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OES Electronic Newsletter Volume 8, Number 5


OES Electronic Newsletter Volume 8, Number 5

  • Symposium on Underwater Technology 2011 - cancelled due to earthquake
  • Workshop on Scientific Use of Submarine Cables and Related Technologies 2011 - cancelled due to earthquake
  • OCEANS '11 MTS/IEEE Kona - Call for Papers - due April 22
  • SYMPOL '11, Symposium on Ocean Electronics - Call for Papers - due June 1
  • IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering - Special Issue on Marine Vehicle Autonomy - Call for Papers - due Oct 31st

UT11 and SSC11 in Japan cancelled

I reproduce here the letter at the site: http://seasat.iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp/UT11_SSC11/

Dear Authors and Participants of UT11&SSC11,

Today we announce with great regret our decision to cancel the Symposium on Underwater Technology 2011 and the Workshop on Scientific Use of Submarine Cables and Related Technologies 2011 (UT11 & SSC11).

As I am sure you are aware, following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the northern region of Japan, we are encountering an unprecedented situation at nuclear plants located 200 kilometers from Tokyo.

The direct damage in Tokyo is limited, and there has been no report of any loss or injury in our institute. However, we are cooperating with our nation’s needs through reduced power usage and scheduled power cuts, which affect our transportation systems and our working hours. We expect that this situation will be under control soon, before the scheduled date of the symposium. However, at this point nothing is certain, and in order to avoid any risk to the safety of our participants, we came to this sad decision. This decision to cancel is particularly saddening since the tsunami and submarine earthquake that caused it are natural phenomena that can be monitored using “Underwater Technology”. We feel that the UT+SSC symposium can play an important role toward reducing the damage caused by future earthquakes and tsunamis, and we would like to make this topic a major theme in our next symposium.

This has been a heartbreaking decision to make when we consider the significance of this meeting and the efforts of the authors in preparing their manuscripts and presentations, but call for your understanding on this matter, and all our thoughts are with those who have lost their homes and their loved ones during this difficult period.

We will announce administrative procedures following the cancellation and refunds in communications to follow. Please keep an eye on the UT website where notices regarding the cancellation of the symposium and future plans will be posted.

Yours Sincerely,

Tamaki Ura, Robert Wernli and Hisashi Utada
Symposium General Co-Chairs

OCEANS '11 MTS/IEEE Kona - Call for Papers

OCEANS 2011 MTS/IEEE - Hilton Waikoloa Village, Kona, Hawai‘i - September 19-22, 2011
The OCEANS Conference, jointly sponsored by the Marine Technology Society (MTS) and the Oceanic Engineering Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE/OES), is a major international forum for scientists, engineers, and responsible ocean users to present the latest research results, ideas, developments, and applications in Oceanic Engineering and Marine Technology.
Details at: http://www.oceans11mtsieeekona.org/

SYMPOL '11, Symposium on Ocean Electronics - Call for Papers - due June 1

The eleventh biennial Symposium on Ocean Electronics, 2011 (SYMPOL – 2011) being organized by the Department of Electronics of the Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi is scheduled to be held during 16–18 November 2011. This is organized as a biennial programme and the first symposium of the series was held in the Cochin University of Science and Technology, during 18–20 December 1991 to highlight the formal opening of the Centre for Ocean Electronics established in this Department as a joint venture of the University Grants Commission and Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. This Symposium is intended to provide a forum for the researchers in the area of Ocean Electronics to interact with each other and present their innovative ideas and findings. Details at http://sympol.cusat.ac.in/

IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering - Special Issue on Marine Vehicle Autonomy - Call For Papers - due Oct 31

In the context of the sizeable existing body of work on dynamic control algorithms (e.g. controllers for achieving and maintaining a desired vehicle course, speed, or depth), this special issue will focus on the rapidly developing technologies of autonomous-intelligent control and topics related to the intelligent controllers that determine the desired vehicle state to satisfy the mission objectives. Manuscripts related to adaptive vehicle control as well as multi-vehicle collaborative control with real-time sensory data detailing results of in-water trials are of primary interest, but high-quality simulation results or theoretical treatments will also be considered. Topic areas include:
    • Real-time adaptive control and path planning
    • Collaboration between, and control of teams of vehicles
    • Integrated perception and control
    • Multi-objective optimization
    • Collaborative and feature-based autonomous navigation
    • Behavior-based and non-behavior-based autonomy approaches

Guest Editors:

Donald Eickstedt, Ph.D., iRobot Corporation, eicksted@mit.edu
Mae Seto, Ph.D., Dalhousie University, mae.seto@dal.ca
Andrew Bouchard, Naval Surface Warfare Center, andrewtbouchard@gmail.com


Details at: http://www.oceanicengineering.org/docs/MarineVehicleAutonomy.pdf

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Send content for and comments regarding this newsletter to the editor: Marinna Martini, mmartini@ieee.org