Third Underwater Acoustics PhD Symposium Day (updated with presentations)

13 December - 13 December 2023

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

National Oceanography Centre



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The UK Acoustics Network (UKAN) Special Interest Group for Underwater Acoustics (SIGUA) will be holding its third in person one day symposium on 13 December 2023 at The National Oceanography Centre (University of Southampton).


Agenda and abstracts here: UKAN_UA_PhD_Day_agenda_and_abstracts


From 0830   Arrival, tea and coffee available
0900 Jonathan Bull NOC Opening
0905 Sam Dugelay Thales INVITED TALK: A life in underwater acoustics – in particular a passion for synthetic aperture sonar and all its ramifications
0930 Ellen White Univ of Southampton Towards the automation of detecting marine sound sources from passive acoustic monitoring data
0950 Yiyi Whitcelo Univ of Liverpool Scattering of acoustic waves from rough seabeds: a comparison of two- and three-dimensional models
1010 Andrea Napoli Univ of Southampton Bioacoustic event detection under domain shift
1030 Break (30 min)
1100 Gemma Bekki Univ of Southampton Towards the localisation of cetaceans using passive acoustic data recorded from gliders
1120 Tom Corner Newcastle Univ Sea trial results for an adaptive rake receiver with the Phorcys V0 acoustic communication waveform
1140 Finley Boulton Univ of Liverpool Ray and beam models for underwater sound propagation
1200 Gary Benson Univ of York Localisation of ad-hoc AUV networks for underwater acoustic ship hull inspection
1235   Lunch / Networking / Voting (1 h 30 min)
1415 Ben Thomas Atlas Elektronik UK INVITED TALK: Branching out from underwater acoustics: From synthetic aperture sonar to electromagnetic signature control
1440 Oscar Bryan Univ of Bath A diffusion-based super resolution model for enhancing sonar images (lightning talk)
1445 Joshua Wakefield Univ of Liverpool Maximising detection performance using high performance processing of multi-sensor data (lightning talk)
1450 Amy Feakes Univ of Southampton Estimating the abundance and distribution of marine mammals using passive acoustic monitoring and biotelemetry (lightning talk)
1455 Luke Prentice Univ of Strathclyde Bio-inspired ultra-compact acoustic transmitter – Bubbles as a means of weak-source amplification (lightning talk)
1500 Florian Mahieu Univ of York Acoustic underwater networking concepts in flooded caves and other constrained underwater environments (lightning talk)
1505 Hanif Sutiyoso Univ of Southampton Novel laboratory measurement of acoustic velocity and attenuation at 1-20 kHz frequency for ice bearing sediment (lightning talk)
1510 Ben Dell Univ of Southampton Exploring the use of acoustic indices for habitat level monitoring and event detection
1530 Break (30 min)
1600 Edward Clark Univ of Bath Optimising sensor path planning with reinforcement learning and passive sonar modelling
1620 Abdullah Olcay Univ of Southampton Deep learning based underwater sound classification using stacked cepstral features
1640 Francesca Pereira Dstl / Univ of Southampton Spice driven sound speed fluctuations in Fram Strait during Summer 2022
1700 Denise Risch Scottish Association for Marine Science INVITED TALK: Passive acoustics for long-term monitoring of protected species and habitats: current results and future directions
1725 Duncan Williams Dstl Closing
1730     Reception
From 1900   No host dinner TBC


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, as well as PhD students that have started this year. 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 is free to attend and should be of interest to all researchers, practitioners and users of underwater acoustics in government, industry, and academia. SIGUA members are encouraged to attend to support the PhD students presenting their research.

During the day we will be showcasing the entries to the Research Soundings Early Career Competition and everyone that attends will be invited to vote for the winning audio clip during the lunch and networking break. Competition details here.

The day will include a series of invited talks from researchers with different careers and experiences of working in underwater acoustics:

  • Dr Denise Risch, Scottish Association for Marine Science
  • Dr Sam Dugelay, Thales Underwater Systems
  • Dr Ben Thomas, Atlas Elektronik UK


If you would like to give a presentation about your PhD project please include a title and abstract in the registration form (see below) by 28 November 2023. The abstract should be no more than a single side of A4. We are inviting short lightning-style talks, which may be suitable for new PhD students, plus longer talks to describe your research.

Acceptable presentations will be notified by 30 November 2023. A list of abstracts will be published on the UKAN website prior to the event.

You can register to attend here.

UK based students without funding to attend the event can request support here.

Posted on 10th September 2023 in Early Career, Underwater Acoustics, Events