Webinar 4: Sensors & Processing in the Golden Triangle

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About the webinar

Our fourth webinar explored the Sensors & Processing conference pillar.

Our panel discussed the latest themes which influenced the selection of papers for this year’s conference, and identified some of the questions, priorities and challenges in these topic areas.

This stream features papers that reveal recently identified techniques and developments in MCM, surface ship, helicopter borne, MPA, and submarine based:

  • Sensor Development
  • Sensor Processing
  • Novel Techniques
  • Man/machine teaming
  • System performance modeling including

Additionally, the panel explored areas raised by questions from the audience related to the Sensors & Processing stream.

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Speakers

Moderator: Captain-Lieutenant at Sea Ing. Paul Dröge

Moderator: Captain-Lieutenant at Sea Ing. Paul Dröge

Ministry of Defence, The Netherlands

Commander Paul Dröge is Branch Head Underwater Warfare Technologies at the Defence Material Organisation. The Underwater Warfare Technology branch has responsibilities in the whole lifecycle of all Underwater Warfare Sensor and weapons systems within the Netherlands armed forces including R&D and CD&E. Commander Paul Dröge has an operations background on a variety of ships of the RNLN including ASW frigates and MCM vessels. His shore assignments are a mix of material and operations related jobs.

Dr Susan Metcalff

Dr Susan Metcalff

Chief Technology Officer, Head of MOD Research and Advice Division, ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK Ltd

Dr Sue Metcalff is a Chartered Physicist with a first class degree in physics. She has spent over 20 years in maritime defence research, specialising in simulation and modelling in the undersea domain, and holds a PhD in efficient numerical methods for predicting the performance of sonar arrays. Sue sits on the Senior Management Team at Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) as both Chief Technology Officer and Head of MOD Research and Advice Division. Her responsibilities include shaping the business’s innovation, science and technology strategy and running a research and development portfolio that aims to push innovative maritime S&T into service.

Dr Peter Beerens

Dr Peter Beerens

Senior Scientist, TNO

Dr. S. Peter Beerens graduated in theoretical physics at the University of Amsterdam and received his PhD in 1995 at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research. In he joint 1996 the Sonar Department of TNO. Currently he is senior scientist and programme manager. He has specialised in sonar signal processing and sea trials.

Eur Ing Peter Don-Duncan

Eur Ing Peter Don-Duncan

R&D Director, Advansys Solutions Ltd

Peter graduated in Electronics from the University of Manchester followed by a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Open University. He has worked in the Maritime sector in various engineering and technical roles for over 38 years. During this time he has been a technical leader for the development of several large and complex active and passive ASW Sonar systems. He has previously led a number of UK MoD/Dstl research programmes frequently working with academia and SME’s on innovative future technology solutions.

Mr Stéphane Jespers

Mr Stéphane Jespers

Head of UWW Department, DGA Techniques Navales

Stéphane Jespers graduated in 1979 as a Civilian Electrical Engineer in Telecommunications and Hyperfrequencies at Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. His carreer started as a researcher in the field of satellite communications and TV. In 1983, he joined SACLANTCEN, La Spezia (Italy) as a scientist of the “activate adjunct to the towed array” project, which later led to the development of the Low Frequency Active Sonar concept. In 1990, he joined DCN at Le Brusc in France, working on several passive and intercept sonar projects for submarines. In 2000, he returned to La Spezia as Head of the ASW systems Department and led the creation of the Cooperative (AUV-based) ASW concept project. In 2007, he joined DGA at the Paris headquarters as an expert in UWW sensors and launched the anglo-french cooperation project on wideband multistatic active sonar. In 2010, he became chaiman of the NATO capability group in ASW and in 2012, he chaired the merger of three NATO capability groups in order to form the UWW capability group. In 2013, he returned to Toulon to head the UWW Department at DGA Techniques Navales. Stéphane Jespers has given numerous papers in international conferences such as UDT and ECUA and he has also chaired sessions mainly in the field sonar. He is a member of the Société Française d’Acoustique (SFA) and a reviewer for the IET journal.  

Mr Nick Sheppard

Mr Nick Sheppard

Technical Director - Maritime Mission Systems, Thales UK

Nick has over 20 years’ experience in Maritime systems and system architectures covering underwater and above water platforms. Through a career which started in UK government and now in industry Nick has been involved in the research and development of sensors, command systems and new autonomous vehicle capabilities. Nick’s current role is Underwater Communications Solution Architect within Thales UK, a role which involves development of advanced underwater communications solutions and their integration within complex systems-of-systems, including addressing the through air-sea interface and connectivity into wider above water networks.

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