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www.sea-technology.com April 2018 | ST 15 O CEANS'18 MTS/IEEE Kobe/Tech- no-Ocean 2018 Kobe (OTO'18) will take place May 28 to 31 in Kobe, Japan. The event provides a chance to foster a dramatic increase in marine-related science and tech- nology and marine industries in Japan. It is also an opportunity to explore new aspects of the "Ocean Planet" we call home. Topics For OTO'18, more than 900 abstracts from around the world have been received under the following core conference topics: ocean and space technology collaboration; ocean natural haz- ard monitoring and social implementation; acoustic and optic cooperative application for underwater sensing and communication; fisheries, aquaculture and aquatic life-related technologies; marine renewable energy and environmental assessment; ocean resource exploration technologies; subseafloor engineering and operations (drilling, coring, monitoring and mining); coastal zone management applications; and marine law and policy for sustainable ocean development. Exhibit At the exhibition this year, more than 100 companies, universities and national research and development or- ganizations will showcase the latest ocean-related prod- ucts and technologies. On the first and second day, the exhibitors' presenta- tions will take place, and on the final day there will be a special exhibition session organized by Japan's National Research and Development Agency. Event Location The host city, Kobe, has flourished as an international trading port since Japan's late Heian Era (12th century), largely due to the enterprise of the samurai leader Taira no Kiyomori in building the Port of Hyogo. Then, following Japan's isolationist period and the port reopening in 1868, Kobe began to wholeheartedly embrace other cultures from all over the world and thereby created its own unique identity. As such, this modern and stylish Japanese city, basking in natural surroundings, including hot springs, appeals to every visitor. This is where champions of internation- al culinary culture such as "Kobe beef" and "Nada-no Sake" (Japanese sake) are produced. What makes Kobe even more attractive for tourists is easy access to several UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as the ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara, Himeji (known as "White Heron Castle"), Hiroshima (Hiroshi- ma Peace Memorial, Itsukushima Shrine), and Mount Koya/Koyasan (sacred sites and pilgrimage routes). Venue The Kobe Convention Center, which will serve as the OTO'18 venue, is conveniently located on Port Island, which is about 10 min. from downtown Kobe. The ven- ue connects to downtown via the efficient Port Liner rail transit system. The space includes the conference center, international exhibition halls, hotels and other key fa- cilities. For more information, visit www.oceans18mtsieeeko be.org. ST OCEANS'18 MTS/IEEE Kobe/ Techno-Ocean 2018 Kobe ST Conference Preview

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