Special sessions have the main aim of creating a mini-workshop on a specific topic, where researchers working on the same argument can make knowledge, familiarize, exchange ideas, create cooperation.
Special Sessions are being developed by designated chairs.

If you, as an author, have a paper that could be included in one of these sessions, you may submit an extended abstract selecting your favourite session. If the abstract is not selected for the session, it may be included in another part of the technical program.

To submit extended abstracts to the special session, follow the submission instructions for regular sessions, but remind to specify the special session to which the paper is directed.

List of Special Sessions

  1. Special Session #1: Embedded systems in seaborne applications

    Organized by: Maciej Gucma, Rafał Gralak, Marcin Przywarty, Mateusz Bilewski, Bartosz Muczyński, Maritime University of Szczecin, Poland

  2. Special Session #2: Technologies, techniques and methodologies for coastal monitoring

    Organized by: Alessandro Pozzebon, Matteo Bertocco, Giacomo Peruzzi, Chiara Favaretto, University of Padova, Italy, Duccio Bertoni, University of Pisa, Italy

  3. Special Session #3: Toxicity and Ecological Risk Assessment of “Contaminants of Emerging Concern” in the Marine Environment

    Organized by: Ermelinda Prato, Francesca Biandolino, Isabella Parlapiano, National Research Council, Water Research Institute (IRSA-CNR), Taranto, Italy, Asia Grattagliano, Department of Chemical Sciences and Technologies, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Roma, Italy

  4. Special Session #4: AI Techniques for Marine Environment Preservation and Climate Change Impact Assessment

    Organized by: Fabiana Di Ciaccio, University of Florence, Italy; Paolo Russo, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy; Roberto Pierdicca, Eva Savina Malinverni, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy

  5. Special Session #5: Exploring the Depths: Progress and Challenges in Surveying Underwater Environments

    Organized by: Silvio Del Pizzo, University of Naples "Parthenope", Italy; Erica Nocerino, University of Sassari, Italy; Fabio Menna, 3DOM - 3D Optical Metrology Unit, FBK, Italy; Antonio Angrisano, University of Messina, Italy; Alessandro Capra, Paolo Rossi, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

  6. Special Session #6: Innovative Approaches in Conservation Strategies For Sedentary Marine Fishes

    Organized by: Miriam Ravisato, University of Bari, Italy; Marco Spoto, National Council of Research, University of Bologna, Italy; Francesca Gaia Bitetto, University of Bari, Italy

  7. Special Session #7: Towards Transparent Ocean using Underwater Sensor Networks

    Organized by: Wai-keung Fung, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK; Nazila Fough, Somasundar Kannan, Robert Gordon University, UK; Naoki Motoi, Kobe University, Japan

  8. Special Session #8: Methodologies and ecological indicators for the monitoring of anthropogenic impacts in transitional waters and marine ecosystems

    Organized by: Pasquale Ricci, University of Bari, Italy; Santina Giandomenico, Lucia Spada, Giuseppe Denti, National Research Council (IRSA-CNR), Italy; Matilda Mali, Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy

  9. Special Session #9: New metrological approaches for monitoring the status of aquatic habitats and its changes

    Organized by: Pietro Ferraro, Vittorio Bianco, Istituto di Scienze Applicate e Sistemi Intelligenti, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (ISASI-CNR); Stefania Federici, Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy; Andreja Palatinus, National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia; Maurizio Pinna, Università del Salento, Italy

  10. Special Session #10: Geomorphology In The Digital Age

    Organized by: Anselme Muzirafuti, University of Messina, Italy

  11. Special Session #11: Remote sensing for marine and coastal area applications

    Organized by: Ferdinando Nunziata, Department of Engineering, Università degli Studi di Napoli Parthenope, Italy; Dušan Gleich, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Maribor, Slovenia; Peter Planinšič, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Maribor, Slovenia-retired

  12. Special Session #12: An Integrated Perspective To Monitor Coastal Environments: Sensors, Methodologies And Analysis Tools

    Organized by: Andrea Buono, Dipartimento di Ingegneria, Università degli Studi di Napoli Parthenope, Italy; Silvia Merlino, Istituto di Scienze Marine, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy; Giulia Buttazzoni, Dipartimento di Ingegneria e Architettura, Università degli Studi di Trieste, Italy; Giuseppe Grieco, Istituto di Scienze Marine, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy

  13. Special Session #13: AI-based innovations for addressing challenges in the conservation of marine megafauna and their critical habitats

    Organized by: Giulia Cipriano, Department of Biosciences, Biotechnologies and Environment, University of Bari, Bari, Italy; Rosalia Maglietta, Institute of Intelligent Industrial Systems and Technologies for Advanced Manufacturing, CNR, Bari, Italy; Carla Cherubini, University of Bari / National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Institute of Intelligent Industrial Technologies and Systems for Advanced Manufacturing (STIIMA), Bari, Italy; Aylin Akkaya, DMAD-Marine Mammals Research Association, Turkey and Montenegro; Shakira G. Quiñones-Lebrón, Tilen Genov, Morigenos - Slovenian Marine Mammal Society, Piran, Slovenia

  14. Special Session #14: Remote sensing, in-situ surveys, and GIS applications for marine and coastal areas

    Organized by: Claudio Parente, Andrea Vallario, Emanuele Alcaras, Pier Paolo Amoroso, Department of Science and Technology, University "Parthenope" of Naples, Italy; Mariusz Specht, Department of Transport and Logistics, Gdynia Maritime University, Poland

  15. Special Session #15: Recent advances about the safety of ship and navigation

    Organized by: Pasqualino Corigliano, The University of Messina, Messina, Italy; Silvio Del Pizzo, Vincenzo Piscopo, The University of Naples “Parthenope”, Naples, Italy; Ulrik Dam Nielsen, Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

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