OCEANS'10 Seattle



The 27th Student Poster Program of the OCEANS Conference Series was held in Seattle, where the Student Poster first began at OCEANS'89. The OCEANS Conference was held in the Washington State Conference and Trade Center in Seattle, Washington September 20-23, 2010. Once again the program was very successful and was greatly appreciated  by the student participants. The program was organized by Colonel Norman D. Miller, IEEE/OES, and was supported by a grant from ONR. Fifty eight student poster abstracts were received and twenty six students invited to participate. Thirty five abstracts were received from the US, ten from Asian Countries, eleven from European countries and three from Canada. Unfortunately the dates of the conference conflicted with many of the students school schedules and as a result only eighteen students were able to attend and present their posters.  The posters were displayed in a section of the Exhibition Hall and received a lot of attention during the breaks and lunch times.

The students were assembled on Monday afternoon for instructions and each made a short presentation describing their work to the judges and fellow students. In addition to their poster presentation each student was scheduled to give a presentation in a regular session of the Conference. The poster judging team was unique in that four of the five judges had been previous Student Poster Participants and each had received awards for their posters at their respective conferences. The judging was completed by Wednesday and the presentation of the awards was made following the noon luncheon on Thursday in the Exhibition Center. The Conference Chairman, Dr. Robert Spindel announced the Student Poster Awards Ceremony and then introduced Colonel Norman D. Miller to give the awards. Colonel gave a short introduction to the Student Poster program which began at OCEANS '89 in Seattle. The students were then introduced and each received a certificate for their participation in the Conference. Colonel Miller then announced that we had achieved a milestone at this conference with the presentation of the 500th Student Poster!  Mr. Tyler Thornbrue, University of Hawaii at Manoa was introduced and received a certificate and a special award, which was presented by a representative of SAIC who very generously provided this special award. The student award winners were then announced,  introduced, and given their awards. The winning students were:



    1st Place - Michael Shives - University of Victoria, Canada

    2nd Place - Mathew Harrison - University of Southampton, UK
                       - Nicole Nichols - University of Washington, Seattle, WA

    3rd Place - Nasir Ahsan - Australian Center for Field Robotics, Sydney
                      - Sarah Howse - Memorial University of Newfoundland
                      - Ruth Mullins - Texas A&M University

Following the awards presentations Michael Shives asked if he could say a few words. He thanked the Conference for the award and being invited to participate in the program. He especially appreciated the opportunity to attend and participate in session, see the exhibits, and meet and mingle with the attendees and fellow students. Colonel Miller then asked the audience to give a round of applause to all of the Student Participants. He closed the session by announcing that all of the students were now members of the
The roster of students and their poster titles is:
Nasir Ahsa, Australian Centre  for Field Robotics, Sydney, Australia
"Learning Predictive Habitat Models using Bathymetry, Seabed Terrain Features and Optical Imagery"
Asher Bender,  Australian Centre for Field Robotics, Sydney, Australia
"Adaptive Exploration of Benthic Habitats Using Gaussian Processes"
Prajas John, Cochin University of Science an Technology, Cochin, India
"Cost Effective Sensor Buoy for Ocean Environmental Processes"
Tyler Thornbrue, University of Hawaii at Manoa
"Modular Buoyant Energy Storage Technology"
Hans Woithe, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey
"An Interactive Slocum Glider Flight Simulator"
Allison R. Cribbs, Florida Atlantic University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
"Global Numeric Analysis of Moored Ocean Current Turbine Testing Platform"
Steven Helkin, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
"Novel Design of an Ocean Wave Power Device Utilizing a Bi-directional Turbine"
Michael Shives, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada
"Overall Efficiency of Ducted Tidal Current Turbine"
Nicole Nichols, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
"Call type evaluation for improved performance of recognition of killer whale individuals"
Martha Uumati, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Fife, UK
"Correction for shadowing within sardine schools"
Alana E.S. Duerr, Florida Atlantic University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
"Hydrokinetic Power Resource Assessment of the Florida Current"
Eric Stoutenburg, Stanford University, Stanford, California
"Optimizing Offshore Transmission Links for Marine Renewable Energy Farms"
Catherine C. Caruso, Wellesley College/New England Aquarium, Belmont, Massachusetts
"Impacts of Offshore Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) Terminals on Native Fish Populations in Massachusetts Bay"
Sarah Dawn Howse, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's NL, Canada
"Underwater Glider Retrieval Using an Autonomous Surface Vehicle"
Michael G. Seibert, Florida Atlantic University, Dania Beach, Florida
"Determining Anchoring Systems for Ocean Energy Harvesting Devices off the Coast of Southeast Florida"
Ruth Mullins, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
"Innovative Environmental Sampling during the summer of 2010 in the Western Gulf of Mexico"
Mathew E. Harrison, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
"A blade element actuator disc approach applied to tidal stream turbine"
Marina Locritani, Instituto, Nazionale di Geofiscae Vulcanologia, Rome, Italy
"Hydrological and physical characterization of Cinque Terre Marine Protected Area (Ligurian Sea) and evaluation of current velocity and direction by AUV navigation"
Norman D. Miller, P.E.
Student Activities Coordinator