December 2023

From the Vice President for Workshops & Symposia (December 2023)

Fausto Ferreira, Vice President for W&S

This article is hard to write as it is my last one as OES VP Workshops & Symposia (W&S). As mentioned in the last Beacon, in the recent elections I did not run for re-election and Gerardo Acosta was elected as the new VPWS. I wish him the best of luck and the promise that I will always be available to help out and provide advice from my 3 years’ experience. The past 3 years have been a great experience and while challenging and in a couple of situations potentially frustrating, I have enjoyed a lot my role and I am grateful to everyone that trusted me with this role, that empowered me and helped out and to every single person involved in the organization of the wide network of OES W&S. Without you, my role would not exist! I also would like to mention that this is not a goodbye to OES, I will still be involved and volunteer just in different ways (Standards). Finally, I am also very grateful for the 2023 OES Distinguish Service Award bestowed upon me, it has been a pleasure to serve the Society along the past few years and I am sure I will keep enjoying doing it.

Alas, enough with the sentimentalisms! 2023 has been an excellent year for the W&S with a lot of events both recurring ones and new in the OES portfolio. I am glad that OES is expanding horizons both technically and geographical and I am certain that this trend will not stop. Indeed, for 2024 we have 10 Workshops & Symposia taking place. On the other hand, regarding the portfolio organization, the paper management system study has been enlarged and is not concluded yet as we are now checking if there could be a system that could work and encompass also OCEANS and JOE. Please check out the latest on W&S in the next couple of pages.

Robotics for Asset Maintenance and Inspection (RAMI) Marine Robots 2023 Competition

The second RAMI Marine Robots competition took place at the NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) in La Spezia, Italy, from 16 to 21 July, 2023. 5 teams participated among which 2 were new teams. A novelty in this year’s edition was a Student Poster Competition among the participating students. A full report is included in this newsletter.

Breaking the Surface (BTS) 2023

The 15th edition of International Interdisciplinary Field Workshop of Maritime Robotics and Applications – Breaking the Surface (BTS) 2023, co-organized by the OES University of Zagreb Student Branch Chapter (SBC), took place in Kumbor, Montenegro, (first time outside Croatia) from the 24th of September to the 1st of October. This year’s program includes several newcomers from all over the world (Africa, Europe, U.S.) and included two student competitions: one acoustic challenge and one pitching contest. This year’s edition has been a success as it had the typical BTS attendance pre-COVID19 (close to 200 attendees) even though it took place at the same time as OCEANS 2023 Gulf Coast. In recognition of 15 years of BTS, as VPWS, I delivered a recognition plaque to the organizers. A full report will be provided in the next edition.

2023 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for the Sea (MetroSea 2023)

The 2023 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for the Sea (MetroSea 2023) took place from the 4th to the 6th of October in La Valetta, Malta, for the first time, as well, out of its typical home country (Italy). Co-organized by the OES Italy Chapter, MetroSea had a keynote on active sonar metrology by Dr. Kenneth Foote, from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, that represented as well OES W&S Committee. MetroSea 2023 had over 100 attendees and over 100 paper presentations and 3 keynote speakers. In addition, for the first time, a special issue in our JOE journal is being prepared gathering the best papers from MetroSea.

Argentine Meeting on Marine Energies (ENAEM) 2023

The Argentine Meeting on Marine Energies (ENAEM) 2023 took place from the 6th to 8th of November in Buenos Aires, Argentina, bringing together actors related to marine energies, in particular wave energy. Our next VPWS, Gerardo Acosta, attended and will provide a full report in the next Beacon.

Marine Robotics School 2023

From the 20th to 25th of November, the Marine Robotics School 2023 is taking place in Goa, India. OES is supporting local students to attend through the initiative of one of our YP BOOST laureates: Francesco Maurelli. It’s good to see that our YP BOOST laureates are active and bringing new events to the OES family.

Symposium on Ocean Technology, 2023 (SYMPOL 2023)

The 17th biennial Symposium on Ocean Technology (SYMPOL 2023) organized by the Department of Electronics of the Cochin University of Science and Technology, will take place in Kochi, India, from the 13th to 15th of December 2023. After review, 17 papers have been accepted. For more on this symposium please visit

Winter School on Underwater Network Simulations and experimentation (UNWiS)

The second Winter School on Underwater Network Simulations and experimentation (UNWiS) will take place in Padova, Italy, from the 29th of January to the 2nd of February. This is being organized by another of our YP BOOST laureates, Filippo Campagnaro. More info is available here

IEEE/OES Thirteenth Current, Waves and Turbulence Measurement Workshop (CWTM) 2024

From March 18th to 20th, the IEEE/OES Thirteenth Current, Waves and Turbulence Measurement Workshop (CWTM) 2024 will take place in Wanchese, North Carolina, U.S. The call for abstracts is now closed and 32 abstracts have been received. The registration is about to open here

Future Plans for 2024

For 2024, we have a very intense year with almost 1 Workshop/Symposia every month (and some months with more than one). Besides CWTM, just before OCEANS 2024 Singapore, the Singapore AUV Challenge will take place from the 5th to 8th of April. Then, from the 29th to the 31st of May, we will have the China Ocean Acoustics conference in Wuhan, China. In July, we will have another RAMI competition in La Spezia, Italy, while in late August, the 7th edition of the UComms conference is expected to be held.

The Fall will be very intense with AUV 2024 taking place in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., from the 19th of September to the 21st of September, just before OCEANS 2024 Halifax. Immediately after OCEANS, Breaking the Surface 2024 is expected to take place from the 29th of September to the 6th of October. This is followed by a new workshop on Marine Imaging taking place from 7-10 October in Monterey, California, U.S., followed by the IEEE 10th International Conference on Underwater System Technology: Theory and Applications USYS 2024 in Xi’an, China, (and online) from the 11th to the 13th of October. MetroSea 2024 takes place immediately after on the 14th to the 16th of October in Portorož, Slovenia. There is definitely a lot happening in different technical areas, so please choose your preferred W&S, submit your papers and participate! More news on each specific conference, including call for papers, will be announced shortly.

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 VPWS at 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!