March 2019 OES Beacon

YP-BOOST Program Update (March 2019)

Dear OES Young Professional Members

Frederic Maussang, OES Young Professionals Rep.

At the beginning of this year, two candidates were chosen for the second year of the YP-BOOST program. In competition with 12 active IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society members who applied, the candidates were selected based on past participation in IEEE OES activities and on a letter of application showing their motivation and describing how they would like to be involved. We choose two new YP-BOOST candidates each year who will have their travel paid for to support OES at the next four OCEANS conferences. We will begin taking YP-BOOST applications for 2020 beginning in November of this year.

Congratulations to our two selected YPs!

Roberto Petroccia (M’10) (SM’18) received a Laurea Degree with the highest honours (2006) and a Ph.D. (2010), both in Computer Science, from Rome University “La Sapienza,” Italy, where he has also been affiliated as research staff until 2015. Since 2015, Dr. Petroccia is a Research Scientist at the NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE). His research interests include wireless sensor networks design, underwater communications and networking, security, underwater robot’s localisation and cooperation, underwater digital communications standardisation. So far, he has contributed in these fields with more than fifty papers published in leading venues ranging from fundamental problems to practical aspects, moving from mathematical modelling and simulations to the actual implementation and at-sea experimentation. In the last seven years Dr. Petroccia has participated and led over thirty experimental campaigns at sea where the communications and networking solutions he developed were extensively tested and validated. Additionally, he has been actively collaborating with several acoustic modem and underwater vehicle manufacturing companies and research labs to design novel technologies supporting cooperative underwater acoustic networks. Dr. Petroccia was in the organizing committee of the IEEE UComms 2016 and 2018, ACM WUWNet 2014 and ACM WUWNet 2012 conferences. Dr. Petroccia is also an invited lecturer of the Masters in Ocean Engineering offered by the University of Pisa (ITA) and he has supervised the work of several master thesis and Ph.D. students.


Hari Vishnu is a Research Fellow at the Acoustic Research Laboratory (ARL) in the National University of Singapore (NUS). He obtained his Ph.D. in 2013 from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and Bachelors in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 2008 from the National Institute of Technology, Calicut (NITC) in India. At ARL, he has been working for the past 6 years on diverse research interests including active sonar, machine learning for underwater applications, acoustic modelling and bio acoustics.

He has been an IEEE Member for 12 years now, including 5 years as a full professional member and OES member for the last 7 years. He joined as a student member in 2005 in NITC. His student branch was instrumental in giving birth to and organizing FOSSMeet (Free and Open software conference), one of the largest meetups of its kind in India. He served as General Secretary and public relations officer of IEEE SB, NIT Calicut through 2005–2007.

He has been an active professional member in the IEEE OES Singapore chapter since 2013. In addition, he has been part of the executive committee in the Singapore chapter from 2014–2019, and currently is the chair of the IEEE OES Singapore chapter. During his professional membership period, he has been actively involved in organizing the Singapore AUV Challenge (SAUVC). SAUVC is Asia’s largest AUV competition, attracting hundreds of students from around the world each year. He was involved in bringing social media publicity to the frontline of SAUVC’s community outreach. Apart from social media outreach, he also undertook the role of Secretary, MC, Judge and Webmaster for this flagship event.

Currently he is involved in the social media outreach of the Oceanic Engineering society, contributing to the social media team via Facebook and Twitter. He is also aiming to boost student activities in the Singapore region as part of the chapter, by getting more students involved through student-oriented activities.