OCEANS ’15 in Washington, DC Adds Workshops, Special Sessions, Product Theater, Career Panel and Capital Casino Gala

OCEANS ’15 MTS/IEEE Washington, DC continues to add valuable content to the program designed to appeal to a wide variety of technical professionals, industry leaders, educators, policy makers and students. The annual fall conference and exposition, co-sponsored by the Marine Technology Society and the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society, will be held October 19-22 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor.

The Advance Program is now available on the conference website. A number of workshops and special sessions will enhance the concurrent technical sessions that feature hundreds of peer-reviewed presentations.

Workshops will be held on Monday, October 19. There is no charge to attend a Workshop; however participants must sign up in advance via the conference registration page or at the Registration Desk to obtain an entrance badge.

Catalyzing Ocean Services in a World of Abundant Ocean Data – XPRIZE
The workshop will bring together leaders in the nascent ocean services industry, government, and technology to brainstorm solutions for organizing and broadcasting the increasing amount of ocean data. The goal is to generate actions to catalyze the further growth of a potentially multi- billion dollar industry in ocean data products and services. Keynote speakers will include Dr. Rick Spinrad and Dr. Ralph Rayner.

Advancing Environmental Sensor Technology and Platform Integration for Improved Ocean Observations – Jake Sobin
The workshop will highlight the different sensor technologies available for dissolved gas measurements, while also focusing on sensor carriers (platforms). In addition, the program will feature case studies and a hands-on sensor demonstration.

Latest Advancements in Underwater Imaging Technology – Fraser Dalgleish and Frank Caimi
This half day workshop, hosted jointly by the MTS Underwater Imaging Committee and IEEE OES will include a handful of invited presentations describing the latest underwater imaging technologies, either under development or available as commercial products. The attendees, who will include representatives from academia, industry and government, will be engaged in discussion to identify areas of importance and potential markets for future imaging technologies.

The Evolution of Subsea Vehicles – Jim McFarlane
The workshop will discuss the development of subsea systems for the offshore petroleum industry, starting with the manned submersible in the 1960s, followed closely by ROVs in the 1970s and AUVs in the 1980s. Subsequent markets were infiltrated with robotic systems that answered the demand, increased the safety, and still answer each market’s technical and challenging requirements.

Special sessions are integral parts of the conference and do not require separate registration. U.S. IOOS (Integrated Ocean Observing System) and the Maritime Alliance have partnered on two special sessions:

Ignite! A Lightning Round of Innovations, Discoveries, and Applications in Blue Tech!
In this lively, fast-paced, 90-minute session on Tuesday afternoon, experts and hands-on users from federal, regional, and international agencies and associations will discuss the newest advances from the tech world, how they’re working in real-world marine applications, and how they’re propelling marine intelligence to the next level.

Town Hall Session on Marine Technology and Services in the Blue Economy
On Wednesday morning, this Town Hall will offer public and private perspectives on new developments and technologies that are allowing us to work with the ocean in unprecedented ways, propelling the economic value of the seas forward, and making a huge impact on the global economy.

A variety of other special sessions and panels will be schedules throughout the Technical Program on Tuesday through Thursday:


  • Driving Technological Innovation through Ocean XPRIZEs – XPRIZE


  • A Panel on the Future of Long Duration Maritime Autonomy – Matthew Bays
  • Marine Planning & Data-Related Tools: Key Aspects of National Ocean Policy – Beth Kerttula, National Ocean Council
  • Identifying Common Themes in National Ocean Policies to Advance Global Ocean Science Collaboration through the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) – Craig N. McLean, NOAA
  • OCEANS ’25 (and beyond) – Envisioning the Future of Marine Technology and Ocean Engineering – MTS/IEEE OCEANS ’15 Technical Committee


  • Policy and Planning for Responsible Offshore East Coast Development: Technological Considerations – Hank Lobe (Sonardyne/Severn Tech.), Ruth Perry (Shell Exploration and Prod. Co.)
  • The Importance of Collaborative Science and Technological Advances for Ocean Science and Offshore Energy Development – Ruth Perry (Shell Exploration and Prod. Co.), Hank Lobe (Sonardyne/Severn Tech.)
  • Town Hall Session on Promoting OceanSTEM and Blue Economy Workforce Development: Liesl Hotaling, Marine Technology Society, VP Education (co-sponsored by NOAA and The Maritime Alliance)

The Exhibition Hall will have a new attraction at OCEANS ’15. In addition to over 150 booths featuring the latest products, services and programs, twelve exhibitors will be showcasing their latest innovations during 30-minute presentations in the Product Theater. The Student Poster Contest also will be located in the Exhibition Hall where a diverse group of finalists from Canada, China, France, India, Italy and the U.S. will display their posters and discuss their projects.

Also new this year is the Career Panel planned for Monday to acquaint students with some of the many career options in the oceans field. Representatives from government, industry, and academia will give brief overviews of what they do, and there will be an opportunity to talk in small groups or one-on-one. This will provide a lead-in to the Conference Ice Breaker Reception, where the students may talk with other professionals from the full range of ocean-related careers.

And last, but not least, there will be fun or it wouldn’t be an OCEANS. Wednesday night’s Gala dinner will have a Capital Casino theme with a variety of gaming tables. The money won’t be real, so everyone can have the fun without the risk.

Information about the sponsoring societies can be found at: Marine Technology Society (www.mtsociety.org) and IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (www.oceanicengineering.org). MTS is an international non-profit professional society of ocean engineers, technologists, policy-makers, and educators with the mission to promote awareness, understanding, advancement and application of marine technology. IEEE/OES is an international non-profit professional society that focuses on all aspects of science, engineering, and technology that address research, development, and operations pertaining to all bodies of water.

Details on the program, affiliated events, social functions and a list of Exhibitors can be found on the conference website at www.oceans15mtsieeewashington.org

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