December 2020 OES Beacon

The New Age of Oceanography

Miriam E. Lucero-Tenorio, César A. Enderica-Posligua, Gema M. Camacho- Viteri, Karen M. Mirabá-Peñafiel

An important objective of the IEEE technical chapters is to transmit to society, engineers and future professionals the technological advances in different branches of engineering through activities such as conferences and publications. For this reason, we were driven to develop an online conference called “The New Age of Oceanography”, which was successfully hosted in Equador from 14 – 19 September of this year with an international lineup of speakers. The objective of our conference was to provide information to the members of the chapter and other attendees on technological advances applied to bodies of water.

Description of the Event

The concept of oceanography is becoming more and more popular, defining itself as the science that studies the waters, the bottom of the sea, the oceans and the atmosphere, from the physical, geophysical, chemical and biological points of view.

While the importance of these scientific investigations is increasingly recognized, the needed advancement of scientific knowledge requires support from the industrial, economic, administrative, and legislative bodies of society. Only then can that knowledge manifest itself more strongly through the appearance of new technologies for sampling and observation and new methods of data processing and analysis.

In order to share some of the most current research with the community of related interests in oceanography, we developed, promoted and hosted “The New Age of Oceanography” at which speakers from several nations presented their research, analytical results, professional opportunities and technological developments.

The event solicited current and relevant technical topics in several different areas of oceanographic engineering:

  • Marine Technology
  • Numerical models applied in oceanography
  • Robotics in fisheries research.
  • Ocean Policy
  • Underwater acoustics
  • Perspectives in ocean engineering
  • Remote Sensing

And as you will see from the Event Schedule and lineup of speakers below, the conference covered that ground and more.

Figure 1. Event instructors “The New Age of Oceanography”.

Event Schedule

Monday, September 14 2020

La ciencia del mar y su tecnología.
Instructor: MSc. Jesús Ledesma

Machine Learning can help us build better underwater exploration robots
Instructor: PhD. Yogesh Girdhar


Tuesday, September 15 2020

Phytoplankton blooms: New initiative using marine optics a basis for monitoring programs.
Instructor: Phd. Eduardo Santamaria del Angel

Importancia del sistema eléctrico en las construcciones navales sistema de puesta a tierra
Instructor: Eng. Henry Soledispa

Modelación morfodinámica a cauces naturales
Instructor: PhD. Andrés Vargas


Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Satellite Remote Sensing.
Expositor: PhD. Maurizio Migliaccio, PhD.  


Thursday, 17 September 2020

Exploring the blue frontier with cooperative marine robots
Instructor: PhD. Antonio Pascoal

Monitoring ocean form space
Instructor: PhD. Milton Kampel

Identificación de patrones meteorológicos de la convección profunda mediante métodos de observación.
Instructor: MSc. Hugo Rico

Ictiobot, vehículos autónomos submarinos.
Instructor: PhD. Gerardo Acosta


Friday, September 18 2020

Full-Day Workshop involves fundamentals of GPU and CUDA C/C++ Programming.
Instructor: PhD. Yohong Rosa Zheng

Modulación de señales acústicas con códigos ZADOFF CHU, para estimar tiempos de vuelo en el sistema subacuático.
Instructor: MSc. Santiago Murano

Real Time Current Profiles in Support of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations.
Instructor: PhD. Todd Morrison


Figure 2. Organizing committee of “The New Age of Oceanography”.

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Estudiando el océano en Ecuador
Instructor: MSc. Leonor Vera

Funciones R para monitoreo de variables oceanográficas
Instructor: Eng. Freddy López.

Event Organizers

This successful and well attended event was organized by the IEEE Ecuador Section of Women in Engineering (WIE) and by the OES Student Chapter of the IEEE-ESPOL Student Branch (Figure 2).

Event Results

As shown in Figure 3, the conference had 177 registered attendees and averaged 136 participants in each of six online technical sessions. At its peak, 151 attendees (85.3%) from around the world were logged in and listening to the presentations.

A poll of attendees showed that 35.6% (63 people) classified themselves as oceanographic professionals and 64.4% (114 people) classified themselves as students in an oceanographic discipline.

The enormous participation of the student membership was seen as a huge benefit, both to the students and to the professionals. Follow-on contacts were encouraged.

Figure 3. Attendance evolution by day.
Figure 4. Average distribution of attendees to the event, classified by professionals and students.
Figure 5. Average distribution of attendees to the event, classified IEEE members.
Figure 6. Average distribution of attendees to the event, classified by OES IEEE membership

Recordings of the event will be available on the YouTube® platform through the OES IEEE ESPOL account. Our intention is to be accessible to people who did not attend or wish to see the presentations again.

We leave you with some example slides and screen captures from what we hope will only be the first “New Age of Oceanography” conference.

Figure 7. Event summary.
Figure 8. Event summary.