September 2019 OES Beacon

Chapter News (September 2019)

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Singapore Chapter

Reported by Venugopalan Pallayil

Dr. Tom Cronin delivering his talk on “Eyes of Mantis Shrimp: Models for Bioinspired Optical and Imaging System Design.”

The Chapter has been active in organising technical talks and a social gathering for its members this year. At the beginning of the year, we organised a talk by Prof. Thomas Cronin from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). The talk was titled “The Eyes of Mantis Shrimp: Models for Bioinspired Optical and Imaging System Design” and was presented on the 8th of January, 2019. The talk focused on how biological sensors can bring unexpected innovations and novel concepts into visual system design. These may be useful in the inspiration of new engineered solutions to problematic challenges. He discussed the unusual eyes of mantis shrimps and how our understanding of its usage could inspire new designs for spectral/polarimetric imaging systems for medical and material imaging applications.

On 30th April, 2019, the Chapter hosted a talk on “Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers and their applications” which discussed the history of development of acoustic Doppler current profilers, and the latest innovations and performance envelope of such systems. The speaker was Dr. Sairajan Sarangapani, Director of Research and Development at Rowe Technologies Inc. We also organised a talk on “RTSys – capabilities and systems” by Mr. Maxime Velu from RTSys on 4th April 2019. In his talk Mr. Maxime showcased some of the products developed by RTSys and how it can support research in underwater acoustics and oceanic engineering.

A social networking dinner for OES chapter members and volunteers was organised on 22nd March at Poco Loco Microbrewery. This was a fun meetup for our members and volunteers, which facilitated fruitful interaction. The event also served as a good channel for discussions on several upcoming events such as SAUVC 2020 and OCEANS 2020 Singapore.

Talk on “Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers and their applica-tions” by Dr. Sairajan Sarangapani.
Social networking dinner for IEEE OES Singapore chapter at PocoLoco Microbrewery.
Malaysia Chapter

Visit to Oceanographic and Environmental Institute (INOS), UMT

Reported by Khalid Isa and Mohd Rizal Arshad

On 21st March 2019, IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter organized a visit to Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT). The activities include a session meeting with YBhg. Prof. Dato’ Dr. Nor Aieni Hj Mokhtar, UMT Vice-Chancellor,  setup of IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter material for the LIMA 2019 exhibition and visit to UMT Oceanographic and Environmental Institute (INOS). There are many opportunities given by UMT Vice-Chancellor and Director of INOS, such as research collaboration, scientific exchange and visiting lecture.

Round Table Discussion with IEEE OES Malaysia Industrial Advisor

Reported by Mohd Shahrieel Mohd Aras

On 17th March 2019, IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter organized a Round Table Discussion with Industries which took place at the Residence @ UTM Kuala Lumpur. The discussion unleashes the expertise of professionals in a friendly discussion and the potential of collaboration between Universities and Marine Industry. It is a great platform for delegates to discuss and share their insights on the trends, issues and possible solutions to prevailing concerns in the field of Ocean Engineering.  The lunch meeting involved four companies and three universities related to oceanic engineering and maritime. The four companies were the Fugro Geodetic (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Temasek Hidroteknik Sdn Bhd, MTC Engineering Sdn Bhd, and Efogen Sdn Bhd. Meanwhile, the universities involved were the Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). In the meeting, Past Chair of IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter, Prof. Ir, Dr. Mohd Rizal Arshad from USM, Assoc Prof. Ir, Dr. Zool Hilmi from UTM and Assoc Prof. Dr. Mohd Shahrieel Mohd Aras and Assoc Prof. Dr. Ahmad Anas Yusof represented UTeM. Additionally, the Vice-Chair and Executive Committee for IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter 2019 were also present in the meeting. The meeting has given the opportunities for the universities to collaborate in research activities that are aligned with the needs of the industries. Most of the industries members of this society are willing to share their experience in an industry talk and collaborate with universities for research grants. They also welcome any academic staff interested in Industrial Attachment.

IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (OES) Malaysia Industry Advisory Group.

After-school STEM Educational Program

Reported by Mohammad Fauzi Zakaria and Herdawatie Abdul Kadir

On Saturday, May 4th, 2019, the after-school Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Educational program was held at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Johor.  The event organized by a sub-committee of ROBOCON UTHM. Fifteen students from selected schools and 35 undergraduate students have joined the program. They were introduced to the world of mobile robots, how to build and control them. The program exposed the design skills and development of the basic robot. In addition, it helped foster awareness and understanding among students about the collaboration between different engineering skill-sets to create an end product. The participants have shown extending interest in and understanding of STEM. Each participant was awarded with a certificate of attendance, and the top three teams were awarded with a winning certificate.

Australia Chapter – OzChap Action

Reported by Mal Helon

OES Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Rick Spinrad Oregon State University.

The OES Australia Chapter had two technical meetings recently.  The first was in April 2019, held jointly with the Circuits and Systems Society Chapter under the auspices of the Victoria Section.  Dr. Richard Spinrad is an OES Distinguished Lecturer and was on his way home from the MTS International Buoy Workshop in Hobart when he stopped over in Melbourne to give a talk.  Rick gave a brilliant overview of the driving forces for marine technology.   The most obvious driver for advancement is the pull factor of enhanced performance, in terms of cost, efficiency and safety. The traditional maritime industries like oil and gas exploration, commercial fishing and marine transport have driven improvements in a range of areas such as dynamic positioning, acoustic sensors, imaging techniques, and data management.  In parallel, research and development communities are providing a push factor in areas like advanced materials, genetic probes, and compressive sensing.  Coupled with developments of a “New Blue Economy,” and the role of technological disruptions, Rick pointed to an exciting era for defining the trajectory of marine technology.

The second OzChap event was a visit by Dr. Jules Jaffe from Scripps Institution of Oceanography to the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the Northern Australia Section in Townsville.  Jules is an Emeritus Distinguished Lecturer, having served for many years and was welcomed to the OES Australian Chapter by Melanie Olsen from AIMS.  Jules delivered a majestic trajectory of underwater imaging from the scale of sunken ships and lost aeroplanes through to the microbes, which we discovered make up about 90% of the ocean biomass.  Dr. Jaffe is a seasoned raconteur and the story about imaging microbugs in low light to investigate strategies of predation and survival in the deep ocean capped off a most interesting presentation.  The attendees enjoyed a bite to eat at a social gathering following the meeting. 

Jules Jaffe ponders on his next point.
Melanie Olsen welcoming Jules Jaffe in Townsville.