MOVED ONLINE: Second Underwater Acoustics PhD Symposium Day (Updated with timings)

13 December - 13 December 2021

9:00 am - 5:00 pm



Due to the evolving situation with COVID and restrictions in the UK, we have taken the decision to move the PhD day online. The day will be held as a Zoom meeting – please click the link to register.

Following the successful first PhD Student day at the University of Bath in 2019, the UK Acoustics Network (UKAN) Special Interest Group for Underwater Acoustics (SIGUA) will be holding its second one day symposium on 13 December 2021 at The University of Sheffield.

Final programme:

0930 Gary Heald Dstl Opening
0940 Ben Thomas University of Bath Invited talk: The PhD: A journey, not a destination.
1000 Jack Greenhalgh University of Bristol Phd talk#1: Ecoacoustics as a novel tool for assessing pond restoration success: Results of a pilot study
1020 George Masters Newcastle University Phd talk#2: Extremely high data rates in underwater acoustic communications
1040 Evan Ricketts Cardiff University Phd talk#3: Resonant Triads of Acoustic Gravity Waves in Shallow Water
1100 Break
1130 Oscar Bryan University of Bath Phd talk#4: Machine learning that utilises multiple sonar views for object classification in historic chemical munitions dumpsites
1150 Ellen White University of Southampton Phd talk#5: Deep Delphinids: Applied Deep Learning for Big Marine Acoustic Datasets
1210 Ben Ford & Ben Thomas NPL & University of Bath Research Sounding Early Career Competition
1230 Lunch / Networking
1400 Adrian Brown Atlas Elektronik UK Invited talk: Measurements, modelling and analysis
1420 Jose Almanza Medina University of York Phd talk#6: Underwater motion estimation using DL networks with sonar images with different FoV
1440 Shaula Garibbo University of Bath Phd talk#7: Low frequency ocean acoustics at the Lofoten Vesteralen Observatory, Norway – 1 year later
1500 Break
1525 Andy Smerdon University of Aberdeen Phd talk#8: Inversion of near-bed sediment load, particle size, settling velocity and turbulence from a multi-frequency acoustic backscatter instrument
1545 Edward Clark University of Bath Phd talk#9: Exploring the use of AI in marine acoustic sensor management
1605 Kirill Horoshenkov University of Sheffield Invited talk: UK Acoustics Network Plus
1625 Nikhil Banda Seiche Closing
1630 onwards ECR Network Event


The aim of the day is to allow PhD students to present details about their research to like-minded colleagues and promote feedback and discussion. We would like to attract students at all stages of their PhD, including people who may have completed their PhD in the last couple of years. If you have only recently started your PhD you may wish to give a presentation on your chosen research topic, what you hope to achieve and how you intend to go about it.

The event should be of interest to all researchers, practitioners and users of underwater acoustics in government, industry, and academia and members of the SIGUA are encouraged to attend.

During the day we will be showcasing the entries to the Research Soundings Early Career Competition and the winner will be invited to give a talk about their research and to describe their winning audio clip. Competition details here.

This will be the first in person meeting of the SIGUA since 2019 and will be an opportunity to hear from everyone about the research challenges that they see as a priority for underwater acoustics. If you are interested in sharing your ideas we will be arranging a series of video interviews during the day that can then be used to support future SIGUA workshops and other events.

The UK Acoustic Network will be covering the cost of attending the symposium and so there will be no fee to attend the day and refreshments and lunch will be included. You will need to register so that we know how many people will be attending and so that we can notify the catering supplier.  To register to attend please send your name, affiliation, and contact details to Please add if you are interested in taking part in a video interview. You will receive a registration confirmation email.

If you would like to give a presentation please send a title and abstract (inc your name and affiliation) to by 19th November 2021. The abstract should be no more a single side of A4. 

Acceptable presentations will be notified by 26th November 2021. A list of abstracts will be published on the UKAN website prior to the event. The UKAN may be able to assist with the cost of travel and accommodation.

Accommodation is available at the Jonas Hotel, located on the Endcliffe Campus, about a 20 minute walk from the venue:


Posted on 21st October 2021 in Underwater Acoustics, Events, Early Career