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Due to the magnitude of the unanticipated public health and safety issues posed by the rapidly escalating COVID-19 outbreaks and contagion, the upcoming edition of the ITBMS conference is postponed to 2022.

New dates 7 - 10 June 2022.

Get connected with hundreds of professionals and researchers in a prestigious location! The 15th International conference on Target and Background Modeling & Simulation is open to people from the research and development community active in the field of optical signature simulation technologies, to military users and industry representatives.


ITBMS 2022 will include various sessions from Tuesday 7 to Friday 10 June 2022 corresponding to the topics defined below. Keynote addresses will be delivered to set the underlying tone and summarize the core message. These speeches will be done by specialists from laboratories and international companies recognized for their expertise in the field.

Software training sessions from our sponsors (OKTAL-SE, THERMOANALYICS, DAVIS ENGINEERING) are also planned. The topical session objectives are to provide an opportunity for the software end-users to learn about the latest developments and, offer the opportunity to demonstrate and discuss the latest features in software products.

Due to the localization of the workshop, a special session will be devoted to optical signatures and related technologies in a turbulence context. Submission of research  abstracts is encouraged. A JQSRT special issue (CiteScore: 2.96, Impact Factor: 2.955, 5-Year Impact Factor: 2.883) will be published after the conference. Contributions are not mandatory but encouraged. Research papers will be peer-reviewed following the same procedures and standards as all usual JQSRT contributions. This is not a proceeding volume. More information here.

General Conference Objectives

  • Provide a European scientific forum for the modeling and simulation community to discuss current developments in their field of expertise
  • Foster an intensive exchange of ideas and results in modeling and simulation and help building up and maintain the information network in the community
  • Encourage cooperation between groups actively engaged in this field


The conference is co-organized by ONERA, The French Aerospace Lab and Fraunhofer IOSB (Institute of Optronics, System Technolgies and Image Exploitation) in close cooperation with companies having highest expertise in the field of modeling and simulation [see our sponsors].



Submission of research papers is encouraged. Contributions are solicited in subjects ranging from basic signature research to applications in system design, optimization and evaluation:

  • Data, techniques, models, and validation of signatures of land, sea and air targets and backgrounds, and of targets in backgrounds
  • Extension to polarization, hyperspectral and active signatures
  • Optical properties of complex surfaces
  • Models validation and metrics
  • Signature management models (infrared, spectral, passive and active)
  • Modeling and simulation of clutter (soil, maritime, atmospheric)
  • Radiative transfer, propagation models and optical data sets
  • Turbulence modeling and effects on simulation
  • Impact of climatic conditions on signatures
  • Active / Laser imaging systems

Due to the localization of the workshop, a special session will be devoted to optical signatures and related technologies in a turbulence context. All sessions of the conference will be unclassified.