Marine Autonomy & Technology Showcase

 Marine Autonomy & Technology Showcase  2017

13 - 15  November 2017

The NOC has been pioneering in the development of Marine Autonomous Systems for nearly 20 years now, developing platforms that have collected data from the most challenging environments,transforming our understanding of the ocean.  Our world-leading thinking has also been shared with companies operating in this sector, and we continue to build an impressive portfolio of collaborative projects with industry partners that will develop the next generation of marine autonomy going forward.  Please do take this opportunity to join us for what promises to be a very exciting week that will showcase world-leading platform and sensor developments, engaging many stakeholder groups from both the private and public sector, all united around the benefits that can be achieved from development and use of marine autonomy for ocean observation. 

Kevin Forshaw Associate Director Enterprise and Innovation, NOC


 Key Note Speakers Announced.

We are delighted to announce our excellent line up of keynote speakers for MATS 2017. These speakers will be introducing a variety of novel technologies and innovative applications.

Prof Karen Heywood (University of East Anglia) Novel deployments of Seagliders and AUVs in extreme environments

Steve McPhail (NOC) and Prof Alberto Naveira Garabato (University of Southampton) Development and science use of Autosub Long Range (aka Boaty McBoatface)

Peter Bennett (Business Manager Subsea, Kongsberg Maritime Ltd) Development and applications of the Eelume marine robot

Prof Jim Scanlan (University of Southampton) Finding Lucy - UAVs and other robots for rapid disaster response

Gordon Meadow (Warsash Maritime Centre and Southampton Solent University) Current and future developments in autonomous shipping, including skills and safety requirements

Sudhir Pai (MD, Schlumberger Robotics Services) Current and future applications of marine robotics in the offshore energy sector

Jonathan Read (Boeing Defence UK) The Boeing family of innovative Marine Autonomous Systems

Commander Peter Pipkin (Royal Navy) Unmanned Warrior and beyond: Royal Navy perspectives on Marine Autonomous Systems

Nick Lambert (Satellite Applications Catapult) Marine Autonomous Systems – a critical enabler of the transition from sea blindness to sea vision

New for 2017 Call for Abstracts

For the 2017 event we have engaged with our Industry partners and as a result we are actively inviting Abstract Submissions for the 2017 showcase based on the following conference pillars:-

1. Applications -  Current Reality and Aspirations

Autonomous systems enable a wide range of missions for science, industrial and defence applications. This pillar will not only explore how users and operators are currently deploying autonomous systems to gather data, but also the operations that end users aspire to conduct using these systems.

We invite abstracts from industrial, defence and academic operators and end-users  exploring past and current experience of using marine autonomous systems and also from those who would like to, but do not currently, use such systems. Please outline what your application / need is and how autonomous system has enabled/could enable mission success.

2. Enabling Technologies to enhance our understanding of the marine environment.

A Marine Autonomous System is derived of its component technologies and the infrastructure around it. Technologies include: Sensors, Power, Communications and Navigation.

We invite abstracts from academic, industry and defence organisations exploring the many components that enable or could enable the marine autonomous system to carry out its mission. We are seeking abstracts from those working within the marine field as well as those that have a technology from another sector that could have potential applications within marine autonomous systems.

3. “Making systems Smarter” - the advance from Automatic to Autonomy

This pillar will look at the future of marine autonomous systems and how we can learn from advances in other sectors to enable systems to become smarter. We are inviting abstracts from cross sector speakers on early development technologies that will enhance the autonomy of systems, along with mature technologies from other sectors that could become part of marine autonomous system. We would also be interested in presentations looking at the evolutionary needs of control centres, synthetic environments and converting data into information.

4. The economic, environmental and  human benefits of autonomous systems

This pillar will explore how marine autonomous systems can benefit the business case of operators and end users. We invite speakers from industry, defence and academia to discuss issues such as the economic benefit of using autonomous systems vs. manned vessels, the benefits of removing humans from mundane or risky tasks and the comparison of environmental benefits .

5. Upskilling and preparing the workforce for an autonomous future *this session will include a session of NEXUSS student submissions.

This pillar will explore the requirements from humans to operate, develop and work alongside autonomous systems in the future. We will invite abstracts for presentations about current educational programmes, graduate training, end-user and operator education, apprenticeships.

6. Miscellaneous session led by submissions

This will be a free format session for abstracts on marine autonomous systems and marine technologies that do not fit clearly into any of the above pillars.

Abstract Submission  

Abstract submission has now closed, confirmation of acceptance will be sent out by 30 September 2017, the final decisions will be made by an expert panel.

Final versions of the chosen submissions must be submitted to the organising team by 1 November 2017

More details of the conference programme to follow soon.


The National Oceanography Centre

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