September 2023 OES Beacon

‘Changing’ OCEANS (September 2023)

Venugopalan Pallayil, Vice President for OCEANS (VPO)

Hello OES Colleagues,

Here are some updates on the OCEANS front. I am happy to announce that we have appointed Jacqueline Cummings (Jackie) as our Conference Portfolio Manager. She is employed under IEEE Meetings, Conferences & Events (IEEE MCE) and supported financially by OES and MTS on a 50% share. Guided by VP OCEANS and MTS President and under the directions of OCEANS Steering Committee (OSC), she will be working with the Joint Conference Committee (JCC) to run OCEANS more effectively, technically, and financially. For all future OCEANS Jackie will be the main contact point for the corresponding LOCs. Please welcome Jackie to our community and support her as needed.

The following members will represent IEEE OES in the JCC.

Michael Pinto (Co-Chair)
Brian Horsburgh (Member)
Andreas Marouchos (Member)
Nikola Miskovic (member)

The above selection was based on the experience and expertise as well as the interest expressed by them to serve on JCC.

Michael Pinto – CPA, JOAB member, multiple years of experience with OCEANS Conference finances as the MTS VP Finance and as the Treasurer for several conferences

Brian Horsurgh – Conference Planner, RECON Co-Chair, JOAB member, instrumental in the success of the two Aberdeen conferences

Nikola Miskovic – mid-career academic, MS and PhD student adviser, leader of Breaking the Surface (BtS) Workshop, very active in the academic world and aware of other conferences and how they are run, forward thinking. Active in Autonomous Marine Systems Technology Committee (AMS-TC) and contributed to OCEANS 2020 Global and the Singapore AUV Challenge (SAUVC)

Andreas Marouchos – TC Chair on Polar Oceans, early mid-career, works for Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO),  leads an engineering team that designs science systems and platforms for use in marine and atmospheric research. He has organised workshops, presented papers at OCEANS Conferences and the AUV Workshop as well as at other non-OES Conferences, is a fairly new member to AdCom.

JCC members of MTS are as follows.

Susan Hunt (MTS Co-Chair)
Dick Crout
Katherine Weathers
Natalie Zielinski

JCC, in collaboration with the Conference Portfolio Manager, will be in charge of reviewing bids received from future potential conference organisers and make recommendations to OSC, which are then submitted for the approval of OES AdCom and the Board of Directors of MTS. More details will be available under the Agreement for Joint Operation of OCEANS Conferences between the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society and the Marine Technology Society to be published shortly. The AdCom held in Limerick approved the new Joint Agreement on OCEANS between OES and MTS.

A virtual ‘hotwash’ was held as part of the OCEANS 2023 Limerick debrief to summarize the conference highlights and to solicit feedback from both the LOC and Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) on improving the conference organization based on their experience. The conference was successful both technically and financially. OCEANS 2023 Limerick saw 681 total registrations and 46 exhibitors including 3 patrons. 423 papers were published and there were 14 Student Poster Competition participants. JCC will consider feedback from the LOC and PCO and share them with future LOCs as needed to improve the future conference organisation.

The processing of OCEANS PCO contracts has picked up momentum. The Contract for Singapore PCO has now been completed and for other three future conferences, Halifax 2024, Brest 2025 and Great Lakes 2025 will be completed in the next couple of months. This is a big achievement considering the delays we had experienced with the processing of some of the past Contracts.

The call for abstracts for OCEANS 2024 Singapore has been opened on 01 Aug 2023 and will be closed on 30 Oct 2023. More details of the conference and some important dates are available at the conference website:

A joint bid (from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan) for hosting OCEANS 2026 in Sanya, Hainan Province, China, has been received and will be submitted to JCC for their action and recommendation once the JCC has been setup.

That is the summary of news from my end. I look forward to meeting some of you at OCEANS 2023 Gulf Coast in September and many of you in Singapore in April 2024. I will be back with more OCEANS news in the next edition of Beacon. Feedbacks are welcome at