  Text must be structured and have a natural flow and consistency.  Any SoA must be up-to-date and current, no use for out-of-date/obsolete SoA.  Abstract and conclusion must provide a clear picture.  The same terminologies should be used across deliverables.  There should not be any inconsistencies across deliverables.  Refer to the past work done. There is no room for copy/paste stuff from other reports/texts with no reference given.  There must be no claim in the report without a credible proof.  There must not be any wish list in the report and promise to cover them in another future report while you either cannot do it or will ignore it.  At the end you as the author should be ready to stand by your report and defend it whole-heartedly. Guidelines for Writing Reports Thales UK July

34  Graduate Programmes & Internships   Current Positions  https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/apply  PhD Research  Case by case based on subject of interest to Thales UK  Funding – Different schemes  Industrial and academic supervision Thales Recruitments Thales UK July

35 Thanks for your attention. Thales UK July


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