Important! Please note that to avoid a conflict with the AUSA meeting also held in Washington, DC, the International Person Armour Committee (IPAC) has changed the dates for PASS 2018 to 1 to 5 October 2018. The meeting will still be held at the Westin Washington DC City Center. This is the first PASS conference to be held in the United States, and the second to be held in North America.
PASS 2018 offers a unique opportunity for the exchange of views and experiences in the field of personal armour systems between academia, users and manufacturers. Experts will share the results of the latest research, and panel discussions will allow inputs from participants. Attendees will include representatives from defense and academic research organization, industry, military and police forces. The Symposium is focused on all aspects relating directly to personal protection e.g. military and police body armour, helmets, and EOD protection. In conjunction with the symposium, there will be an industry exhibition area to allow the discussion, illustration and promotion of ideas and equipment from our sponsors and exhibitors.
The International Personal Armour Committee (IPAC) is responsible for the selection of papers to be presented at PASS 2018. Every submission will be peer reviewed, and papers will be selected on the bases of originality, technical merit, clarity of presentation and general interest. Marketing presentations will not be accepted. The presentation of the selected paper at the Symposium will either be an oral presentation or a brief oral introduction followed by a poster session, as determined by the IPAC. A full and detailed program of papers will be available closer to the date of the Symposium.
Topics and Call for Papers
The focus of the paper should be personal armour systems. Papers are invited on the following subjects
- Operational requirements and threat characterisation
- Methodologies involving operational analysis/research, and characterisation of threats such as bullets, fragments, and blast effects against the person.
- Test methods and standards
- Methods of testing personal armour and related test standards.
- Armour materials
- Research into materials which may be used in personal armour systems.
- Personal armour articles, systems and integration
- Research into, and development of, personal armours, including entire systems or components. The integration of personal armour end items with each other, and as part of a clothing system.
- Behind Armour Blunt Trauma
- Research related to methods of measurement and assessment of blunt trauma to the person behind armours that have defeated incoming projectiles.
- Blast injury and mitigation
- Research into blast effects upon, and injury to the person. Research and development of personal blast protection or mitigation systems.
- Other vulnerability and injury criteria (including personal armour-related wound ballistics)
- Research into human injury to inform survivability, vulnerability and lethality assessment to improve personal armour systems.
- Vulnerability analysis and casualty reductions
- Methodologies of human vulnerability analysis, casualty analysis and casualty reduction analysis.
- Human factors (including soldier effectiveness)
- Research into human factors, including ergonomics of personal armour and assessment of soldier effectiveness.
The IPAC encourages industry to present research aspects behind innovations in materials and personal armour end items.
Submission of papers
Authors are invited to prepare a technical abstract, according to the instructions and the format found at http://ipac-pass.org/ipac-pass2018.html.
All papers must be UNCLASSIFIED and cleared for public release. The official language of the symposium will be UK English. Full papers, when submitted, should include significant results, figures and references.
15th October 2017: Deadline for submission of Abstracts
1st December 2017: Notification of Acceptance of Abstract to Authors
2nd March 2018: Deadline for submission of Full Papers
15th May 2018: Peer Review comments to Authors
1st July 2018: Deadline for submission Final version of Paper
1st October 2018: Symposium starts
5th October 2018: Symposium finishes