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ASC-Europe 2015 Report

After every edition of the Aquatic Solutions Conference a report is published containing all presentation (some may be adjusted to make suitable for publication).

Please read the report here

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Open For Registration

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The conference is now open for registration. Please register here.

If you register before February 29, 2016 an early-bird discount of $50 applies.

Early-Bird Ticket: $199




Co-located with: XPONENTIAL


The Aquatic Solution Conference is co-located with AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL 2016.


The 2016 Americas edition of the ASC Conference is proudly co-located with AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL. Both events are focused on the technological advancement of (under water) unmanned vehicles. To serve broadly as service tool for men: to do research, to perform surveillance tasks, to repair applications in hazardous conditions, etc. Sharing knowledge throughout the industry will serve technological progress.


AUVSI has been the industry’s go-to organization for over 40 years. We are at an exciting inflection point today, where advancements in technology are allowing us to build upon our noble heritage of protecting citizens around the world. XPONENTIAL captures the potential of this industry, and defines AUVSI’s commitment to you – now and into the future. Serving as the intersection for commercial and defense applications, and advancing all domains, XPONENTIAL is committed to serving as your ultimate industry brand experience.

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Call For Speakers

The next Aquatic Solutions Conference (ASC) will be held on May 3rd, 2016 in New Orleans. If you would like to present an interesting project or application, please consider sending us your presentation title along with a short abstract for consideration by the ASC Committee.

Selected speakers will be offered two night hotel accommodations, invitation to our pre-conference networking reception (May 2, 2016), 1-day free pass to AUVSI exhibition.


Submission Deadline is February 1st, 2016.

Email title and abstract to:




Alfred Wegener institute talk: Tramper

Crawler System Tramper

The crawler system Tramper has been developed within the HGF Alliance ROBEX to carry scientific payloads to perform in-situ measurements at the seafloor. Therefore accurate high-resolution positioning of sensors and sampling devices is essential. Its one year long missions to extreme environments in Arctic regions impose requirements of corrosion resistance, energy efficiency and simplicity onto the design that also influence the embodiment design of the electric drives. The talk will highlight the challenges and solutions for long-term deployment of different deep-sea actuators used for biogeochemical studies.

Are you interested in getting to know about this topic?
Register for the Aquatic Solutions Conference and enjoy Johannes Lemburg‘s talk –

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STW talk: Leak/Seep Detection


Leak detection and SeaScan seep detection capabilities

Shell Tech Works or STW is a Boston (Massachusetts) based affiliate of Shell. STW’s objective is to leverage local high tech capability outside the oil and gas industry to help solve critical challenges. Since its founding in 2012 the company has been involved in a number of high profile innovative projects within Shell. One of these projects targeted the use of Underwater Autonomous Vehicles (UAV’s) to help with the detection of pipeline leaks and hydrocarbon seepage from the seabed. By following a structured systems engineering approach STW was able to integrate a prototype sensor/detection payload on an UAV within a year and demonstrate the leak/seep detection capabilities in waters off the coast of Boston.

Are you interested in getting to know about this topic? Register for the Aquatic Solutions Conference and enjoy Peter Van Welsenes‘ talk.


Registration extended until May 10th

The registration for the Aquatic Solutions Conference is extented until May 10th, 2015.

The program of the conference is complete. We’re very happy to be able to offer you a program with seven high level speakers, o.a. from the DFKI, Shell, University of Twente, who will share their expertise and experience. They will cover a wide range of topics and applications, e.g. the use of electronics in blowout prevention units or how swarm robots communicate under water.

For visitors who want to share an application, it’s still possible to present a poster at the conference. More information about the posters can be found on this page.

Register here before May 10th to get your tickets for the conference.


ASC program complete

We are very proud to announce that the program of the Aquatic Solutions Conference is complete! Seven high level speakers will share their knowledge and experience in the field of electical actuated underwater applications. e.g. how to keep electronics working under high pressure and how electronic actuators are used in crawler robots.

The full program:

  • “Mastering deep-sea conditions with pressure tolerant control electronics” – by Peter Kampmann (DFKI RIC).
  • “Robotics Inspection is coming” – by Theo de Vries (University of Twente)
  • “Electronic controls on blowout preventors” – by Peter van Welsenes (Manager R&D Shell)
  • “Requirements and current developments on underwater actuators from a robotic research perspective” – by Andre Gerdes (Ground Truth Robotics GmbH)
  • “Benthic Crawler Tramper” – by Johannes Lemburg (Alfred Wegener Institute)
  • “Underwater Swarm Design and Applications” – Thomas Horstink (Technical University Delft)
  • “Modeling Underwater Dredging tool –  Application of Reduced Order Modeling for design of Interacting Maritime Structures” – by Jan Peters (Imotec, joined project with Damen Shipyards)

For more information about the topics and speakers, please take a look at the Program page.

Peter Kampmann

Peter Kampmann Keynote Speaker

We’re very pleased to announce Peter Kampmann, M.Sc. as opening keynote speaker for the Aquatic Solutions Conference. In his Keynote, Peter Kampmann will share his experience on “Mastering deep-sea conditions with pressure tolerant control electronics” in his keynote.

For years, bulky and expensive housings were used to protect the delegate electronics from the hazardous, deep-sea conditions. At the DFKI, research has been done on other forms of protection, e.g. hybrid pressure-tolerant setups. The insights gained in this research will be shared by Peter Kampmann during the conference.