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Submission Topics

UDT 2024

We will be seeking submissions promoting technology and thinking spanning the underwater domain, from across air and space, surface and sub-surface, mobile and static systems (crewed and uncrewed) to Anti-Submarine Warfare, Submarine Warfare, Mine Warfare, Anti-Surface Warfare (from beneath the sea), Seabed Warfare, Protection of Critical Underwater Infrastructure, Military Diving etc, plus the enabling networks and other infrastructure. The following is offered to aid, but not limit, the range of thought for UDT 2024.

Interested in becoming a speaker next April? Make sure to submit your paper on this year's submission topics from one of our focus areas before Monday 30 October 2023.

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Four key focus areas:

Operational environment

We are seeking technical and scientific papers that explore new ideas and innovations in the understanding of the operational environment, including:

  • Anti-submarine warfare (submarine, surface and air)
  • Submarine warfare
  • Mine warfare (including countermeasures, diving, platform design, etc.)
  • Seabed warfare
  • Defence of critical infrastructure (including coastal, submarine, and marine-supporting terrestrial/orbital networks)
  • Location of fixed installations and infrastructure
  • Security of networks, including of networked platforms
  • Evolving operational environment challenges due to climate change
  UDT 2024 - speaker application


Design, manufacture and usage of systems

Papers that explore evolving thinking and concepts associated with the design, manufacture and usage of systems are welcome. Consideration should be given to:

  • Submarine design (including control room layout, ergonomics, crew habitability, etc.)
  • Energy sources for submarines and unmanned systems which increase endurance and stealth
  • Submarine build, commissioning and supportability
  • Improving and maximising availability at the sub-system, system and platform level
  • The creation of a Mission network in the Underwater battlespace, including:
    • System and data architectures, networking and integration of platforms and systems across multiple domains
    • Development approaches and processes, including integration and assurance both for ‘new-build’ and ‘in-service’ platforms and systems, which enables rapid and agile change
    • Improved and more reliable communications bearers and systems (not limited to sonar)
  • Modelling, simulation and performance assessment of existing and future systems, platforms and system-of-systems (including war-gaming)
  UDT 2024 - speaker application


Unmanned, remotely piloted and autonomous systems

Maritime Unmanned Systems (MUS) are increasingly capable across the underwater domain. We are looking for technical papers that exploit technology and push the boundaries of capability associated with the design, integration, and operations of unmanned, remotely piloted and autonomous systems (both attack and defensive). Consideration should be given to:

  • Conceptual thinking on suitable tasks and missions, associated challenges and the value offered, particularly where communications are limited and stealth is required
  • Extracting disproportionate benefit from small, relatively inexpensive MUS
  • Human-machine integration and teaming
  • Securely networking with other MUS, platforms, and sensors
  • Integration with other systems and platforms and the supportability of deployed capabilities
  • Defeating underwater autonomous systems
  UDT 2024 - speaker application


Weapons, effects and countermeasures

Papers that explore evolving thinking and concepts associated with the design, manufacture and usage of systems are welcome. Consideration should be given to:

  • Achieving rapid and effective underwater Mission kill or defeat
  • Defending against underwater attack, particularly against modern advanced in-water weapons and unmanned systems
  • Increasing lethality of existing and future weapons
  • Deploying novel payload systems such as RF, non-acoustic and non-lethal effectors
  • Defeating non-traditional targets such as MUS and ‘deep’ targets
  • Quantity versus quality, affordability and the supply chain
  UDT 2024 - speaker application