ITEC 2019


Call for Papers

Is Technology Driving an Evolution or Revolution in Underwater Affairs?

UDT 2018 will explore this and other questions in relation to development in military and civil technology. Are we witnessing a revolutionary change in underwater defence and security? Can advances in new technology force a paradigm shift in naval doctrine, strategies and tactics? Are naval policy holders setting the agenda for revolutionary change? What appetite do naval leaders have to promote and adopt revolutionary technological change? Whatever the answer, UDT 2018 is the forum to publicise the latest developments in underwater technology.

In the early 1990s there was much debate about a “Revolution in Military Affairs”. The RMA was said to be driven by both technological and conceptual development. The RMA spawned amongst others the concept of “Network Enabled Capability” and challenged underwater systems developers with the need to get and stay connected. Today we are all readily familiar with this concept in our everyday lives. The physics of seawater continues to challenge and constrain the rapid advance of this and other new concepts and technologies. The rapid introduction of new technologies in mass consumer markets is challenging not only old technology but old ideas; and there are open questions as to how these technological developments will, and perhaps are impacting on defence and security capabilities. The underwater domain is not exempt from these pressures. The RMA imperative is as alive today as it was then.

The United States, its Allies and partner nations, are all adopting strategies such as the US’s “Third Offset Strategy”. These initiatives are intended to recognise and exploit emerging technologies; and to leverage new technical and conceptual innovations in order enhance or maintain their defence and security advantage. Underwater defence and security is no exception, and in this domain rapid advances in miniaturisation, robotics & artificial intelligence and the exploitation of big data have the potential to generate revolutionary change. As does the exploitation of concepts such as the adoption of modular capability, or the development and deployment of additive manufacturing technologies. There is a growing demand from the user community for practical and pragmatic change, based on rapid development and experimentation.

It is against this background that for this year’s conference UDT 2018 welcomes papers that focus on new concepts, new technologies, and innovation in underwater defence and security.

Alongside the development, adoption, or adaptation, the UDT Technical Planning Committee (TPC) also welcome papers that highlight the advancement or further development of current concepts and technologies. To encourage new entrants special consideration will be given by the committee to papers submitted from authors who are in the early stages of their career in underwater defence and security.

The conference will be organised around the following main groupings for papers:

  1. Platform Design
  2. Sensors & Processing
  3. Weapon & Payload Systems
  4. Unmanned, Remotely Piloted and Autonomous Systems
  5. Operational Drivers and Imperatives
  6. Exploitation of Commercial Technologies

Please click on each main heading below for further information

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
  • Improving adaptability
  • Modular design and deployment of capability
  • Escape and Rescue Systems

Sensors & Processing

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

  • Sensor development
    • Acoustic and non-acoustic
    • Non-traditional undersea sensors and detection
  • Signal processing
  • Post-detection processing and novel techniques for active and passive classification
  • Display processing
  • Tracking and sensor data fusion
  • System performance modelling (including work that explores better understanding of the ocean environment)
  • Exploitation of Big Data
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Networked UW Communications
  • Multi-sensor/ multi platform processing
  • Man/ machine teaming

Weapon and Payload Systems

Submarine, surface and air launched weapons designed to operate in the submarine environment are sought to support this conference stream. In addition, papers that highlight developments in the deployment of other payload systems such as torpedo countermeasures are welcomed. In particular, 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

Unmanned, Remotely Piloted and 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. In particular, 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
  • Further development of unmanned vehicles in MCM
  • Use of unmanned systems in applications other than MCM such as ASW and GeoINT applications
  • Command and control of unmanned systems and their integration into operations

Operational Drivers and 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:

  • 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) group operating 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 developments

Exploitation of Commercial and 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. Innovation, agility and adaptation are key to the US concept of the Third Offset strategy and similar approaches adopted by other nations. Papers that address developments in the underwater environment that will have an impact on 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 models

Authors will be required to identify which of the main domains of underwater defence and security their paper addresses:

  • 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)


Abstract Submission Process: Closing Date EXTENSION UNTIL 24 NOVEMBER 

When submitting their abstract, authors will be required to complete the following on the online submission form:

  • Provide a maximum 150-word overview that describes how their contribution fits the overall conference theme. 
  • Identify which themed “Main Heading” their abstract falls under and up to two of the main domains which the submission addresses.
  • Provide a maximum 150-word abstract that summarises the key elements of their paper.
  • Authors accepted to participate in the conference are notified once the process is completed in December.

Paper Submission Process

  • Authors of accepted abstracts are required to provide a paper for the conference proceedings by 1 March 2018. Papers should be approximately 1200 words in length and no more than 5000 words, and submitted in 12 point font, with 1.5 line spacing, in the English language in a compatible Microsoft Word format.
  • All Presentation materials are required to be uploaded by 11 June 2018.


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