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Smartsea 2015 OI China Underwater Robot Competition is Underway

Monday, Aug 31, 2015
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Oceanology International China 2015 (OI China 2015), Asia’s Premier Event for Marine Science and Ocean Technology, will be inaugurated in Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing during November 3-5, 2015. OI China 2015 is expected to attract suppliers from more than 20 countries and regions.

OI China 2015 -- Smartsea 2015 OI China Underwater Robot (ROV) Competition, jointly organized by Chinese Society for Oceanography and Reed Exhibitions Group, is already in progress. Following the previous two successful competitions, this year Smartsea 2015 OI China Underwater Robot (ROV) Competition focuses on the theme of low cost and portable underwater robot, which aims to design a new model of economical, versatile and portable ROV. The competition is also an effective way to motivate the creative potential of current academic foundations in China.

Smartsea 2015 OI China Underwater Robot (ROV) Competition, jointly organized by Chinese Society for Oceanography and Reed Exhibitions Group, is already in progress. Now the competition is going through the contestant application process. Following the previous two successful ‘Control, System Design and Simulation’ competition and ‘New Concept Remotely Operated Vehicle’ competition, Smartsea 2015 OI China Underwater Robot Competition focuses on the theme of low cost and portable underwater robot, aiming to attract more participation among young maritime university students.

Last year’s competition successfully attracted 37 teams from 17 universities, such as The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Ocean University of China, Harbin Engineering University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Zhejiang University. Ms Zhao Lingjia, Senior project manager of the Energy & Ocean Division of Reed Exhibitions, introduced that “OI China Underwater ROV Competition is a nationwide competition open to professional universities and colleges with the platform of the world’s top exhibition in the field of ocean technology. It fully shows China’s future potential in marine field. The new theme in 2015, which is low cost and portable underwater robot, aims to design a new model of economical, versatile and portable ROV, utilizing new theories and thinking under the premise of feasibility and rationality that is measured by participants’ level of robotics knowledge.’’

2014 OI China Underwater Robot Competition Awarding Ceremony

Besides receiving the award bonus, winners of the competition will obtain certificates jointly issued by Chinese Society for Oceanography and Reed Exhibitions Group. The winners will also be invited to attend Smartsea 2015 OI China Underwater Robot Competition Awarding Ceremony and visit the OI China exhibition benefitting from face-to-face communication opportunities with top international ocean technology companies and gaining knowledge on the technology trends of the global marine market.

Along with the development and application of ROV, human beings can carry out broader underwater resource exploration activities through this technology. ROV has already been widely used in various fields such as ocean engineering, ocean military affairs and underwater engineering. Recently, for the first time China has placed the national flag under the roughly 3000-meter-deep South China Sea by using ROV. During the 6th scientific expedition to the North Pole last year, ROV has also played a significant role, independently finishing parameter measurement projects including thickness measurement of sea ice, dynamics of ice bottom and ocean environment.

Mr. Lei Bo, Deputy Executive Director of Competition Organizer Chinese Society for Oceanography, said, “With the increasing importance being placed on ROV research, China’s remotely operated vehicles are rapidly developing. However, there is still a wide gap on many core technologies between China and western countries. The existing problems impede industrialization of China’s ROV technology. Therefore, while continuously strengthening scientific research, we should also be aware that it is critical to cultivate maritime talents from young students. The launch of Smartsea 2015 OI Underwater Robot (ROV) Competition helps professional colleges and universities enhance ROV technology creativity and cultivate more China ocean technology talents for the country.”

2014 OI China Underwater Robot Competition Exhibition Area

It is worth mentioning that the competition has invited Mr. Pan Delu as the honorary judge. Mr. Pan is the deputy executive director of Chinese Society for Oceanography and academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering. The competition has also invited Mr. Song Dalei who is the Professor from Ocean University of China as the academic advisor. Academician Mr. Pan Delu said, “Since there exists a certain gap in ocean technology between China and developed countries, we should depend on the development of the creative potential in our current academic foundations to become a strong maritime power and catch up with other countries. ROV competition is an effective way of motivation.” Mr. Pan also mentioned that school scientific research, development outline, maritime academic subject construction and development should take into account the current environment and demand of China’s marine market.

According to estimation of related industry institutes, China’s ROV market scale will reach 10 billion RMB in 2015. This is a huge potential market. With the advance of science and technology, remotely operated vehicles will also step into people’s daily lives. For example, people will get access to more secrets of the submarine world by viewing the audiovisual materials collected by ROV to improve fishing and sea breeding industries. In the future, people can use mobile phones to control underwater robots and adopt submarine pets through Internet aquariums. The competition academic advisor and professor of Ocean University of China, Mr. Song Dalei, said, “Creativity brings ocean technology advancement. I hope students enjoy using their imagination and creativity to acquire knowledge and skills during exploration and practice. They will experience the unlimited charm of creativity.”

Smartsea 2015 OI China Underwater Robot Competition Participation Registration

Requirement for Overseas Participators:

Enrolled students with bachelor or above degrees (as individual or group) are eligible to register for the competition.

All kinds of underwater remotely operated vehicles can participate in the competition.

Deadline: 13 Sept, 2015.

How to Participate: Please refer to the following link for online registration:

http://www.oichina.com.cn/Conference-Activities/Underwater-Robot-Competition/

Consulting Phone Number?+86 10 5933 9086 (9:00-18:00 from Monday to Friday, Beijing Time)

Consulting Email Address?OIROVDS@reedexpo.com.cn

About OI China

Founded in 1969, OI UK (London) is the most professional oceanology and equipment exhibition, bringing together the most advanced technology and equipment manufacturers in the global ocean field. In 2013, OI debuted in China - which achieved a resounding success and currently has been successfully held for two consecutive times and has become a grand gathering in the industry. Under the auspices of Reed Exhibitions, OI China 2015 will be organized by Reed Exhibitions and Ocean Observation Technology Branch of Chinese Society for Oceanography with support from Chinese Society for Oceanography (CSO), China Ocean Mineral Resources R & D Association (COMRA) and National Ocean Technology Center (NOTC), and it will be held in Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing (CECIS) during 3-5 November.

Around-the-clock forums will also be held during OI China, including theme forums covering underwater robot technology, Subsea Oil & Gas industry technologies, mobile marine observation and marine survey etc. This Exhibition also receives support from many international associations including SMI, SUT, IMCA, IFS and IMAREST etc.

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