ITEC 2019

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Hear what Tim Vickery (Platform Systems Divison) has to say:

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"I would like to see discussion of how the S&T could provide to address the ASW challenge is constrained by legal and environmental issues."

 

I believe the most difficult challenge in the underwater environment at the moment is how we are to reliably locate increasingly stealthy submarine targets, yet remain compliant with legal and environmental constraints that may limit use of some of the systems the S&T community might envisage.

At UDT I would like to see discussion of how the S&T could provide to address the ASW challenge is constrained by legal and environmental issues and so how this shapes the solutions that are put forward.  Within that specifically is the application of less-than-lethal submarine prosecution.  What does this mean and can it be achieved?

I am looking forward to seeing coverage of all arms of underwater battlespace.  It is easy to become focussed on submarine warfare, but the outline of Sweden’s particular ASW issues in the Call for Papers should hopefully invite papers on all aspects of underwater warfare.

The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2018.

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Hear what Stéphane Jespers, Head of UWW Department (DGA Techniques Navales) has to say:

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"I view the integration of autonomous UW capabilities in naval forces as a tough challenge."

 

I view the integration of autonomous UW capabilities in naval forces as a tough challenge. In fact, their speed, endurance, submarine detection capabilities and covert networking with the surface are all matters of major concern. Any paper addressing these subjects separately or in common provides a view to a possible evolution of operational concepts.

The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2018.

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Nils Størkersen (Division for Maritime Systems Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) recommends:

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"I will in particular like to see new conceptual ideas on how to address ASW in both confined and open waters and real performance results from navy MCM exercises."

 

Navies of today are facing great challenges with threats from ever more silent enemy submarines and sophisticated enemy denial capabilities (mine warfare). These challenges drive solutions based on completely new concepts and technologies to mitigate these threats. Conventional ship centric ASW and MCM capabilities are now being replaced by modular systems based on co-operative unmanned platforms that are more capable, more flexible and scalable than the conventional ASW frigates and minehunters alone.

There will be an urgent need for rapid innovations in persistent autonomy and automated decision support, as well as in robust and long range secure communication and high energy density power sources for unmanned systems.  I will at UDT 2019 in particular like to see new conceptual ideas on how to address ASW in both confined and open waters and real performance results from navy MCM exercises.

The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2018.

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Jerome Gormley, Strategic Business Development (General Atomics) recommends:

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"Any work related to employment of UUVs and other undersea platforms is high on my list."

 

Hot topics that I really would like to hear about include undersea power and energy for UUVs, and how various organizations and Navies are tackling the tough safety issues and how to test and approve these newer, higher-energy-density systems for use on submarines. Any work related to employment of UUVs and other undersea platforms is high on my list - I think the technology is slowly improving and gaining acceptance but leadership and front-line forces still struggle with meaningful, beneficial employment on a routine basis. This employment discussion could be regarding UUVs as a stand-alone system, or in close conjunction with manned platforms.

The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2018.

 

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Hear what Peter Don-Duncan has to say:

"I am looking forward to seeing how industry and academia are innovating to meet the challenges of energy harvesting in the underwater environment."

 

Autonomous systems including UUVs and USVs are now starting to become main stream for MCM applications. However there is still room for further technology innovation to improve communications, navigation and endurance. Limited bandwidth communications are a significant limitation and so innovations in AI/deep learning/machine learning/data analytics are essential to enhancing functionality. Remote communications also bring significant issues with cyber security.

Autonomous ASW and ISR are much less mature application areas. These applications bring the added challenge of novel sensor innovation for smaller platforms together with the increased need for platform hosted AI to handle the increased auto detection, classification and data communication challenges. Energy harvesting in the underwater environment could enhance platform endurance but is currently a significant challenge.

At UDT 2019 in Stockholm I am looking forward to seeing how industry and academia are innovating to meet these challenges.

The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2018.

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Hear what Simon Colby (BAE Systems) has to say:

 

"For me the key issue is how we transition technology to capability, and how ideas are being dragged out of the valley of death."

 

For me the key issue is how we transition technology to capability. We all know about the valley of death, but it is still a major feature of technology maturation. The valley’s breadth and depth is related to the scope and scale of systems engineering issues that haven’t yet been considered by the technologist.

The most difficult issues are typically around the boundary conditions. Technologies are often first demonstrated in benign conditions and in their operational steady state – already deployed, safety and security dealt with by external conditions and many constraints relaxed. This is great for getting stakeholders interested but if the shortcuts taken are made clear then there is a real danger that the scale of the transition needed isn’t appreciated by those who hold funds.

Therefore I’m really keen to hear about work which is making the transition and how the ideas are being dragged out of the valley of death.

The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2018.

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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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Stockholmsmässan
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