Final week to submit abstracts for Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase 2023

  • The Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS) is a key event in the marine science and technology calendar.
  • Submit your abstract by 14 July.
  • Join us for the event on 7–9 November 2023.

In 2022 we saw 40 presentations across our five themes that broadly cover the complete end to end life of the use of marine technologies, from an identified end-user requirement through to getting useable information into those users hands and all of the steps in between.

This year’s event will be taking place 7–9 November 2023 live and person at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton. Abstracts for our 2023 event, exploring the five themes below, close on the 14 July 2023, so don’t delay.

  • Theme 1: Sustainability and Net Zero Capability

    We are seeking to understand how sustainability is being implemented into organisations and their operations both now and in the future. Net Zero Capability is now a reality and exciting developments are driving this forward. How are MAS achieving this?

    Here we seek to understand the planning and development process already in play and how it can be advanced moving forward.

  • Theme 2: Users & Applications

    Through this theme we are inviting 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 and associated challenges.

    We will seek to take a balanced approach between current and aspirational activities to ensure MATS includes forward looking ideas as well as ground-breaking examples of actual activity.

  • Theme 3. Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

    This new theme will explore the latest advancements and applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS) and marine data analysis. AI and ML are powerful tools increasingly used to improve the performance, efficiency, and usability of MAS, including in navigation, perception, environmental monitoring, and image analysis.

    While there are many benefits to integrating AI into MAS, there are also challenges. How much trust can we put in these technologies? How relevant are they to end-user applications and real-world contexts? How well do they support sustainable development?

    We are seeking presentations on a range of topics including autonomous navigation, planning, data collection and annotation, oceanography, and marine robotics to provide an insight into the latest trends and emerging technologies in marine autonomy, as well as the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

  • Theme 4: Data Collection and Information Generation

    Sensing technologies are the eyes, ears, nose and touch of the MAS. This theme will focus on novel, innovative and emerging technologies that enable MAS to collect data for the end-user, through remote and physical sampling for chemical and biological detection. We are also seeking presentations that cover interaction with the environment and infrastructure.

    Data alone is of course not enough, generating information that meets end-user needs from the data collected is the ultimate goal of deploying the system. This theme will explore collected data and the novel methods of generating information products from MAS gathered data.

  • Theme 5: Autonomous platforms and supporting technology

    Through this theme, we are seeking presentations that focus on existing and upcoming platforms within the next 12 months. Increased intelligence, operations have evolved from single platform to more of a systems approach. Operations are no longer limited to one or two vehicles deployed from a ship, but can be run by autonomous fleets utilising technologies such as digital twins, motherships etc.

    Presentations are sought that include, but are not limited to end to end systems, navigation, networking, collaboration and cooperation, residency, launch and recovery and novel vehicles including a forward look to future vehicle technologies. We are also encouraging presentations that look at the roles of cyber technologies and digital twins in operations. 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.

Submit your abstract now

For further information, or to find out about exhibiting opportunities, please email

Key dates

Deadline for Submissions – 14 July 2023

Independent review starts – 18 July 2023

Confirmation of acceptance notified – 8 September 2023