Supriya M.H., Chairperson, SYMPOL 2021
Arun A. Balakrishnan, Coordinator, SYMPOL 2021
The 2021 International Symposium on Ocean Technology (SYMPOL 2021), addressing the Global Oceans, Systems and Technologies, organized by the Department of Electronics of the Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, with the technical co-sponsorship of IEEE-OES was held during 9-11 December 2021. SYMPOL is being organized as a biennial program and the first symposium of the series was held in the Cochin University of Science and Technology, during 18-20 December 1991 to highlight the formal opening of the Center for Ocean Electronics established in the Department of Electronics as a joint venture of the University Grants Commission and Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. SYMPOL, which is organized as a biennial event, was held in a hybrid mode this time in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The three-day symposium was inaugurated on 9 December 2021 by Dr. K. N. Madhusoodanan, Vice-Chancellor, Cochin University of Science and Technology. Dr. Tessy Thomas, Distinguished Scientist & Director General, Aeronautical Systems, released the Proceedings of SYMPOL 2021. Rear Admiral Antony George, Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command, gave a felicitation on the occasion of the sixteenth symposium. Dr. Supriya M. H., Chairperson, SYMPOL 2021, welcomed the gathering. Mr. Arun A. Balakrishnan, Coordinator, SYMPOL 2021, provided an overview of the previous SYMPOL conferences and Dr. Nalesh S., Workshop Coordinator, proposed the vote of thanks.
The technical program of SYMPOL 2021 commenced with a keynote address on “Trends in Underwater Surveillance Systems” by Shri. S. Vijayan Pillai, Director, Naval Physical & Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), Kochi. The keynote address was followed by an invited talk on “Mitigating the Impacts of Climate Change: Role of Ocean Engineers” by Dr. Gopu R. Potty, Professor, Department of Ocean Engineering, University of Rhode Island, USA. Dr. Christopher D. P. Baxter, Department of Ocean/Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Rhode Island, USA, delivered a talk on “Impacts of Storm Surge and Sea Level Rise on a Coastal Community in Rhode Island, USA: Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies.” Another invited talk was delivered by Dr. Meghan Quinn, Research Geotechnical Engineer at USACE-CRREL, US Army Corps of Engineers, University of Rhode Island, USA, on “Fiber optic Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) to Monitor Infrastructure Vibrations.”
Out of the 36 manuscripts submitted for evaluation, 29 papers were accepted for oral presentation and 26 of them were eventually presented. These presentations were organized in the following technical sessions covering a broad-spectrum of topics of interest to the SYMPOL community:
- Signal Processing
- Ocean Acoustics
- Artificial Intelligence for Ocean Exploration
- Sonar Technology
- Navigation, Communication, Instrumentation & Localization
While the research sessions of SYMPOL spanned two days, the third day was dedicated for a workshop entitled “Tech Summit on Smart Sensing & Edge Computing,” conducted by Sony India Software Centre Pvt. Ltd.
The seventeenth biennial Symposium on Ocean Technology (SYMPOL 2023) is scheduled to be held in the Department of Electronics of the Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, during 13-15 December 2023.