MATS 2023


Driving to MATS 2023 

We have arranged shuttle busses from the MDL car park in Ocean Village at the following times 

Tuesday 7 November  - 08.30 - 10.00  - 18.00 - 19.30 

Wednesday 8 November - 08.00 - 09.30 - 18.00 - 19.30 

Thursday 9 November - 08.00 - 09.30 - 15.30 - 18.00 


MATS 2023 Programme

It is exciting to launch the first draft of the 2023 MATS programme minor changes will take place over the next few weeks and we work with all of the presenters and chairs to bring the best content for this year.

To view the programme please click here  

Hot off the Press! 

Registered attendees for Day One are invited to join the exail sponsored Icebreaker Reception Join Maverick and the exail team for an insight into their company before joining friends old and new for a drink and nibbles.


Online Registration to Attend MATS 2023 is Now Closed, On the door tickets will be available  

We are really looking forward to welcoming a live in person audience to MATS 2023 .

As we will be using a live in person format for this years event your registration fee covers attendance to all three days, refreshments, lunches and social events.

2023 Registration has closed, last minute tickets will be available on the door


MATS 2022 was such a huge success but don't take our word for it watch our recap video and listen to those who attended

View the biographies of the 2023 Line up

Please use the links below find out more about the presenters in the 2023 line up 

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Themes 2023 


The delivery committee are pleased to announce the themes for MATS 2023 


During MATS 2023, our aim to explore Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS) seeks to underline the significance of MAS and to represent each key aspect of MAS through the themes outlined. 

We are keen to encourage a wide range of presenters of all nationalities, genders and backgrounds including early careers or newly qualified engineers / technicians to enable the next generation to begin their journey.

This year we have a new theme: Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning theme. We feel this will be a very exciting deep dive into this field.


  • Theme 1: Sustainability and Net Zero Capability 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. How are MAS achieving this? Here we seek to understand the planning and development process already in play and how it can be advanced moving forward.


  • Theme 2: Users & Applications Through this theme we are inviting 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 and associated challenges.  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. Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning This new theme will explore the latest advancements and applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS) and marine data analysis. AI and ML are powerful tools increasingly used to improve the performance, efficiency, and usability of MAS, including in navigation, perception, environmental monitoring, and image analysis. While there are many benefits to integrating AI into MAS, there are also challenges. How much trust can we put in these technologies? How relevant are they to end-user applications and real-world contexts? How well do they support sustainable development? We are seeking presentations on a range of topics including autonomous navigation, planning, data collection and annotation, oceanography, and marine robotics to provide an insight into the latest trends and emerging technologies in marine autonomy, as well as the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.


  • Theme 4: Data Collection and Information Generation Sensing technologies are the eyes, ears, nose and touch of the MAS. This theme will focus on novel, innovative and emerging technologies that enable MAS to collect data for the end-user, through remote and physical sampling for 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 is the ultimate goal of deploying the system. This theme will explore collected data and the novel methods of generating information products from MAS gathered data.


  • Theme 5:  Autonomous platforms and supporting technology Through this theme, we are seeking presentations that focus on existing and upcoming platforms within the next 12 months. Increased intelligence, operations have evolved from single platform to more of a systems approach. Operations are no longer limited to one or two vehicles deployed from a ship, but can be run by autonomous fleets utilising technologies such as digital twins, motherships etc. 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 are 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.


For 2023 we have taken the decision to bring MATS back to a live and in person event, the feedback of our many attendees is that they want to be face to face and in person, we will be recording proceedings and making them available post event on demand.


Exhibiting at MATS 2023

Exhibitor spaces are now available to book for MATS 2023. Exhibit spaces will be 2m wide by 1m deep and include access to power, table and chairs each exhibit will include 1 full delegate attendance place, the charge for exhibits has been held at the 2022 rate of £950.00 including VAT. To see more information and to book your space  use the button below, Click here to view the floorplan and select your stand location (to view stand numbers click 2D in the bottom right hand corner)

Exhibiting for 2023 







Media Partners 2023 

Celebrating its tenth year in circulation in 2023, ECO Magazine is an international trade publication that reports from the frontlines of applied marine environmental science in coastal and offshore waters around the world. Each edition includes compelling and exclusive content that celebrates collaboration and progress in ocean research and policy, explores developments in underwater technologies, and promotes cross sector collaboration.   Reporting on the latest ocean technology developments, ON&T has been the leading source for news for over four decades. With an editorial focus that stems Ocean Science & Technology, Offshore Energy, Subsea Intervention & Survey, Seafloor Exploration & Infrastructure, and Defense, there are nine print editions each year and an exclusive Uncrewed Vehicles Buyers’ Guide.            


If you are interested in being a media partner please email 

Hydrographic Society Annual Event at MATS 2023 

The Hydrographic Society will host it's annual event at MATS 2023 with a series of focused presentations, the talks will take place on the evening of 8 November 2022. The Lectures will take place in the Seminar Room at NOC to register please click here

  • 18:30 – 19:00     Assembly & refreshments
  • 19:00 – 19:30     Workshop tour (TBC)
  • 19:30 – 19:40     Welcome and introductions
  • 19:40 – 20:00     Monitoring Deep-Sea Geohazards & Particulate Fluxes
  • 20:00 – 20:00     Persistent Autonomous Monitoring Service
  • 20:20 – 20:40     The role of Micro-AUVs in accelerating our understanding of the seafloor
  • 20:40– 21:00     Q&A and panel discussion


2023 Delivery Committee 

Mark Hamson - NOC – Committee Chair

Ian Folger - NOC – Deputy Committee Chair / Event Manager

Charmaine Richardson - NOC – Secretariat to Committee

Alice Banet – NOC – Administrative Support

Jessica Allen - NOC Media Lead  

Will Dixon – NOC Digital Media

David Wallington – NOC – Commercial Marketing

Blair Thornton – University of Southampton

Chanene Romain – Thales

Sara Fowell – NOC OTE

Jade Garner – NOC Electronics

James Fishwick – PML

Maverick Piccininni – Exail

Ralph Dodds – Atlas

Rory Findlay – Nortek

Euan Wilson – NOC OTE

Alberto Consensi – NOC MARS

Adeniyi Adenaya – NOC Gliders

Steven Rice - Ploughshare