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Unmanned Maritime Systems Engineering

TC Leadership

Dr. Ferial El-Hawary

TC Chair

Dr. Ferial El-Hawary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Former Faculty of Engineering, Dalhousie University

Our Goal

This Committee focuses on Human Machine Interactions, Cybernetics, and System Engineering as applied to the design, operation and manoeuvering for both autonomous, submersible, and manipulator devices. A unique aspect of the committee’s work will be fostering advanced intelligent situationally aware teams of devices who work cooperatively to achieve some common goals.

The goal of the TC on UMSE is to provide a forum for exchanging ideas among diverse communities of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) researchers at SMC-sponsored conferences and workshops. These events will be hosted jointly with SMC and other IEEE Technical Societies such as the IEEE-Oceanic Engineering Society and Robotics, etc. Expected Outcomes include generating peer review paper publications and add as a new area of activities of SMC Publications.

An additional motivation for the establishment of the IEEE SMC TC on UMSE is to develop Tutorials that focus on Underwater Vehicles and establish a workshop that will lead to a future international conference on UMSE. We believe that an IEEE SMC conference could provide unique interaction opportunities for IEEE SMCS members and the research community.


  • Don Brutzman, Naval Postgraduate School, USA
  • Andrea Caiti, University of Pisa, Italy
  • Forng-Chen Chiu, National Taiwan University, Taipei
  • J. Tory Cobb, NSWC PCD, USA
  • Nuno Cruz, Lisbon University, Portugal
  • Ferial El-Hawary, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Luo Hanbing, Tisnjin University, China
  • Hitoshi Hotta, Japan Agency for Marine Science & Technology (JAMSTEC), Japan
  • Yo-Ping Huang, National Teipei University of Technology, Taiwan
  • Brian Kieft, MBARI, USA
  • James A. R. McFarlane, International Submarine Port Moody, Canada
  • Marta Ramirez-Perez, Institute of Marine Sciences, Spain
  • Rodney Roberts, Florida State University, USA
  • Stephen Shchang, National Kaohsiung Marine University, Taiwan
  • Satoshi Tadokoro, Tohoku University, Japan
  • Edward Tunstel, USA
  • Joe Woong Yeol, Tennessee State University, USA

Recent Activities

Recent activities and the world-wide adoption rate of AUVs within industry, government and academia indicate fast growing interest in AUVs as a practice or discipline specifically for the purpose of use as a vehicle (tool) for underwater exploration, defense, security and search and rescue. The topic has been introduced to SMC in some paper publications and the group plans to organize future tutorials and workshops.

The Goal for 2017 is to develop a Technical Session devoted to Underwater Vehicles during the Annual IEEE International Conference on Control Automation and Robotics (ICCAR’2017), April 24-26, 2017 Nagoya, Japan and insure that, SMC be involved as a Technical Co-Sponsor.

Join Us

  • Network with experts in Underwater Vehicles and Intelligent Sensing from around the world.
  • Join and Participate in leading IEEE International Conferences and Workshops.
  • Opportunity to Publish in high quality IEEE Conferences and IEEE SMC Transactions papers posted in IEEE Xplore.
  • Benefit from the multidisciplinary research from different application domains.
  • Exchange your results with peers of expertise for the benefit of all.
  • Opportunities to Collaborate with experts to solve the significant challenges.
  • Raise your recognition by presenting Tutorials, and getting involved at workshops with contributing to the publications of the SMC Society.
  • Demonstrate leadership by helping to organize Special Sessions devoted to Underwater Vehicles at conferences co-sponsored by the SMC Society.


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