Mobility and Burial of Variable Density Munitions in the Inner Surf and Swash Zones during Controlled Extreme Forcing, MR20-1094, Jack Puleo

Recent advances in sensors and platforms used to detect, classify, and localize unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the underwater environment have advanced to the point that full systems are ready for demonstrations. At the 2021 Symposium, the Munitions Response Program Area will host two technical sessions focused on innovative technologies to improve the detection, classification, and localization of underwater UXO.

In these sessions, speakers will focus on a variety of sensor and platform types ready for demonstration. Presentations will also include discussions of machine learning technologies used to classify UXO and scoring methods to evaluate systems during demonstrations. The presentation titles and speakers for each session are included below.


Wednesday, December 1, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (ET)

  • Session Introduction by Dr. Timothy Marston
  • Results from the First Two Demonstrations of a Buried-UXO Detection, Classification, Geo-location System by Dr. Kevin Williams, University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory
  • AUV-Based Structural Acoustic Sonars for Underwater Buried UXO Detection & Classification by Dr. Brian H. Houston and Dr. Joseph A. Bucaro, Naval Research Laboratory
  • Sediment Volume Search Sonar by Dr. Daniel C. Brown, Applied Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University
  • TNO's Testbed for Technology Development and Experimentation for Buried Object Detection and Classification by Dr. Robert van Vossen, The Netherlands Organisation
  • Demonstrating Calibrated Phase-measuring Sidescan Sonar for Rapid Wide-area and Detailed Mapping of UXO Shallower than 5 m by Dr. Kenneth G. Foote, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Feature-driven Navigation Enhancement Using Low-frequency Acoustics by Dr. Timothy Marston, University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory

Wednesday, December 1, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (ET)

  • Session Introduction by Dr. Gregory Schultz
  • UltraTEM Marine Towed System for Detection and Characterization of Buried Ordnance by Dr. Stephen Billings, Black Tusk Geophysics Inc.
  • Unmanned Aerial Magnetics for Underwater UXO Site Assessment by Dr. Gregory Schultz, White River Technologies, Inc.
  • Topo-Bathy LIDAR Sensor for Characterizing Proud Underwater Objects in Shallow Waters from a UAS Platform by Dr. Jeffrey P. Thayer, Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates Lidar Technologies / University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Multi-sensor Approaches to Munitions Detection/Classification by Dr. Daniel D. Sternlicht, Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Florida
  • Sonar-Based Deep Learning for Underwater UXO Remediation by Dr. David P. Williams, Applied Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University
  • Practical Considerations in Scoring Blind Tests for UXO Detection, Localization, and Classification by Dr. Shelley Cazares, Institute for Defense Analyses

For more information regarding Munitions Response sessions and other Symposium details, visit the Symposium website. Each year, the SERDP and ESTCP Symposium brings together environmental and energy researchers and technology developers with the defense end-user and regulatory communities to showcase cutting edge environmental technologies and ideas. The 2021 Symposium will offer 20 technical sessions, several short courses, 400 technical posters, and a variety of networking opportunities.