ITEC 2019

Conference themes

TOTAL DEFENCE: UNDERSEA DEFENCE AND SECURITY IN A DETERIORATING GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT

Held in Stockholm, the UDT 2019 conference considered the key issues faced by countries like Sweden as they address their needs in the global underwater defence and security environment. This year's conference will feature four streams organised around six core themes, supplemented by the Military Diver Capabilities conference.

Core themes

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

Scroll down for further information on the background premise and each of the 2019 conference themes.

Background

The UDT 2019 conference considered 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 combat 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.

1.    Platform Design

  • 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

  • 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 & Payload Systems

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

2019 Sponsors

Event info

Exhibition opening times:

Tue 12 May
Weds 13 May 
Thurs 14 May

Venue info

Rotterdam Ahoy
Ahoyweg 10
3084 BA Rotterdam
Netherlands

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