Marine Autonomy Technology Showcase 2016

Marine Autonomy & Technology Showcase 2016


Invitation to Attend The Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase 2016

The NOC has been pioneering in the development of Marine Autonomous Systems for nearly 20 years now, developing platforms that have collected data from the most challenging environments, transforming our understanding of the ocean.  Our world-leading thinking has also been shared with companies operating in this sector, and we continue to build an impressive portfolio of collaborative projects with industry partners that will develop the next generation of marine autonomy going forward.  Please do take this opportunity to join us for what promises to be a very exciting week that will showcase world-leading platform and sensor developments, engaging many stakeholder groups from both the private and public sector, all united around the benefits that can be achieved from development and use of marine autonomy for ocean observation. 


Kevin Forshaw Associate Director Enterprise and Innovation, NOC

Monday 14th November 2016

Marine Robotics Innovation Centre One Year On and Project Update

Convenor: Adam Schink Innovation Centre Manager

Session presentations available by clicking here 

The Marine Robotics Innovation Centre partner list has grown to over a dozen bold and leading companies to further its core focus of platforms, sensors, power, and communication capabilities to create the next generation of marine autonomous systems. Please take this opportunity to join this session to hear about the first year’s results, new exciting members partnering in the centre, updates on the innovation projects being run out of the centre, and a look at what 2017 has in store.

Full Day Programme 

9.30 am  Registration and morning refreshments

10.30 am Welcome to MATS 2016 Kevin Forshaw Associate Director Innovation and Enterprise 

11.00am Marine Robotics Innovation Centre “One year on” Mr Adam Schink Innovation Centre Manager

11.30 am Sensors Overview covering Sensor Capabilities, Achievements in 2016, What is in store for 2017 – highlighting potential       license opportunities. Prof Matt Mowlem

12.00 pm South Coast Centre for Excellence for Satellite Applications Catapult, Mr Grant Day, University of Portsmouth

12.30 pm Lunch and Networking

2.00 pm   Brief overview of NOC’s Industry Autonomous Projects Prof Russ Wynn NOC

2.30 pm   LIS Battery Project Mr Alan Gould Project Manager (MAS) Steatite

3.00 pm   Launch and Recovery of Multiple AUV’s from a Surface Vehicle   Mr Terry Sloane Planet Ocean

3.30 pm   Afternoon Refreshments

4.00 pm   Autonomous Surface and Subsurface System James Cowles ASV

4.30 pm  'The development of marine radar as a tool for coastal nearshore survey: a research collaboration' Dr Cai Bird NOC

5.00 pm  Close 


Tuesday 15th November 2016

AM Session Marine Manufacturers Breakfast Club

Convenors:    Rolly Rogers Advisor Marine Law and Policy NOC

Presentationsn from:-

Mr Chris Haworth SeeByte  

Mr Peter Challenor University of Exeter 

Sessions Presentations available by clicking here 

8.30 am Networking refreshments and registration 

9.00 am Session commences 

In September 2014 NERC in partnership with Innovate UK and Dstl launched a £1.5m competition for the development of novel Adaptive Autonomous Ocean Sampling Networks (AAOSN). Over 18 months two UK consortia have developed systems capable of coordinating a suite of marine autonomous vehicles to gather data on dynamic features. The Breakfast Club meeting will see presentations from the lead organisations of both consortia, SeeByte Ltd and University of Exeter as they launch the products they have developed under this funded programme. This product launch will include demonstrations of the products and opportunities for Q&A with the inventors. 


Tuesday 15th November 2016 

AM Ocean Technology and Engineering Overview 

Convenor:     Prof. Matthew Mowlem

Session Presentation available by clicking here 

11.00 am - 2.00 pm (including Lunch)

Sensor technology is central to the current and future success of marine measurement systems. Whilst physical sensing, imaging and acoustics are mature, measurement of subsurface biology and chemistry with sensors remains challenging. This session will explore recent advances in chemical and biological sensor technology including the development of Lab on chip (LOC) sensors and their application to autonomous platforms (such as gliders, and fixed observatories). Some of these technologies are now sufficiently mature that they are poised for commercialisation.


2.00 pm  - 5.00 pm 

IP Opportunities  

This session provides additional information to potential commercial partners (with prearranged non-disclosure agreement in place) for the in situ Lab on Chip chemical sensors produced by NOC in collaboration with the University of Southampton. These sensors target wide water chemistry markets, are low-cost, robust (6000 m rated, have been deployed in estuaries and in the arctic for >12months) and have high metrology performance (limits of detection measured in nanomoles). They can access any chemical parameter for which a suitable reagent based assay is available, but have been demonstrated extensively for measuring Nitrate, Nitrite, Phosphate and pH. A raft of assays for other parameters are being optimised and will be discussed. The session includes a presentation, Q&A, hands on technology demonstration and a tour of the sensor development facilities. One-on-one sessions are available through individual arrangement.

PM Session Bathymetric Survey Workshop

Convenors:    Rolly Rogers Advisor Marine Law and Policy NOC

                        Dan Hook Managing Director ASV

                        Commander Richard 'Bungy' Williams RN (Rtd) Regional Manager, Europe, Hydroid Inc

                        Geraint West Global Business Manager Oceanogrpahic, Sonardyne International Ltd 

Session Presentations please click here 

This session will cover the rapid development of unmanned marine systems in the application of Marine Hydrography and in particular the meeting of IHO standards. It will look at autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVS) as well as autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs). The session will cover advances in survey planning, positioning accuracy, quality control and deployment mechanisms. The session will include talks from ASV covering the recent deployment of a C-Worker 5 on a NOAA survey in North Alaska and an overview of the new REMUS vehicles from Kongsberg Hydroid.


1400 – 1405         Setting Scene                                                                                    Rolly Rogers 

1405 – 1435         Hydrographic Data Collection from an AUV                                      Richard "Bungy" Williams 

1435 – 1505         Hydrographic Data Collection from an USV                                      Dan Hook  

1505 -1540           Positioning and Communications                                                     Geraint West 

1540 – 1600         Afternoon Refreshments 

1600 – 1630         Questions to panel                                                                            All presenters 

1630 – 1700         Discussion and way ahead                                                                All


Wednesday 16th November 2017

 'Opportunities for Collaboration and Funding’

Convenor:      Aidan Thorn Business Development Manager NOC

Session Presentations available by clicking here 

With robotics highlighted as one of the Chancellor’s Eight Great Technologies this is an exciting time for marine autonomy. Working with partner organisations the National Oceanography Centre has been successful in attracting funding for projects and science programmes to advance innovation and challenge the capabilities of marine autonomous systems. From developing component technologies for marine autonomous systems to deploying multiple unmanned vehicles to deliver marine observations the NOC is at the forefront of the UK’s MAS development.

This day will provide delegates with an opportunity to learn about opportunities to collaborate with the NOC on technology projects, hear from, and speak with, key funders from within the industry and engage with key end users from across the Marine Renewables, Oil & Gas and Defence sectors. There will also be opportunities to learn about how the NOC is working with its partners to provide a coordinated regional and UK response to key challenges facing the marine, and wider, autonomy challenges of the future.  

Programme for the Day

8.30 am Registration and morning refreshments

9.00 am Enterprise Opportunities Mr Aidan Thorn NOC

9.30 am Modelling / Marine Data Products and their interactions with Marine Autonomous Systems Christine Sams NOC

10.00 am South Coast Marine Cluster Mr Kevin Forshaw NOC

10.30 am Year of Autonomy 2017 Mr Aidan Thorn NOC / Tessa Darley Transport KTN

11.00am Mid-Morning Refreshments  

11.30 am MAS Council Survey Review Mr Dan Hook ASV

12.00 pm European Union Funding for Research, Development and Innovation Louise Mothersole Innovate UK 

12.30 pm Innovate UK Autonomy Roadmap and Funding Andrew Tyrer Innovate UK

1.00 pm   Lunch and Networking

2.00 pm   Use of Marine Autonomous Systems and Technologies in Defence Applications. Peter Pipkin RN

2.30 pm   Marine Autonomous Systems helping mix Water and Electricity Mr Simon Cheeseman Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

3.00 pm   Use of Marine Autonomous Systems and Technologies for the Oil and Gas Industry Peter Collinson, Joe Little and Alistair                  Fox from BP 

3.30 pm Afternoon Refreshments

4.00 pm “Round Table Discussions” (sessions will operate on a 30 minute rotation)

  • Engaging with NOC Christine Sams and Sofia Alexiou NOC
  • South Coast Marine Cluster Mr Kevin Forshaw NOC Amanda Beable HCC
  • Funding in General  Andrew Tyrer and Louise Mothersole Innovate UK

5.30 pm Close


Thursday 17th November 2016

Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS) Update 

Convenor:      Prof Russell B Wynn Chief Scientist, NOC Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS)

AM Sessions available by clicking here 

Alex Brearley Presentation click here 

Nils Piechaud Presentation click here 

PM Sessions Available by clicking here 

Marine autonomous systems (MAS - including platforms, sensors and associated software) are revolutionising our ability to collect data from the marine environment. NERC is investing £25M in marine autonomous systems in the current decade, which is enhancing our ability to explore the deepest and most inaccessible parts of the ocean, while also increasing the spatial and temporal extent of observations. Join us for this one-day showcase to

1) Learn about the cutting-edge research undertaken by the NERC scientific community and its partners,

2) Get information about NERC's MAS capability and how to access it,

3) Provide input into NERC's future MAS capital spending priorities, and

4) Find out about the exciting projects being undertaken as part of the new NERC/EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training - Next Generation Unmanned Systems Science (NEXUSS).

Programme for the Day

0900-0930: Arrival and registration

0930-1000: Introduction and new developments in NERC Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (Russell Wynn, NOC)

1000-1020: Shallow-water seabed mapping using an AUV (John Howe, SAMS)

1020-1040: Novel glider deployments in submarine canyons (Rob Hall, UEA)

1040-1100: The utilisation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Antarctica (Carl Robinson, BAS)

1100-1130: Coffee

1130-1150: The NERC Deep Links project: ROV and AUV-based survey of UK seamount habitats (Nils Piechaud, Plymouth University)

1150-1210: Novel ROV-based imaging of deep-sea canyon habitats (Katleen Robert, NOC)

1210-1230: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for coupled oceanographic and atmospheric studies (Phil Anderson, SAMS)

1230-1250: Recent developments in MAS-based polar research and the Southern Ocean Glider Base (Alex Brearley, BAS)

1250-1345: Lunch

1345-1400: Introduction to the NERC-EPSRC NEXUSS Centre for Doctoral Training (Alberto Naveiro-Garabato, University of                                Southampton)

14:00 Thomas Lowndes (National Oceanography Centre, Southampton): "Multivehicle swarm behaviours for monitoring of rapidly                   evolving ocean phenomena"

14:08 Ryan Scott (British Antarctic Survey): "Can underwater gliders quantify horizontal mixing in the west Antarctic?"

14:16 Pierre Cauchy (School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia): "Sounds in the sea: How can we listen from                  ocean gliders"

14:24 Luca Possenti (University of East Anglia): "Autonomous carbon system observations from gliders"

14:32 Andrew Lock (Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton): "Terrain-following UAVs for sampling of boundary            layer turbulent fluxes"

14:40 Andras Sobester (Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton) and Eleanor Frajka-Williams (Ocean                          and Earth Science, University of Southampton): "Oceanography and Polar Science through Agile Robotic Systems"

1500-1530: Coffee

1530-1540: Introduction to the NERC sensors capital programme (Matt Mowlem, NOC)

1540-1600: Science enabled by gliders: penguin ecology, hurricane prediction, ocean dead zones and other highlights from the EGO conference (David Smeed, NOC)

1600-1610: Accessing the MARS fleet (Maaten Furlong, NOC)

1610-1630: NERC MAS capital programme: introduction and opportunities (RW/MF)

1630: Close


Friday 18th November 2016

MASSMO Showcase

Convenor:      Prof Russell B Wynn Chief Scientist, NOC Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS)

This half-day meeting will showcase the results of the latest Marine Autonomous Systems in Support of Marine Observations (MASSMO) demonstrator missions. MASSMO2 (sponsored by WWF) in spring 2016 involved surface and submarine vehicles operating off southwest UK targeting fronts, thermoclines, and associated fauna, while MASSMO3 (sponsored by Dstl) involves a fleet of up to 12 submarine gliders and USVs operating off northwest Scotland in autumn 2016. MASSMO3 is the NOC contribution to Exercise Unmanned Warrior, which is co-ordinated by the Royal Navy and is the largest MAS deployment in UK waters to date. Presentations from project partners and sponsors will highlight the progress being made in driving innovative use of these platforms, including novel sensors and command-and-control infrastructures.

Session Presentations available by clicking here 

For Dr Jeff Polton's Presentation please click here 

Programme for the Day

0900-0930: Arrival and registration

0930-1000: MASSMO 2 and 3: highs, lows and lessons learned (Russell Wynn, NOC)

1000-1015: WWF-UK, MASSMO2A and the JSR programme (Lyndsey Dodds, WWF)

1015-1030: MASSMO3 contribution to Unmanned Warrior (Caroline Sloan, RN)

1030-1045: MASSMO3 data products (Adrian Baker, Dstl)

1045-1100: The SAMS contribution to MASSMO3 (Fraser Macdonald, SAMS)

1100-1120: Coffee

1120-1140: MARS command-and-control developments (Alvaro-Lopez Lorenze, NOC))

1140-1200: Satellite imaging in support of MAS operations (Peter Miller, PML)

1200-1220: Tidal flow predictions in support of MAS operations (Jeff Polton, NOC)

1220-1240: MAS data management and real-time data provision (Justin Buck, BODC)

1240-1300: Initial plans for MASSMO4 and 5 (Russell Wynn, NOC)

1300-1400: Lunch and networking



MATS 2016 is proudly sponsored by:

Associated Events 

Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th November 2016

Unmanned Surface Vehicle Regulation The Human Element UK MAS Regulatory Working Group (MASRWG) 

The 2nd International Conference 

Key Note Speaker Sir Alan Massey MCA

Conference Presentations available by clicking here 

This one and a half day conference will take place within the Maritime Autonomy and Technology Showcase 2016 (14-18 November 2016) being hosted by the United Kingdom’s National Oceanography Centre

Wednesday 16th November, 

Launch of IMarEST Special Interest Group on Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVSIG),

1315 to 1400 NOC

Chair: Roland Rogers, Member of the IMarEST Technical Leadership Board

IMarEST is establishing the USVSIG to identify and address gaps in the marine autonomous industry and, in particular, the unmanned surface vessel (USV) industry. Specifically the group will look at those gaps that relate to the regulation of the operation of USVs and also the provision of training for marine engineers and technicians in the operation of USVs. The SIG will work with all stakeholders within the marine autonomous systems community to establish, promote and recognise the education through the appropriate accreditation of marine engineers and technicians working in the marine autonomous industry in general and the USV industry specifically.

Planned outputs for year one for the group:

The production of educational programmes for both engineers and technologists in the USV sector.

The establishment of appropriate processes for recognition and accreditation at national and international levels for individuals and academic courses

A position paper on the education of Marine Engineers and Technicians working in the USV industry

A position paper on the safe operation of USVs

A position paper on the regulation of USVs

Attendance at this kick off meeting is open to all interested parties and will be an open discussion related to the planned outputs and a way forward.


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