December 2023

Chapter News (December 2023)

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Japan Chapter 

Talk by Prof. Yutaka Michida

The 10th Underwater Technology ForumZERO HYBRID – congratulating  Prof. Yutaka Michida elected to Chair UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) for the 2023-2025 biennium

Reported by Harumi Sugimatsu

The 10th  Underwater Technology Forum・ZERO was held from 13:00-17:00 on 13 October 2023, on the Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo in Kashiwa Campus (  This time, we had 85 in person attendees and 133 online attendees who tend to live far from Tokyo.  Among the speakers, two Japanese   youths who are living in Norway and Estonia were online.

The Forum congratulated of Prof. Yutaka Michida of the University of Tokyo (Forum’s Co-Chair) on his election as Chair of IOC (, and opened the forum with a speech on the significance of the IOC’s existence and its future prospects.  We then celebrated this at the reception after the forum.

Other topics of the forum are as below;

  • The current abnormal Kuroshio meander and its future prospective
  • The strange creatures of Kagoshima Bay, Satsuma Haorimushi, A close look at the adaptation mechanisms to the chemosynthetic ecosystem
  • Port Development considering biological symbiosis at Suzaki Port in Kochi Prefecture
  • Operation of AUV “MONACA” in the 64th Antarctic Research Exploration
  • Development of the VTOL-UAV “Asuka” and its operation in whale observation
  • Challenge to reproduce the marine ecosphere by the environmental transfer venture “INOCA”
  • Report on Overseas part 1, working at a Norwegian Maritime Company
  • Report on Overseas part 2, life in a doctoral course in Estonia

The next Forum (hybrid) will be held on 26 April 2024, at the Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, in Komaba Research Campus.  If you are interested to attend or give a talk, please contact us (

The speaker Chuya Sinzato (above left), moderator Toshihiro Maki (above right) and participants (Tamaki Ura and others) (bottom) all get excited about Satsuma Haorimushi.
From the talk Satsuma Haorimushi


From the talk “AUV MONAKA in the 64th Antarctic Research Exploration”


From the talk “working at a Norwegian Maritime Company” and audience
From the talk “life in a doctoral course in Estonia”, and discussions with the floor



Dr. V. P. Harigovindan delviering talk on “NOMA IOT networks for 5G and beyond”

Singapore Chapter 

Activities Report, 2023

Reported by Yuen Min Too, Hari Vishnu, Venugopalan Pallayil, Bharath Kalyan

In 2023, IEEE OES Singapore experienced a bustling year with a diverse range of activities, both technical and social. These encompassed technical talks and social gatherings.

Talk by Mr. Hong Jie on Coherence Function for Ambient Noise and Helicopter Sound in Water

At the beginning of the year, we organized a talk featuring Dr. V. P. Harigovindan, an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Technology Puducherry, India. The presentation, titled “Non Orthogonal Multiple Access IOT networks for 5G and beyond” took place on January 26, 2023.

During the month of June, we hosted a technical presentation titled “Horizontal Coherence Function for Ambient Noise and Helicopter Sound in Water” by Mr. Kok Hong Jie, a representative from the Defence Science Organisation (DSO) National Laboratories. This talk explored both the theoretical underpinnings and practical applications of horizontal coherence functions, particularly their utility in estimating the speed of sound in sediment.

DL talk by Dr. John Potter on Distributed Acoustic Sensing

Later this year, we proudly hosted an IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society Distinguished Lecture (DL) featuring Professor John Potter from NTNU. On September 21, 2023, Professor Potter delivered an enlightening talk titled “Listening at the speed of light: what could distributed acoustic sensing do for you?”. During his presentation, he introduced the concept of Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS), a groundbreaking technology utilizing an array of sensors for passive acoustic sensing across a distributed area. Professor Potter provided a comprehensive overview of the manifold applications of DAS, encompassing diverse fields such as environmental monitoring, seismic activity analysis, passive acoustic monitoring of marine mammals, and traffic and transportation surveillance. His talk shed light on the far-reaching capabilities of DAS technology.

Immediately following the Distinguished Lecture, we had a technical talk by Dr. Dora Hu Juanjuan from Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), A*STAR. The presentation was titled “Underground Asset Integrity Monitoring using Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS).” Dr. Hu Juanjuan provided an overview of the ongoing efforts in the realm of underground asset integrity monitoring, utilizing the cutting-edge DAS technology and machine learning.

Dr. Dora Hu Juanjuan delivering a talk on “Underground Asset Integrity Monitoring using Distributed Acoustic Sensing”

On the social side, the chapter also hosted the IEEE OES leadership Executive Committee meeting on 4-5 November, 2023. We also organized a social networking and membership drive barbecue on 4 November, 2023 at Republic Singapore Yacht Club, alongside the ExCom meeting, allowing members a chance to interact with ExCom members. Our chapter members have also been active in organizing or delivering technical talks and activities in other parts of the world. Our member Dr. Mandar Chitre delivered a DL talk in Israel at Haifa university on “Glacier monitoring in the Arctic.” Dr. Venu Pallayil helped organize a panel on low-cost ocean observing technologies at OCEANS Gulf Coast. Dr. Vishnu facilitated two well-attended webinars delivered in collaboration with the Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOP) programme, delivered by TC chairs Dr. Suleiman Mazhar and Dr. Andreas Marouchos, on basics of acoustics and polar technologies respectively for ECOPs. Dr. Kalyan organized two technical sessions at Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, on Marine robotics.

We are in the midst of organizing two large upcoming events, namely the OES/MTS OCEANS 2024 conference in Marina Bay Sands, and the Singapore AUV Challenge 2024, our flagship chapter annual event to engage and promote student interest in underwater technology. It has been running very successfully for the past 11 years (every year except 2020-21 due to Covid) with excellent visibility. We are planning for an OES short school alongside these events led by the VP-TA.

We are also planning for an industrial workshop in December where several industrial representatives are expected to give talks on their latest developments with chapter members. Our member Dr. Chitre will be delivering a lecture in association with the robotics winter school being organized in the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India, in December. Our chapter members have also been active in the leadership of the society by being involved in various roles in ExCom such as VP-OCEANS, Secretary, and the Editor-in-Chief of JOE. One of our chapter members, Dr. Kalyan, received the 2023 IEEE OES Presidential Award for his service rendered to the Singapore Chapter, SAUVC, and the OES Technology Committees, and has been nominated to AdCom as well. Also, another matter of pride for our chapter is that we were awarded the Best Chapter award in the Singapore Section in 2022, for our activities.

Figure 1: Promotional poster for an engaging sharing session by Prof. Dr. Antonio Pascoal from Instituto Superior Técnico, focusing on the cutting-edge field of marine robotics.

Malaysia Chapter 


Reported by Assoc. Prof. Ir Dr Zool Hilmi Ismail, Chapter Chair

On October 5th, 2023, Dr. António Pascoal, a visiting professor from the Dynamical Systems and Ocean Robotics Lab in Lisbon, Portugal, delivered a sharing session on Marine Robotics Technologies for Science and Ocean Literacy at the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. Dr. Pascoal, a Life Member of IEEE, is a renowned figure in the field of Marine Robotic Technologies, with significant contributions to both science and ocean literacy, starting from his academic achievement of earning a Ph.D. in control science from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, in 1987. Pascoal’s expertise and interest in the oceanic realm led him to take on a role as an Adjunct Scientist with the National Institute of Oceanography in Goa, India, in 2012. This position allowed him to extend his research and influence in marine technology on an international scale.

Figure 2: Postgraduate students attentively listening to Prof. Dr. Antonio Pascoal’s talk on marine robotics.

Pascoal’s work in marine robotic technologies is characterized by his efforts to develop systems that can navigate and understand the complex and often unpredictable marine environment. His research has implications for various applications, from environmental monitoring and oceanographic data collection to underwater infrastructure inspection and maintenance. Through his roles, António M. Pascoal has significantly contributed to the field of marine robotics, positioning himself as a leading figure in the advancement of technologies that are pivotal for ocean exploration and the dissemination of ocean literacy. His career reflects a deep commitment to harnessing technology for understanding and preserving the marine environment, making substantial contributions to the field of marine science and robotics.

During the sharing session, Dr. Pascoal presented the historical development and usage of robotic systems designed by Instituto Superior Técnico for marine environments. These technologies include autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and unmanned surface vehicles (USVs). These systems are equipped with sensors, cameras, and sometimes manipulative tools to perform tasks such as data collection, mapping, sampling, and inspecting underwater infrastructure.

Figure 3: Mr. Syahmi Harith Hakim, a research student from CAIRO, actively participating in the session by inquiring about the control of swarm robotics.

Furthermore, he also discussed how these technologies enhance our understanding of the ocean’s influence on us and our impact on the ocean. Marine robotics technologies significantly contribute to ocean literacy by providing data and visuals that assist in educating people about the marine environment. Through the data collected by marine robots, scientists, educators, and the public can gain insights into the ocean’s health, biodiversity, and the challenges it faces.

Lastly, he explained that operating in the harsh and unpredictable ocean environment poses unique challenges. This leads to continuous innovation in areas such as robotics durability, energy efficiency, navigation, and data transmission.


THEME: “Advancing GLOBAL Sustainability through Technological Breakthroughs”

Reported by Prof. Dr Mohd Rizal Arshad and Assoc. Prof. Ir Dr Zool Hilmi Ismail

Figure 4: Group photo at the Science and Engineering Research Centre, Universiti Sains Malaysia, during NUSY’23, highlighting a gathering of innovative minds in the realm of ocean engineering.

The 13th National Technical Seminar on Unmanned System Technology, NUSYS’23, hosted on October 2nd and 3rd, 2023, at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Nibong Tebal in Penang, Malaysia, and organized by IEEE OES Malaysia, was a pivotal event that brought together a diverse group of professionals to discuss advancements in unmanned system technologies. The seminar was a confluence of researchers, scientists, engineers, academicians, and industry experts from around the world, sharing insights on a wide array of topics such as Unmanned Systems, Underwater Technology, Marine Power Systems, Sustainable Energy, Applied Electronics, Computer Engineering, Control Systems, Instrumentation, and Artificial Intelligence.

Figure 5: Keynote speaker 1, Prof. Dr. Antonio Pascoal, imparting his extensive experience and addressing the challenges faced in ocean surface exploration during his insightful presentation.

The event commenced with a Welcoming Remark and Opening Ceremony by Prof. Dr. Mohd Azmier Ahmad, the Director of the Science and Engineering Research Centre at USM. His opening address set the tone for the seminar, emphasizing the importance of innovation and collaboration in the field of unmanned system technologies. This was followed by a Welcoming Remark by Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Zool Hilmi Ismail, Chair of the IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter, who highlighted the chapter’s commitment to advancing the field and fostering an environment conducive to knowledge exchange and networking. Keynote presentations were delivered by esteemed speakers: Prof. Dr. Antonio Pascoal from the Dynamical Systems and Ocean Robotics Lab in Lisbon, Portugal, and Professor Huiping Li from the School of Marine Science and Technology at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an, China. These sessions provided attendees with valuable insights into cutting-edge research and developments in the field.

Figure 6: Welcoming Remark and Opening Ceremony delivered by Prof. Dr. Mohd Azmier Ahmad, marking the commencement of an enlightening NUSYS’23 event.

Additionally, NUSYS’23 featured special talks from industry leaders. Dr. Hairi Zamzuri of eMooVit Technology Sdn Bhd and Mr. Kamarul Hisham Kamarulzaman from SS ROVER Sdn Bhd shared their industry experiences and perspectives, offering a practical viewpoint on the application of unmanned system and ROV technologies. A notable feature of the seminar was the announcement that all accepted and presented papers would be submitted for inclusion in the SCOPUS-indexed Springer LNEE (Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering) Proceedings, providing a significant publication platform for participants’ research. The seminar also focused on exploring innovative technologies for resource utilization, formulating strategies for ecological conservation, and envisioning the future of emerging technologies. With over 30 technical papers presented, the event provided a rich environment for learning, discussion, and collaboration.

In closing, heartfelt thanks were extended to all partners, volunteers, and the University of Science Malaysia for their invaluable support and hospitality, which were pivotal in the success of NUSYS’23. The technical seminar was not only a platform for sharing and discussing research but also an inspiring event, leaving participants with a renewed sense of purpose and a broader perspective on the possibilities in the field of unmanned systems.

Figure 8: Chair of IEEE OES Malaysia presenting a special souvenir to Prof. Dr. Guang Pan, esteemed Dean of the School of Marine Science and Technology.

IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter and Northwestern Polytechnical University Joint Technical Seminar and Cultural Exploration

Reported by Prof. Dr Mohd Rizal Arshad, Assoc. Prof. Ir Dr Zool Hilmi Ismail, Ts Dr Zainah Binti Md. Zain and Dr Maziyah Binti Mat Noh

A group of distinguished academics and researchers from the OES Malaysia Chapter and Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) recently came together for an enriching four-day event at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an, China. The delegation included prominent figures such as Professor Dr. Mohd Rizal Arshad from OES Malaysia Chapter team, Professor Dr. Guang Pan and Professor Dr. Huiping Li from NPU, among other esteemed guests. The program commenced with a comprehensive Joint Tech Seminar, followed by an exploration of the historical treasures of Xi’an.

Figure 9: A visit to the legendary Terracotta Army, guided by Prof. Huiping Li’s student

Day 1: Joint Tech Seminar

The event began on 31 October 2023 with the Joint Tech Seminar. Starting at 9:00 AM, the seminar featured a series of insightful presentations from both OES Malaysia Chapter and NPU teams. These presentations covered diverse topics, from breakthroughs in technology to collaborative research achievements and insights into future tech trends. The morning session was rich in intellectual discourse, fostering a spirit of learning and collaboration.

After the lunch break, the afternoon was dedicated to discussion sessions, providing practical insights into various technological fields. This provided a unique opportunity for hands-on learning and potential research collaborations. The day concluded with an interactive Q&A session, enabling a lively discussion and concluding remarks from the organizer.

The evening was reserved for a networking dinner, where participants engaged in informal discussions, shared ideas, and built professional connections.


Figure 10: Dr. Zhang, presenting online from HUST, engagingly explains his innovative project on the intelligent detection and inspection of subsea cables using AUV.
Figure 11: A networking dinner hosted by Professor Dr. Huiping Li from NPU.


Figure 12: Marine Lab and Campus tour led by Dr. Le Li, an Assistant Professor in Control Science and Engineering at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an, China.
Figure 13: Dr. Maziyah presenting her recent innovative work on sliding mode control scheme, highlighting advancements and applications in marine engineering.

Day 2: Tour of Xi’an

The final day of the event was a cultural tour of Xi’an. The morning began with a visit to the legendary Terracotta Army, offering attendees a peek into China’s rich historical heritage. The visit was both enlightening and inspiring, showcasing the artistic and cultural achievements of ancient China.

In the afternoon, after a delightful lunch at a local restaurant, the group toured the Ancient City Wall and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. These sites are not only significant for their historical and cultural value but also stand as testaments to the seamless blend of ancient traditions and modern developments characteristic of Xi’an.

The day concluded with participants having the option to extend their stay, allowing further exploration of this vibrant city.

This event was more than just an academic conference; it was an immersion into culture, blending the exploration of technological advancements with the appreciation of historical and cultural heritage. The participants left with enhanced knowledge, potential collaborative prospects, and a deeper understanding of Xi’an’s rich cultural backdrop.

Figure 14: On-site visit for possible venue of USYS’24 conference.


Reported by rof. Dr. Mohd Rizal Arshad, Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Zool Hilmi Ismail, Ts. Dr. Zainah Binti Md. Zain and Dr. Maziyah Binti Mat Noh

The recent collaboration between the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (OES) Malaysia Chapter, Northwestern Polytechnical University (NWPU), and Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) marks a significant stride towards the upcoming USYS’24. This gathering aimed not only to strengthen ties but also to lay down a concrete plan for the conference scheduled for next year in Xi’an, China. The visit included a comprehensive tour of NWPU’s research facilities and marine labs, followed by in-depth discussions led by Professor Huiping Li from NWPU and Professor Xiang Bo, along with his team from HUST Wuhan.

Figure 15: USYS’24 technical meeting was held on October 31, 2023, at Northwestern Polytechnic University in Xi’an.

Tour and Visit to NWPU Research Facilities and Marine Labs

The day commenced with an insightful tour of NWPU’s cutting-edge research facilities. The visit showcased a variety of technological innovations and projects, each aligning with the broader objectives of USYS’24. Particularly impressive were the advanced marine research labs, where a plethora of ongoing projects displayed NWPU’s commitment to marine science and technology. These labs, equipped with state-of-the-art apparatus, are pivotal in advancing research in underwater acoustics, marine robotics, and other related fields, directly contributing to the themes of USYS’24.

Figure 16: Online session was attended by representatives from Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Dalian University.

Lunch and Discussions on USYS24

Post the tour, the delegation gathered at the NWPU cafeteria for lunch. This provided an informal setting for preliminary discussions, setting the stage for the afternoon session. The main discussion, focused on the upcoming USYS’24 conference, was both comprehensive and detailed. Key topics included conference themes, paper submission guidelines, panel discussions, keynote speeches, and logistical arrangements for the event in Xi’an. Professors Huiping Li and Xiang Bo spearheaded the conversation, emphasizing the need for a multidisciplinary approach and international collaboration in addressing the challenges and opportunities in ocean engineering and technology.


Planning and Technical Discussion for USYS’24 Conference Organization

The core of the meeting revolved around the meticulous planning of USYS’24. Discussions delved into the technical aspects of the conference, including session formats, publication protocols, and the integration of innovative research findings. The team also outlined a roadmap for engaging global experts, securing local sponsorships, and facilitating smooth execution. A significant portion of the dialogue was dedicated to ensuring a diverse and inclusive paper submission platform, allowing researchers from various backgrounds to contribute and benefit. The visit to NWPU and the subsequent discussions with IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter, NWPU, and HUST representatives have laid a solid foundation for the successful organization of USYS’24. The emphasis on collaboration, innovation, and inclusivity resonated throughout the day’s events, setting a promising tone for next year’s conference. The upcoming months will see these plans refined and implemented, gearing up for what promises to be a landmark event in the field of ocean engineering. Key details for USYS 2024 include a proposed date of October 18-20, 2024 in Xi’an, China, with an aim for more than 100 presented papers, and important deadlines for paper submissions set throughout 2024.