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Oceans '12 MTS/IEEE Hampton Roads

The OCEANS '12 MTS/IEEE Hampton Roads conference will be held October 14 to 19 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Sponsored by the Marine Technology Society (MTS) and the Oceanic Engineering Society of IEEE (IEEE/OES), the conference will showcase research and product development in ocean science and bring together maritime users, decision makers and technical experts to discuss and address a variety of industry issues.

The conference theme, 'Harnessing the Power of the Ocean,' ties in to the U.S. National Ocean Policy and its goals, which were developed and proposed by the National Ocean Research Leadership Council in response to the U.S. Congress request to 'propose a plan to achieve a truly integrated ocean observing system.'

Technical Programs and Events
The conference schedule includes four days of technical sessions and kicks off with keynote addresses by several speakers, including Kathryn D. Sullivan, deputy administrator of NOAA, and Donald C. Winter, former secretary of the U.S. Navy. OCEANS '12 will focus on emerging technologies and several special topics, such as the development of a National Ocean Enterprise to address sea-level rise and what will be required to establish such an enterprise.

As many as 200 technical sessions will feature more than 900 papers covering specific technical tracks, which include underwater acoustics and acoustical oceanography; sonar signal and image processing and communication; ocean-observing platforms, systems and instrumentation; remote sensing and ocean-data visualization; modeling and information management; marine environment; oceanography and meteorology; optics, imaging, vision and electromagnetic systems; marine law; policy management and education; offshore structures and technology; and ocean vehicles and floating structures.

Receptions and icebreakers will take place, as well as opportunities to network with marine technology users and developers. Participants can also attend preconference tutorials, i.e., 'Acoustic Seabed Classification with Multibeam and Side Scan Images and Storm Tides and Sea Level Change: A Tutorial on Water Levels,' and technical workshops on topics such as AUVs and marine spatial planning.

Three days of exhibits will feature approximately 200 exhibitors, who will have an opportunity to engage with an expanded and diverse maritime customer set, including the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and NOAA. Additionally, Old Dominion University will host University Row, inviting colleges and universities to exhibit their oceans-related capabilities and to sponsor attendance of their students and faculty.

Conference Venue
Home to the largest naval base in the world and the third-largest port on the East Coast, Hampton Roads provides a location close to decision makers from the U.S. government, as well as its cultural and recreational assets.

The Virginia Beach Convention Center is located less than a mile from the Atlantic Ocean. Hampton Roads, comprised of 10 independent cities and six counties in southeast Virginia, is home to more than 1.7 million people and offers a rich maritime history and a diverse cross section of military, private and public sectors, and academia.

Editor's Note
Copies of this issue will be available at OCEANS '12 MTS/IEEE Hampton Roads at the Sea Technology stand (booth 1302). For editorial or advertising questions, see Amos Bussmann.

For registration, visit www.oceans12mtsieeehamptonroads.org.

Exhibitor List
The following list of exhibitors was updated at press time:
  • Aanderaa Data Instruments Inc.
  • Airmar Technology Corp.
  • AML Oceanographic
  • Applanix Corp.
  • ASL Environmental Sciences Inc.
  • Atlantic Canada
  • AXYS Technologies Inc.
  • BioSonics Inc.
  • Bluefin Robotics Corp.
  • BIRNS Inc.
  • C&C Technologies Inc.
  • Campbell Scientific Inc.
  • Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services
  • Channel Technologies Group Inc. (CTG)
  • Chukar Waterjet Inc.
  • CLS America Inc.
  • Consortium for Ocean Leadership
  • Datawell BV
  • DeepSea Power & Light Inc.
  • Energy Sales
  • EnviroTech Instruments LLC
  • Esri
  • Exocetus Development LLC
  • Falmat Inc.
  • Flotation Technologies LLC
  • Geometrics Inc.
  • Geospace Offshore
  • Global Dynamix Inc.
  • Hydro International
  • Hydroid Inc.
  • IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society
  • International Ocean Systems
  • iRobot Corp.
  • ITT Exelis
  • JFE Advantech Co. Ltd.
  • Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Kongsberg Maritime Ltd.
  • Kongsberg Underwater Technology Inc.
  • LinkQuest Inc.
  • Liquid Robotics Inc.
  • Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • MacArtney Offshore
  • Marine Advanced Technology Education Center
  • Marine Magnetics Corp.
  • Marine Sonic Technology Ltd.
  • Marine Technology Reporter
  • Marine Technology Society
  • Materials Systems Inc.
  • McLane Research Laboratories Inc.
  • Measurement Technology NW Inc.
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Association
  • Coastal Ocean Observing System
  • National Data Buoy Center
  • National Oceanographic Partnership Program
  • NortekUSA
  • Northeast Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems
  • Ocean Business
  • Ocean Networks Canada
  • Ocean News & Technology
  • Ocean Power Technologies Inc.
  • OCEANS '13 MTS/IEEE San Diego
  • OCEANS '14 MTS/IEEE St. John's
  • OceanWorks International
  • Old Dominion University
  • Paroscientific Inc.
  • PMI Industries Inc.
  • PNI Sensor Corp.
  • Polymer Corp.
  • PREVCO Subsea Housings
  • Prime Technology LLC
  • Quester Tangent Corp.
  • Raytheon Co.
  • Remote Ocean Systems
  • RBR Ltd.
  • SAIC Inc.
  • Sea Technology magazine
  • Sea-Bird Electronics Inc.
  • SeaBotix Inc.
  • Sea Sciences Inc.
  • Severn Marine Technologies LLC
  • Sidus Solutions LLC\\
  • Sonardyne International Ltd.
  • SonTek/YSI Inc.
  • Sound Metrics Corp.
  • Sound Ocean Systems Inc.
  • South Bay Cable Corp.
  • Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association
  • Subsea Technologies Inc.
  • Survey Equipment Services Inc.
  • Sutron Corp.
  • Teledyne Gavia ehf
  • Teledyne Marine Group
  • Teledyne Webb Research
  • Tritech International Ltd.
  • Triton Imaging Inc.
  • Turner Designs Inc.
  • U.S. Fleet Forces Command
  • U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
  • Valeport Ltd.
  • Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • Virginia Offshore Wind Coalition
  • Virginia Tech, Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science
  • WET Labs Inc.
  • WR Systems Ltd.
  • YSI Inc.
  • Yunzhou Intelligence Technology Ltd.

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