Coming this Autumn — Oceans 2012 MTS/IEEE Hampton Roads

“Harnessing the Power of the Ocean”

Thursday, April 19, 2012

This October, OCEANS ’12 Hampton Roads brings together technology, people, and ideas that will help to expand our understanding of the earth’s largest natural resource. The conference, well-recognized as the international forum for ocean engineers and marine technology professionals, is scheduled for Oct. 14 to 19 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

Because of its proximity to naval bases and federal agencies, the conference will involve a number of federal agency partners, including the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).  Early indications suggest a record number of 2,500 people will attend.  Almost 1,000 papers will be presented in 200 sessions, along with intriguing technology displays in 200 exhibitor booths.

Old Dominion University, as the host university for OCEANS ’12, encourages colleges and universities to exhibit their oceans-related capabilities, and to sponsor their students and faculty to attend. In addition, college students will present their winning entries during the Student Poster Competition.

The conference includes the following topics of local interest:  National Ocean Enterprise, Marine Renewable Energy, Sea Level Rise/Coastal Inundation, Integrated Ocean Observing, and Marine Vehicle Autonomy.  Some of the 10 core technical tracks include:  Underwater Acoustics, Offshore Structures/Technology, Marine Optics/Imaging, Remote Sensing, Marine Law/Policy/Management/Education and Data Visualization/Modeling.  

Three honorary chairs have lent their support to this conference:  Mayor Will Sessoms of Virginia Beach, Mayor Paul Fraim of Norfolk, and President John Broderick of Old Dominion University.

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