Fausto Ferreira, Vice President for W&S
We are now in the busiest trimester of OES Workshops & Symposia as you can see in this article. In parallel, the Policies and Procedures for VPWS have been approved by the OES Administrative Committee (AdCom) and by the time this newsletter is out, I hope AdCom will already have approved the nominations for the Workshops & Symposia (W&S) Committee. Moreover, with OCEANS 2022 Hampton Roads coming up and most people returning to travel again, we are planning a meeting of the W&S Committee at OCEANS as well as a meeting with all OES conference organizers attending OCEANS. The latter one has the goal of improving the coordination of the different W&S, share experiences and best practices and hear suggestions for improvements from the organizers. Finally, I would like to encourage every member and colleague to attend the event that fits best their research/interest as there are plenty of options in several places, times, and formats!
Robotics for Asset Maintenance and Inspection (RAMI) Marine Robots 2022 competition
The first RAMI Marine Robots competition was held at the NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) in La Spezia, Italy, from 10 to 15 July 2022. It was a successful competition after 2 years of COVID-related interruption. Please find a full report elsewhere in this newsletter. In addition, check the related virtual competition on object recognition in https://metricsproject.eu/inspection-maintenance/rami-cascade-campaign-marine/
Underwater Communications and Networking (UCOMMS) 2022
By the time you will be reading this, the 2022 Sixth Underwater Communications and Networking (UCOMMS) will already taken place in Lerici, Italy, from 30 August to 1 September. Over 30 papers are expected to be presented and over 80 people were registered at the time of writing. Three high-quality keynote talks on timely and interesting topics complement the technical program. The 10th anniversary of this high-quality single-track conference is marked by a commemorative plaque acknowledging the LOC efforts. The next Beacon edition will include a full report on UCOMMS. https://ucomms.net/
2022 IEEE OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) Symposium
The IEEE OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) 2022 is taking place in a hybrid format, both in Singapore and online from the 19th to the 21st of September, 2022. Over 40 papers are expected to be presented and over 70 attendees are registered at the time of writing. Three excellent plenary talks complement the technical program. http://auv2022.org/
This symposium will be followed by the Singapore AUV Challenge from the 23rd to the 26th of September https://sauvc.org/
Breaking the Surface (BTS) 2022
For the 14th year in a row, the International Interdisciplinary Field Workshop of Maritime Robotics and Applications – Breaking the Surface (BTS) 2022 – will take place in Croatia. This edition is co-organized by the OES University of Zagreb Student Branch Chapter and is being held from the 25th to the 30th of September in Biograd na Moru, Croatia. For all updates and photos during the event, follow the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BtSCroatia and the official website https://bts.fer.hr.
2022 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for the Sea (MetroSea 2022)
The 2022 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for the Sea (MetroSea 2022) will take place from the 3rd to the 5th of October in Milazzo, Italy. This is a conference co-organized by our OES Italy Chapter together with other IEEE societies. For more information check out the official website on https://www.metrosea.org/
IEEE 9th International Conference on Underwater System Technology: Theory and Applications (USYS 2022)
USYS 2022 will take place from the 5th to 6th of December in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and online. USYS 2022 is being organized by our OES Malaysia Chapter. The call for papers is now closed but if you are interested in attending you can register at an early-bird rate until the 19th of November. More details can be found on https://oes.ieeemy.org/about-us/ieee-usys-2022/
2023 IEEE Underwater Technology (UT)
The International Symposium on Underwater Technology (UT23) will take place from the 6th to the 9th of March, 2023, in Tokyo, Japan. The call for papers is open until 16 September so make sure you submit your abstract on time! A nice feature of this edition’s preliminary program is the Workshop on Career Path Benefits of AUV/ROV Competitions on the 6th of March. For more information check http://www.ut23.org/
Future Plans for 2023
As mentioned before, there are several confirmed workshops for 2023. Besides UT 2023, OES is supporting Breaking the Surface 2023, to take place in Montenegro, and MetroSea 2023, to take place in Malta, making sure we widen our geographic reach and attract new people to our society. More news on these events will come at a later stage.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and check the updated guidelines on https://ieeeoes.org/conferences/workshops-and-symposia/. 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!