March 2023 Beacon

From the Vice President for Workshops & Symposia (March 2023)

Fausto Ferreira, Vice President for W&S

New year, but still busy. As you were able to read in the last edition, 2022 was a very intense year. Nonetheless, 2023 seems to be as much or even more with 9 planned events as detailed below. I am very glad to see that OES has such a vibrant and diverse community engaged in different technical areas and geographies. As I mentioned, this year we are still improving the portfolio organization and procedures. The guidelines revision is taking a few more weeks to be sure to include updated instructions for session chairs, something identified as a needed improvement in the late January AdCom. A small change has occurred in the Workshops & Symposia (W&S) Committee for the term 2022-2024, as Bharath Kalyan replaced Hari Vishnu. I would like to thank Hari for his commitment and service. Finally, the paper management study will be more comprehensive and include as well registration systems and potential integration/usage of one common system both for the Journal of Oceanic Engineering (JOE) and the different W&S. Thus, we plan to delay the results of the study to make sure that it has both breadth and depth and can establish the basis of long-term shared decisions among the diverse W&S.

IEEE 9th International Conference on Underwater System Technology: Theory and Applications (USYS 2022)

USYS 2022 took place from the 5th to 6th of December in a hybrid format: in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and online. USYS 2022 was organized by our OES Malaysia Chapter. It had 26 papers accepted and more details about it can be found in the OES Malaysia Chapter report in this edition.

2023 IEEE Underwater Technology (UT)

By the time this newsletter gets to our readers, the International Symposium on Underwater Technology (UT23) might already have finished. It takes place from the 6th to the 9th of March, 2023, in Tokyo, Japan, and both our Beacon co-editors are highly involved in the organization. 89 abstracts were accepted and will be presented. As VPWS I will support the symposium by attending it and giving a talk at the pre-event Workshop on Career Path Benefits of AUV/ROV Competitions. A full report on UT23 will be published in the next edition of the Beacon.

10th Annual IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (SusTech 2023)

The 10th Annual IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (SusTech 2023) will take place from the 19th to the 22th of April, 2023, in Portland, U.S. IEEE SusTech pursuits of environmentally sound development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the future. OES is one of the technical co-sponsors and is organizing a panel. A report on it will be included in the next Beacon edition. More on

SeaAI – Artificial Intelligence and Sea

The SeaAI – Artificial Intelligence and Sea, 10th Haifa Conference on Marine Sciences will take place on the 20th of June and is hosted by the Leon Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa, Israel. SeaAI is intended to provide a forum for research scientists, engineers, and practitioners throughout the world to present their research findings, ideas, and applications in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Sea. SeaAI will include keynote speeches and invited presentations by renowned scientists and engineers such as Mandar Chitre, Editor-in-Chief of our Journal of Oceanic Engineering. The abstract submission is open until 10 March. More info on

Robotics for Asset Maintenance and Inspection (RAMI) Marine Robots 2023 Competition

The second RAMI Marine Robots competition will be held at the NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) in La Spezia, Italy, from 16 to 21 July 2023. More information will soon be available in the website.

Breaking the Surface (BTS) 2023

The 15th edition of International Interdisciplinary Field Workshop of Maritime Robotics and Applications – Breaking the Surface (BTS) 2023, co-organized by the OES University of Zagreb Student Branch Chapter (SBC) will be held from the 24th to the 29th of September in Kumbor, Montenegro (first time outside Croatia).  The website will soon be updated with more news.

2023 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for the Sea (MetroSea 2023)

The 2023 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for the Sea (MetroSea 2023) will place from the 4th to the 6th of October in La Valetta, Malta. The OES Italy Chapter will be involved again in the organization of this conference and OES is a Platinum Sponsor, the highest sponsorship level. An OES representative from the W&S Committee will attend the conference to disseminate the society and engage better with this community that recently connected with OES. The call for papers is open until 31 May. See more on

2023 China Ocean Acoustics (COA)

The 2023 OES China Ocean Acoustics (COA) will take place on the 15th to the 19th of October in Harbin, China. More information including the website and the call for papers will be included in the next edition of the Beacon.

Symposium on Ocean Technology, 2023 (SYMPOL 2023)

The 17th biennial Symposium on Ocean Technology (SYMPOL 2023) is organized by the Department of Electronics of the Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, during 13 – 15 December 2023. This Symposium is intended to provide a forum for the researchers in the area of Ocean Electronics to interact with each other and present their innovative ideas and findings. The call for papers is open until the 3rd of July in

Argentinian Marine Energies Workshop (ENAEM) 2023

The Argentinian Marine Energies Workshop (ENAEM) 2023 will be held on the 23rd and 24th of November, bringing together actors of the national orbit related to marine energies, including academia, industry and government sectors. More details will be announced in future Beacon editions.

Workshops & Symposia meeting at OCEANS 2023 Limerick

As in Hampton Roads, we are planning a Workshops & Symposia organizers meeting during OCEANS 2023 Limerick. More details on this meeting will be distributed directly to conference organizers, but if you are interested in starting a Symposium or Workshop, please contact me directly at

Future Plans for 2024

For 2024, we plan new partnerships and workshops but these will be announced and confirmed in the next Beacon edition. I would like to remind all OES W&S members who are planning to organize W&S in 2024, wishing to have a financial (co-)sponsorship or a technical sponsorship with financial implications, that requests for these sponsorships should be sent to VPWS by 10 March in order to have time to submit them in advance of the Administrative Committee’s April meeting. Please follow the current guidelines available on This is especially important for on-going symposia. For new projects and initiatives (non-existent or non-sponsored OES events at this moment), the deadline is 1 May.

As always, I would like to remind any OES members that wish to get involved in current workshops, or propose new ones, to feel free to contact me. 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!