Conference Pillars

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Addressing the overarching theme, UDT's conference will be organised around six core pillars.

  1. Platform Design

  2. Sensors & Processing

  3. Weapon & Payload Systems

  4. Uncrewed, Remotely Piloted & Autonomous Systems

  5. Operational Drivers & Imperatives

  6. Exploitation of Commercial & New Technologies

A full conference agenda will be published in due course. Scroll down for more information about each theme.


1.    Platform Design

Plat DesignTechnical 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
  • Impact of condition based maintenance on signatures, endurance, crew size and crew employment
  • Improving adaptability
  • Modular design and deployment of capability
  • Escape and rescue systems
  • Integration of on board and deployed capabilities

2.    Sensors & Processing

SensorsPapers are sought that reveal recently identified techniques and developments in MCM, surface ship, helicopter borne, MPA, and submarine based:

  • 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
  • Novel techniques
    • Exploitation of Big Data
    • Artificial intelligence/ Machine Learning/ Deep Learning
  • Man / machine teaming
    • Alternative for auto cueing/autodetection
  • 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 & Payload Systems

WeaponsSubmarine, surface and air launched weapons designed to operate in the underwater 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, uncrewed systems or other innovative payload systems are welcomed. In particular papers that explore innovative developments are encouraged, especially those that address:

  • Torpedoes incl. batteries and propulsion
  • Proportional weapons (e.g. mini-torpedoes, deterrents)
  • Underwater-to-surface (or air) weapons and surface-to-underwater weapons
  • Torpedo countermeasures (hard-kill and soft-kill)

4.    Uncrewed, Remotely Piloted & Autonomous Systems

UnmannedThis stream is an expanding element in UDT, and technical papers on the design of uncrewed, remotely piloted or autonomous systems are sought. The use of uncrewed systems across the spectrum of applications in the underwater environment are sought for UDT 2020. 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
  • Underwater sensors for USV
  • Improving Survivability
  • Strengths and weaknesses of uncrewed systems in underwater warfare
  • Further development of uncrewed vehicles in MCM
  • Command and control of uncrewed systems and their integration into operations
  • Verification/validation of uncrewed systems
  • Teaming and exploitation of crewed and uncrewed systems
  • Planning and Evaluation tools
  • Autonomous systems and the moral dilemma

5.    Operational Drivers & Imperatives

OperationalIn 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:

  • 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
  • Teamworking 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
  • Operating in confined and shallow waters
  • Collaborative and cooperative technical and operational development
  • Training

6.    Exploitation of Commercial & New Technologies

ExploitationThe exploitation of commercial technology into the undersea environment presents significant challenges & opportunities. The rapid growth in undersea commercial infrastructure provides a parallel to military development & may force the pace. 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 2020.

  • 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


Attendee Feedback

  • “UDT once again proved its worth. It is a great combination of scientific papers, good quality presenters and new information. I was impressed by the volume of novel ideas."
    Captain Herman De Groot
    CO Submarine Service, Royal Netherlands Navy
  • "One of the best organized shows for underwater business. If you are in underwater business and not at this show, you are missing out for sure."
    Raffi Sahul
    Director of Business Development, Amphenol
  • “UDT is a good, well-attended show with quality leads”
    Michelle Wilson
    Marketing Manager, Analox Military Systems
  • “UDT is always a great opportunity to meet potential new clients, catch up with existing customers and socialise with competitors and colleagues.”
    Andy Buxcey
    Technical Account Manager, TP Group
  • “UDT was a great show for us - presenting a paper and having a stand meant not only was our footfall greater, but our visitors were more specific to our product category. In the lead up to the event, the EZONE was easy to navigate and communication with the organisation team was straightforward and prompt. We have booked a bigger space for 2020!”
    Alice Moore
    Marketing Coordinator, SEA Group
  • “A fantastic event. UDT provides the opportunity to learn from a huge breadth of experience across a number of key topics.”
    Lieutenant Anthony Gilroy
    Royal Navy, UK
  • "UDT is important to review new technology, new equipment and new systems. It allows clients to see what the industry is doing, and for the industry to see what the clients need in the future"
    Giovanni Corbetta
    Managing Director, JFD
  • "UDT is the only exhibition and conference in the calendar which brings together the underwater technology community. Customers are here, and that's important to us."
    Josh Goodwin
    Business Development Manager, BAE Systems


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