1st Maritime Situational Awareness Workshop
MSAW 2019

Science and Technology meet operational needs


Villa Marigola, Lerici (La Spezia), Italy
8–10 October 2019

Deadline for the receipts of manuscripts
31 May 2019 Extended to 15 June 2019


The NATO Science and Technology Organization Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (STO-CMRE) is organizing a workshop to present and discuss advanced technologies, innovative concepts, and emerging scientific challenges with respect to current and future Maritime Situational Awareness (MSA) operational needs. MSAW 2019 foresees productive collaboration and synergistic discussion among MSA specialists from technical and non-technical areas.

With the theme "Science and technology meet operational needs", MSAW 2019 will encourage engagement with operational experts and scientists from national governments, military, academia and industry to discuss their respective challenges regarding MSA. The objective of MSAW 2019 is to foster the cross-fertilization of ideas from scientific and military domains, toward the design and implementation of future solutions tailored to MSA operational needs.

Papers are solicited from operational experts and scientists from national governments, military, academia and industry in topics including but are not limited to:  

Big data in the maritime

  • Infrastructure and management
  • Data modelling and visualization
  • ICT and cyber security
  • All-source integration and interoperability
  • Scalable and computational methods

Machine learning in the maritime

  • Pattern recognition and prediction
  • Anomaly detection
  • Knowledge discovery and clustering
  • Deep learning
  • Benchmarks and testbeds

Signal processing and data fusion

  • Space-based/airborne radar
  • Passive and multistatic radar and sonar
  • High-resolution radar imaging
  • Image and video processing
  • Target detection, tracking, and classification
  • Remote sensing

Maritime Unmanned Systems

  • Unmanned Underwater/Surface/Aerial Vehicle technologies
  • Applied robotic and autonomy
  • Cooperative multi-agent systems
  • Networked intelligence
  • Distributed signal processing and fusion

Artificial Intelligence in the maritime

  • Knowledge acquisition, representation and reasoning
  • Uncertainty modelling and management
  • Semantic analysis and MSA vocabularies
  • Human and open-source intelligence processing
  • Decision making under uncertainty

Support to maritime operations

  • Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance
  • Search and rescue mission support
  • Threat assessment
  • Critical infrastructure protection (e.g. underwater cables)
  • Border control and anti-piracy

Prospective authors are invited to submit an extended abstract by 31 May 2019. Please see the submission page for more details on the submission and paper clearance.

See the important dates page for the deadlines.
See the keynotes page for more information on the keynote speeches.
See the theme page for the central theme of the workshop and details on the topics.
See the registration page for registration information.
See the venue and accommodation page for details on the conference venue and accommodation options.
See the programme page for the workshop programme.
See the organization page for the workshop organization committee.

Download the call of papers and the extended call of papers using the links.


Ranger  This workshop is organized by the NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) with the support of the EU Horizon 2020 programme.
Participation is open to all the specialists from the maritime domain