March 2020 OES Beacon

From the Vice President for W&S

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, during 2019, IEEE OES has been co-sponsor of 5 events taking place all over the world and allowing sharing knowledge about field of interest linked to the ocean understanding and exploration:

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

Objectives of this 12th CWTMA Workshop were 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 was 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 were: 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 were also included.

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

The IEEE OES international symposium on Underwater Technology 2019 (UT’19) organized by 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, was held during 16-19 April 2019 at the International Building of National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU) in Kaohsiung.

There were 146 researchers, students and professionals from 18 countries coming for this important gathering for the underwater technology community.

The submitted abstracts were peer-reviewed, and 70 papers and 9 posters were selected by the technical committee for presentation in topics mainly dedicated to AUV: UUVs & ROVs, Observatories and Applications, Vehicle AI Control, Instrumentation and Sensors, AUV Design & Development, AUV Navigation, Sonar Signal Processing, AUV Control, Acoustic Signal Processing, AUV Application & Investigation, Vehicle Tracking & Path Planning

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

For its 6th demonstration of leading innovation in offshore energy systems integration, OSES2019 was on the west coast of France, in Brest. Building on the legacy that snowballed from Windsor, to Edinburgh, Malta, Cape Cod, and most recently, Ningbo; the “OSES Effect” has continued to expand its global sphere of influence. The OSES Community is a warmly-linked, international group that is expanding at an accelerating rate.

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 were tackled at this event. Over half the world lives near the coast. Its energy should too. OSES2019 has brought its contribution to make it possible.

Arctic and Northern Ocean Forum (ANOF 2019) – September 2-4, 2019, Helsinki, Finland

A Forum, jointly organized by IEEE OES and IEEE GRSS, for fusing Engineering, Science and Technology to address the challenges of the changing Arctic and Northern Oceans.

The Initiative on North and South Pole, supported by IEEE Technical Activities since 2017 went first South in Australia in 2017 and 2018, for the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Forum. In 2019, it moved to Helsinki, Finland, as the Arctic is the place where all Continents that were kept apart by a sea of ice are now connected through waters that global warming is rendering navigable.
Several sessions around the following topics were proposed: Arctic Ecosystems under Change, Observation Technologies (including Autonomous Systems), Applied Data Science, Sustained Arctic Observations.

Also, a focus was made on technologies to help gather and analyze data concerning changes in marine productivity in support of the Agreement to Prevent Unregulated High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean signed recently by nine countries and the European Union.

Marine Debris Indicators: What’s Next? – December 16-18, 2019, Brest, France

The workshop aimed to bring together a broad range of stakeholders from the Earth observation communities, research communities assessing the intermediate and long-term impacts of marine debris, United Nations and national agencies engaged in progress towards SDG 14, businesses that are aiming to tackle various aspects of the problem of marine debris, as well as experts working at the interfaces between these communities with the goal to ensure that knowledge required for policy making is created, accessible and useable.

More than 50 in-person and remote participants from twelve countries represented a wide range of stakeholders from all societal sectors.

For 2020, IEEE OES is involved in several upcoming events as a co-sponsor and is looking for new workshop/symposium topics and individuals to organize them. For those interested in organizing an OES sponsored workshop/symposium, it is necessary to get in touch with the VP Workshops and Symposia ( and to respect the following schedule:

For 2020, 6 workshops will be co-sponsored:

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. This one will be linked with the first UN conference launching the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, in Lisbon, Portugal (2-6 June). The workshop will be held in Cascais, Portugal, over the week-end preceding the conference, and run with the sponsoring of the Portuguese main and well-known Institutes.

More information concerning this event in the up-coming Beacon issues.

IEEE / OES China Ocean Acoustics Symposium (COA 2020) – July 27-30, 2020, Harbin, China

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.

Deadline for abstract submission: March 31, 2020

Do not miss the opportunity to participate to this great event by visiting:

Ucomms – September 1-3 2020, Lerici, Italy

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.

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


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

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 2020, this diverse group from around the world will meet in St John’s, NL, Canada, at Memorial University of Newfoundland for AUV 2020.

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

All you have to know can be found here:

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

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:

IEEE USYS – December, 2020, Malaysia

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


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

Editor’s Note: Due to the effect of the COVID-19 virus, please visit the OES website for the latest on any possible date changes to these events.