MATS Showcase 2020

MATS 2020 will be available Virtually 10 - 12 November 2020

Registration is Now Open 


Registration for MATS 2020 is now open, registration covers access to all conference sessions, access to the virtual exhibition area and networking chat function/ the registration fee is £130.00 including VAT. A small number of student places are available at the rate of £80.00 including VAT

The event runs over three days the full programme will be available very shortly. 

To register please click here  

Latest News

This year’s Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS 2020) will be held as a virtual event, the delivery committee has announced.


In the light of the ongoing challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has taken the decision to deliver the event as an online conference for the first time. The approach has been strongly supported by the industry and academic advisors who sit on the event delivery committee.


MATS 2020 will still feature high quality presentations from key figures in the marine technology sector, as well as industry exhibitors, and those crucial networking opportunities that delegates value. Our expert session chairs have already been confirmed and we will be announcing the keynotes and registration details in the coming weeks.


As a result of the changes to this year’s format the abstract submission deadline has been extended until August 4 to open up the opportunity to those who may have previously been unsure of travel and accommodation arrangements under current restrictions.


Aidan Thorn, the NOC’s Marine Robotics Innovation Centre manager and chair of the MATS organising committee, said: “2020 is proving to be a hugely challenging and unsettling time for people around the world, and obviously it’s having a major impact on the industry events calendar here in the UK. In the light of this we have decided that moving MATS 2020 to a virtual conference format is the responsible and practical thing to do. As far as possible we will try to keep proceedings as ’normal’ as possible, and the new format will offer opportunities to innovate and try new things.

“MATS 2020 will still be a great showcase for the pioneering work that the NOC and its partners are delivering in the field of marine robotics, for the benefit of UK industry and the scientific community. The event has always been a celebration of emerging and existing partnerships across the industry, and a genuine catalyst for innovation in the sector, with a consistent theme of collaboration underpinning many of the discussions over the last few years. I am confident that these conversations and partnerships will continue the thrive despite the many challenges that we all face at the moment.”


Marine science, technology, and industry experts line up to host sessions at the NOC’s Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase 2020 (MATS 2020).




The Themes and Session Chairs for 2020 are as follows:

During MATS 2020, our aim is to explore the information needs of users of Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS), review the current technologies available to enable the data gathering for MAS users and explore the methods of taking that data and making it exploitable information for the user need. Presentations may focus on work undertaken or planned to be undertaken in the 12 months since MATS 2019 or be a forward look along your organisation's technology roadmap.

  • Theme 1: Users & Applications; -  Session Chair Prof Doug Connelly NOC - Through this theme, we are seeking 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. Presentations that set stretching challenges, outlining those challenges, for aspirational applications will be scored highly.
  • Theme 2: Generating Information from Data –  Session Peter Collinson BP - Generating information that meets end-user needs from the data collected by MAS is the ultimate goal of deploying the system. This theme will explore novel methods of generating information products from MAS gathered data. Presentations should explore (but not be limited to) the utility of Machine Learning and AI, Data Processing, GUIs, augmented realities. Examples of real world information use should be explored
  •  Theme 3: Planning & Control – Session Chair Dan Ridgwell  BMT - Operation of MAS in the environment is just part of the mission and the work to enable it happens outside of the operational element. This theme is seeking presentations that support the planning and control of MAS, presentations can include but not limited to: Experiences and lessons learned from field trials, the use of Synthetic Environments, Mathematical Modelling, Simulation, Risk and Reliability Management, Command and Control, Remote Operations, Monitoring, Regulation and Legal.
  • Theme 4: Data collection – Session Chair Claire Cardy Nortek - Sensing technologies are the eyes, ears, nose and touch of the Marine Autonomous System. This theme will focus on those technologies that enable MAS to collect data for the end-user, through imagery, physical sampling or chemical and biological detection. Presentations should provide real examples of field collected data as well as look to the future of data collection. We are also seeking presentations that cover interaction with the environment and infrastructure.
  • Theme 5: The System – Session Chair Dan Hook Armada - Through this theme, we are seeking presentations that focus on the systems. Through increased intelligence operations have evolved from single platform to more of a system approach. Presentations are sought that include, but are not limited to navigation, networking, collaboration and cooperation, residency, launch and recovery and novel vehicles including a forward look to future vehicle technologies. 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 working to achieve the users goals.


To Submit an Abstract 

Abstract Submission for 2020 has now closed


Further Information 


For further information please email Ian and Charmaine

Exhibitors for MATS 2020 




Exhibiting at MATS 2020 

As the MATS 2020 event is now taking place virtually we will be hosting a virtual Exhibitor Hall, information of virtual exhibits is available by clicking here 

To book your Virtual Exhibit space please click here 


MATS 2020 News Items 

MATS 2020 Newsletter 01/07/2020 please click here 

Abstract Launch press items please click here 

Session Chairs press release please click here

Virtual Event announcement please click here 

MATS 2020 Key Milestones

For Information regarding the key milestons please Click here




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