Welcome to the the University Defence Research Collaboration (UDRC)

Signal Processing is fundamental to the capability of all modern sensor weapon systems and the Defence Technology Strategy identified the development and application of signal processing techniques as high priority technical challenges within the MOD research agenda.

The UDRC is a leading partnership between industry, defence and is academia led and focuses on sensor signal processing for defence. The work within this collaboration has been split into 2 phases of research.

UDRC Phase 1 Research commenced in 2009 and finished in 2013 and explores the two main themes of Classification and Multimodal Fusion and Detection, Localisation and Tracking. This work was led and coordinated by Imperial College London.

UDRC commenced its second phase of work in 2013, an ambitious 5 year project focusing on "Signal Processing in a Networked Battlespace"

This 5 year research programme is jointly led and coordinated by two academic consortia across the UK:

This work on phase 1 and 2 is funded by the MOD and EPSRC.

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The aim of the UDRC is to develop unprecedented research in signal processing with application to the defence industry and share knowledge, promote communications, guidance and training. The formation of consortia will bring together researchers from across the different aspects of signal processing to address the research challenges of operating in a networked battlespace. This will form part of a wider collaborative centre of excellence for signal processing that embraces academia, Research and Technology Organisations, defence manufacturing industries and the Defence Technology Centres. This collaboration will support a cutting edge signal and data processing capability in the UK, and lead to potentially greater research impact.

UDRC Research

Two ambitious and novel 5 year programmes of research which have ehanced and built upon existing sensor technologies in Defence. Phase 1 (2009-13) research can be found here.

Phase 2 Signal Processing in a Networked Battlespace will deliver integrated multi-sensor systems as well as limiting data overload and maximising data relevance within the network, through novel acquisition, processing and sensor management.

Our Research Work Programmes are split across:


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Our Research Publications are split across:


Find an Expert

The UDRC has experts who specialise in different areas of Signal Processing for Defence within both Research Consortia. If you would like to contact an expert on your chosen topic or receive UDRC updates please email UDRC Project Manager Janet Forbes.