The symposium will be held on Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal.
Symposium Website: https://sites.google.com/view/oceanobs-advances/home
We will bring together a small group of 30 people who are
experts focusing on smarter methods in ocean observation.
While there is a general acceptance of the need for inter-disciplinary
efforts in the field and out of it, expertise continues to be siloed
and researchers tend to focus narrowly, missing out on integrative and
potentially more expansive efforts. This meeting is an attempt to
bringing people together in meaningful debate and interaction across
disciplinary, geographic and cultural boundaries, and do so in an
immersive, safe and thoughtful environment, where reaching out can
provide research dividends.
As a result, our proposed by invitation only symposium aims to be
different and meaningful in a number of ways:
We expect people to present speculative and ``far-out'' yet
grounded ideas/hypotheses/concepts which commingle with
inter-disciplinary concepts, processes and actions. So for example,
a biological oceanographer, speculating what it might take to get a
measure of biodiversity within a volume of water, and how it might
evolve with environmental variability. Or a roboticist trying to
advance the state of online machine learning for a mobile platform
to take measure of planktonic community structure using in-situ
machine vision, as an example.
Eidsvik and Rajan collaborated in organizing
an event in Trondheim in
which while participatory, was not as direct as what we're proposing
here. The more deliberative aspects of this proposed event are seeded
in early AI/ Computer Science conferences in the late 60's and 70's in
Asilomar, California as also the 'Gordon Research Conferences' in the