Oceans 2019 Marseille – Round tables

Artificial intelligence for ocean-going autonomous vehicles – 1h20

– Schedule: Thursday 20th, 13:20-14:40
– Place: Agora
– Moderator: Marc Pinto, ECA Group, France

USV and AUV have been used for several decades and new systems are being developed. The potential applications are numerous, including maritime surveillance, detection of underwater objects and environmental assessment. To carry out their mission the vehicles need embedded intelligent systems and algorithm, at least for safe navigation and mission control. Also, the simultaneous use of several vehicles in the same system requires coordination. With the current booming of artificial intelligence technologies and their applications in many areas, this round table will discuss the issues and consequences on the architecture, performances and related technical solutions for ocean-going autonomous vehicles.

– Biography of the moderator: Marc A. Pinto was born in Wellington, India in 1960. He received the graduate degree from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees, Paris, France in 1983 and the PhD in Solid State Physics from University of Paris, Orsay, France in 1991. From 1994 to 1997 he was with Thomson Marconi Sonar (now Thales Defence Mission Systems) in Brest, France as Head of the Signal Processing Group, conducting research into high resolution sonar for mine countermeasures as well as airborne ASW sonar.   From 1997 to 2010 he was with the NATO SACLANT Undersea Research Centre (SACLANTCEN) as Senior Principal Scientist, leading the research on minehunting with AUVs.  From 2010 to 2014 he was Chief Sonar Scientist with Marport, France leading the development of the synthetic aperture sonar product line (this activity now continues within Kraken Robotics, Canada). In 2014 he joined ECA GROUP as Programme Director, Systems of Robots where he contributed to the design of the unmanned MCM drone-based system UMIS. Since April 2019 he is Scientific Advisor at ECAGROUP.



Big data processing : What is the added value, for which applications ? – 50 min

– Schedule: Thursday 20th, 13:50-14:40
– Place: Marseilleveyre
– Moderator: René Garello, LabSTICC, Brest, France

Big data analytics is a hot topic addressing many domains even in relation with everyday life. Commercial optimization, on-line services, economical predictions, predictive maintenance, security through surveillance, digitalization of processus can be cited as examples. Less clear is their impact of functionalities on technical systems and their performances. As a matter of facts, more and more numerical data is generated by systems, through the extended use of digital equipment and intelligent sensors. For ocean technology, the applications are for example environmental assessment using distributed sensors and buoys, remote sensing using airborne vehicles or satellites, on-board ship control and mission management, the optimization of power generated by renewable energy system at sea. The purpose of the round table is to review the impact of big data analytics in ocean technology, identifying the most promising applications, and how to manage and process the data.

– Biography of the moderator: René GARELLO, professor at IMT Atlantique, Fellow IEEE, head of the program ICTO (ICT and OCEANS) within the CNRS research unit LabSTICC. He is the director of the Scientific Interest Group Bretagne Télédétection (Brittany Remote Sensing) and leader of the project VIGISAT, a satellite radar receiving ground station for which he obtained twice a multi-million € grant (2009-2014; 2015-2020). His main research interests lie in Remote Sensing, 2D signal processing, statistical and spectral analysis applied to ocean surface features detection and characterization. For the last two decades, he has worked in the development of signal and image processing tools for the interpretation of radar signals and the extraction of sea surface features, either natural (wind, waves, currents) or manmade (ships, pollution). Prof. Garello has authored or co-authored more than 40 papers, a hundred and thirty conference communications and three books. He had supervised more than 30 PhD students.


Man and the ocean in 100 years in the context of climate changes – 1h20

– Schedule: Wednesday 19th, 11:10-12:30
– Place: Agora
– Moderator: Rick Spinrad, Oregon State University, USA

Climate changes is now a reality in severals part of the world with consequences on the resources available for life of any kind. An indicator already warns that the resources that the planet can afford to produce are consumed earlier each year. In that context, the resources available from land will not be sufficient to fulfill the need of the population. Taking into account that a large proportion of it is located in coastal areas, the interaction with the ocean for living and exploitation of resources is clearly a big opportunity but also a big challenge, in order to ensure sustainability. The round table will try to imagine what could be the role of oceans for human life in 100 years.

– Biography of the moderator: Rick Spinrad received a BA in Earth & Planetary Sciences from The Johns Hopkins University (1975), and M.S (1978) and Ph.D (1982) in Oceanography from Oregn State University. He is an accomplished researcher in marine environmental studies; demonstrated leadership in design of sophisticated environmental instrumentation; innovator of National Ocean Sciences Bowl, a program for high school students; Successful program manager with significant annual growth in programs of responsibility at both Navy and NOAA; Globally sought public speaker with over 100 speeches and media appearances (print and broadcast including The New York Times, MSNBC, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, USA Today, Discovery Channel, The Weather Channel, BBC);  prepared and delivered testimony to Congress and state legislature to increase budgets and improve programs in research and education; established record of program and policy development in economic development (including engagement with venture capital and angel investors).


The place of Europe in ocean research – 50 min

– Schedule: Tuesday 18th, 12:00-12:50
– Place: Agora
– Moderator: Kathrine Angell-Hansen, JPI Oceans, Norway

With its geography open to different seas and oceans, its economical and cultural dynamics, Europe has always been interacting with the maritime domain far back in History. The new challenges of sustainable exploitation of the oceans and transport requires research efforts to optimize the future systems and services in terms of efficiency, energy saving and societal benefits. European organizations and institutions are an opportunity to merge the financial and technical efforts, allowing projects at a larger scale, fostering practical applications. In a first part, the aims of this round tables is to review the different initiatives at European level, their situation comparing the global effort, which priority area are addressed and which practical applications have emerged. A second part of the round table will discuss the way ahead and which are the priority topics.

– Biography of the moderator: Kathrine Angell-Hansen is a Strategy Director of JPI Oceans a European  intergovernmental organization promoting alignment of research policies, activities and investments.   She   is seconded by the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries holding a position as   Deputy Director General.  Kathrine was worked 4 years in the European Commission task force developing the EU integrated maritime policy. She has been a Deputy Director in the Research Council of Norway amongst others in charge of innovation strategies and international cooperation as well as the maritime program.   She has 10 years’ experience including as a marketing director from various industry in Norway and Europe. Kathrine has an extended master’s degree in strategic planning for the University of Oslo.


Manage Innovation for Ocean Future – 1h

– Schedule: Tuesday 18th, 13:50-14:50
– Place: Agora
– Moderator: Sophie NORMAND, Naval Group, France

Explorers, traders, navigators, armies and scientists have sailed across the oceans since the dawn of time. They have faced storms, reefs, hostile, inhabitants, sickness, tyrannic officers and they have discovered new homes, new trades, new products and new opportunities.
Open mind and curiosity feed both innovation and exploration. Both start with the vision of a new path, a new product, a new trade or the promise of new opportunities. Innovators and explorers work hard to overcome mere incomprehension and obstacles to bring value to a better world.
And despite the curiosity that sparked their quest, many explorers have worn uniforms and have led their fleets in very conventional ways.
Innovation requires a subtle balance between difference and uniformity to lead the strong and disciplined sailors through uncharted waters.
This round table will address innovation in the industry, in government bodies and in education. How can we nurture innovation without disrupting our organisation, how can we let ideas sparks without drowning them in processes ? How can we welcome different points of view and align the organisation for better performance ? Can innovation thrive outside of startups ? The speakers in this round table will share their experience to help you chart new routes in the troubled waters of innovation.

– Biography of the moderator: Sophie NORMAND is in charge of Knowledge Management for NAVAL GROUP’s Innovation and Technical Expertise Department, based at Nantes, France.
She supervises a network of more than 1300 experts and facilitates in-house training and coaching for the whole group.
Her work experience at Naval Group since 2003 includes the overall process of attracting, selecting and promoting suitable candidates for the group’s development. She has also developed expertise in compensation, benefits, corporate training and labor relations at HQ and industrial sites (Brest and Bagneux).
Priorly, Sophie NORMAND graduated from NEOMA Business School and started her career  in Consumer Marketing and employee development programs for industrial companies in France and abroad.
She is a certified coach and member of EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council).