Welcome to the OCEANS 2023 Training Program! We trust that every attendee of the OCEANS 2023 MTS/IEEE Conference & Exposition will find something of interest here.

For this year’s conference, we are trying an alternative approach, away from historical tutorials.  We are offering training sessions based on the results of an online survey created and distributed to the Marine Technology Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers young professionals.  The feedback was positive (almost 100 responses) and we got to work scouring the region for talented presenters.  The result is a broad and dynamic list of training seminars designed to provide attendees with new skills and important insights into important topics related to the maritime industry.

Our presenters are experts in their respective fields and come from the highest levels of academia, industry, and state and federal government.  Below you will find a calendar of our topics, all to be presented on Monday, Sept. 25.  You can click on each topic to see more information, including a summary of the topic and a short biography of each presenter.

The OCEANS 2023 Training Program is designed to be an integral part of the conference.  We hope you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

The following fees will be charged for those individuals wishing to attend any of the Monday training seminars at OCEANS 2023. This fee is good for the entire day and attendees can mix and match any training seminars they wish to attend during the day. A free lunch will also be provided from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Registration for the conference is required before attending any training seminars.

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Zach Johnson 
Bristlemouth Technology Evangelist
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Bristlemouth Details

Integrating Sensors Using Bristlemouth, an Open Connectivity Standard for Marine Hardware

During this 2-hour session, participants will learn about the Bristlemouth standard, including the physical connector and the software used to manage sensors on the Bristlemouth network. They will see examples of off-the-shelf and custom sensors successfully being integrated using the standard. Next, participants will learn to appropriately scope a Bristlemouth project, including identifying sensors and platforms that are a good fit for Bristlemouth. Finally, they will have the opportunity to work on their own sensor integration in smaller groups.

Seating for this event is limited, so attendees must gain permission from the instructor in advance if they would like to attend. Those interested in attending should email Zack Johnson at zack@sofarocean.com with the subject line ‘OCEANS 2023 Bristlemouth Training’ and include the following information:

  1. What is the name of the person interested in attending?
  2. Do they have the prerequisite skills mentioned below?
  3. Please confirm that the attendee can bring their own laptop.

Training Program Fees

MTS Early Career Ocean Professional (ECOP) Member:  Free
IEEE Young Professionals Member: Free
MTS Member / IEEE Member: $25
Non-Members:  $45

Training Schedule

Project Management

Time:
8:00 am – 4:50 pm (Lunch break from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
 

Instructors:   

 

Lucas A. Applewhite, PMP, CEFP - Director of Facilities Planning and Management | Coastal Operations | The University of Southern Mississippi

 

Shannon Campbell, Ph.D., PMP - Senior Associate Vice President | Coastal Operations | The University of Southern Mississippi

Seminar Summary:   

 

This seminar will provide attendees with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to ensure their projects are on time, on budget, and successful. Topics will include an introduction to project management, the first 5 questions you should ask at the beginning of every project, some tools for getting projects started and on track, and a brief introduction to Agile project management.

 

Cybersecurity 

Time: 8:00 am – 8:50 am
Instructors: Melissa Hannis - Research Engineer | Center for Cyber Innovation (CCI) | Mississippi State University
Shelly Hollis  - Director | Center for Cyber Education | Mississippi State University
Seminar Summary:  A broad overview of common cyber threats and simple protective measures to put in place to mitigate risk.

 

Time: 9:00 am – 9:50 am
Instructors:                

George Trawick, Ph.D. - Associate Clinical Professor & Cyber Program Coordinator | Department of Computer Science and Engineering | Mississippi State University

Shelly Hollis - Director | Center for Cyber Education | Mississippi State University
Seminar Summary:  A review of some recent maritime cyber attacks and a discussion of how to protect or prevent them.

 

Time: 10:00 am – 10:50 am
Instructor: Dylan Taylor - IT Specialist and Network Administrator | USACE ERDC ITL
Seminar Summary:  Explore options for mitigating against an ever-growing threat of cyber-attacks on vital business assets while considering Cybersecurity as a necessary component of every enterprise environment.

 

Time: 11:00 am – 11:50 am
Instructor:  Mark Heward - Director | Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS)
Seminar Summary:  How fundamental training in terrestrial and electronic navigation needs to be improved, to enable mariners to effectively navigate in coastal areas and ports without reliance on GNSS-based positioning.

 

Time: 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm
Instructor: Greg Mallette, CISSP - CISA Cybersecurity State Coordinator – Mississippi | Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
Seminar Summary:  Cyber-attacks are increasing in frequency and sophistication. Learn how to take advantage of the no-cost cybersecurity assessments and vulnerability management tools available from CISA to help build cybersecurity resilience for your organization.

 

Time: 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm
Instructor: Clyde Roark - Cybersecurity Advisor | DHS/Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency
Seminar Summary:  This seminar will delve into who the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is, how they provide support to critical infrastructure stakeholders, explore CISA’s discovery on the latest cybersecurity trends against the maritime sector, and discuss how to mitigate those emerging threats.

 

Time: 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm
Instructors: George Trawick, Ph.D. - Associate Clinical Professor & Cyber Program Coordinator | Department of Computer Science and Engineering | Mississippi State University
Lane Wooten
Seminar Summary:  This session will discuss the threats to autonomous/uncrewed systems and ways to mitigate risk.

 

Time: 4:00 pm – 4:50 pm
Instructors: Greg Mallette, CISSP - CISA Cybersecurity State Coordinator – Mississippi | Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
Dylan Taylor - IT Specialist and Network Administrator | USACE ERDC ITL
George Trawick, Ph.D. - Associate Clinical Professor & Cyber Program Coordinator | Department of Computer Science and Engineering | Mississippi State University
Mark Heward - Director | Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS)
Carl Hatfield - Cybersecurity Coordinator for District 8 | US Coast Guard
Seminar Summary:  The panel will explore and discuss future concerns for cybersecurity for the United States.

 

Leadership Essentials in Today’s VUCA Environment 

Time: 8:00 am – 9:50 am
Instructor: Heather M. Annulis, Ph.D., CPLP - Director & Professor of Human Capital Development | School of Leadership | College of Business and Economic Development | The University of Southern Mississippi
Seminar Summary:   

This session highlights how to build working relationships characterized by mutual respect, collaboration, healthy conflict, and an open invitation for feedback. Three components necessary for trust to flourish are covered that can alleviate time and energy being wasted on turf wars, silo mindsets, suspicion, misunderstandings, and low employee engagement. The session will challenge participants to take responsibility for the critical factor that determines the success of every business and interpersonal endeavor: trust.

Participants will:

  1. Discuss how to build a foundation for success through high-trust practices.
  2. Identify best practices for effective relationships.
  3. Determine high-integrity team practices.

 

Time: 10:00 am – 11:50 am
Instructor: Bradley Winton, DBA - Assistant Professor of Management | School of Leadership | College of Business and Economic Development | The University of Southern Mississippi
Seminar Summary:   

As part of the emotional intelligence workshop, I will work on emotional intelligence understanding and development in four ways. The workshop will start with an overview of what emotional intelligence is, why it is important, and its practical implication in the workplace. This overview will be followed by a series of specific exercises and self-assessments to allow participants to leave with a tangible view of where their emotional abilities are now and where they might be able to improve.

First, we will work on reading emotions. This includes exercises like helping people become more aware of their feelings, their moods, and specific emotions. Second, we will work on using emotions. Exercises will center on self-reflection, studying workplace scenarios, and non-productive moods. Third, we take a deeper dive into accurately understanding emotions. Beyond reading them, we need to understand why they exist and predict future emotional states.

Fourth, and finally, we will work on how to better manage our emotions and the emotions of others. This may include having a conversation about what strategies work and don't work in managing emotions. The goal is to allow participants to walk away with a new toolbox of emotional tools. With these tools, the participants can feel more confident as they return to their workplaces.

 

Time:
1:00 pm – 2:50 pm
Instructor: Casey M. Maugh Funderburk, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Human Capital Development | School of Leadership | College of Business & Economic Development | The University of Southern Mississippi
Seminar Summary:   

Coaching in the workplace requires skill enhancement to successfully encourage employee talent development. In this two-hour workshop, participants will learn the essential skills of coaching, which include: developing coaching plans, assessing employee competencies, giving and receiving feedback, asking questions, and developing motivational techniques.

Through a blend of educational material, role-playing, and skills practice, participants will walk away from the workshop with practical, applicable skills they can utilize immediately to become more successful workplace coaches.

 

Time:
3:00 pm – 4:50 pm
Instructor: Gregory T. Bradley, Ph.D., MBA - Teaching Professor | School of Leadership | College of Business & Economic Development | The University of Southern Mississippi
Seminar Summary:   

In this unpredictable environment of data-driven disruption, business managers should strive to become more acclimated to looking through two lenses. First, they should continually identify high-risk and relatively rewarding opportunities such as entering new markets and changing existing business models. Second, they should maintain their focus on integrating analytics into their core business decision-making processes.

By embedding data analytics into their core strategies, business managers can (a) streamline internal business processes, (b) identify evolving consumer trends, (c) interpret and monitor emerging risks, and (d) build mechanisms for constant feedback and improvement. Driving analytical transformations can thereby enable companies to gain a competitive edge and stay at the forefront of digital disruption.

Along those lines, advanced data modeling can reduce organizational decision-making risk with the byproduct of enhancing the quality of data and providing greater agility to address unconventional data requirements. In sum, by becoming more risk-intelligent, managers can become more adept at dealing with uncertainty in strategic decision-making. Therefore, the purpose of this seminar is to discuss areas of business risk and opportunity and to introduce data analytic techniques to reduce decision-making under uncertainty.

 

Advanced Technology

Time: 8:00 am – 11:50 am
Instructors: Philip Jones - Archive Branch Metadata Lead/Physical Scientist | NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
 

 

Paul Lemieux III - Data Officer | Data Stewardship Division – Archive Branch | NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
 

 

Jason Weick - Metadata Specialist | General Dynamics Information Technology | NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
Seminar Summary:   

This training seminar will cover the fundamental concepts of metadata and implementations of metadata for scientific data. Metadata is standardized information that improves the discoverability, accessibility, usability, and understanding of data.

While metadata standards vary based on the underlying sources and systems, the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) primarily uses the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 19115-2: Geographic Information - Metadata - Part 2: Extensions for Imagery and Gridded Data.

Types of metadata for various workflows, including metadata for data submissions to the NCEI archive, will be discussed in this training. An interactive portion will follow the overview presentation. Participants are encouraged to bring their own datasets, questions, and use cases for the training specialists.

 

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:50 pm
Instructors:  

Md Tamjidul Hoque, Ph.D. - Director of the Bioinformatics and Machine Learning (BML) Laboratory & Associate Professor | Department of Computer Science | The University of New Orleans

Seminar Summary:   

Machine learning and artificial intelligence is a rapidly advancing new front of technology and business. This seminar will delve into the theory, techniques, uses, advantages, limitations, and possible applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

 

Interpersonal Skills

Time: 8:00 am – 11:50 am
Instructor: Hamed Ghahremani, Ph.D. - Richard Stillman Assistant Professor of Management | Department of Management & Marketing | The University of New Orleans
Seminar Summary:   

Join us for an engaging seminar to equip you with the essential tools to become an effective negotiator! Our speaker will guide you through negotiation techniques and strategies to help you effectively advocate for yourself and respectfully negotiate with others. This seminar is a great opportunity for anyone looking to enhance and take their skills to the next level.

You will discover how to navigate common pitfalls and deal with conflicts. You will also gain insight into negotiation dynamics and learn how to adapt to various negotiation styles. Whether you are a seasoned negotiator or just starting out, this seminar is an opportunity to elevate your skills and build your confidence. Take advantage of this incredible chance to join the ranks of successful negotiators.

 

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:50 pm
Instructor: Kevin Buckley, M.S. - Professor of Practice | School of Marketing | College of Business and Economic Development | The University of Southern Mississippi
Seminar Summary:  A well-known adage states, “Success relies upon not just WHAT you know, but WHOM you know.” To further supplement that saying, Kevin Buckley, Professor of Practice at The University of Southern Mississippi, adds the importance of HOW you know them. This training session breaks down the strategies to foster a professional network that ultimately creates collaboration around shared values and goals.

 

Time: 3:00 pm – 4:50 pm
Instructor: Tanya Lush - Director of Workforce Development | Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE)
Seminar Summary:  This seminar will focus on creating healthy, supportive, and diverse workplaces. Topics discussed may include overcoming inter-generational issues, respecting diversity, increasing inclusivity, and gender, facilitating positive workplace interactions, and strategies for reducing prejudice and discrimination.