Marine Autonomy & Technology Showcase

MATS Showcase 2019


12 - 14 November 2019 

Abstract deadline fast approaching, have you submitted yet?

The Delivery Committee are pleased to announce that Abstract Submission is now open. During MATS 2019, our aim is to explore the information needs of users of Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS), review the current technologies available to enable the data gathering for MAS users and explore the methods of taking that data and making it exploitable information for the user need. Presentations must focus on work undertaken in the 12 months since MATS 2018 or be a forward look into the next 5 years.

The Themes for 2019 are as follows:

The Daily hosts for MATS 2019 will be 

Tuesday - Mr Aidan Thorn 

Wednesday - Dr  Matthew Palmer 

Thursday - Prof Russ Wynn 

  • Theme 1: Users & Applications; - Peter Collinson - BP - Session Chair 

Through this theme, we are seeking presentations from Scientific, Industry, Government and Defence end-users of marine technologies. Presentations should focus on current and aspirational (within the next 5 years) application of MAS, highlighting what the user requirement is . Presentations that set stretching challenges, outlining those challenges, for aspirational applications will be scored highly.


  • Theme 2: Planning & Control; - Ben Pritchard – Thales - Session Chair 

Operation of MAS in the environment is just part of the mission and the work to enable it happens outside of the operational element. This these is seeking presentations that support the planning and control of MAS, presentations can include but not limited to: the use of Synthetic Environments, Mathematical Modelling, Simulation, Risk and Reliability Management, Command and Control , Remote Operations, Monitoring, Regulation and Legal.

  • Theme 3: The Vehicle -  Dr Alex Phillips – NOC - Session Chair  

Through this theme, we are seeking presentations that focus on vehicles, and making vehicles smarter and new and novel vehicles, including a forward look to future vehicle technologies. Presentations are sought that include, but are not limited

to: Navigation, Networking, Collaboration and Cooperation, Residency, launch and recovery, Novel vehicles. Presentations should demonstrate how MAS deliver improved performance through real examples of in field operation


  • Theme 4: Data collection - Prof. Matt Mowlem – NOC - Session Chair 

Sensing technologies are the eyes, ears, nose and touch of the Marine Autonomous System. This theme will focus on those technologies that enable MAS to collect data for the end-user, through imagery, physical sampling or chemical and biological detection. Presentations should provide real examples of field collected data as well as look to the future of data collection. We are also seeking presentations that cover interaction with the environment and infrastructure.

  • Theme 5: Generating Information from Data - Dr Eleanor Frajka Williams – NOC - Session Chair 

Generating information that meets end-user needs from the data collected by MAS is the ultimate goal of deploying the system. This theme will explore novel methods of generating information products from MAS gathered data. Presentations should explore (but not be limited to) the utility of Machine Learning and AI, Data Processing, GUIs, augmented realities. Examples of real world information use should be explored


we invite presenters to deliver their presentations in alternative methods as well as Powerpoint 

To submit and abstract please click here 


Successful presentations will consist of:

  • A maximum of 10 slides and be set in 16:9 Ratio
  • Presentation slots are a maximum of 20 minutes, which equates to 15 minutes presentation and 5 minutes Q&A.
  • We are looking for innovative ways of presenting to include video, graphics and less reliance on power point slides.
  • We ask that presentations are not blatant sales pitches and that you use the last slide to convey your organisation information, due to the high demand for slots sales pitches will be removed from the selection process.

 Exhibitor Packages 

Exhibitor packages are now available to book for the 2019 event. 

Following feedback from our previous events we are pleased to announce that for 2019 we will have two packages available a 2m and a 4m stand for further details or to book your space please click here 

MATS 2018 Presentations 

To view the presentations we have been given permission to publish please click here 


MATS 2019 Delivery Committee 

Aidan Thorn Project Sponsor NOC

Ian Folger  Event Manager NOC

Charmain Richardson  Event Coordinator NOC

Matt Kingsland NOC

Annika Simpson NOC

Terry Sloane Planet Ocean

David Goldsmith Xylem

Jon Downes University of Southampton

Claire Cardy Nortek

Malik Chibah Sonardyne

Ramsay Lind Blue Ocean Monitoring


MATS 2019 Key Milestone 


  • February 2019 Kick off meeting to take place and diary dates for all Delivery Committee meetings issued.
  • Call to previous expression of interest exhibitors February 2019
  • Call for exhibitors to be issued March 2019
  • April 2019 Call for Abstracts to be issued 
  • Exhibitors announced April, May and June 2019
  • Abstracts to close 19 July 2019
  • Daily Hosts and Expert Industry Session Chairs announced July 2019
  • Keynotes to be announced September 2019
  • Program to be announced end September 2019
  • Registration to open early September 2019
  • Event Delivery 12 – 14 November 2019

Exhibiting at MATS 2019 will be 






The National Oceanography Centre 

European Way, Southampton 

Hampshire, SO14 3ZH

For further information email