Features of the UComms conference series

The 2016 edition of the UComms conference follows on from the previous two meetings held in 2012 and 2014. The conference series is focussed on working towards an adequate physics-based understanding of the propagation of communication signals underwater and the performance of necessary higher-level protocols with the objective of supporting the intelligent choice of standards, as a foundation for interoperability.

The conference focus also embraces diversity and heterogeneity, from the physical level (including not only acoustics but also optical and radio communications) to all other aspects of building efficient ad-hoc networks that are robust and tolerant to delays and disruptions.

The conference is open to scientists and engineers involved in research, coding, protocols and performance estimation, manufacturing and those involved in the use and regulation of underwater communication systems, with the intention to be as inclusive as possible for all stakeholders in underwater communications networking. This is an important feature for a meeting intended to catalyse global consensus.

The conference aims to actively engage not only the research and engineering communities, but also UW communication equipment designers, manufacturers and users, as evidenced by the diverse sponsorship that the meeting attracts.

Optical and Radio RF communications are specifically included, with a particular interest in performance modelling and their potential integration into hybrid UW communications systems.

The conference is organised in a series of structured sessions that are coordinated by key people in the field, aiming at gathering top quality contributions that can lead to vibrant exchange of knowledge and increased common understanding of the state-of-the-art. The multiple sessions are handled in a single track (no parallel talks).

Short papers of no more than 4 pages plus references are invited for rigorous peer review by an international technical committee. Accepted and presented papers will be made available in the conference proceedings and will be submitted to IEEE XPlore. Papers may also be expanded into a full paper for submission to the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering for publication in a Special Collection after the event.

One of the core missions of UComms is to promote high quality discussions regarding ecutting edge developments in the field. For the cases where such developments may be subject to sensitivities of a commercial nature (or others), we offer the possibility of submission without publication. Off-the-record contributions must still go through the regular submission and review. The contributions will not be published in the proceedings or IEEEXplore.




Technical Partners:

Acoustical Society of America


NATO's Allied Command and Transformation - ACT

Department of the Navy - Science & Technology - ONR

Department of the Navy - Science & Technology - Global


Atlas Elektronik

Fondazione Carispezia