South West – The Rise of the (Integrated) Machines

The Met Office, Fitzroy Road, Exeter, EX1 3PB

12 April, 2018




The second meeting for SUT South West  “The Rise of the (Integrated) Machines” – Autonomous Vessels and Vehicles in Marine and Subsea Applications will start at 6.30pm and will be Chaired by Brian Green


  • ORE Catapult on marine renewable energy applications

  • ASV Global on integrated ASVs/AUVs/AAVs in renewables, defence and general marine applications

Presenter: Dan Hook, CEng, MRINA
Dan Hook is a qualified Naval Architect and Chartered Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in the unmanned marine industry. Upon graduating from the University of Southampton, Dan joined Seaspeed Marine Consulting as a Naval Architect in 2002 before moving onto the position of Technical Director in 2007. During his time at Seaspeed, Dan specialised in unmanned platform and high speed craft design and consultancy.

Prior to his recent new role as Senior Director (UK) – Business Development, Dan held the position of Managing Director at ASV Global, a company at the forefront of developments in unmanned marine systems for the Military, Offshore Energy, and Science and Survey Industries. Dan has built a vibrant team of naval architects, engineers and robotics experts, seeing the company grow from 3 people to over 100 in just seven years. During this time the team have delivered over 90 Unmanned Systems to commercial and defence customers in the UK and all over the world.

As well as his role at ASV Global, Dan maintains an active role in industry. He is currently the Chairman of the Maritime Autonomous Systems (MAS) Council run by the Society of Maritime Industries, and is a member of the Solent Marine and Maritime Steering Group.

Presenter: Ruth Taylor
Ruth Taylor is a qualified Naval Architect with over 6 years’ experience in the marine industry.   Upon graduating from the University of Southampton in 2012, Ruth joined Babcock International, Plymouth, as a Graduate Engineer later moving into the position of Maintenance Engineer.

Joining ASV Global in 2015 and drawing on her core engineering skills, Ruth has quickly developed through the company and is currently a Product Manager responsible for delivering science, research and development products and projects to the market.

  • Seiche on their Autonaut and data gathering

  • Plymouth University’s Autonomous Systems Group on various integrated technologies

  • MSubs on AUVs and (Mayflower) ASVs in various applications

Presenter: Paddy Dowsett, Mayflower Programme Manager at MSubs Ltd
Paddy Dowsett works for MSubs Ltd which specialises in the design and construction of manned and autonomous undersea systems.  He has a broad portfolio of responsibilities which includes Business Development, Security and the Programme Manager for an autonomous ship that will cross the Atlantic in 2020.  Prior to joining, Paddy spent most of his career at sea.  He initially joined the Royal Navy as a technician and was later commissioned as a Warfare Officer.  Like all military careers, no sooner had he become vaguely proficient in one discipline, he was moved on. Thus, his career spanned numerous sea going appointments, including two years in the Far East, as well as ashore in the RN’s sea training and HR organisations.  He was fortunate enough to Command HMS NORTHUMBERLAND and is an honours graduate of the US’ Joint Advanced Warfighting School.  After finishing at sea, he spent two years with the UK’s high readiness HQ as the Middle East Lead, getting to know Sana’a, Bagdad and Erbil better than either he or his wife, Kate, would have wanted

Presenter: Phil Johnston, AutoNaut USV
Phil Johnston has a background working at sea as an offshore environmental consultant. Working mainly in the oil & gas industry, but also defence and marine renewables, he specialised in the effects of underwater man-made noise on sea-life. Phil now leads business development for AutoNaut USV.

Presenter: Stephanie Mann ORE Catapult Innovation Manager
Stephanie Mann is an Innovation Manager in the Research and Disruptive Innovation department at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult. She has a particular interest in novel technologies that could potentially disrupt the renewable energy sector. These include autonomous systems, floating wind, airborne wind, and hybrid systems. Through her time at ORE Catapult, she has used her technical skills and industry contacts to scope future collaborations between SMEs, industry and academia. Currently she is working on various programmes that support Small Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) on the path to commercialisation, including the Marine-i project and SME High Growth Platform.

Prior to joining the Catapult, Stephanie came to the end of a four-year EngD with the Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (Idcore), working especially with novel wind in the data science team at E.ON. She is currently completing her thesis on yield methodologies and resource assessment for airborne wind.



Parking is available

This is a free event however pre-registration is essential.