March 2022 OES Beacon

From the Vice President for Workshops & Symposia (March 2022)

Fausto Ferreira, Vice President for W&S

As mentioned in the last Beacon, the Guidelines for Workshops & Symposia Organization have been updated and approved. Thanks again to the volunteers that helped updating these. The guidelines have been distributed to prospective conference organizers and are available online at If you are interested in organizing an OES workshop, please check the website and contact me for any doubt or question. Bear in mind the different timelines for different types of sponsorships and make sure you submit your sponsorship request on time for approval. For 2023 conferences with a financial commitment, requests should come to me during Spring 2022.

The work on drafting Policies and Procedures (PnP) for VPWS has started and I hope to have them approved by AdCom in the first half of 2022. After this step, nominations to the Workshops & Symposia Committee will follow.

Looking at 2022, the year will be busy with a series of OES workshops, symposia and competitions. These will take place either in hybrid, virtual or in-presence mode and I am sure they will keep being high quality meetings.

Symposium on Ocean Technology (SYMPOL) 2021

The International Symposium on Ocean Technology (SYMPOL) 2021 took place in Kochi, India (and online), from the 9th to the 11th of December, 2021. There were 36 papers submitted of which 29 were accepted. Besides technical presentations, the symposium included a series of keynote talks and a workshop. Make sure you check the dedicated article in this newsletter for more information.

Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022

By the time this newsletter is published, the Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM’22) will be finished. This will be reported in the next Beacon but I am sure that the OES sponsored sessions and the Town Hall connecting early career professionals with industry and academia will be not only interesting but well attended. More info can be found on

Underwater Communications and Networking (UCOMMS) 2022 – save the date!

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. The call for papers will be launched soon, follow the official website for all updates.

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

The first RAMI Marine Robots competition will be held at the NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) in La Spezia, Italy, from 10 to 15 July 2022. The competition will challenge the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) of participant teams to accomplish Inspection & Maintenance tasks. This competition builds on the experience of the successful European Robotics League (ERL) Emergency. The call for participation is out and all details can be found in Apply by the 15th of April!

2022 IEEE OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) Symposium

The IEEE OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) 2022 is currently planned to take place in Singapore from the 19th to the 21st of September, 2022. The call for papers is out and the deadline for submission is 29 April! This is a high-level single track symposium that has been growing in attendees over the past few years and highly recommended for AUV practitioners. Check the website for more information and instructions on paper submission

This symposium will be followed by the Singapore AUV Challenge from the 23rd to the 26th of September

Breaking the Surface 2022 – save the date!

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 will be involved in the organization of this workshop again and is planning some new features of the program. Follow the official website and Facebook page for all updates.

Future Plans

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

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 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!