Title: OCEANS 2018
Charleston, South Carolina
Date: October 22 - 25,
2018 UTC+00:00

The Marine Technology Society and the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society partner to present OCEANS, bringing together 2,000 of the world’s leading marine professionals in an intimate and active coastal setting to network, collaborate, and learn about cutting-edge research, innovations, technologies, and applications in the marine technology and engineering fields. The OCEANS 2018 Charleston technical program and topics will focus on breakthrough practices and technologies for protecting and sustaining our oceans and coasts, and the positive economical outcome of working collaboratively in these efforts.


Highlights of the conference will include:

  • Over 500 technical presentations covering globally trending and ground-breaking technology & research topics.
  • Plenary sessions featuring prominent Government and industry leaders on issues impacting the management of the health of our oceans, the resilience of our coasts and tying together the vast concept of connections among space, atmospheric, oceanic and coastal research and observations.
  • Networking & collaboration with influencers and decision makers who drive the industry from government, military, supplier, and academic research and application. Charleston is home to multiple ocean and coastal research and management capabilities including the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing System, and opportunities will exist to meet and expand relationships with NOAA, ONR the US Navy, and NASA.
  • The most innovative and economic vendors and suppliers will be exhibiting and demonstrating existing and innovative new technology solutions for application challenges in marine vehicles, instrumentation and sensors, software and systems. All breaks and lunches will be held on the exhibit floor to further enhance the attendee/exhibitor interaction time and focus on technology solutions, and a special theater area will be established on the floor to support industry and business presentations.
  • Activities and events highlighting local historic sites, coastal destinations, and the best of local cuisine will create opportunities to spend more time with colleagues and partners to grow relationships in a world-class setting known for hospitality.
  • A robust Student Poster Competition and additional non-competitive student poster sessions, providing opportunities for exposure to the next generation of marine professionals serving businesses, academia, and government and other sectors.

Local Technical Sessions will include:

  • Enhancing Coastal Resiliency with New Technologies and Community Design
  • Maritime and Port Logistics, Resilience and Security in an Era of Ever-Bigger Ships, Deeper Ports, Increased Commerce, and Stronger Storms
  • Building Coastal Resilience In The Face Of Rising Seas and Intense Storms
  • Tools and Technologies for Better Assessing Ocean, Community and Human Health
  • Social Challenges Intensified with a Changing Climate
  • Educating a Workforce Ready for Future Technologies
  • Special Sessions:
    • Measuring and growing your Blue Tech Economy
    • Tsunami Warning Systems

Standard OCEANS Topics include:

  • Underwater Acoustics and Acoustical Oceanography
  • Sonar Signal/Image Processing and Communication
  • Ocean Observing Platforms, Systems, and Instrumentation
  • Remote Sensing
  • Ocean Data Visualization, Modeling, and Information Management
  • Marine Environment, Oceanography, and Meteorology
  • Optics, Imaging, Vision, and E-M Systems
  • Marine Law, Policy, Management, and Education
  • Offshore Structures and Technology
  • Ocean Vehicles and Floating Structures

Past Events in the Series

  • Oceans 2018, Kobe, Japan, May 28, 8:00 - May 31, 17:00 2018 UTC+0900
  • Oceans 2017, Anchorage, Alaska, USA, September 18, 8:00 - September 21, 16:00 2017 UTC-0800
  • Oceans 2016, Montery, California, USA, September 19, 8:00 - September 23, 17:00 2016 UTC-0700
  • Oceans 2015, Washington DC, USA, October 19, 8:00 - October 22, 17:00 2015 UTC-0400
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