OCEANS’18 Kobe Student Poster Competition

OCEANS’18 Kobe Student Poster Competition

John Watson, OES Student Poster Competition Chair

Photos by Stan Chamberlain (OES)

One of the Flagship events of any MTS/IEEE OCEANS conference is the Student Poster Competition (SPC) in which a selection of students are invited, on the basis of their abstract submission, to attend the conference at no expense to them whatsoever, wherever it is being held, and present a poster of their work. They also have the opportunity to win a monetary prize offered to the three posters judged to be the best, by an independent panel. The latest occurrence of the SPC was held during MTS/IEEE OCEANS’18 Kobe, Japan, at the Kobe Convention Centre on May 29th and 30th, 2018.

Student Poster Session.


The full list of15 participants, with their affiliation and poster title were:

  • ARBANAS, Barbara, University of Zagreb

Consensus protocols for underwater multi-robot system using scheduled acoustic communication

  • BORG, Mitchell, University of Strathclyde

Numerical Analysis of a Ducted High-Solidity Tidal Turbine

  • KIM, Byeongjin, Pohang University of Science and Technology

Optimal strategy for seabed 3D mapping of AUV based on imaging sonar

  • KIM, Juhwan, Pohang University of Science and Technology

Development of manipulation purpose small agent vehicle for UUVs

  • LI, Liang, University of Strathclyde

Real-time latching control of wave energy converter with consideration of wave force prediction

  • LIM, Jin Wei, University of Southampton

Automated Interpretation of Seafloor Visual Maps Obtained using Underwater Robots

  • LYU, Bozhi, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Combined Small-sized USV and ROV Observation System for Long-term, Large-scale, Spatially Explicit Aquatic Monitoring

  • MASMITJA, Ivan, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

Underwater multi-target tracking with particle filters

  • TOMASZEWSKI, Christopher, Robotics Institute, CMU

Augmenting LSPIV Surface Current Measurement with Drifting ASVs

  • TU, Qiang, Xiamen University

Acoustic Method for Measuring the Density of Particles in Water

  • VIDAL, Eduard, Universitat de Girona

Online Robotic Exploration for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles in Unstructured Environments

  • XU, Fengqiang, Dalian Maritime University

Real-time Detecting Method of Marine Small Object with Underwater Robot Vision

  • YAN, Naizheng, Hokkaido University

Acoustic distinction between pointhead flounder and juvenile walleye pollock by echo shape and frequency characteristics

  • YAN, Qingyun, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Sea Ice Detection Based on Unambiguous Retrieval of Scattering Coefficient from GNSS-R Delay-Doppler Maps

  • YOO, Byunghyun, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Ship route optimization considering on-time arrival probability under environmental uncertainty

All the participants with the Local SPC committee.

The Award Ceremony took place during the Conference Banquet at the Suma Aqualife Park.   Each participating student was awarded a Certificate of Attendance and the top three posters were awarded a specially designed trophy and a monetary prize.  The winner of the SPC is awarded the Norman Miller Prize. Many will know that Col. Miller inaugurated the first SPC in 1989 and enthusiastically championed until he passed away in July 2015. The First Prize is named in his honour.

The three prizewinners Mitchell Borg, Eduard Vidal and Jin Wei Lim with Prof Watson.

The prizes were as follows:



  • First Prize and The Norman Miller Award (Trophy, Certificate and $3000): Mr. Jin Wei LIM, Maritime Robotics Laboratory, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, UK for work on Automated Interpretation of Seafloor Visual Maps Obtained using Underwater Robots






  • Second Prize (Trophy, Certificate and $2000): Mr. Eduard VIDAL, Underwater Vision and Robotics Research Center (CIRS), Universitat de Girona, Spain for his work on





  • Third Prize(Trophy, Certificate and $1000): Mr. Mitchell BORG, Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean, and Marine Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK for his work on



Details will be reported by John Watson (OES Student Poster Competition Chair) in the OES BEACON newsletter September issue.