Fausto Ferreira, Vice President for W&S
Nearing the end of the year, it is now time to make a balance and lay down plans for 2023. As you will be able to read in this Beacon, 2022 was a very intense year with many conferences and well attended events. I am very glad to see that all types of conferences (hybrid, virtual and in-person) were successful and that even the in-person only events had a large audience. In terms of organization of the portfolio and improving communication with conference organizers, it was also a very productive year. After having the Policies and Procedures (PnPs) for VPWS approved mid-year, I have nominated the Workshops & Symposia (W&S) Committee for the term 2022-2024, which is formed by Hari Vishnu, Kenneth Foote, Harumi Sugimatsu, Andreas Marouchos, Gerardo Acosta. As per the PnPs, the committee nominees come from different backgrounds and geographical regions. Finally, we had a first W&S Committee meeting at OCEANS 2022 Hampton Roads and a meeting with all OES conference organizers in what was a first of what I expect to be a very useful and successful series of meetings. The goal was to improve the coordination of the different W&S, share experiences and best practices and hear suggestions for improvements from the organizers and a series of action points came out of this meeting as will be detailed below. Next year looks exciting as well with several established conferences and plans for new conferences coming up!
Underwater Communications and Networking (UComms) 2022
The 2022 Sixth Underwater Communications and Networking (UComms) took place in Lerici, Italy, from 30 August to 1 September, 2022, with almost 90 participants in-person. In the occasion of 10th anniversary of this high-quality single-track conference, VPWS awarded the LOC a commemorative plaque highlighting and thanking the LOC for their efforts over the past 10 years. A full report on UComms 2022 is included in this Beacon edition.
2022 IEEE OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) Symposium
The IEEE OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) 2022 took place in a hybrid format, both in Singapore and online from the 19th to the 21st of September, 2022. Over 80 attendees attended (mostly in-person) this high-quality single track OES Symposium. One innovation brought by AUV 2022 was the discussion panel with the presenters at the end of each technical session. Moreover, awards were given by the Autonomous Marine Systems Technological Committee. I would like to congratulate the awardees Nikola Mišković, Blair Thornton and Hanumant Singh! More about AUV 2022 can be found in the dedicated report.
Breaking the Surface (BTS) 2022
The 14th edition of International Interdisciplinary Field Workshop of Maritime Robotics and Applications – Breaking the Surface (BTS) 2022, co-organized by the OES University of Zagreb Student Branch Chapter (SBC) was held from the 25th to the 30th of September in Biograd na Moru, Croatia. BTS 2022 had around 200 participants going back to pre-COVID attendance levels which is excellent news. More about BTS 2022 can be found in the OES University of Zagreb SBC report in this Beacon.
Marine Litter session and workshop at Sea Tech Week
OES has organized a special session entitled “Marine Litter: Solutions for Monitoring, Mitigation and Prevention” on the 27th of September, 2022, during the Sea Tech Week in Brest, France. This session preceded a 2 day workshop on “Marine Litter: Solutions for a Cleaner Ocean” on the 28th-29th of September co-organized with the Laboratory for Ocean Physics and Satellite remote sensing (LOPS). A full report on these two events is in this Beacon.
2022 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for the Sea (MetroSea 2022)
The 2022 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for the Sea (MetroSea 2022) took place from the 3rd to the 5th of October in Milazzo, Italy. The OES Italy Chapter was involved in the organization for the first time of this conference with over 100 participants and papers! A dedicated report is also included in this Beacon edition.
IEEE 9th International Conference on Underwater System Technology: Theory and Applications (USYS 2022)
USYS 2022 will take place from the 5th to 6th of December in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and online. USYS 2022 is being organized by our OES Malaysia Chapter. By the time you will be reading this newsletter, USYS will already be finished. A report is expected in the next Beacon edition.
2023 IEEE Underwater Technology (UT)
The International Symposium on Underwater Technology (UT23) will take place from the 6th to the 9th of March, 2023, in Tokyo, Japan. 125 abstracts were submitted and 99 were accepted. In addition to the technical sessions program and to the 3 keynote talks, including one dedicated to the UN Ocean Decade, a pre-event Workshop on Career Path Benefits of AUV/ROV Competitions will take place on the 6th of March. Early bird registration is open until the 20th of January. For registration and more information please check http://www.ut23.org/
10th Annual IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (SusTech 2023)
The 10th Annual IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (SusTech 2023) will take place from the 19th to the 22th of April 2023 in Portland, U.S.. IEEE SusTech pursuits of environmentally sound development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the future. It is technically co-sponsored by OES while having many other IEEE societies and sections as financial and technical co-sponsors including Region 6 and the IEEE Standards Association among others. While the paper submission is now closed for regular papers, late paper submissions will open in January so there is still a chance to submit your work. Please follow the updates on https://ieee-sustech.org/
Workshops & Symposia meeting at OCEANS 2022 Hampton Roads
As mentioned, an inaugural meeting dedicated to all OES W&S organizers took place on the 20th of October during OCEANS 2022 Hampton Roads (and online). A good and diverse attendance, including organizers from Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America, made this meeting very fruitful. Among the topics discussed was the need to revise the Guidelines due to some omissions. These are currently being revised by the W&S Committee and then will be open for comments from the W&S organizers as well. Another topic widely discussed was the need for good reviewers. As part of the effort to better include the OES technical community in the reviewing process, TC chairs will contact TC members regarding potential reviewing assignments. Finally, another major point discussed was the different paper/abstract management systems and registration systems. As each W&S uses different systems, we have discussed briefly benefits and cons of some of these systems. However, a study on potential options will be conducted by the W&S Committee to understand what are the best options available to organizers.
Future Plans for 2023
2023 is ramping up with events. Besides UT 2023, OES is supporting RAMI 2023 to take place in July in Italy, Breaking the Surface 2023, to take place in Montenegro in late September and MetroSea 2023, to take place in Malta in early October, making sure we widen our geographic reach and attracting new people to our society. More news on these events will come at a later stage.
Moreover, two other events in new geographical areas are under confirmation and will hopefully be announced in the next Beacon.
On the other side, we plan to present revised guidelines and the result of the paper management system study in the first quarter of next year so that upcoming conferences in late 2023, and in 2024, can be informed by the results of the study and can follow the revised guidelines.
Future Plans for 2024
Albeit it may seen early, I would like to remind all OES W&S planning to organize W&S in 2024, wishing to have a financial (co-)sponsorship or a technical sponsorship with financial implications, that requests for these sponsorships should be sent to VPWS before Spring Administrative Committee takes place as per the guidelines https://ieeeoes.org/conferences/workshops-and-symposia/. Dates are still under confirmation but even if you are not sure of all the details, please contact me directly firstname.lastname@example.org in the first quarter of 2023.
As always, I would like to remind any OES members that wish to get involved in current workshops, or propose new ones, to feel free to contact me. We are here to serve the OES members and the larger community, and if you have ideas on improving current workshops, you are more than welcome to forward them to me!