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Aberdeen students to exhibit work at OCEANS 2017

Students from the University of Aberdeen and RGU are among 20 students from around the world selected to present their work at a major marine technology conference taking place in the city.

Zonghua Liu and Jincy Johny, from the University of Aberdeen and RGU respectively, will present their work as part of the Student Poster Competition taking place as part of the OCEANS 2017 conference.

The event, which will be held from June 19 - 22 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, is recognised as the premier forum for the international marine community to present new technologies and discuss their work.

Around 150 PhD and Masters students from across the world submitted abstracts to the competition, which offers the winner a $3000 cash prize. In addition, the winner’s technical paper will appear in the newsletter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Oceanic Engineering Society (OES), The Beacon.

Zonghua’s poster focuses on a novel image processing method to identify and classify marine organisms recorded by subsea holographic imaging, while Jincy’s submission is based on the use of optical fibre based acoustic sensors for underwater applications.

Professor John Watson, from the University of Aberdeen, is Chair of the conference. He said: “The Student Poster Competition, which is now in its 40th year, is an important aspect of the OCEANS series of conferences, allowing talented students to showcase their work to an expert audience and giving them the opportunity to have their work published in a respected technical journal.

“The standard of submissions for this competition was of a particularly high standard, covering a wide range of topics and global activity, and I am delighted that two local Aberdeen students will have the chance to showcase their work.”

Zonghua, who is a PhD student at the University’s School of Engineering, said: “I am delighted to have been selected to present my work at the OCEANS conference.

“I understand that the selection process was very competitive, so to be picked from such a strong field of candidates is extremely rewarding. I’m really grateful to have been given this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Professor Watson added: “Planning for OCEANS 17 is at an advanced stage and our programme includes some excellent content, some of which will be of particular interest to those working in the oil and gas sector, as well as the renewables industry.

“We are confident we will have a great conference here in Aberdeen with some excellent content tailored for local audiences, as well as the opportunity to see the latest ocean technology showcased at the associated exhibition.”

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