ITEC 2019

Call For Papers

Total Defence: Undersea Defence and Security in a Deteriorating Global Environment

UDT is looking for industry leaders to speak at the next event

Our key objective is to empower those who serve their nations in joint, combined and distributed contexts by providing them with the most innovative technologies and best strategies available in the undersea defence arena. The 2019 summit theme focuses on technological developments, and adaptation of existing systems, to improve capability and performance. Relevant submission topics may include disruptive technologies, and unique deployment strategies. We’re looking for high-quality presentation and panel discussions that address how to create a Total Defence approach for our military forces and civil marine security services.

Author Deadlines:
01 December 2018 – Abstracts due and call for papers closed
17 December 2018 – Notification of provisional acceptance
27 February 2019 – Extended abstracts due
15 March 2019 – Authors receive committee feedback on extended abstracts
15 April 2019 – Final papers and presentation slides to be received

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UDT 2019 will be in Stockholm and the conference will consider the key issues faced by countries like Sweden as they address their needs in the global underwater defence and security environment. Sweden occupies a key geographic location in the Baltic Sea. Although the issues that the country faces are products of its geography, they are not unique. Many nations, such as other Baltic States and those in South East Asia, tackle a similar mix of challenges in the underwater environment: proximity to a key global trading artery; shallow littoral waters with many islands; critical national and international infrastructure in the maritime environment; complex maritime boundaries and borders; and a need to operate in the global oceanic environment in order to assert national and international interests.

Sweden’s Defence Policy 2016-2020 establishes the Swedish approach to the deteriorating global security environment. It highlights that the underwater environment and specifically anti-submarine warfare (ASW) is an area in which Sweden is investing. Other nations are responding to the declining international environment in similar ways.

Responding to Sweden’s “Total Defence” approach, UDT 2019 will examine how the underwater defence and security environment fits into a Total Defence architecture. The conference will examine how new and emerging technologies may be deployed It will also consider how incremental developments in established technologies are forging new ways of employing underwater capabilities in pursuit of the traditional underwater defence disciplines of submarine warfare, ASW, mining and mine countermeasures, and military diving. In recognition of the demands of a Total Defence concept the linkages between the capabilities developed for war fighting and the preservation of security in the underwater environment in times of tension will be explored. Harbour protection and protecting critical infrastructure in the marine environment from terrorist attack or disruption of service are key areas of concern in the underwater security environment as these may occur at any time. These security demands may be serviced by adapting defence capabilities, through the development of new unique concepts and technologies, or by adapting commercial technologies utilised by other operators in the underwater environment. UDT offers the opportunity for technology developers and researchers to explore all possibilities.

In both the defence and security sectors manned and unmanned systems will play a role for the foreseeable future, but the balance is likely to change. The development of more complex man/ machine teaming will be an increasing feature of that future. Similarly, the interplay between fixed and mobile sensors, submarine and anti-submarine warfare, mining and mine counter measures, out of water and in water maintenance, will continue to push the boundaries of the available technology along with the pursuit of value for money by governments and industry customers. UDT will continue to explore these elements of the underwater defence and security environment.

Our Theme For 2019

The conference will be organised around the following themes for papers:
1. Platform Design
2. Sensors & Processing
3. Weapon & Payload Systems
4. Unmanned, Remotely Piloted & Autonomous Systems
5. Operational Drivers & Imperatives
6. Exploitation of Commercial & New Technologies

1. Platform Design

Technical and scientific papers exploring new ideas and innovations in submarine, ASW surface and air platforms, and MCM platform design are welcomed.
Especially those that discuss:

  • Energy storage and conversion
  • Reducing crew numbers through automation or alternative manning
  • Miniaturisation
  • Improving survivability
  • Reducing through life costs and improving value for money
  •  Improving adaptability
  • Modular design and deployment of capability
  • Escape and Rescue Systems
  • Integration of on board and deployed capabilities
  • Designing platforms for operating in the Baltic and other constrained environments

2. Sensors & Processing

Papers are sought that reveal recently identified techniques and developments in:

  • Sensor Development
    • Sonar and Acoustic sensors
    • Non-acoustic and non-traditional undersea sensors and detection
  • Sensor Processing
    • Signal processing
    • Post-detection processing and novel techniques for active and passive classification
    • Display processing
    • Tracking and sensor data fusion
    • Multi-sensor / multi-platform processing
  • Exploitation of Big Data
  • Artificial intelligence/ Machine Learning/ Deep Learning
  • Man / machine teaming
  • System performance modelling including
    • Work that explores better understanding of the ocean environment
    • Optimization for environmental conditions
    • Exploitation of modelling and simulation tools

3. Weapon and Payload Systems
Submarine, surface and air launched weapons designed to operate in the underwater environment are sought to support this conference stream. Papers that highlight developments in the deployment of other payload systems such as torpedo countermeasures, unmanned systems or other innovative systems are also welcomed. Papers that explore innovative developments are encouraged, especially those that address:

  • Modular design and deployment of capability
  • Integration of onboard and deployed capabilities
  • Teaming and exploitation of manned and unmanned systems
  • Designing weapons and payloads for operating in the Baltic and other constrained environments

4. Unmanned, Remotely Piloted & Autonomous Systems

This stream is an expanding element in UDT, and technical papers on the design of unmanned, remotely piloted or autonomous systems are sought. The use of unmanned systems across the spectrum of applications in the underwater environment are sought for UDT 2019. Papers that discuss the following will be welcomed:

  • Autonomy and automated decision support
  • Energy storage and conversion
  • Communication and networked operation of UUV/ AUV
  • Improving Survivability
  • Strengths and weaknesses of unmanned systems in underwater warfare
  • Further development of unmanned vehicles in MCM
  • Command and control of unmanned systems and their integration into operations
  • Verification/validation of unmanned systems
  • Planning and Evaluation tools

5. Operational Drivers & Imperatives

In addition to papers that explore evolving strategic and operational concepts of design and employment of submarine, ASW and MCM platforms, papers that address the following technical and operational issues are welcomed:

  • Total Defence in the Underwater Environment
  • Balance of investment in the underwater environment
    • Value for Money
    • Upgrade vs replacement programmes
  • Policy constraints and freedoms for the employment of autonomous, robotic or AI based
  • systems
  • Reports on recent manoeuvres and trials
  • Platform and system level reliability and resilience for military use
  • Underwater Warfare in the information age
    • Networked operations in the submarine environment
    • Combat System design and integration
    • Data and information management issues including human factors considerations
    • Optimising user experience (UX) in complex data rich environments
    • Novel approaches to collective and team training
    • Decision support technologies such as machine learning and deep learning
    • Communications in the Undersea Environment
      • Managing the Air-Water Interface
      • Undersea networked connectivity
  • Operating in confined and shallow waters
  • Collaborative and cooperative technical and operational development
  • Training

6. Exploitation of Commercial & New Technologies
The exploitation of commercial technology into the undersea environment presents significant challenges and opportunities. The rapid growth in undersea commercial infrastructure provides a parallel to military development and may force the pace. Papers that address developments in the underwater environment that will impact the demands and provision of defence and security capability are sought. In addition, papers that discuss recent or proposed experiments with commercially available or novel technologies will be welcomed at UDT 2018.


  • Read across from mass consumer technology
  • Reports on experiments with commercial or novel technologies
  • Reports on technology demonstrators
  • Assessing users appetite for adopting new technologies
  • Rapid acquisition processes

Authors will be required to identify which of the main domains of underwater defence and security their paper addresses. These domains are used to help the Committee group papers within the themes and it is helpful if they understand the author’s perspective. The domains are:

  • Submarine and Anti-submarine warfare (ASW)
  • Mine Warfare including Mine Counter Measures (MW)
  • Special Forces (SF)
  • Security of Underwater Infrastructure (Infrastructure Security)
  • Harbour and critical access security (Port Security)
  • Other areas of interest

Submission Process and Deadlines

UDT is a peer reviewed conference for the international Underwater Defence and Security technical community. Technical, policy and concept development papers from across the research and development community are welcomed, along with those from the defence and security military and other user communities. Presentations or papers focused solely on the promotion of a product or service are considered inappropriate; papers that promote the unique technical or conceptual aspects of new products, products in development, or services are considered appropriate.

The paper submission process is intended to assist authors to best match their efforts to the UDT audience and achieve maximum engagement. Papers are provisionally accepted on the basis of a short outline abstract. Acceptance to the conference is conditional on authors providing an extended abstract, paper and advance copies of their presentation slides.

Papers are presented to the conference in 20 minute allocated periods. It is recommended that presenters do not use more than 15 slides for their presentation. Authors may include additional material for uploading should they wish. 

Please note that accepted authors will be required to provide a statement agreeing to make the presentation slides and paper available on the UDT website or repository for download by conference delegates

01 December 2018 – Abstracts due and call for papers closed
17 December 2018 – Notification of provisional acceptance
27 February 2019 – Extended abstracts due
15 March 2019 – Authors receive committee feedback on extended abstracts
15 April 2019 – Final papers and presentation slides to be received

Authors should submit high-quality abstracts by using the form provided on the UDT website. Providing as much detail as possible and clearly describing the focus of your presentation and benefit to the UDT community will greatly enhance your submission. Note that we require the development of a 2-page extended abstract upon provisional acceptance. An extended abstract is essentially a short paper that contains references, discussion of research, or topic.

Abstracts – Due 01 December 2018

When submitting their abstract, authors will be required to:
• Identify which theme their abstract falls under and the most relevant core domain which their submission addresses
• Submit an abstract of 250-500 words that summarises the key elements of their paper
• In the abstract authors should include:
> Introduction and background
> Technical Approach and methods
> Innovations, research findings, etc.
> Lessons learned
> Benefits to UDT audience and what they can expect to take-away
> Conclusions
• Abstract submissions must include 50-word author biographies
• Authors accepted to participate in the conference are notified by email

Extended Abstracts – Due 27 February 2019

• Authors of accepted abstracts are required to provide an extended abstract by 27 February
2019. Extended abstracts should be written in the English language, and approximately 500-1200
words in length, but no more than 1500 words. Authors should use the extended abstract template
provided. Authors may choose to send draft presentation slides at this stage.
• UDT Track and Session Chairs will provide feedback and guide the refinement of the extended
abstract, and any presentation slides submitted. All presentation material (slides, videos, extended
abstracts) must be reviewed by Track and Session Chairs in advance of the conference.

Final Paper and Presentation Slides – Due 15 April 2019

Authors of accepted abstracts are required to provide presentation slides and the final version of the paper by 15 April 2019. The paper should be written in the English language, and approximately 2500-3000 words in length, but no more than 4000 words. Authors should use the extended abstract/paper template provided.

All papers and presentations will be made available to attendees post event as part of the UDT programme.

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UDT 2019 date & time:

Mon 13th May - 09:00 - 17:30
Tues 14th May - 09:00 - 19:30
Weds 15th May - 09:00 - 15:30

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