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Organised by the Underwater Acoustics Group of the Institute of Acoustics
The 4th International Conference on
Wednesday 5- Friday 7 SEPTEMBER 2018


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The Institute of Acoustic has previously held three successful international conferences on Synthetic Aperture Sonar and Radar (2006, 2010, 2014).  These drew together people from both communities to discuss the developments in both fields and to establish where there are common areas of interest and where cross-fertilization may prove beneficial.

Traditional Sonar and Radar both emerged during the early parts of the 20th century and it was recognised there were many areas of common interest. These include; detection, classification, localisation and tracking of targets against a background of reverberation, noise or clutter, using either acoustic or electromagnetic energy.

Over the past few decades there have been significant advances in both domains in the use of synthetic aperture imaging techniques – in radar for high resolution imaging from aircraft and satellites, for defence surveillance purposes, for geophysical and oceanographic remote sensing and for environmental monitoring.  In Sonar it has been applied in high resolution imaging of objects on the seabed (including clutter) for the offshore industry and maritime mine countermeasures.

Despite these common goals there had previously been very little cross-fertilization between the two communities and the first three IOA conferences on this topic were held in order to try and address this. The aim of this conference is to build on the success of the previous conferences and provide a forum for comparison of systems techniques, signal and image processing, experimental results and to stimulate new ideas in each domain. The Institute of Acoustic will therefore be hosting this conference in September 2018 in the Villa Marigola, Lerici, Italy. 

Authors Note
Authors are invited to submit a full paper by 27 July 2018. Papers will be refereed. Completed papers may be up to 8 pages long, including diagrams and must be prepared in the correct electronic format.


Villa Marigola, Congress Centre, Via Biaggini 1, 19032 San Terenzo, Lerici, Italy



40 Rooms have been reserved between the Hotel Doria Park and the Europa Hotel, Please contact the hotel direct to book Doria Park Hotel <>

Prices: are per Room per day and include buffet breakfast served until 12 noon, including tax -  check in 04/09/18 check out 08/09/18

Cancellation policy: Rooms can be modified or cancelled up to 72 H before arrival.

Confirmation: we require a credit card guarantee for each reservation.

Room rates:
Double for single use with garden view € 100.00 b&b
Double for single use with sea view, € 130.00 b&b
Supplement for double occupancy € 40.00         
In the evening  dinner a la carte is served in our restaurant at Hotel Doria,
from 8 to 23.00



The Doria Park Hotel are able to provide a shuttle service to / from the airports  (Pisa, Firenze, Genova & Milano)  Please confirm the rates with the hotel at the time of booking.

AIRPORTS                               DAYTIME 

PISA     €   120,00  
GENOVA    €   160,00    
FIRENZE      €   170.00   
MILANO LINATE      €    300,00  
MILANO MALPENSA    €    350,00     
Cancellation policy: Untill 24:00 h before before arrival you will not be charged any penalty. In case of no show or cancellation after this deadline, you will be charged the amount of the first night's stay.

It is possible to also take the train from the Pisa Airport to Pisa Central Station, then change trains to La Spezia, then a taxi to Lerici.


The registration fee includes three days of conference, lunches and refreshments, welcome drinks on Tuesday evening, conference dinner on Thursday evening and the proceedings.

£390.00 Speakers (giving the presentation)
£600.00 Members IOA, AIA, ASA, Co-Authors, Chairmen 
£700.00 Non Members
£360.00 Students in full-time education and retired members
Organising Committee:
Gary Heald, Chairman
Dstl, UK
Samantha Dugelay
CMRE, Italy
Kerry Commander        
David Blacknell            
Dstl, UK
Roy-Edgar Hansen
FFI, Norway
Chris Baker
University of Birmingham, UK
Linda Canty                  
Institute of Acoustics, UK



05 September 2018   through   07 September 2018
Villa Marigola

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SAS/SAR 2018
Speakers giving the presentation £ 390.00
Speakers NOT giving the presentation £ 600.00
Members (see website for eligibility) £ 600.00
Non-Members £ 700.00
Students (in full time education) £ 360.00
I would like vegetarian meals £ 0.00

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SAS/SAR 2018
Speakers giving the presentation £ 390.00
Speakers NOT giving the presentation £ 600.00
Members (see website for eligibility) £ 600.00
Non-Members £ 700.00
Students (in full time education) £ 360.00
I would like vegetarian meals £ 0.00