Marine Autonomy & Technology Showcase

Marine Autonomy & Technology Showcase  2018

13 - 15   November 2018

The countdown to MATS 2018 has begun and with record number of exhibitors and abstracts submitted it looking to be our best MATS to date. In early September we will be announcing our Keynote speaker for the event which will be well received.

Highlights to look out for are, day one we will round off by holding an icebreaker session featuring posters from NEXUSS students, showcasing some of the bright new talent coming forward over the next few years, Day two will feature a parallel session from the Southern branch of the Hydrographic society with the day being rounded off with an informal networking supper.

New for 2018 will be our series of MAS 101 sessions, led by the leading experts of various vehicle / technology types offering a chance to lift the lid on what makes them operate. further details of this to be announced soon.

Registration to attend will be opening on Friday 17 August tickets are priced at £50 per day or £100 for all three days, this includes lunch and refreshments each day and access to the icebreaker drinks and poster session and evening networking supper.

To Register click here



We are pleased to announce the Daily Hosts and Expert Industry Session Chairs for MATS 2018:


Daily Hosts


Tuesday 13 November – Day 1              Mr Aidan Thorn,

                                                                Marine Autonomous Robotics Innovation Centre Manager NOC


Wednesday 14 November – Day 2         Mr Leigh Storey,

                                                                Associate Director National Marine Facilities NOC


Thursday 15 November – Day 3             Prof Russ Wynn,

                                                                Associate Director Government, International and Public Engagement NOC


Expert Industry Session Chairs


Current Applications–                              Maaten Furlong, NOC

Aspirational applications –                       Peter Collinson, BP

Enabling Technology –                            Malik Chibah, Sonardyne 

Collaborative Technologies –                  Dr Pedro Patron,  SeeByte

Security of assets –                                 Ben Pritchard, THALES


Outline Progamme 


Abstracts have now gone off to the technical review panel for selection details of this will be released in Early September, however to view the outlines for each day please click here



To view a full list of Exhibitors please click here  

Exhibiting opportunities for 2018 are now available for further information please email  

After the success of MATS 2017 we are pleased to announce that the 2018 event will take place from Tuesday 13 November to Thursday 15 November. MATS 2018 will primarily focus on developments and news in the 12 months since MATS 2017 and also take a forward look at where marine exploration is heading in the next 5 years. 

2018 Conference Themes

  1. Current Applications

This theme is seeking presentations exploring developments, deployments and innovations that have occurred within the 12 months since MATS 2017.

  1. Aspirational applications –

Under this theme we are seeking presentations from end-users of marine technologies to give an overview of their forward look and roadmaps for the next 12 months to 5 years. We encourage presentations from scientific, industry, and health end users

  1. Enabling Technology – 

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

  1. Collaborative Technologies –

Presentations are sought that explore fleets of marine autonomous systems can work collaboratively in swarms and networks and how enabling technologies are underpinning innovative methods of exploring our oceans

  1. Security of assets –

With increased autonomy and remotely deployed technologies security of data and assets is an increasing concern. Presentations are sought to discuss how security of data and assets can be improved/ensured

MATS is a technical conference and therefore abstracts that are overtly sales pitches will not be considered by the Technical Review Panel.

Key Dates / Milestone for 2018 

  • 2 April 2018 Call for Abstracts to be issued 
  • Call for exhibitors / sponsors to be issued May 2018
  • Abstracts to close 15 July 2018
  • Expert Industry Session Chairs Anmounced August 2018
  • Keynote to be announced September 2018
  • Program to be announced September 2018
  • Registration to open early September 2018
  • Event Delivery 13 – 15 November 2018

MATS 2018 Delivery Committee 

  • Aidan Thorn  NOC – Project Sponsor and Committee Chair  
  • Ian Folger NOC Event Manager 
  • Nick Green SeeByte
  • Dan Hook ASV
  • Ioseba Tena Sonardyne
  • Annika Simpson NOC
  • Rod Steel Thales
  • Damian Cook NOC
  • Ralph Dodds Atlas Elektronic
  • Matthew Kingsland NOC
  • Dr Jon Downes University of Southampton 



The National Oceanography Centre

Waterfront Campus, European Way, Southampton, SO14 3ZH

if you have any queries or questions please email for further information