Dear Friends,
As Chairmen of the IEEE/OES China Ocean Acoustics Symposium (COA2016), we would like to extend a warm welcome to all the participants attending the conference.
We are honoured to hold the conference, which is expected to be seen as a high-level academic platform in ocean acoustics, for the benefit of researchers from all over the World. The idea is to share research results, experience and to discuss new ideas on hot topics. We also hope that the conference will encourage potential co-operation to promote research and technological development.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the renowned speakers for their forthcoming presentations, and also to all the esteemed delegates for their active participation. This is what makes the symposium possible. We would also like to thank all those who have contributed their hard work in order to ensure that the COA2016 is conducted in an excellent form.
Finally, we believe that all delegates will benefit substantially from this conference, both through the various presentations of the eminent speakers, and through the exchanges of ideas with one another. We welcome your participation in this event and wish you all a wonderful time in Harbin.

Desen Yang, Jean-Pierre Hermand

If you like to attend COA 2016 but did not yet register or pay the registration fee please do so now as there will be no payment terminal available onsite and no ID badge available for you. If you already registered you must have received a link for payment from the secretariat. You must register and pay online before January 6th, 2016.


The Snow Sculpture Contest will start on Monday 4th January, 2016!

Student participants who are interested in the Contest should contact immediately Ms. ZHAO Yan or call the Chinese secretariat.

By December 18, 2015, the secretariat received 215 full texts and 264 people registered.

About COA 2016

In the Winter of 2016, the China Ocean Acoustics Symposium (COA2016) will welcome leading scholars, experts and students in the beautiful silver-coated Harbin, Chinese Ice City, famous for her Ice Lamp and Snow Sculpture. This unique event, sponsored by the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society, will create in China an exchange platform for universities, research institutions and industries worldwide in one of the key fields of ocean science and engineering.

In these times where China is diving into the deep blue sea the aim is to create opportunities for high-level joint research in specific areas of common interest by facilitating the sharing of research achievements, experiences and new ideas on hot topics. By actively participating in the symposium, postgraduate students and young researchers will have the opportunity to challenge their ideas, new approaches and developments of techniques and technologies. The organizers will invite widely recognized professors and experts to give tutorials and talks on underwater acoustics fundamentals, new approaches and cutting-edge applications. Participants will receive details of the proceedings with a summary of all of the contributions, and IEEE Xplore will publish the papers.

An exhibition by Chinese and foreign companies manufacturing state-of-the-art technologies, distributing equipment and providing services for underwater acoustic measurements and surveys will be set up in the venue hall.