Underwater Acoustics PhD Symposium Day – Updated with Presentations

16 December 2019

12:15 am - 12:28 am

University of Bath
Room 8
West 2.5

Group Photo


Programme and Book of Abstracts here:

UKAN Underwater Acoustics PhD Symposium programme – 16 December 2019

Book of Abstract for UKAN Underwater Acoustics PhD Symposium – 16 December 2019

The UK Acoustics Network (UKAN) Special Interest Group for Underwater Acoustics (SIGUA) will be holding a one day symposium on 16 December 2019 at The University of Bath.

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.

Draft agenda:


08:30 09:00 Arrival and coffee
09:00 09:15 Prof Gary Heald Dstl Opening address and welcome
09:15 09:45 Dr Yan Pailhas CMRE Sonar Design for Object Recognition and Characterisation
09:45 10:00 Oscar Bryan Univ Bath Imaging Breaking Waves with Sonar and Lidar
10:00 10:15 Gavin Lowes Newcastle Univ Low Energy, Passive Acoustic Sensing for Wireless Underwater Monitoring Networks
10:15 10:30 Chris Moorhead Aberdeen Univ Low Resolution Sonar ATR
11:00 11:15 Alfie Treloar Univ Bath Passive Acoustic Monitoring Using a Towed Array From a Wave Propelled USV
11:15 11:30 Dr Julian Deeks Dstl / Univ Southampton A Nonlinear Technique for Acoustic Signal Detection in Impulsive Noise
11:30 11:45 Jessica Stobbs Loughborough Univ A Pulsed Power Driven Transient Underwater Pressure Source
11:45 12:00 Shaula Garibbo Univ Bath Very Low Frequency Ocean Acoustic Processes
12:00 12:30 Prof Cathryn Mitchell Univ Bath The PhD process (Academic Director of the Doctoral College, Univ Bath)
12:30 13:30 Buffet Lunch LUNCH ( group photo)
13:30 14:00 Prof Gary Heald Dstl / Heriot Watt Univ Making a career in Underwater Acoustics – Challenges & Opportunities
14:00 14:15 Pierre Cauchy Univ East Anglia Oceanic Soundscape Observed From Gliders
14:15 14:30 Beth Staples Univ Exeter Coupled Scholte Modes in “Soft” Elastic Plates Underwater
14:30 14:45 Hannah Rose Thales / Univ Glasgow The d36 Mode for Underwater Acoustics
14:45 15:00 George Rossides Univ Bath Cooperative Autonomous Marine Vehicles for Adaptive Passive Acoustic Monitoring
15:30 15:45 Dr Ed Harland Univ Southampton In Search of the Elusive Clickers: Experiences of an External Mature Student
15:45 16:00 Ciaran Sanford Univ Bath Synthetic Aperture Sonar for a Low Cost Agile Platform: Preliminary Results
16:00 16:15 Aman Chawla Newcastle Univ Multi-User Broadcast Acoustic Positioning System
16:15 16:30 Dr Andrew Mathieson Thales Transitioning from Academia to Industry: A Case Study
16:30 16:45 Dr Duncan Williams Dstl Closing Talk
16:45 Depart






We are hoping that we can bring together all of the UK’s Underwater Acoustics PhD students in one place on one day. Please contact any of the organisers below or email if you can attend.

The day will start with an invited presentation by Dr Yan Pailhas who gained his PhD a few years ago but has since worked as a Post Doctorate RA and is still working on Underwater Acoustic related research at the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation in Italy. Later in the day the chair of the meeting with give a presentation on his long standing career in underwater acoustics research and Sonar, including his PhD through the Physics department at the University of Bath, his research in Dstl and through his honorary positions in academia.

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. If you would like to give a presentation please send a title and abstract to the conference committee by 31st October 2019. Acceptable presentation will be notified by 15th Nov 2019. 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 and you can apply using the form at

If you are not already, you may want to consider some of our Special Interest Groups, such as Underwater Acoustics and Early Careers.

Travel options to the venue are presented at and, should you wish to stay longer before or after the event, there is more information about
accommodations at Bath is a very popular town, especially in the run-up to Christmas, so we would encourage you to plan early if interested.

Symposium committee:

Prof Gary Heald (Chair)
Dstl and Heriot Watt Univ
Tel: 01980 957745

Dr Duncan Williams
Dstl and SIGUA leader

Dr Philippe Blondel
University of Bath

Dr Philippe Blondel
University of Bath

Posted on 10th November 2019 in Early Career, Underwater Acoustics, Events