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Selecting an Abstract Topic

There are no restrictions on topics for ICCAS other than the paper must discuss a Computing Application for use within the Shipbuilding, Marine, and Ship Operation related industries.

For Example, the topic may be:

  • Enhancement, and/or innovative use, of a system or software currently being applied.
  • Evaluation, selection and implementation of a new system.
  • Efficient use of data and information captured in Computing Systems.
  • Research and development of a future applications of Computing Technologies the industry.
  • Vendor development of system capabilities and/or functionality.
  • A vision of the future potential of Computing Technologies within the industry.
  • Using Computing Technologies in a collaborative or multi-site environment.
  • Procedures and practices implemented to maximise use and benefits of Computing Technologies. 
  • Improvements in productivity and/or performance due to the use of Computing Technologies.   
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The above list is not exhaustive, but presented as an illustrative example of the wide and varied range of topics that are within the scope of ICCAS.

Topics may be chosen for  any stage of a ship lifecycle, from concept and early design, through detail design, planning and project management, manufacturing, production and assembly, build, and in-service operation of ships at sea. A topic may be from a third party, such as a supplier who is using computing technology to enhance performance of equipment, or a classification society who use computing technologies to improve the quality and format of data for approval assessment.  

Discussing the practical application of the topic in production use, or in field trials is looked upon favourably by the IPC and may increase the chance of being selected.  


Writing an Abstract

There are no defined rules on the format or content of an abstract, other than a limit of 500 words.

Abstracts are intended to be a concise description of a proposed paper. The International Programme Committee (IPC) assess the suitability of an abstract for the conference and mark it against other submitted abstracts.

However, to maximise the  IPC’s understanding of the topic, and hence the chance of a reasonable scoring mark and selection for inclusion in the conference, it is useful to write the abstract in three sections.

  1. The problem/issue being addressed.
  2. The computing application proposed to address the problem set out in 1.
  3. The benefits in applying the proposed system to the stated problem, and if relevant, the improvement in productivity or performance achieved or perceived.

It can be very difficult to express a topic in few words, and also often difficult for a third party, such as the IPC, to grasp the intent of the abstract. Using the three sections illustrated above may help overcome these difficulties.

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