11th Annual Polar Technology Conference


March 24-26, 2015

Lockheed Martin

Antarctic Support Contract

Denver, Colorado, USA

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About the conference

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The 11th annual Polar Technology Conference (PTC) will be hosted by the Locheed Martin Antarctic Support Contract and CH2MHILL Polar Services. The primary purpose of this conference is to bring together Polar Scientists and Technology Developers in a forum to exchange information on research system operational needs and technology solutions that have been successful in polar environments. This exchange of knowledge helps to address issues of design, implementation, and deployment for systems that are to achieve their research goals in the Polar Regions.

Past participants have come from the private sector, state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academia. Presentations generally cover system requirements for proposed research along with descriptions of systems and approaches that have been proven in polar deployments. Typical hardware and software topics have included weather stations, robotics, power systems, telemetry, and remote communications. The scale of systems ranges from the autonomous data collection towers to large scale research stations. Polar venues represented include under, on, and above the ice, tundra, or sea.

Discussions on intra- and inter-national cooperation in site deployment and maintenance are encouraged. Informal breaks allow for opportunities for networking and information exchange. A poster session is also included. Workshops have been held offering tutorial exchanges on specific technologies (e.g., power systems, Iridium). We are pleased to have support from the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs as an endorsement of the concept of bringing together providers and consumers of these technologies in hopes of benefiting from that synergy.

Presentations and a list of participant from the previous conferences can be found here.

Presentations

Oral presentations: Presentations (up to 25 minutes in length) will be scheduled for all three days.The first two days of the conference are expected to follow the plan of previous conferences, with an emphasis on systems generally operating on low power and/or autonomously. The last day of the conference will feature larger installations, typically populated sites (e.g., research stations), and ice cap traverses. This format may change, subject to the presentation proposals received.

Poster presentations: A session will be devoted just to posters, where the authors will be available for discussions. The display boards will be available throughout the conference, however, to allow the full set to be viewed at your leisure. The poster session is expected to be held in the afternoon of the second day, 16 April.

An informal Display Area will be provided for project or vendor equipment and/or brochures. A limited number of folding tables will be provided in an unsecured area adjacent to the main conference meeting room. This area may be used for meetings or discussions during breaks and the poster session. Please advise the Steering Committee if you wish table space.

Registration and abstract submission

We are finalizing the registration details. Check back soon!

Conference venue

The conference will be held Lockheed Martin's Antarctic Support Contract (ASC) meeting facility. More details to come.

Conference hotel

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Special activities

Details coming soon.

Previous presentations and participants

2005 Mountain View, California
2006 Mountain View, California
2007 Menlo Park, California
2008 Menlo Park, California
2009 Madison, Wisconsin
2010 Boulder, Colorado
2011 Albuquerque, New Mexico
2012 Fairlee, Vermont
2013 Annapolis, Maryland

2012 PTC Meeting Report
2013 PTC Meeting Report

Contact information

Please contact the Steering Committee for additional information: