UDRC on Film

The Edinburgh consortium has teamed up with Vivid Science Productions to produce video demos on their research. These demos feature highights of the Phase 2 project, which will allow greater opportunites for industrial and defence companies to expolit the research which has been developed. See the latest video uploads.

The UDRC has also produced a marketing video from the lastest Sensor Signal for Defence Conference alongside films of all the invited and keynote speakers for those that missed them. These can be viewed on the SSPD 2017 conference website.

View SSPD 2017 videos


Posted 27th Feb 2018

SSPD 2017 Programme now Published

The Sensor Signal Processing for Defence conference programme is now available to view on the SSPD website. You can also check out this year's keynote and invited speakers, by having a look at their biographies and abstracts which are also available online. Don't forget to register for your place before the 22nd November. 

You could also take the opportunity to attend the IET’s Intelligent Signal Processing 2017 (ISP2017) conference taking place on the 4th and 5th December and is also being held at IET Savoy Place. Join leading academics, industrial engineers and researchers in London this December and gain insight into state-of-the-art technology in this field as well as emerging application domains, while you make valuable connection with the wider signal processing community. For more information and to register – http://events.theiet.org/isp/


Posted 25th October 2017

2017 Summer School Brings Signal Processing Community Together!

This year the UDRC held its summer school at the University of Surrey, funded by EPSRC and Dstl. The feedback from the event showed that overall it was well recieved by students who attended. This Summer school had 95 people registered over 4 days and had 19 different countries represented. With experts from: Universities of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University, University of Surrey, Strathclyde University, Newcastle University, Czech Technical University Prague and Hellenic Airforce, it was a great place to network.

Thank you to all the staff and and students who contributed to making it a successful week.

A few of the highlights from the week

Posted 26th July 2017

FG2018 Special Session: Is deep learning always the best solution for face recognition?

This special session will feature as part of the 13th IEEE International Conference on AUTOMATIC FACE AND GESTURE RECOGNITION (FG 2018). The aim is to investigate the scenarios where conventional methods can outperform DL methods by EXPLICIT comparison and deep analysis. Submissions are welcome on topics related to the invesigation of (i) the advantages of traditional methods against DL methods and (ii) insights into the reasons of these advantages. Submissions will be peer-reviewed and should follow the standard FG2018 IEEE format.
Date: 15th - 19th May 2018
Location: Xi'an, China


Posted 25th July 2017

UDRC Phase 2 to Hold Showcase Event

The UDRC will be holding an end-of-phase event to inform stakeholders, academics and those in industry with an interest in signal processing for defence, the importance and benefits of the UDRC phase 2 research. The focus of the event will be on exploitation of cutting-edge university research for the defence user. It will showcase the successes by way of practical exhibitions, a series of talks and posters brought to you by UDRC universities in conjuction with Dstl and industry partners.
Date: 21st February 2018
Location: Tidworth Garrison Theatre
Posted 11th July 2017

SSPD Extended Deadline and New Best Paper Award

The new extended deadline for the Sensor Signal Processing for Defence 2017 conference is now the 14th July 2017. Authors are invited to submit a relevant paper. This year there will be a Best Paper Award which will be presented to authors whose work represents innovative research in their respective areas. We are also pleased to announce that Prof. Moeness Amin from Villanova University will deliver our academic keynote speech and Prof. Hugh Griffiths from University College London will give an invited talk on his research in radar signal processing.

Posted 20th June 2017


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

Call for Papers IOA Synthetic Aperture Sonar and Radar Conference 2018

The 4th International Conference on Synthetic Aperture Sonar and Synthetic Aperture Radar is calling for papers, prospective authors are invited to submit a title and single page summary to linda.canty@ioa.org.uk by 26 March 2018. The conference held in Italy on 5th - 7th September, draws together people from both Synthetic Aperture communities to discuss the developments in both fields and to establish where there are common areas of interest and where cross-fertilisation may prove beneficial.

Posted 12th September 2017

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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