The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for OCEANS’ 16 MTS/IEEE Shanghai has selected six topics with both special local interest and broad international significance. Those topics were chosen in line with the conference theme, Our Future is with OCEANS. Starting in October 2015, abstracts can be submitted on the conference website under those topics, in addition to the Core Topics common to all OCEANS conferences, and special technical sessions, workshops or panel discussions can be formed depending on the submissions.
Local Topics of Interest
1. Marine Renewable EnergyMarine Renewable Energy refers mainly to the energy carried by ocean waves, tides, currents, salinity, and ocean temperature differences, whose development has created opportunities for supporting science, technology, and engineering. Oceans’ 16 will highlight the present and future states of these energy sectors, from technologies to environmental effects.
2. Integrated Marine Science, Technology and InformationTo fully understand and ultimately predict the constantly changing 3D ocean, oceanographers must use large numbers of instruments coupled with data assimilative numerical models. Oceans’ 16 will bring together scientist, technologists, and information technology specialists to focus on scientific drivers, sensors, platforms, communication links, forecast models, and data management and delivery for achieving sustainable, affordable, and reliable data streams in 3D ocean monitoring.
3. Natural Disaster Prevention and Damage ReductionTyphoon/storm surge and earthquake/tsunami are common natural disasters at sea, which people in the coastal suffer the most. Oceans’ 16 will address the technology needs and advances in disaster real-time monitoring/tracking, predicting/forecasting, and engineering structure design to counter various disasters.
4. Manned and Unmanned Submersibles for Deep Sea ExplorationDeep sea exploration is the investigation of physical, chemical, and biological conditions on the sea bed, for scientific or commercial purposes. The extreme conditions in the deep sea require elaborate methods and technologies, and the submarine is one of the safest ways to explore deep waters. Oceans’ 16 will highlight the new progresses on the development of deep sea manned and unmanned submersibles with focus on the field experiments.
5. Search and Rescue at SeaMissing MH 370 has been a pain for many families. It also triggered a multi-national collaboration effort of searching and rescuing, which was reportedly largest in human history. Oceans’16 will address the requirements, challenges, and advances for supporting technology and engineering, for various types of search and rescue missions at sea.
6. Law and Policy of the SeaThe United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea has relevance to energy, research, exploration, defense, and fisheries. The Oceans’ 16 meeting in Shanghai provides a forum for discussion of UNCLOS in the context of the science and technology that support the impacted sectors.
1.0 UNDERWATER ACOUSTICS AND ACOUSTICAL OCEANOGRAPHY1.1 Sonar and transducers 1.2 Calibration of acoustic systems and metrology 1.3 Sound propagation and scattering 1.4 Acoustical oceanography 1.5 Geoacoustic inversion 1.6 Bioacoustics 1.7 Seismo-acoustics 1.8 Ocean noise 1.9 Signal coherence and fluctuation
2.0 SONAR SIGNAL / IMAGE PROCESSING AND COMMUNICATION2.1 Sonar signal processing 2.2 Array signal processing and array design 2.3 Model-based signal processing techniques 2.4 Vector sensor processing 2.5 Synthetic aperture (active and passive) 2.6 Classification and pattern recognition (parametric and non-parametric) 2.7 Sonar imaging 2.8 Acoustic telemetry and communication 2.9 Biologically inspired processing
3.0 OCEAN OBSERVING PLATFORMS, SYSTEMS, AND INSTRUMENTATION3.1 Automatic control 3.2 Current measurement technology 3.3 Oceanographic instrumentation and sensors 3.4 Systems and observatories 3.5 Buoy technology 3.6 Cables and connectors 3.7 Marine geodetic information systems
4.0 REMOTE SENSING4.1 Air / sea interaction 4.2 Lidar 4.3 Passive observing sensors 4.4 Coastal radars 4.5 Ocean color and hyperspectral measurements 4.6 Airborne and satellite radar and SAR 4.7 Operational observation 4.8 Sensor synergy 4.9 Space systems
5.0 OCEAN DATA VISUALIZATION, MODELING, AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT5.1 Access, custody, and retrieval of data 5.2 Data visualization 5.3 Numerical modeling and simulation 5.4 Marine GIS and data fusion 5.5 Information management 5.6 Data assimilation
6.0 MARINE ENVIRONMENT, OCEANOGRAPHY, AND METEOROLOGY6.1 Oceanography: physical, geological, chemical, biological 6.2 Marine geology and geophysics 6.3 Hydrography / seafloor mapping / geodesy 6.4 Hydrodynamics 6.5 Marine life and ecosystems 6.6 Meteorology 6.7 Pollution monitoring 6.8 Mineral resources
7.0 OPTICS, IMAGING, VISION, AND E-M SYSTEMS7.1 Imaging and vision 7.2 Beam propagation 7.3 Optical sensors and adaptive optics 7.4 Marine optics technology and instrumentation 7.5 Holography and 3D imaging 7.6 Optical communication 7.7 E-M sensing
8.0 MARINE LAW, POLICY, MANAGEMENT, AND EDUCATION8.1 Coastal zone management 8.2 Ocean economic potential 8.3 Marine law and policy 8.4 International issues 8.5 Marine safety and security 8.6 Law of the Sea and UNCLOS 8.7 Ocean resources 8.8 Marine education and outreach 8.9 Marine archaeology
9.0 OFFSHORE STRUCTURES AND TECHNOLOGY9.1 Ocean energy 9.2 Ropes and tension members 9.3 Offshore structures 9.4 Marine materials science 9.5 Marine salvage 9.6 Diving 9.7 Pollution clean-up and pollution remediation 9.8 Deepwater development technology 9.9 Seafloor engineering 9.10 Ocean exploration
10. OCEAN VEHICLES AND FLOATING STRUCTURES10.1 Vehicle design 10.2 Vehicle navigation 10.3 Vehicle performance 10.4 Autonomous underwater vehicles 10.5 Manned underwater vehicles 10.6 Remotely operated vehicles 10.7 Dynamic positioning 10.8 Moorings, rigging, and anchors 10.9 Naval architecture