March 2019 OES Beacon

From the Vice President for Workshops and Symposia

Philippe Courmontagne, Vice President for W&S

By the way of loans to support the startup of a conference/workshop/symposium, or grants to support student participation or to bring keynote speakers, IEEE OES has been, and is, involved in several events as a co-sponsor.

Thus, since the beginning of 2018, IEEE OES has been co-sponsor of 9 events taking place all over the world and allowing sharing knowledge about fields of interest linked to the ocean’s understanding and exploration:

Baltic International Symposium—June 2018, Klaipeda, Lithuania

This 7th IEEE/OES Baltic Symposium “Clean and Safe Baltic Sea and Energy Security for the Baltic countries” has been hosted by Klaipeda University and Baltic Valley Association.

The program has included plenary talks by experienced lecturers, oral and poster presentations, round table discussions, and a field trip to the UNESCO Natural Heritage Site—Curonian Spit. Basic topics for the Symposium have been Energy Security and Independence, Hazard Planning and Mitigation, Handling of the Extensive Ammunition and Ordinance that have been disposed of in the Baltic Sea and Ecosystems and Socio-Economic Impacts.


International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE)—June 2018, Cairns, Australia

This 27th International Symposium on Industrial Electronics has provided a forum for discussions and presentations of advancements in knowledge, new methods and technologies relevant to industrial electronics, along with their applications and future developments.
Several current and upcoming frontier technologies, innovative solutions, research results, as well as enterprises related to industrial electronics and their applications, have been presented.




Offshore Energy and Storage (OSES 2018)—July 2018,
University of Nottingham Ningbo, China
OSES2018 has expanded its lead in the sustainable advancement of integrated coastal/offshore energy systems. In its 5th and largest iteration, OSES2018 Ningbo has built on the well-known and expanding OSES Event legacy established in Windsor, Edinburgh, Malta, and Cape Cod. Leading industrial, policy, and academic professionals have converged to challenge convention. Offshore Energy Generation and Storage Technology, Environmental Integration, Policy, and Expanding Global Markets are a priority. Cleaner and smarter energy systems mean sustainable economic growth. Offshore Energy and Storage capitalizes on the tremendous resource opportunities associated with coastal regions.  Over half the world lives near the coast. Its energy should too. Such topics were the purpose of OSES, which has become, since its inception in 2014, the leading annual forum for the revelation and examination of new thinking in the space of offshore energy systems.


Ucomms—August 2018, Lerici, Italy

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

UComms’18 was the fourth conference of the series organised by the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) and was open to scientists and engineers involved in research, development, implementation and use of underwater communication systems.

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


IEEE Antarctic and Southern Ocean Forum—for Engineering, Science and Technology (ASOF-fest)—August 2018, Hobart, Australia

This forum, jointly or­­ganized by IEEE OES and IEEE GRSS, is an IEEE TAB initiative. ASOF has consisted of a single stream with encouragement for discussion and questions.

The topics, developed during this forum and related to the Extreme Conditions, have included Autonomous Observing; Observation Technologies, Sustained measurements, Biology and Biomass; Data Science and Science challenges.




Doppler Oceanography from Space (DOfS)—October 2018, Brest, France

This Doppler Oceanography from Space workshop has been hosted by the Laboratory for Ocean Physics and Satellite remote sensing in Brest, France and has been held during the Sea Tech Week 2018.

Satellite missions that measure surface velocities using Doppler radars are opening new perspectives for the monitoring and analysis of oceans, including sea ice, with a direct measurement of currents, winds and waves. From past and existing missions (Envisat, Sentinel 1) that are limited to a fixed line of sight component and sparse/partial coverage of the oceans, to future at different stages of planning and proposal (SKIM, WaCM, SEASTAR), a vast variety of instrument designs and signal processing steps are possible.

This workshop has brought together instrument and processing experts with the ocean science community to address a wide range of topics that will feed into the processing and design of existing and future missions.


Technologies for Observing and Monitoring Plastics in the Oceans — November 2018, Brest, France

Plastics in the oceans pose a mounting existential threat to life in the oceans and on land, including human life, and technologies to observe, measure and monitor the flow of plastics into, and within, the oceans are urgently needed in support of mitigating the threat.

This workshop has brought together stakeholders engaged in assessing and reducing the impacts of plastics in the ocean, experts assessing the sources of plastics in the ocean, and scientists and developers focusing on existing and new observation technologies to detect and quantify plastics in the ocean. The meeting has aimed for a joint understanding of the challenge, including the impacts of plastics on life in the ocean and on land. The plastics life-cycle, when in the ocean, has been at the center of the challenge for developing a conceptual model which will then be used to look at different socio-economic and environmental scenarios.


Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Symposium (AUV)—November 2018, Porto, Portugal

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.

In 2018, this diverse group from around the world has met in Porto, Portugal at the University of Porto for AUV 2018.
This symposium has covered topics from vehicles to extreme environments, exploring software development; multi-vehicle; mission planning; navigation, localization and control; applications (mapping, oceanography …).



Underwater System Technology: Theory and Applications (USYS ’18)— December 2018, Wuhan, China

This 8th international conference has been held in Wuhan, China in December 2018. 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 research and development activities and experiences related to the field of underwater system technology, including relevant theories as well as applications.

USYS ’18 has focused on exploring new technologies and approaches 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.


For the upcoming months, 3 workshops will be co-sponsored:

Currents, Waves, Turbulence Measurement and Applications Workshop (CWTMA)—March 10–13, 2019, San Diego, California

Objectives of this 12th CWTMA Workshop are to provide the ocean community with a forum for technical information exchange and to promote coordination among those concerned with measuring current, waves and turbulence. The goal is to ensure that the CWTMA Workshop remains the “go-to” forum for people who need to know how to measure ocean motions and how to translate those measurements into meaningful information.

The scopes of this workshop are: development of sensors for measuring currents, waves, turbulence; use of these sensors to study transport, coastal erosion, wave climate, and currents that affect marine operations. New technologies to make flow and wave observations, such as radar remote sensing, correlation sonar, drifters, and satellite observation, are included.

It is too late to submit an abstract, but it is not too late to register!


Underwater Technology (UT ’19)—April 16–19, 2019, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

UT ’19 Kaohsiung, which will be hosted by five organizers and institutes: IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (IEEE/OES), IEEE/OES Japan Chapter, IEEE/OES Taipei, Taiwan Chapter, Taiwan Ocean Research Institute, and National Sun Yat-sen University. The symposium will be held from 16–19 April 2019 at National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU) in Kaohsiung, the third largest city in Taiwan.

The UT symposium has had a long history of success and has provided excellent networking opportunities for all involved and we warmly invite you to attend this future UT event, and possibly join a committee to host a future Underwater Technology workshop or symposium.

It is too late to submit an abstract, but it is not too late to register!


Offshore Energy and Storage (OSES 2019)—July 10–12, 2019, Brest, France

OSES2019 heads west to Brest, France, for its 6th demonstration of leading innovation in offshore energy systems integration. Building on the legacy that snowballed from Windsor, to Edinburgh, Malta, Cape Cod, and most recently, Ningbo; the “OSES Effect” continues to expand its global sphere of influence. The OSES Community is a warmly-linked, international group that is expanding at an accelerating rate. Now partnered with the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (OES), our inclusive reach has extended even further. The benefits of OSES event attendance are realized immediately in the connection to concepts and colleagues that are driving the leading edge of offshore energy integration. However, the most strategic value of your involvement with OSES is the energizing and enduring relationships that are incubated at our events. Come see what people are talking about.

OSES2019 drives a confluence of leading industrial, policy, and academic professionals to challenge convention. Offshore Energy Generation and Storage Technology, Environmental Integration, Policy, and Expanding Global Markets will be tackled at this event. Cleaner and smarter energy systems mean sustainable economic growth. Offshore Energy and Storage capitalizes on the tremendous resource opportunities associated with coastal regions. Over half the world lives near the coast. Its energy should too.

April 7, 2019: deadline for abstract submission;

April 26, 2019: acceptance notification;

June 8, 2019: deadline for registration and full research paper submission.

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