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Abstracts Submissions for MATS 2022 is Now Open

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) are pleased to announce that Abstract Submissions are now open for MATS 2022, the submission window will be shorter this year running from 28 June 2022 – 27 July 2022, to view the submission guidelines and access to the submission portal please click here

The Themes for 2022 are as follows:

During MATS 2022, our aim is to explore the information needs of users of Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS), review the current technologies available to enable the data gathering for MAS users and explore the methods of taking that data and making it exploitable information for the user need. Presentations may focus on work undertaken or planned to be undertaken in the 12 months since MATS 2021, New for 2022 we are adding a theme on Sustainability and Net Zero Capability this may be a forward look along your organisation’s technology roadmap or on novel ways of developing operations for the future.

  • Theme 1: Sustainability and Net Zero Capability – Through this theme we are seeking to understand how Sustainability is being implemented into organisations and their operations both now and in the future. Net Zero Capability is now a reality and exciting developments are driving this forward, this element of the theme seeks to understand the planning and development process already in play and moving forward.
  • Theme 2: Users & Applications – Through this theme we are seeking presentations from Scientific, Industry, Government and Defence end-users of marine technologies. Presentations should focus on current and aspirational application of MAS, highlighting what the user requirement is. Presentations that set stretching challenges, outlining those challenges, for aspirational applications will be scored highly. We will seek to take a balanced approach between current and aspirational activities to ensure MATS includes forward looking ideas as well as ground-breaking examples of actual activity.
  • Theme 3: Data Collection and Information Generation – Sensing technologies are the eyes, ears, nose and touch of the Marine Autonomous System. This theme will focus on those novel, innovative and emerging technologies that enable MAS to collect data for the end-user, through imagery, physical sampling or chemical and biological detection. We are also seeking presentations that cover interaction with the environment and infrastructure. Data alone is of course not enough, generating information that meets end-user needs from the data collected by MAS is the ultimate goal of deploying the system. This Theme will explore the collecting data and the novel methods of generating information products from MAS gathered data. Presentations should real field examples of field collected data and also explore (but not be limited to) the utility of Machine Learning and AI, Data Processing, visualisation, GUIs, augmented realities. Examples of real world information use should be explored
  • Theme 4: Planning & Control – Operation of MAS in the environment is just part of the mission and the work to enable it happens outside of the operational element. This theme is seeking presentations that support the planning and control of MAS, presentations can include but not limited to: Experiences and lessons learned from field trials, the use of Synthetic Environments, Mathematical Modelling, Simulation, Assurance, Safety, Risk and Reliability Management, Command and Control, Remote Operations/Remote Operation Centres, Fleet Management & Maintenance, Collaborative behaviour, Monitoring, Regulation and Legal. Through this theme we’re also encouraging presentations around testing and evaluation centres, sites and infrastructure, that provide the proving grounds for technologies.
  • Theme 5: Autonomous platforms and supporting technology – Through this theme, we are seeking presentations that focus on the systems. Through increased intelligence, operations have evolved from single platform to more of a system approach. Operations are no longer limited to one or two vehicles deployed form a ship, but can be run in autonomous fleets and utilising technologies such as digital twins. Presentations are sought that include, but are not limited to end to end systems, navigation, networking, collaboration and cooperation, residency, launch and recovery and novel vehicles including a forward look to future vehicle technologies. We’re also encouraging presentations that look at the roles of cyber technologies and digital twins in operations. Presentations should demonstrate how step changes in MAS technology deliver improved performance through real examples of in field operation, be that with a single platform or a fleet of platforms working to achieve the users goals.
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