Autonomous Undersea Systems Institute

AUSI participation

International Symposium on

Unmanned Untethered Submersible Technology


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Who should attend? Researchers, industry, students, military, government, anyone else interested in submersible technology.

Why attend? Over 60 papers from around the world, the student paper competition, distinguished speakers from the Navy, industry and more!

Where? New England Center on the campus of the University of New Hampshire


Need more reasons to attend? Monday night: Cocktail reception at the Portsmouth Yacht Club, this is always a favorite with attendees. Tuesday night: Lobster bake!


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This year we mark the 30th anniversary of this very popular Symposium, which is now scheduled for August 23-26, 2009. The meeting will again be held at the New England Center at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. Recently an article was published in The Marine Technology Reporter giving the history of the Symposium. A copy of that article follows:

The Autonomous Undersea Systems Institute Announces the 30 year Anniversary International Symposium on Unmanned Untethered Submersible Technology (UUST09)

Symposium (sim-poh-zee-uhm) NOUN: 1. A meeting or conference for discussion of a topic, especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations. 2. A collection of writings on a particular topic, especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations. 2. A collection of writings on a particular topic,as in a magazine. 3. A convivial meeting for drinking, music, and intellectual discussion among the ancient Greeks. American Heritage Dictionary

Set in the woods at the northern edge of the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham New Hampshire, the New England Center provides the perfect atmosphere for a relaxed symposium allowing the attendees a chance to meet each other and share Sea Stories as well as gain insight into AUV systems and technology. The 30 year Anniversary of the International Symposium on Unmanned Untethered Submersible Technology (UUST 09) will be conducted on 23-26 August 2009.

Although autonomous undersea vehicles have been around for over a hundred years (Whitehead torpedoes were developed in 1866), scientists were just awakening to the possibilities of intelligent undersea vehicles enabled by the advances in computer technology in the early eighties. The first conferences concentrated on possible missions and applications appropriate for autonomous underwater vehicles. The attendees primarily were academic researchers.

One of the early adopters of the AUV technology was the US Navy. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) became an early sponsor of the conference and funded the development of the required technologies. Early applications of underwater search and survey were envisioned.

As the years progressed, the emphasis shifted to exploration of the required technologies, designs for new platforms and increased participation from international organizations. Early platforms were large, expensive and primarily military in nature. As computing power became available the cost and size shrunk making the use of AUVs more available to pursue scientific tasks.

AUVs are now widely available for academic research and commercial AUV applications are proliferating. Advanced research is being conducted in areas of autonomy, multiple vehicle cooperation, networking and development of biologically inspired AUVs. More and more authors are presenting results of their experimentations rather than designs in progress. A real hit for current sessions are lessons learned. One group shared that the choice of a white paint scheme was not helpful in an Antarctic environment.

Conference sessions are on the following technical subject areas:

  • Applications of AUV Technology
  • Autonomous Manipulation
  • Bio-engineering
  • Communications
  • Distributed Control
  • Energy
  • Guidance and Control Systems
  • hydrodynamics
  • Intelligent Systems and Technoologies
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Navigation
  • Operational Systems Experience
  • Reliability
  • Sensor Systems and Processing
  • Underwater Imaging
  • Launch & Recovery Concepts
  • Modularity

The first symposium was in May 1980, followed by fourteen more meetings: the most recent at the University of New Hampshire in 2007. All have attracted participants from throughout the United States and the World who are engaged in related research and development. Over the years, the international participation has been substantial with one of the meetings having more international submissions than U.S. submissions.

The meeting encourages a number of student activities. The major activity is a student paper competition where the winners have all of their expense paid to attend the meeting and receive a substantial cash prize for their efforts.

Attendance is limited to ensure a convivial atmosphere. Register early and participate.

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Our Cancellation Policy:

  • A full refund will be granted up to 20 days prior to the start of the symposium.
  • Cancellations made 15-30 days prior to a program will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations received 14 days or fewer before the program will not receive a refund.