Call for Papers Deadlines Approaching!

Sensor Signal Processing for Defence (SSPD2017) - Call for Papers deadline 22nd June 2017!

The 3rd International Conference on Intelligent Signal Processing (ISP2017) Conference - Call for Papers deadline 31st May 2017!


UDRC Summer School 2017 Registration Now Closed 

Registration for this year's Summer School hosted by the University of Surrey is now closed. We would like to thank all the people who showed interest in attending, however there was a very high volume of applications and all the places have now been filled with the successful applicants notified.

If you require more information on the programme, venue and social events it can be found here.

Posted 19th April 2017

Job Opportunities:

Research Associate in Compressed Sensing and Sparsity for Radar and Electronic Surveillance

A research associate position for 15 months is available on the EPSRC and UK Ministry of Defence jointly funded University Defence Research Collaboration (UDRC) project. 
The researcher will work on the work package, Sparse Representations and Compressed Sensing and will develop novel techniques for sensor constrained sensing and imaging. The focus will mainly be on sub-Nyquist spectral sensing and volumetric Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). The aim is to incorporate the low-dimensional structures of the signals to develop computationally efficient reconstruction algorithms and improve the overall sensing process. 

More information here


Research Associate in Computational sensing and signal processing

A research associate position for 24 months in the first instance is available on the ERC Advanced grant project, C-SENSE led by Professor Mike Davies. This project aims to make new theoretical advances in the use of low dimensional data models for compressive signal processing and learning, including detection, classification and estimation. It will explore the efficient use of low dimensional structure to reduce the computational, storage and acquisition costs for solving such signal processing problems. 
The post holder will work on a theoretical framework to exploit novel compact representations of signals and data and the design and analysis of associated representations and algorithms, exploring the theoretical interplay between signal structure, computational cost and statistical accuracy.

More information here

Posted 20th December 2016

UDRC scientists form L_WP4 make it to BBC breakfast!

Dr Carmine Clemente and his team, who won the overall European Satellite Navigation Competition, are getting a lot of attention from the medias. Here they are on BBC Breakfast.

Posted 8th December 2016

A novel unsupervised anomaly-based Intrusion Detection System (IDS)

Dr Francisco Aparicio-Navarro, at Newcastle University, in collaboration with Dr Kostas Kyriakopoulos, at Loughborough University, have developed a novel unsupervised anomaly-based Intrusion Detection System (IDS) able to detect different types of cyber-attacks in real-time.

This IDS is based on the combined use of multiple metrics from multiple layers of the TCP/IP stack to produce a collective decision on the presence of cyber-attacks. It uses the Dempster-Shafer Theory of Evidence as a data fusion technique, and is provided with a novel methodology able to automatically adapt its detection capabilities to the current characteristics of the network traffic, without intervention from an IDS administrator. Although it was initially tailored to detect injection attacks in IEEE 802.11 wireless networks, this IDS has proven effective detecting multiple cyber-attacks, such as virtual Jamming or Denial-of-Service packet flooding, and works in both wired and wireless networks. 

Posted 15th November 2016

Scientists from Work Package 4 win ESNC 2016

Dr Carmine Clemente and his team won the overall European Satellite Navigation Competition for the develpment of satellite-based, early detection system capable of early drone detection and tracking. The project will receive an extensive package to support further development and market entry.

Read more about this 

Posted 27th October 2016

SSPD 2016 Proceedings Now Available

This year's Sensor Signal Processing for Defence Conference in Edinburgh proved a success with encouraging feedback and many celebrated scientists in attendance. The organising committee was pleased to welcome keynote Speakers: Geert Leus, professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science of the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, and Philip Perconti, Acting Director of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL).


Proceedings for SSPD2016 are available to view on the conference website www.sspdconference.org.

Posted 26th September 2016

Communicating Radar Technology using Fractional Fourier Transform Division Multiplexing


This video features Dr Carmine Clemente from Work Package 4

Posted 29th August 2016

Pioneering Chemical Analysis Software Developed by UDRC Researchers in the news

Researchers from E_Work Package 1 have developed a novel technique using new Raman spectral decomposition allowing for the identification of complex chemicals in real time. The "powerful" software produces "immediate benefit for defence and homeland security"and its potential for direct applications has captured the attention of specialised and main stream media.

See articles:

Professional Security MagazineDaily RecordProcess Engineering MagazineTechnology NetworksThe ScotsmanLaboratory Talk, Eureka, Edinburgh News, Chemical Technology, Gradcracker, Holyrood, Futurescot.

Posted 16th August 2016

Data Centre becomes Data and Software Area

The updated page contains The UDRC Phase 1 and 2 Data as well as MATLAB Toolbox For Polynomial Matrix Decompositions and MATLAB Sparsity Toolbox.

Posted 6th May 2016

Dr Yan Pailhas Awarded the A B Wood Medal

Research Associate Dr. Yan Pailhas from the Edinburgh Consortium has been awarded the A B Wood medal from the Institute of Acoustics for the year 2016. The A B Wood medal and attendant prize is awarded in alternate years to acousticians based in the UK/Europe (even years) and in the USA/Canada (odd years). It is aimed at younger researchers whose work is associated with the sea. Following his graduation from Manchester University in 1912, Albert Beaumont Wood became one of the first two research scientists at the Admiralty to work on antisubmarine defence. He designed the first directional hydrophone and was well known for the many contributions he made to the science of underwater acoustics and for the help he gave to younger colleagues. The A B Wood Medal was instituted after Albert's death by his many friends on both sides of the Atlantic and was administered by the Institute of Physics until the formation of the Institute of Acoustics.

Dr Pailhas will be presenting the medal lecture at the Acoustic and Environmental Variability, Fluctuations and Coherence conference in December this year at the Moller Centre at Cambridge.

Posted 17th March 2016

Dr Rolf Baxter Wins WAMI Challenge

Dr Rolf Baxter, a Research Associate in the Institute of Sensors, Signals and Systems at Heriot-Watt University, has won the coveted Dstl prize on their recent challenge competition on anomaly detection from wide area motion imagery (WAMI). Launched at the Anomaly Detection themed meeting, the challenge was to identify anomalies from 17 minutes of video captured by an airborne platform. Rolf, who is researching pattern-of-life learning and anomaly detection under the University Defence Research Collaboration, won the competition by identifying a verified anomaly while also producing few false-detections.

Posted 9th March 2016

Dr Carmine Clemente awarded Chancellor's Fellowship

Dr Carmine Clemente of the LSSCN consortium has been awarded the Chancellor's Fellowship in Sensors Systems and Asset Management by the University of Strathclyde. This is a prestigious and very competitive scheme and will ensure the development of Dr Clemente's Academic career. Dr Clemente obtained his PhD during UDRC phase 1 (2009 - 2013) and has worked as a Research Associate during UDRC phase 2, leading the research of WP4 on behalf of the LSSC consortium. The UDRC framework was extremely important in the development of Dr Clemente's talent and his appointment as an Academic represents a significant output of the UDRC. Dr Clemente will be employed as a Lecturer by the University of Strathclyde from April 2016 and will continue his engagement with UDRC activities.

Posted 9th March 2016

UDRC Phase 1 software data now available in UDRC Data Centre

Software that was generated as part of a UDRC phase 1 project is now available in the data centre section of the website, this can be found under the heading Maximum Chirplet Transform and multiple chirp detection.

Direct Link

Posted 24th February 2016

Dstl Motion Imagery Challenge Data Released

Dstl have publicly released unclassified airborne imagery to enable the motion imagery research community to tailor their research to address challenges relevant to both real-time and secondary military imagery exploitation. Dstl hope that this imagery will be useful in support of existing research and will also help Dstl identify promising and novel ideas, which may in future be suitable for military applications. Additional information can be gained from the accompanying presentation John Dawson of Dstl gave at the SSPD Conference in September 2015.

More information

Posted 3rd February 2016


UDRC Related News


5th IMA Conference on Mathematics in Defence in the making

If you would like to be involved in the organisation of this conference and future events in the series or would be interested in sponsoring the event, please contact conferences@ima.org.uk.

Further information can also be found at www.ima.org.uk


Posted 2nd February 2017


Industry partners wanted: Technology License Opportunity

Identification of complex chemical mixtures using portable hand-held devices

Edinburgh researchers have developed a Raman spectral decomposition technique based on a new fast sparse approximation method. Inputting a set of reference spectra and an unknown mixture yields the identity of mixture elements and their contribution percentages. It also has the capability of detecting cases where the mixture has a spectrum outside the reference library. The method is highly computationally and memory efficient, which means that it can run on a low power real-time platform. Implemented as a hardware independent C package, which can handle a given library and input spectrum, the technology enables use with hand-held devices. This provides a portable, non-invasive approach for identification of real-life mixtures of chemical substances.

Posted 29th June 2016

Early Career Award from the IMA was given to Iain Rodger

Iain Rodger, Dr. Neil Robertson (ISSS, Visionlab) and Dr. Barry Connor (Thales) published an award-winning paper in the proceedings of the Institute of Mathematics & its Applications (IMA) Conference on Mathematics in Defence held in Oxford. As a result of the quality of the work and the oral presentation, the Early Career Award from the IMA was given to Iain Rodger.

Posted 15th December 2015


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