North of England – Subsea Robotics

Newcastle University, Armstrong Building, Room ARMB1.49, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU

10 October, 2018


Ocean X-Prize – Team Tao
Professor Nick Wright and Team Tao
Having successfully passed round 1 the team is focussed on the final challenge – Map 500km2; 4000m deep, fully autonomously, find the target and return all the data to land in 24hrs – $7M prize purse.
“Having seen what the teams are proposing, if this competition is a success, there is no doubt in my mind that we will have made history by collectively changing this world” Dr. Jyotika Virmani
Team Tao, a partnership between SMD and Newcastle University, are the only remaining UK team in the competition and will present their solution and some of the challenges they have faced along the way.

Advancements in Robotics – Sonardyne
Elizabeth Paull
Sonardyne has been working on hybrid navigation systems which tightly integrate all raw sensor data at a low level to provide unprecedented improved accuracy and reliability. A hybrid navigator adapts to make best use of the on-board sensors by fusing inertial technology with acoustics instruments. The result is transforming subsea robot missions. Hybrid navigation enables the systems to dead-reckon for longer and more accurately. Aided by acoustics it achieves navigation precise enough to dynamically draw 3D point clouds using laser scanners mounted on the vehicles.

Post talk refreshments
Networking and a finger buffet is provided to close off the evening event. This event is jointly held between the IEEE and SUT NE Branch. Pre-registration is required so we can cater for the anticipated numbers.

Registration from 6pm Presentations 630pm

Meeting Report