ST Conference Report—April 2010 IssueOCEANS'10 IEEE Sydney Conference and Exhibition
The IEEE's OCEANS conference and exhibition is going Down Under for the first time—to the harbor city of Sydney, Australia, from May 24 through 27. The event will take place in the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre in the vibrant dining and entertainment precinct of Darling Harbour, the conference organizers said.
'Let me encourage you to make the journey and be part of this international event,' the conference's general chair, Dr. Brian Ferguson, said. 'You may sample the OCEANS experience at a magnificent venue in a unique city that is graced by the world's finest natural harbor and the splendor of its ocean beaches. This OCEANS conference and exhibition has been planned to provide each of you with an unforgettable human experience underpinned by Aussie humor, hospitality and friendliness.'
Australia is an island continent—a nation surrounded by ocean. As a result, many of its people are coastal dwellers, sea travellers and ocean sport enthusiasts, and the vast majority of Australian exports and imports are transported via the sea.
Australia's ocean jurisdiction is vast in its expanse. The waters and the seabed abound with natural resources that enrich this fortunate country, and Australian marine scientists and engineers apply ingenuity to understanding, observing and protecting the ocean environment on which this country depends, the organizers said.
Sydney is one of the world's truly beautiful cities, offering a cosmopolitan lifestyle, excellent shopping facilities and world-class entertainment, they continued. There are many local attractions and activities, including the Opera House, harbor cruises, Taronga Zoo and the Harbour Bridge, which visitors can climb. Visitors to Australia can also travel further to see natural beauties such as the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland or Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Australia's Red Centre.
With the conference theme of 'Showcasing Advances in Marine Science and Engineering,' this event will bring together experts, practitioners and students covering a broad range of ocean science disciplines, conference organizers said.
The exhibition is a highlight of this conference, and it will be central to many of the conference activities, said the organizers. The exhibition space will be the main location for informal meetings and networking, with lunches and refreshments offered to conference delegates in the exhibition area.
OCEANS'10 IEEE Sydney is fortunate to have three eminent plenary/keynote speakers to launch the conference, organizers said. Representing NOAA's Oceanic and Atmospheric Research programs and administration, Craig McLean will speak on meeting social challenges using marine technology. Next, Cdre. Bruce Kafer of the Royal Australian Navy will present a navy perspective on the importance of understanding the oceans. Finally, the Bureau of Meteorology's deputy director of research and systems, Dr. Neville Smith, will address the importance of ocean science to Australia.
The technical program is the principal attraction for many conference delegates, conference organizers said. More than 400 high-quality abstracts have been submitted, they continued, covering the range of OCEANS core topics and special topics for the Sydney conference. Approximately 40 percent of the submissions came from Asia, and the remainder was split approximately evenly, with 20 percent each coming from the regions of North America, Europe and Australia/New Zealand.
The special topics address issues and technologies of topical interest or of particular local interest in the Asia-Pacific region. The organizers said that they are privileged to have topic chairs from Japan, Korea and Taiwan leading a topic on 'Advances in Understanding of Marine Environments in the Western Pacific.' Other topics that have attracted a large number of submitted abstracts are 'Advances in Integrated Marine Observing Systems,' 'Advances in Underwater Imaging and Mapping,' 'Advances in Marine Management,' 'Advances in Exploration and Recovery for the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry' and 'Advances in Understanding of the Impact of Climate Change on the Oceans.'
There are many core topics offered at all OCEANS conferences as well. Technology areas that have attracted considerable interest for the Sydney conference include autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs); remotely operated vehicles; vehicle design, navigation and control; acoustic telemetry and communication; sonar signal processing; sonar imaging and image processing; optical imaging and vision; numerical modeling and simulation; hydrodynamics; systems and observatories; and ocean energy.
For full-time undergraduate and postgraduate engineering or science students, the Student Poster Competition offers an opportunity to present and gain exposure for their work, the organizers said. Selection of posters is highly competitive, and the conference has received an exceptionally large number of excellent submissions, they continued. Selected candidates will present their work to a judging team, and the top three will receive prizes, which will be presented at the conference's gala function.
There is also a variety of tutorials on offer at OCEANS'10 IEEE Sydney, according to the organizers. They said they are pleased to have expert presenters of international standing to conduct tutorials on topics such as shallow-water acoustics, high-resolution sonar imaging, simultaneous localization and mapping techniques, underwater communications, AUV technology and high-frequency surface wave radar. The organizers encourage all conference delegates to take advantage of this great opportunity to be informed by world-leading experts in their fields.
Social events are an important part of any conference, assisting delegates to meet colleagues and form friendships—and to have a good time. Three evening events will take place during OCEANS'10 IEEE Sydney: the icebreaker reception on Monday, May 24; the exhibitor reception on Tuesday, May 25; and the conference gala function on Wednesday, May 26. The gala will be held at Luna Park, a wonderful venue that shows off the stunning beauty of Sydney Harbour and the splendor of the night lights of the city, the organizers said.
Please see www.oceans10ieeesydney.org for detailed information about the conference and exhibition.
The following list of exhibitors was updated as of press time: