June 2020 OES Beacon

From the Vice President for W&S – A COVID-19 Update

Philippe Courmontagne, Vice President for W&S     

For 2020 and 2021, IEEE OES is involved in several upcoming events as a co-sponsor. But this year is really a particular one, as the general chairs of these events have to manage with the coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic. For this reason, and since my last article in the previous Beacon, some changes have appeared. It is really difficult to ensure these changes will be definitive, so please visit the OES website for the latest on any possible date, format or location changes to these events.

Marine Debris: a UN perspective – End of May, 2020, Cascais, Portugal


Following the success of the workshop “Marine Debris Indicators: What’s Next?”, IEEE OES will be one of the organisers of a new workshop concerned with maritime pollution.

Ucomms – September 1-3 2020, Lerici, Italy

POSTPONED to September 2021

The mission of the UComms conference series is to promote the development of a deep understanding of the propagation of communication signals underwater and the performance of higher layer protocols with the objective of supporting the intelligent choice of network-wide standards, as a foundation for interoperability.

UComms ’20 is the fifth conference of the series organised by the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) and is open to scientists and engineers involved in research, development, implementation and use of underwater communication systems.

The conference topics covers the full range of interests from physical understanding of the communication channels (acoustic optical, radio) through to network protocols and experimentation.

Visit http://www.ucomms.net/ !

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Symposium (AUV) – September 30 – October 2, 2020, St John’s, Canada

From a face-to-face event to a face-to-computer one

Every two years the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (IEEE OES) sponsors a collaborative symposium to bring together those working in the field of autonomous underwater vehicles.

This symposium will cover topics from vehicles to extreme environments, exploring software development; multi-vehicle; mission planning; navigation, localization and control; applications (mapping, oceanography …).

Due to concerns around COVID-19 and resulting travel restrictions, all AUV2020 sessions will be held remotely. The symposium will include recorded and real-time events to accommodate attendees in different time zones.

The abstract submission deadline has been extended to May 30. Registration fees will be discounted, and a new pricing structure will be proposed.

All you have to know can be found here: http://auv2020.org/

GEO Blue Planet Symposium – October 28-30, 2020, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

While writing this article, we had received no information concerning any changes to this event

This 5th GEO Blue Planet Symposium will be co-organized by SAEON (South African Environmental Observation Network), and CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) and the ACCESS programme (Alliance for Collaboration on Climate & Earth Systems Science). SAEON is well known for its work in the international ocean community for its contributions to ocean and coastal research and as an international participant with the JCOMM, the UNESCO/WMO Joint Commission on Oceans and Meteorology. The CSIR, is a world-class African research and development organisation and undertakes directed, multidisciplinary research and technological innovation that contributes to the improved quality of life of South Africans. The ACCESS programme is an earth systems science research consortium in South Africa representing several academic and research agencies and has a significant capacity building sub-programme.

More information will be available at the symposium’s webpage: https://symposium.geoblueplanet.org/

IEEE USYS – December 14-15, 2020, Malaysia

While writing this article, we had received no information concerning any changes to this event

For its 9th edition, this International conference on Underwater System Technology: Theory and Applications will be held in Malaysia during December 2020.

This conference aims to provide a platform for researchers, scientists, engineers, academicians, as well as industrial professionals from all over the world to share, discuss and disseminate their current R & D activities and experiences related to the field of underwater system technology, including relevant theories as well as applications.

USYS 2020 focuses on exploring new technology and approach to utilizing the vast resources of the oceans, developing new engineering strategies for the preservation of the oceans eco-system, as well as providing a specialized forum for discussing the future of underwater system technology.

Deadline for abstract submission: July 30, 2020

Website: http://oes.ieeemy.org/about-us/ieee-usys-2020/

International Symposium on Underwater Technology 2021 (UT21) – March 1-4, 2021, Tokyo, Japan

UT21, as a face-to-face event in Tokyo, is postponed to 2023 and will become UT23, UT21 will become on Online event – details to be announced soon.

The University of Tokyo is delighted to welcome international experts for the International Symposium on Underwater Technology (UT21). One of the most pleasant months in Japan will host the highly successful symposium, which is organized by the IEEE OES, IEEE OES Japan Chapter, the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), and Earthquake Research Institute (ERI). The symposium will provide you with a thematic umbrella under which attendees will discuss the problems and potential long-term solutions that concern not only the Pacific Rim countries, but the world in general.

The symposium consists of keynote talks, double-track technical sessions, a student poster session and a technical tour on the first day. It will feature advanced underwater technology and scientific use of submarine cables & related technologies. Suggested topics are Environmental Monitoring, Marine Robotics, Renewable Energy, Sensors, Acoustics and Communications, Observatory and Disaster Mitigation …

The important dates are:

  • Abstract submission date: September 18, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance date: October 16, 2020
  • Full paper submission date: December 11, 2020
  • Conference Dates: Mars 1-4, 2021.

Do not miss the opportunity to participate to this great event by visiting: http://www.ut2021.org/

IEEE / OES China Ocean Acoustics Symposium (COA 2020), Harbin, China – POSTPONED

COA 2020 is the second edition of the COA’s series. This event, sponsored by the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society, has a goal to create in China an exchange platform for universities, research institutions and industries worldwide in one of the key fields of ocean science and engineering.

The aim is to create opportunities for high-level joint research in specific areas of common interest by facilitating the sharing of research achievements, experiences and new ideas on hot topics. By actively participating in the symposium, postgraduate students and young researchers will have the opportunity to challenge their ideas, new approaches and developments of techniques and technologies. The organizers will invite widely recognized professors and experts to give tutorials and talks on underwater acoustics fundamentals, new approaches and cutting-edge applications.

Due to the coronavirus, this event has been postponed to 2021 and will be held in Harbin from July 14 to July 17, 2021.

The new important dates are:

  • Abstract submission date: March 20, 2021
  • Conference Dates: July 14-17, 2021.

All you have to know: www.meetlist.org/COA2020/

Do not forget IEEE OES exists to serve you, but only your participation in events can allow the society to fulfill its mission!