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Coastal and Marine Engineering: Challenges and Trends


ICOE2021 will focus on Coastal and Ocean Engineering: Challenges and Trends. In view of climatic change and its influence on land and water, and against the background of the finiteness of natural resources, there will be a rethinking in dealing with weather extremes and the protection of coasts against natural hazards. ICOE will address those challenges and provide a forum for the discussion of future-oriented, technological and eco-friendly solutions. The technical program of the conference will consist of keynote addresses, contributed papers and special sessions with invited speakers. The ICOE offers an exciting platform for academics, engineers, policy makers and administrators from all over the globe. 

Over the years, the IIT Madras has consolidated as an Institute of excellence in Technology and Research and has become the number one institute in the technological education in the country for the fifth time in a row and is currently recognized as an Institute of Eminence. The department of Ocean Engineering has formulated and organized ICOE in 1996 (1st), 2001 (2nd), 2009 (3rd), 2018 (4th) and 2019 (5th). While the first four conferences were held at their own campus in Chennai, the fifth ICOE was organized in collaboration with the University of Mauritius. With this background, the sixth International Conference in Ocean Engineering 2021 (ICOE2021) will be organized by the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management (IWW), RTWH Aachen University and the Department of Ocean Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IITM).


Conference Themes


Climate & Environment

  • Climate Change Impacts & Disaster Risk Reduction 
  • Ecological Engineering & Management
  • Fisheries Engineering 
  • Future Coasts
  • Marine Foundations and Reclamation 
  • Nature Based solutions in Coastal and Marine Engineering
  • Ocean Renewable Energy 
  • Offshore Aquaculture 
  • Safety, Risk and Reliability
  • Solutions for Extreme Natural Hazards in the Coastal Zone


Data – Analysis – Simulation

  • Computations in Ocean and Petroleum Engineering 
  • Earth Observation Applications, GIS and Satellite Imaging 
  • Marine Surveys & Informatics 
  • Ocean Resources for SIDS 


Planning & Construction

  • Marine Engineering 
  • Marine Spatial Planning 
  • Offshore Structures and Deepwater Technology 
  • Port, Harbour and Coastal Structures 



  • AUVs, ROVs and Underwater Systems 
  • Desalination 
  • Marine and Coastal Hydrodynamics 
  • Marine Science & Technology 
  • Marine Vehicles and Floating Systems 
  • Ocean Optics & Acoustics
  • Petroleum Engineering & Technology


Call for Papers - Open until November 30th, 2020


The organizing committee of the 6th ICOE is pleased to invite authors to submit their abstracts for oral presentations. Each abstract should include:

  1. Title
  2. Principal author, including affiliation, address, and electronic contact information
  3. Co-authors, including affiliation, address, and electronic contact information
  4. Up to four key words
  5. Abstract up to 300 words

Please submit your abstract as Word file (*.docx) or PDF file (*.pdf) to:

Once the abstract is accepted, the full paper (6-8 pages) should be prepared as per guidelines and format.  A book of abstracts will be published prior to the conference and will contain keynote addresses and all registered papers accepted for presentation in the conference, for which at least one of the authors is a registered delegate of the conference.


Advisory Committee


  • Prof. Holger Schüttrumpf, Germany
  • Prof. S .A. Sannasiraj, India
  • Pof. K. Murali, India
  • Prof. V. Sundar, India


International Scientific Committee


  • Prof. Qingwei Ma, UK
  • Prof. J. Jensen, Germany
  • Prof. T. Schlurmann, Germany
  • Prof. F. Arena, Italy
  • Prof. N. Goseberg, Germany
  • Prof. P. Fröhle, Germany
  • Prof. M. Dhanak, USA
  • Prof. Z. Huang, USA
  • Prof. Alex Babanin, Australia
  • Prof. A. Law, Singapore
  • Prof. Iñigo J. Losada, Spain
  • Prof. R. Manasseh, Australia
  • Prof. M.C. Deo, India
  • Prof. D.E. Reeve, UK
  • Prof. K. Reicherter, Germany
  • Dr. Anna Uffmann, Germany
  • Prof. E. Pelinovsky, Russia
  • Prof. J. J. Wijetunge, Sri Lanka
  • Prof. T. Shibayama, Japan
  • Prof. P. Ferrant, France
  • Prof. I. Nistor, Canada
  • Prof. T. Hiraishi, Japan
  • Prof. Lars Erik Holmedal, Norway
  • Prof. V. Vengatesan, U.K
  • Prof. R. Sundaravadivelu, India
  • Prof. P. Krishnankutty, India
  • Prof. P. Anandakrishnan, India
  • Dr. V. Sriram, India
  • Dr. Suresh Rajendran, India
  • Dr. R. Vijayakumar, India
  • Dr. Nilanjan Saha, India
  • Dr. Deepak Kumar, India

Organizing Institutes


About IWW | RWTH Aachen University

With about one and half century of experience in hydraulic engineering, the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management has a deep expertise in the fields of flood protection, hydraulic engineering and integrated coastal zone management. In a comprehensive approach, physical model experiments are combined with field measurements and numerical simulations to investigate a wide range of national and international projects.


About Dept. of Ocean Engineering | IIT Madras

The Department of Ocean Engineering is a center of excellence in disciplines spanning across the areas of coastal and harbor structures, deep-water technologies, marine geo-techniques, Ocean energy, ship design and areas in oil and gas. The department has an internationally acclaimed rare combination of hydrodynamic test facilities that include a towing tank, a wave basin, wave flumes, harbor modelling basin, ocean energy, oil and gas supported by state-of-the-art instrumentation as well as expert faculty.

Save the Dates 


Submission of abstracts ends:     Nov 30th, 2020

Acceptance of abstracts:              Dec 31st, 2020

Submission of full paper:              Feb 28th, 2021

Acceptance of full paper:              Apr 30th, 2021

Early bird registration ends:          May 7th, 2021

Conference date:                          Jul 5th to 9th, 2021


Registration & General Information


In view of the Corona pandemic, the organizing committee will consult in early 2021 if the ICOE will be held as a physical meeting in Aachen, Germany or as an online event.   It will consider various uncertainties related to COVID-19 (e.g. social distancing, travel restrictions) and their impact on the participants. However, the protection and safety of the prospective delegates will be top priority.

The decision will be announced on this website in early January, 2021.

For general information, please contact the conference secretariat at the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management, RTWH Aachen University:

Phone: +49 241 80 25760
Fax:  +49 241 80 25750



The physical conference is planned to be held at the SuperC Meeting Center, RWTH Aachen University, Templergraben 57, 52062 Aachen, Germany. High speed train connections are available between Aachen Main Station and Frankfurt Airport via Cologne. Regional express trains offer services from Düsseldorf Airport






The city region of Aachen and the nearby Eifel National Park offer picturesque destinations for excursions before and after the conference. Visit the Aachen Cathedral, the tripoint of Germany-Belgium-Netherlands, the town of Monschau with its medieval center or spend a day in the high moor of Hohes Venn. For attractions in and around Aachen please visit here.

Aachener Dom

Monschau - Rur - Nordrhein-Westfalen - Deutschland (21354109773)

20200524-3 Stream Naturpark Hohes Venn-Eifel


Start: 5 July 2021
End: 9 July 2021
Inst. of Hydraulic Engineering & Water Resources Management, RWTH | Dept. of Ocean Engineering, IITM

Related files

  • ioce-2021-announcement-v3.pdf

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