Marine Autonomous Systems Conference

Starts: Wed, Mar 31, 2021 8:00 AM CST
Ends: Thu, Apr 1, 2021 12:00 PM CST
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Marine Autonomous Systems Conference

The Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) has hosted conferences focused on marine autonomy for more than a decade, next year the reach will be extended to the SUT-US Branch. The goal of the conference is to bring together energy industry executives and engineers, with marine technologists, government stakeholders, and research scientists, to provide a 2-day update on the history, status, uses and future of autonomous systems, sensors and AI, in the offshore environment. The conference program will close with a panel discussion focused on future advances that are likely to be of value to the offshore energy industry.

Together with the conference, there will be a small exhibition space to allow organizations active in this sphere to further expand on the conference program, and provide opportunities for attendees to gain a greater understanding of how autonomous systems can be used in specific applications.

SUT-US recognizes the importance of developing talent to support the offshore industry and over the past 15 years has supported education and mentoring through scholarships and Student Chapters. All profits generated from MAS will be destined towards this year's SUT-US Scholarship Program, applications for the program will open in May.


MAS will be held as a virtual conference and you can register as an individual, as a group of 3, as a student or corporate group.

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Professional Development Hour (PDH) Certificates will be provided after the conference. 

Conference Program

Wednesday March 31, 2021
Opening Remarks Zenon Medina Cetina, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Texas A&M University 8:30am - 8:35am
Plenary Session “2010-2019 A look back on the last decade of the development of Marine Autonomous Systems and associated technologies, lessons learned and the current state of the art” by Dr. Jim Bellingham, Director of the Center For Marine Robotics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
8:35am - 9:20am
Platforms Session Opening Remarks “The state of the truck” by Neil Trenaman, Hefring Engineering 9:20am - 9:25am
  Eelume and the Environment by David Mackay, Kongsberg Maritime 9:25am - 9:45am
  Saab Sabertooth a 3,000 meter hybrid AUV/ROV by Chris Roper, Saab Seaeye 9:45am - 10:05am
  Autonomous Offshore Power Systems; extending endurance and capabilities of mobile and static marine assets by Reenst Lesemann, C-Power 10:25am - 10:45am
Sensors & Robotics Session Opening Remarks “Seeing, sampling and shaping” Andrew Hill, BP 10:45am - 10:50am
  Improved navigation for subsea vehicles by Rolf Christensen, Sonardyne Ltd  10:50am - 11:10am
  OceanScout coordinated fleet glider applications for the Gulf of Mexico by Christopher E. Ordonez, Hefring Engineering 11:10am - 11:30am
  HUGIN Superior Results: Making the most of enhanced accuracy by Richard Mills, Kongsberg 11:30am - 11:50am
Closing Remarks Tricia Hill, Chair, Society for Underwater Technology in the U.S. (SUT-US)  11:50am - 12:00pm
Thursday April 1, 2021
Opening Remarks Tricia Hill, Chair, Society for Underwater Technology in the U.S. (SUT-US)  8:30am - 8:40am
Software & Digitalization Session Opening Remarks “Digitally extending the reach” by Dickie Martin, R&D Center Manager, Fugro 8:40am - 8:45am
  Enabling autonomous marine systems with AI and digital integrity management by Peter Carydias, Wood 8:45am - 9:05am
  Autonomous & Digital - It's not "What" but "How" by Pawel Michalak, Fugro 9:05am - 9:25am
  Digital transformation of marine monitoring systems by Soma Maroju, BMT 9:25am - 9:45am
Uses Session Opening Remarks “Realizing the opportunities” by Mark Siegmund, BP Retired 10:05am - 10:10am
  Sensing capability development for geological characterization of gases in marine environment by Chetan Laddha, Shell 10:10am - 10:30am
  The Armada fleet - achieving complex offshore operations with net-zero emissions through the use of uncrewed robotic ships by Michael King, Ocean Infinity 10:30am - 10:50am
  ASV-AUV new technology versus supply chain management by Trevor Hughes, LK Geomatics LLC 10:50am - 11:10am
Panel Session “2020-2029 Innovation and disruption, what to expect in the next decade” by  Chair: Jim Bellingham Panelists: Neil Trenaman, Dickie Martin, Doug Hernandez 11:10am - 12:10pm
Closing Remarks Jan van Smirren, Consultant Oceanographer, Ocean Sierra LLC 12:10pm - 12:20pm

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