Virtual Conference: Industry Role in Seabed 2030

May 27, 2020

Thursday, June 11, 8:30 AM – 12:15 PM (EST)

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Following an online primer earlier in May, this virtual conference that will go into depth with respect to the global Seabed 2030 project and its role within the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. In order to achieve the ambitious goal of mapping the world’s oceans by the year 2030, we will need to develop and deploy the next generation of ocean mapping technology. The panelists will discuss the current state of the art, and unmet challenges in ocean mapping. 

Moderator:

CAPT Craig McLean
Assistant Administrator for NOAA’s Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), Acting NOAA Chief Scientist, and Head of US Delegation to the IOC

CAPT Craig McLean

Craig McLean is the Assistant Administrator for NOAA’s Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) office. He is responsible for directing and implementing NOAA’s research enterprise. Among numerous formal international engagements in science and technology, Mr. McLean serves as the U.S. Representative to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the Co-chair of the U.S. European Union Marine Working Group.

Mr. McLean previously served as NOAA’s Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator of the National Ocean Service, and was the founding Director of OAR’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and served nearly 25 years in NOAA’s Commissioned Corps, making Captain’s rank. Among his achievements and accolades, Craig led NOAA’s planning for the Smithsonian Institution’s Sant Ocean Hall and has won the Department of Commerce Silver and Bronze Medals, the NOAA Corps Commendation Medal, and Special Achievement Medal.

Panelists:

Matthias Jonas
Secretary-General, International Hydrographic Organization (IHO)

Matthias Jonas

Mathias Jonas is a Master Mariner, PhD Nautical Engineering, Reserve Officer German Navy, National Hydrographer and vice president of the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency, and has represented Germany in IMO and IHO organs since 1998. Chairman of IHO´s Hydrographic Standards and Services Committee, overseeing a total of nine technical standardisation working groups.

Jake Sobin
MTS DC Section Chair; Manager Sciences/Americas, Kongsberg Maritime

Jake Sobin

Jake Sobin is the sales manager for ocean science products, within the group sensors and robotics, at Kongsberg Maritime.  Jake supports various technologies including the company’s AUVs and fisheries acoustics product lines.  Prior to joining Kongsberg, he worked at Contros Systems and Solutions GmbH where he looked after various product lines within the company including dissolved gas sensors and seabed observatories for environmental monitoring.  These solutions range from flow-through sensors for vessels to sensors integrated on AUVS, landers, moorings, etc. from the surface to 6000 meters.  Jake has done extensive work helping academic researchers put together grant proposals with his rich background in ocean science.

Jake has also served as the chair of the Washington, D.C. section of the Marine Technology Society (MTS) since 2015. His leadership role with MTS has him routinely working with conservation based NGOs, research partner institutions, Capitol Hill, and the maritime industry. He has been awarded with three of the society’s highest honors. 

Jake holds multiple degrees in Coastal and Environmental Monitoring with a Master’s Degree from Duke University.

Vladimir Ryabinin
Executive Secretary of IOC-UNESCO and Assistant Director General of UNESCO

Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin

Dr. Ryabinin is an oceanographer, marine engineer, climatologist, and emeritus meteorologist of Russia. His research has led to a number of achievements in the medium-range weather prediction (weekly time scale), marine meteorological services, offshore engineering, ocean and climate science. He has been an author of hundreds of scientific publications and originator of several mathematical models for ocean, atmosphere, wind waves, etc.

Since early 1980s, Dr. Ryabinin has been involved as an expert in coordination activities of United Nations. He has contributed to core design of such international initiatives as the Global Ocean Observing System, Joint Technical Commission of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology, International Polar Year 2007/2008, and the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). 

Jamie McMichael-Phillips
Project Director, The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project

Jamie McMichael-Philips

A chartered surveyor, hydrographer and mariner, Jamie has extensive experience in strategy and policy formulation, together with international engagement, negotiation, leadership and mentoring, gained during his Royal Navy career and in civilian life.

He has managed government-to-government relationships for exchange of geospatial data for navigational safety and for the benefit of the wider Blue Economy. He has also led on outreach and capacity building of fledgling organisations in marine data collection, assessment and cartography. For over 9 years, Jamie chaired the International Hydrographic Organisation’s Worldwide ENC Database Working Group, responsible for monitoring the global footprint of electronic charts needed for safe navigation by commercial shipping.

RDML Shepard Smith
Director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey and the U.S. national representative to the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO)

RDML Shepard Smith

Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith became Coast Survey director on August 26, 2016. He is the 30th leader of the agency since the first superintendent, Ferdinand R. Hassler, was appointed in 1816. As director, Smith is dedicated to advancing the Coast Survey initiatives of modernizing digital charting, increasing use of autonomous systems for hydrography, and improved integrated navigation services for seaports.

RDML Smith serves as a presidentially-appointed member of the Mississippi River Commission that oversees navigation and flood control projects on the largest river system in the United States. Smith also serves as the chair of the International Hydrographic Organization’s (IHO) Council and is a candidate for election to a Director post at the IHO. 

Jyotika Virmani
Executive Director, Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI)

Dr. Jyotika Virmani

Dr. Jyotika Virmani is the Executive Director of the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI). 

Prior to joining the Schmidt Ocean Institute, Dr. Virmani was the Executive Director of Planet & Environment at XPRIZE and the Rainforest XPRIZE, a competition for innovations in biodiversity assessment technologies. She was also Executive Director of the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE to spur innovations of unmanned and autonomous deep-sea technologies that will allow the global bathymetric community to map the seafloor by 2030. Embedded in this XPRIZE was a NOAA Bonus Prize for technologies that could detect a biological or chemical signal underwater and autonomously track it to its source. Dr. Virmani joined XPRIZE in 2014 as the Technical Director for the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, a competition advancing pH sensor development to measure ocean acidification.

She has been involved with the Seabed 2030 effort since being invited as a keynote speaker at the Forum for Future Ocean Floor Mapping in June 2016. This Forum led to the creation of the Nippon-Foundation GEBCO Seabed 2030 project and the genesis for the GEBCO-NF Alumni team – the winning team of the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE. The Schmidt Ocean Institute has an MOU with Seabed 2030, has contributed 1 million km2 of bathymetric data towards the GEBCO database, and continues to collect bathymetric data from its research vessel Falkor.

Before joining XPRIZE, Dr. Virmani was the Associate Director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography and a Senior Scientist at the UK Met Office.

Dr. Virmani has a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the College of Marine Science, University of South Florida. As a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, she earned a M.S. in Atmospheric Science from SUNY at Stony Brook. She also has a B.Sc. in Physics from Imperial College London and is an Associate of the Royal College of Science. 

Dr. Virmani currently serves on the Schmidt Marine Technology Partners Advisory Panel, Catch the Next Wave Committee, the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System Federal Advisory Committee, and the Executive Committee of the National Geographic Executive Committee for Research and Exploration. She is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and The Explorers Club.

Rick Spinrad
President, Marine Technology Society

Dr. Rick Spinrad

Dr. Richard W. (Rick) Spinrad recently retired from the position of Chief Scientist, at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where he had been appointed by President Barack Obama in 2014.

An internationally recognized scientist and executive with more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Spinrad was the senior scientist for NOAA, driving policy and program direction for science and technology priorities. Prior to serving as Chief Scientist at NOAA, Rick was the Vice President for research at Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis, Oregon, and from 2003 until 2010 was the head of NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and the head of the National Ocean Service.

Prior to joining NOAA, Dr. Spinrad served as a research director with the U.S. Navy (Office of Naval Research and Oceanographer of the Navy), where he was awarded the U.S. Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award (highest award given by the U.S. Navy to a civilian). Dr. Spinrad is the recipient of Presidential Rank Awards from Presidents George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama. Dr. Spinrad is past president of The Oceanography Society. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the Marine Technology Society, and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), and an IMarEST Chartered Marine Scientist. Dr. Spinrad received his bachelor of arts degree in earth and planetary sciences from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his master of science and doctoral degrees in oceanography from Oregon State University.

David Millar
Government Accounts Director, Americas, Fugro

David Millar

David Millar is Fugro’s Government Accounts Director for the Americas region. Based in the Washington, DC area, he serves as Fugro’s key account manager for government clients throughout the Americas, as well as with the United Nations, the World Bank and other multilateral development banks.

Mr. Millar is responsible for managing the development and execution of Fugro’s partnerships with public sector clients, and oversees Fugro’s regional collaborative science activities with government, academia and non-governmental organizations. He also leads Fugro’s global support of and participation in The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project and the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

Bjørn Jalving
Senior Vice President Technology, Sensors & Robotics, Kongsberg Maritime

Bjørn Jalving

Bjørn Jalving graduated as M.Sc. in Engineering Cybernetics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 1991. He started at FFI, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment in 1992, on development of autonomous underwater vehicles. Bjørn developed the HUGIN AUV control and mission management system and was responsible for the team that developed the aided inertial navigation system. He was heavily involved in AUV system design, as well as applying and verifying use of AUVs in new applications as detailed seabed mapping, naval mine hunting (MCM) and marine research. During his 14 years at FFI, moving to the position as Principal Scientist, Bjørn Jalving published and co-authored more than 30 publications.

In 2006 Bjørn Jalving started in Kongsberg Maritime as Senior Principal Engineer. In 2007 he became Vice President of the AUV Department. In 2014 he received the Compass Distinguished Achievement Award from the Marine Technology Society for his long career and achievements within AUV technology at the OCEANS 2014 MTS/IEEE conference in St. John ‘s, Newfoundland, Canada.

From 2012 Bjørn has been Executive Vice President of the Subsea Division in Kongsberg Maritime. Subsea operations include Horten, Norway, Mesotech in Canada, Kongsberg Underwater Technology in WA, USA, Hydroid in MA, USA, Kongsberg GeoAcoustics in UK, Kongsberg Contros in Germany and Simrad Spain. Subsea is responsible for underwater sensors system and marine robotics in Kongsberg Maritime. Underwater sensor systems include positioning, communication, multibeam echo sounders, sub bottom profilers, synthetic aperture sonars, sensors for gas in water, sonars, echo sounders and trawl instrumentation. Marine robotics include autonomous underwater vehicles, bottom nodes and unmanned surface vehicles.

In 2017 Kongsberg Maritime Subsea won the award for Norwegian Lean Business, announced at the annual conference for Lean Forum Norway.

Bjørn Jalving graduated as M.Sc. in Engineering Cybernetics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 1991. He started at FFI, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment in 1992, on development of autonomous underwater vehicles. During his 14 years at FFI, moving to the position as Principal Scientist, Bjørn Jalving published and co-authored more than 30 publications.

In 2006 Bjørn Jalving started in Kongsberg Maritime as Senior Principal Engineer. In 2007 he became Vice President of the AUV Department. In 2014 he received the Compass Distinguished Achievement Award from the Marine Technology Society for his long career and achievements within AUV technology at the OCEANS 2014 MTS/IEEE conference in St. John ‘s, Newfoundland, Canada.

From 2012 Bjørn headed the Subsea activity in Kongsberg Maritime which include hydroacoustic underwater sensors system and marine robotics. In 2019 he moved to the position of Senior Vice President Technology in Sensors & Robotics division in Kongsberg Maritime. Bjørn serves as member of the Seabed 2030 Strategic Advisory Group.

Mr. Millar has more than 30 years of operations, business development and management experience in the ocean mapping, marine geophysical and hydrographic survey industry.

Mike Read
President, Teledyne Marine

Mike Read

Mike Read is the President of Teledyne Marine, a group of 23 High Technology Teledyne Companies specializing in Underwater Technology with the global headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida. In addition, Mr. Read is President and CEO of Ocean Design Inc. (ODI), from 2001 through the successful acquisition by Teledyne in 2006, which was founded over 30 years ago.

For the previous twenty years, Mr. Read worked for the Raychem Corporation and ultimately served as the Director of Research and Development of the Telecommunications and Power Division.  Mr. Read has completed executive education programs at the Harvard Business School and Insead Business School in France. In 2018 he was awarded the Compass Distinguished Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions for Oceanography and Marine Technology by MTS.

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