Sociedade Brasileira de Automática
Escola Politécnica da USP

Conference Chairman
Decio Crisol Donha (Brazil)

International Steering Committee
António M. Pascoal (Portugal)
Robert Sutton (United Kingdom)
M. Isabel Ribeiro (Portugal)

National Organizing Committee

Decio Crisol Donha (PME-EPUSP)
Vice-chairman: (from Industry)Vinicius L.F. Matos (Petrobras)
Ettore Apolônio de Barros EPUSP, BR

Vice-Chair, Local Arrangements
Marcelo R. Martins – EPUSP - Naval & Oceanic Depart, BR


Sérgio H. Sphaier – COPPE-UFRJ
Kazuo Nishimoto – PNV-EPUSP,
Celso Pupo Pesce – PME-EPUSP
Paulo Eigi Miyagi – PMR-EPUSP
Julio C. Adamowski – PMR-EPUSP
Carlos D. Padoveze - IPT
Hernani Luiz Brinati - PNV-EPUSP
Jessé R. de Souza Jr. - PNV-EPUSP
José Jaime da Cruz – LAC-EPUSP

International Program Committee
Chairman: António Pascoal -Portugal
Vice-chairman (from Industry): Joerg Kalwa (Germany)

António Aguiar, ISR/IST Portugal
J. V. Amerongen,Twente, Holland
Mogens Blanke, T.U. of Denmark
Massimo Caccia, CNR-ISSIA, Italy
Andrea Caiti, Un. of Pisa, Italy
Manuel  Casado, U. Cadiz, Spain
Pere R. Rodriguez, U.Girona, Spain
Giuseppe Casalino, Genova, Italy
John Chudley, U. of Plimouth, UK
Tayfun Cimen, TNRCC, Turkey
Giuseppe Conte, U. Marche,  Italy
Elgar de Sá, N. I. Oceanog., India
Ettore A de Barros, USP, Brazil
Décio Crisol Donha, USP, Brazil
Thor Fossen, NUST, Norway
A. Healey, Naval P. School, USA
Giovanni Indiveri, Un. Lecce, Italy
Reza Katebi, U. of Strathclyde, UK
B. Lampe, U. of Rostock, Germany
Lionel Lapierre, LIRMM, France
A.Leonessa,U.Central Florida,USA
Sauro Longhi, U. Marche, Italy
J.M.Giron-Sierra, U. Madrid, Spain
M. Grimble, Un. Strathclyde, UK
K. Hasegawa, Osaka Un., Japan
A.Lozowicki, TU Szczecin, Poland
S. Mandzuka, Brodarski I, Hungary
Paulo Oliveira, ISR/IST, Portugal
Antonio Pascoal,ISR/IST, Portugal
F.L. Pereira, ISR/U. Porto, Portugal
Tristan Perez, NUST, Norway
Kristin Pettersen, NUST, Norway
G. Roberts, Coventry Univ., UK
Carlos Silvestre, ISR/IST, Portugal
Asgeir J. Sorensen, NUST, Norway
Jing Sun, Univ. of Michigan, USA
Robert Sutton, U. of Plymouth, UK
Antonio Tiano, Univ.  Pavia, Italy
Zoran Vukic, Univ. Zagreb, Croatia
Ikuo Yamamoto, JAMSTEC, Japan
Junku Yuh, NSF, E.U.A.

For inquires, e-mail: MCMC´2009 PME – EPUSP 05508-970 São Paulo (Brazil) Phone: +55 11 3091 5336 Fax: +55 11 3091 9642


Aims and Scope

MCMC'2009 has two main objectives: to bring together key academic and industrial practitioners for discussions and demonstrations of recent advances in navigation, guidance and control of marine crafts and to provide a forum where experienced researchers can engage with each other and with postdoctoral students in order to share experiences, motivate new research agendas, describe scientific and commercial applications, and explore avenues for future research.

The MCMC'2009 will provide an excellent opportunity for the presentation and discussion of research and development work in the general area of automatic control with applications to the maritime field. Specific topics will include guidance and control, monitoring and surveillance, optimization and operations planning, modelling and identification, and operational safety of marine crafts. Motivated by recent, fast paced developments in the area, special attention will also be given to the discussion of a number of topics that include navigation, guidance, and control of robotic marine platforms and systems, including autonomous surface and underwater vehicles.

This Conference is the eighth of a series of IFAC-sponsored meetings in the field of Manoeuvring and Control of Marine Craft, held on a triennial basis. The last three editions took place in Portugal (MCMC'2006), Spain (MCMC'2003) and Denmark (MCMC'2000).

The MCMC'2009 is organized by Polytechnic School of University of São Paulo (EPUSP) in cooperation with Automatic Brazilian Society (SBA-Sociedade Brasileira de Automática), a national member organization of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC).

  • Manoeuvering and Control of Ships
  • Motion and Dynamic Positioning of Ships and Platforms;
  • Navigation, Guidance and Control of Underwater Vehicles;
  • Modelling and Identification of Marine Vehicles;
  • Cooperative Navigation and Control.
Main Topics
The Conference topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Ship manoeuvring
  • Ship autopilots
  • Roll dampingSurface ship track control
  • High speed vessels
  • Offshore systems modelling and control
  • Information systems and methods
  • Intelligent marine control systems
  • Thrusters and propulsion systems
  • Navigation, guidance, and control of autonomous surface and underwater vehicles
  • Control of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs)
  • Sensors and sensor integration in autonomous robots
  • Operational safety
  • Cooperative navigation and control of Multiple Marine Vehicle Systems
  • Cooperative control under severe communication constraints
  • Architectures for teams of robotic marine vehicles
Submission of Papers
Two types of papers will be considered:
  • Regular papers which report novel and significant contributions to the fields concerned by the conference.
  • Work in progress papers, presenting recent ideas and on-going works related to the conference.

The presented papers will be further screened for possible publication in the IFAC Journals.

Authors are invited to submit electronically regular papers (double column, 6-8 pages) and work in progress papers (double column, not exceeding 4 pages). Notice that only PDF files complying with the IFAC style rules and PDF requirements are admissible.

Submission is available to:

Templates for IFAC papers are available to:

Author Schedule: Important dates
  • Submission site for contributions opens November 12, 2008
  • Submission of Extended abstracts until March 09, 2009 (extended)
  • Submission of Invited session proposals until March 31, 2009
  • Notification of the acceptance / rejection of submitted
    contributions till April 15, 2009
  • Final manuscripts submission deadline April 31, 2009
  • Early registration until July 31, 2009
  • Final program announcement July 31, 2009
  • Conference dates September 16-18, 2009
Conference Fees

Early registration fee 450 € 
Student registration fee 250 €
Early registration deadline July 18, 2009
Late registration fee 500 € (300 € for students)
Registration fees include banquet and coffee breaks.
Extra banquet tickets will be purchasable

Full Registration fee includes admission to all the technical sessions, a CD-ROM with the Conference Preprints, a printed Book of Abstracts including the Final Program, coffee-breaks, welcome reception and banquet. Student Registration fee does not include the Banquet.

Students should attach evidence of qualification, a photocopy of the student card or an official document certifying the student status. Instructions will be given in the future on how to forward this information.

Special Sessions
Proposals for special sessions are encouraged. A special session should consist of 4 to 6 papers in the format described for individual contributions and a onepage abstract summarizing the aim and content of the session. This abstract should contain: a title for the session, the name and full address of the session organizer, a list of keywords and the list of the papers included. Survey papers at the beginning of special sessions are encouraged.

Sponsored by IFAC Technical Committee:
TC 7.2: Marine Systems

Co-sponsored by IFAC:
TC 1.1, TC 1.2, TC 2.1, TC 2.2, TC 2.3, TC 2.4, TC 2.5, TC 4.2, TC 4.3, TC 6.4, TC 7.5

Venue – Social Activities

The Conference is organized by Escola Politécnica ( da Universidade de São Paulo – EPUSP.(Polytechnic School from University of São Paulo)(, Brazil.The conference will be held at the prestigious Casa Grande Hotel, in Guarujá (SP), Brazil. The Hotel ( is located in the Avenue Miguel Stéfano, 1001, less then one kilometer of the city center. Guarujá ( is a coastal city, with sand beaches, 80 km of the International Airport of Cumbica (Aeroporto de Cumbica, Guarulhos ) in the skirts of São Paulo, the largest Brazilian city and industrial centre. Guarujá may be reached by car or by bus from São Paulo and transportation will be provided from Cumbica in the first day of the conference.

The material submitted for presentation at an IFAC meeting (Congress, Symposium, Conference, Workshop) must be original, not published or being considered elsewhere. All papers accepted for presentation will appear in the Preprints of the meeting and will be distributed to the participants. Papers duly presented at the IFAC Congress, Symposia, Conferences and Workshops will be hosted on-line on the website ( The presented papers will be further screened for possible publication in the IFAC Journals (Automatica, Control Engineering Practice, Annual Reviews in Control, Journal of Process Control, Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, and Mechatronics), or in IFAC affiliated journals. All papers presented will be recorded as an IFAC Publication. Copyright of material presented at an IFAC meeting is held by IFAC. Authors will be required to transfer copyrights electronically. The IFAC Journals and, after these, IFAC affiliated journals have priority access to all contributions presented. However, if the author is not contacted by an editor of these journals, within three months after the meeting, he/she is free to submit an expanded version of the presented material for journal publication elsewhere. In this case, the paper must carry a reference to the IFAC meeting where it was originally presented and, if the paper has appeared  n the website, also a reference to this publication.