September 2023 OES Beacon

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

Fausto Ferreira, Vice President for W&S

OES Workshops & Symposia (W&S) are more alive than ever! With record attendances in some cases, newcomers and new student chapters in others, 2023 has been a good year until now and I’m sure the remaining events will be successful as well. To make sure all events run smoothly and give the large number of events planned for 2024, please always check the guidebook at Indeed, during the Administrative Committee meeting in Limerick in June during OCEANS, we have approved the support of OES for 10 Workshops & Symposia to take place in 2024 (and 1 in 2025). This may be a record and it’s definitely a sign of a vibrant and diverse OES community. On the other hand, regarding the portfolio organization, we are now focusing on finishing the paper management systems study and have narrowed down a few options to be further explored. Please check out the latest on W&S in the next couple of pages.

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

The 10th Annual IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (SusTech 2023) took place from the 19th to the 22th of April, 2023, in Portland, Oregon, U.S. OES was involved int he organization of a panel session. A separate report in this newsletter talks more about our participation.

SeaAI – Artificial Intelligence and Sea

The SeaAI – Artificial Intelligence and Sea, 10th Haifa Conference on Marine Sciences, took place on the 20th of June and was hosted by the Leon Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa, Israel. SeaAI, a forum for research and applications in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Sea, had a record number of 170 participants. As an outcome, a student chapter is being formed. A full report on this conference will be provided in the next edition.

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

The second RAMI Marine Robots competition took place at the NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) in La Spezia, Italy, from 16 to 21 July, 2023. 5 teams participated among which 2 were new teams (one from Turkey, a country not previously represented in RAMI/ERL competitions). A novelty in this year’s edition was a Student Poster Competition among the participating students. On behalf of VPWS, Bill Kirkwood, Co-chair of the Autonomous Marine Systems TC delivered a plaque to the local organizing committee. A full report will be included in the next edition.

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 in Kumbor, Montenegro, (first time outside Croatia) from the 24th of September to the 1st of October. By the time this newsletter is out, it will be too late to join BTS this year, but check out the next Beacon editions to know more. This year’s program includes several newcomers from all over the world (Africa, Europe, U.S.), innovative technologies and the second edition of a localization challenge. A novelty of this year’s edition is a pitching contest. Students will learn how to do elevator pitches and the best pitch will win an award. Providing practical and useful skills for students has been a long-standing mission of BTS and this goes along with that mission. For more info, check

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

Just two weeks after BTS, and a bit to the east of the Mediterranean Sea, the 2023 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for the Sea (MetroSea 2023) will take place from the 4th to the 6th of October in La Valetta, Malta. Co-organized by the OES Italy Chapter, MetroSea will include a keynote on active sonar metrology by Dr. Kenneth Foote, from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The call for papers is now closed but registration is open for anyone interested in the topic. See more on

Argentine Meeting on Marine Energies (ENAEM) 2023

The Argentine Meeting on Marine Energies (ENAEM) 2023 will be held from the 6th to 8th of November, bringing together actors related to marine energies, in particular wave energy. Co-located with ENAEM 2023, the 8th Wave Energy Workshop will be hosted by the Argentine Network of Marine Energies (REMA), in collaboration with the Center for Ocean Energy Research (COER), Maynooth University, Ireland, and the Marine Offshore Renewable Energy Lab (MOREnergy Lab), Politecnico di Torino, Italy. The abstract submission deadline has been extended until 10 September, so hopefully the readers will be able to still submit. More details can be found on the website

Symposium on Ocean Technology, 2023 (SYMPOL 2023)

The 17th biennial Symposium on Ocean Technology (SYMPOL 2023) organized by the Department of Electronics of the Cochin University of Science and Technology, will take place in Kochi, India from 13 to 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 closes on 31 August ,but registration will still be open if you missed the chance to submit a paper

Workshops & Symposia meeting at OCEANS 2023 Limerick

As in Hampton Roads, we had a Workshops & Symposia organizers meeting during OCEANS 2023 Limerick. During the meeting, I recapped the intense 2022 year and discussed some of the most important issues (including funding deadlines and procedures) and continued the discussion on conference registration systems. This meeting was followed by a W&S Committee meeting where we analyzed some critical situations and narrowed down some of the registration systems that could be an option for future OES W&S.

Future Plans for 2024

For 2024, we have a very intense year with almost 1 Workshop/Symposia every month (and some months with more than one). In particular, in January we will have the 2024 Winter School on Underwater Network Design and Evaluation (UNWiS) in Padova, Italy. In March (18th-20th), the IEEE/OES Thirteenth Current, Waves and Turbulence Measurement Workshop (CWTM) 2024 will take place in Wanchese, North Carolina, U.S. Just before OCEANS 2024 Singapore, the Singapore AUV Challenge will take place from 5 to 8 April. SusTech 2024 will take place in Portland, Oregon, U.S. from 14 to 17 April. Then, from the 29th to the 31st of May we will have the China Ocean Acoustics conference in Wuhan, China. In July, we will have another RAMI competition in La Spezia, Italy, while in late August, the 7th edition of the UComms conference is expected to be held.

The Fall will be very intense with Breaking the Surface 2024 (late September/beginning October), a new workshop on Marine Imaging taking place from 7-10 October in Monterey, California, U.S., followed by the IEEE 10th International Conference on Underwater System Technology: Theory and Applications USYS 2024 in Xi’an, China (and online) from 11 to 13 October. MetroSea 2024 is expected to take place in Slovenia in mid-October and AUV 2024 will take place in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., with dates to be confirmed. More news on each specific conference including call for papers will be announced shortly.

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 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!


It’s too early for me to say goodbye as my term finishes at the end of the year but we recently had elections for the Executive Committee, and we have elected Gerardo Acosta as the new VPWS. Gerardo has experience with this portfolio as a member of the W&S Committee and is also co-organizing the ENEAM conference. I am looking forward to starting the transition process immediately and getting him up to speed and I wish him the best of luck in this new endeavor. From my side, I will remain available for any doubts and transmitting any past experience that may be helpful for the next workshops and symposia.