Town Hall session at OSM 2022

IEEE OES is a technical co-sponsor of Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022, and will be organizing a Town Hall at the event..

Event time and date: 25 Feb 2022 (Friday), from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM U.S. Eastern Standard Time.

Connecting Early Career Ocean Professionals with Academia and Industry Experts

This forum will enable direct interaction between early career ocean professionals (ECOPs) and leading researchers, academics, engineers and industry experts who are solution-providers and manufacturers of sensors and other ocean science equipment. The session will help to understand the needs of the ECOPs in their respective areas of work, and help develop solutions in consultation with the relevant industries by fostering this dialogue. For example, it will look at what accelerated technologies and solutions are required to meet the "UN Decade of Ocean Science" objectives, and how the industry can help to develop suitable solutions for these bearing in mind the needs of ECOPs, thus adhering to the 'co-designed solution-oriented' philosophy of the Decade. Industries may also be able to offer existing solutions on a volunteer basis or offer cost-effective solutions, especially to researchers from economically backward countries, thus accelerating the pace of ocean science in these regions. Leading researchers may be able to point out sources of data they have, or freely available resources that can help the ECOP community.

Event format: Talks by each of the panelists (~5 minutes each, total 30 minutes) followed by questions from the audience, polls and discussions.

The following themes will be discussed:
  • Bridging technology needs - platforms and hardware.
  • Bridging technology needs - software .
  • Bridging data needs - Data availability, and open data repositories .
  • Data acquisition - ideas and best practices.

The following topics may be discussed: New sensors and technologies, calibration, standards and best practices, software, offshore structural design, safety, capacity building methods etc.

Target audience: Early-career Ocean professionals looking for avenues to access and use data or equipment, and looking to connect with leading researchers and solution-providers of sensors and ocean-science equipment who can enable this.

Goals: Seed a discussion to bridge between needs of early career professionals, engineers and solution-providers, involving the whole audience. Crystallize specific points on requirements and concerns, and brainstorm ideas to bridge them.

Moderators and organizers:
Hari Vishnu:
Venugopalan Pallayil:

Pre-event poll:

We want the event to cover discussions from a wide global community. While it would be great if you could pose questions in attendance at the event, if you cant attend but have a question beforehand that you would like addressed by the panel, please indicate it at this form. We will try to pose your question to the panel if there is time


  • Justin Manley, President, Just Innovation.
  • Eric DeLory, Head, Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands.
  • Rich Patterson, Kongsberg.
  • Evgeniia Kostiania, Ocean Decade Global ECOP program coordinator & Consultant at IOC-UNESCO.
  • Jochen Klinke, Seabird Scientific.
  • Virginie Van Dongen-Vogels, ECOPs Ocean Best-practices system.

Panelist biography:

Justin Manley is an innovative technologist and executive with experience in startup, public corporation, academic, and public sectors. He is a recognized leader in uncrewed systems development and operations. Mr. Manley has been working with marine technology and robotics since 1990. He was a principal in the development of uncrewed marine vehicles at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1993 to 2002. Between 2002 and 2009 Mr. Manley provided marine technology consulting services, primarily to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where he was the founding Chair of the NOAA-wide AUV Working Group. In 2009 Mr. Manley transitioned to the private sector, joining Liquid Robotics during its startup phase. There he was responsible for developing new commercial and scientific programs based on the Wave Glider. In 2011 Mr. Manley joined Teledyne Benthos as Senior Director of Business Development where he managed a diverse product portfolio and led the development of a networked systems strategy across Teledyne Marine Systems (Benthos, Webb Research, Gavia, and SeaBotix).
Drawn back to entrepreneurial endeavors Mr. Manley founded Just Innovation Inc. in mid-2015. He supports clients from startups to multi-national corporations with core technical specializations in uncrewed vehicles, robotics, sensors, and undersea systems. Mr. Manley offers clients support with strategy and innovation, business and product development, evangelism, and marketing. His current client portfolio is focused on ocean philanthropy and impact investing.
Mr. Manley is extensively involved in the marine technology profession through a variety of leadership roles. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, a Life Member and President-Elect of the Marine Technology Society (MTS), a Fellow of the Institute for Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMAREST) and a member of the NOAA Ocean Exploration Advisory Committee. He is also dedicated to innovation, serving as an advisor to startup companies and a judge for the XPRIZE Foundation. He holds two patents in the area of uncrewed systems oversight and security.

Eric Delory has worked for more than 20 years in research and development of monitoring systems, including signal processing, instrumentation and machine learning, from biomedical applications to environmental monitoring. He joined the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands in 2010 as head of the observatory where his main activities have consisted in new systems co-design and end-to-end interoperability. He was the coordinator of NeXOS, a European collaborative project developing compact cost-effective sensors for the monitoring of ocean variables from autonomous platforms, including optical and acoustic sensing. He is involved in the sensors and data technological innovations for several European research infrastructure integration initiatives (EMSO ERIC, JERICO RI, GROOM RI), spanning fixed and mobile ocean observing platforms, to observe the ocean but also develop, test and validate new technologies. He is Associate Editor for the IEEE Oceanic Engineering journal and Frontiers in Marine Science and has recently co-edited the book "Challenges and Innovations in Ocean In-Situ Sensors" (Elsevier, 2018).

Richard Patterson is the Director of Sales for Marine Robotics in defense applications at Kongsberg Maritime. He attended California State University Sacramento receiving a BS Electrical & Electronic Engineering. He then spent 8 years in the US Navy as a nuclear engineer and officer in the submarine service. He worked for a period of time in the semiconductor industry and then found my way back into marine technology. He has worked for Kongsberg Maritime over the last 13 years in various capacities including Sales Engineer for all Sensors and Robotics products, General Manager of Kongsberg’s Seaglider program, and Sr. Sales Manager for Marine Robotics.

Evgeniia Kostianaia is the Global Coordinator of the UN Ocean Decade endorsed Programme for Early Career Ocean Professionals ("ECOP Programme") and Consultant at the IOC-UNESCO. She is a marine environmental manager with the research interests in ocean sustainability, marine pollution, ocean clusters, and climate change and food security. In the framework of her research projects at the P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology and Geophysical Center (Moscow, Russia), Evgeniia explores impacts of climate change on railway infrastructure, coastal tourism and is involved in the DOORS Project (“Developing Optimal and Open Research Support for the Black Sea”).
Evgeniia also acts as the Moscow Focal Point of the International Ocean Institute (Malta) and a Black Sea Young Ambassador within the Black Sea Connect Project. She is a member of a working group on sustainable development of the Caspian Sea region and the Caspian Integrated Scientific Network (CASPISNET). She has recently co-edited the book in two volumes “Plastics in the Aquatic Environment” (Springer, 2022).

Jochen Klinke is the Director of Science at Sea-Bird Scientific. He has over 25 years of experience in the development of oceanographic instrumentation and sensors for laboratory and field measurements. In his current role, he oversees the scientific work at Sea-Bird Scientific with the goal of enabling scientists to advance our understanding of natural waters and ocean processes through innovation, measurement technology, data analysis, and metrology. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from Heidelberg University (Germany). During his post-graduate research at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, he developed imaging techniques for studying air-sea interactions between wind, waves, and currents in the laboratory, and refined these techniques for field measurements later at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In 2005, he transitioned from there to Teledyne Oceanscience where he led the commercialization of shipboard instrumentation technology for underway measurements, before joining Sea-Bird Scientific in 2016.

Virginie van Dongen-Vogels is originally from Belgium with a broad background from terrestrial to marine ecology, oceanography, and earth system science. She completed her PhD in Oceanography at Flinders University of South Australia, focusing on the influence of local to large scale hydroclimatic forcing on the dynamic of marine microbes from the Southern Seas. Her research interests in the ocean carbon cycle and phytoplankton production led her subsequently worked as a research associate at the Oregon State University, and at the University of Technology Sydney, and collaboratively with national and international research institutions and governmental research infrastructures.
Her multidisciplinary research approaches have involved computational, field and laboratory-based work and the use of both in situ and remotely sensed data products. She has undertaken field work in various countries including developing countries, been on board oceanographic research vessels to collect a diverse range of oceanographic variables (biological/biogechemical/physical/optical) from the Southern Ocean, the Atlantic, and from coastal and continental shelf waters around Australia – hence from polar, temperate, and tropical marine ecosystems.
Valuing ocean observing systems and operational oceanography, she has been involved with the Australian Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) community for over 10 years. Since 2018, Virginie works at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) to mainly support the Australian National Mooring Network of IMOS, but also other research projects.
With the challenges in writing ocean best practices documentations, she was very pleased to find out about the Ocean Best Practices System and has been for the last year the co-editor of their Newsletter Good, Better, and Best.