ARRC Seminar Series - Prof. John Potter

Sep 29, 2021
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Prof. John Potter

Dr. Potter is a Full Professor in the Department of Electronic Systems (IES), and Strategic Communications Director for the Center of Geophysical Forecasting (CGF) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)


29th September 2021 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm (GST)



Some crystal-ball gazing – into the future of Underwater Communications


We live in a special moment in time. While many would claim this is always true in some sense, it is undeniable that there is an accelerating confluence of technologies that is revolutionising the way that we operate in the marine environment. We are now seeing the end of the century of under-sampling, the conclusion of an age where data were few and costly to obtain, allowing us only short and narrow glimpses into the workings of our vast global ocean-atmosphere system. With the growing maturity of autonomous and robotic maritime systems, the fusion of in-situ and remote sensing capabilities and the advent of new sensing modalities, we are entering a new age of Big Marine Data, automated data collection, near-real-time processing and cloud-based virtual observatories. To glue this breaking wave of disruptive technology together, we must have an effective core underwater communications capability, that does not yet exist. We have several decades of catching up to do before underwater communications reaches the level of development that we already see in the IoT, above the water’s surface, in air and space. Let’s get going! It’s going to be a crazy ride!


Prof. Potter is a marine scientist with degrees in mathematics, physics, polar oceanography and glaciology from Bristol and Cambridge Universities in the UK. An IEEE and MTS Fellow and International Fellow of the Explorers Club, he has extensive senior management & technology development experience and a holistic 'big picture' vision with a focus on environmental conservation and sustainability. His specialisations include underwater acoustics, Internet of Underwater Things (IoUT), polar oceanography, ambient noise and marine mammals. Prof. Potter is the founder of the Acoustic Research Laboratory in the National University of Singapore, has received numerous international awards for his marine research and technology projects and is an IEEE OES Distinguished Lecturer. It is no longer true that he neither owns nor operates a television.