June 2022 OES Beacon

From the Vice President for Workshops & Symposia  

Fausto Ferreira, Vice President for W&S

We are now almost in the middle of 2022 and while we had only one major conference (besides OCEANS of course) in the first half, as you can see in this article, the second half of this year will be very busy. I encourage every member and colleague to attend the event that fits best their research/interest as there are plenty of options in several places, times, and formats! See below for short summaries of each planned event and make sure to visit the relevant websites, submit your papers and attend these events.

Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022

The Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM’22) had a strong participation of OES with 6 OES sponsored technical sessions and a Town Hall very well attended (67 participants!). Please check elsewhere in this newsletter for complete reports covering the technical sessions and Town Hall.

Robotics for Asset Maintenance and Inspection (RAMI) Marine Robots 2022 competition

The first RAMI Marine Robots competition at the NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) in La Spezia, Italy, from 10 to 15 July 2022. The call for participation for the physical competition is closed now but a virtual competition on object recognition has been launched and all details can be found in https://metricsproject.eu/inspection-maintenance/rami-cascade-campaign-marine/

Underwater Communications and Networking (UCOMMS) 2022

The 2022 Sixth Underwater Communications and Networking (UCOMMS) will take place in Lerici, Italy, from 30 August to 1 September. This will be the 10th anniversary of this high-quality single-track conference. Follow the official website https://ucomms.net/ for all updates and to register for the conference.

2022 IEEE OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) Symposium

The IEEE OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) 2022 is now planned to take place in a hybrid format, both in Singapore and online from the 19th to the 21st of September, 2022. This is a high-level single-track symposium highly recommended for AUV practitioners. Check the website for more information and instructions on registration http://auv2022.org/

This symposium will be followed by the Singapore AUV Challenge from the 23rd to the 26th of September https://sauvc.org/

Breaking the Surface (BTS) 2022

The 14th International Interdisciplinary Field Workshop of Maritime Robotics and Applications – Breaking the Surface (BTS) 2022 – will take place from the 25th to the 30th of September in Biograd na Moru, Croatia.

The OES University of Zagreb Student Branch Chapter is co-organizing this workshop again and the registration is now open. Follow the official website http://bts.fer.hr/ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BtSCroatia for all updates.

2022 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for the Sea (MetroSea 2022)

The 2022 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for the Sea (MetroSea 2022) will take place from the 3rd to the 5th of October in Milazzo, Italy. This is a conference dedicated to Metrology and Instrumentation and co-organized by our OES Italy Chapter together with other IEEE societies. Follow the official website on https://www.metrosea.org/

IEEE 9th International Conference on Underwater System Technology: Theory and Applications (USYS 2022)

After being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 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. The call for papers is open until 30 June and more details can be found on https://oes.ieeemy.org/about-us/ieee-usys-2022/

Future Plans for 2023

While 2022 is a year rich with events, there are already confirmed workshops for 2023 as well!

The International Symposium on Underwater Technology (UT23) will take place from the 6th to the 9th of March 2023 in Tokyo, Japan. Preliminary information is on the website http://www.ut23.org/

As well, support for Breaking the Surface 2023, to take place in Montenegro and MetroSea 2023, to take place in Malta has been approved at AdCom. This will widen the geographic reach of OES and attract new people to our society as well as potentially lead to the formation of new chapters/student branch chapters. More news on these events will come at a later stage.

Finally, I would like to remind any OES members that wish to get involved in current workshops, or propose new ones, to contact me at vp-workshops-symposia@ieeeoes.org and check the updated guidelines on https://ieeeoes.org/conferences/workshops-and-symposia/. 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!