Professor Christophe Gaudin is a Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Western Australia. He is the Director of the newly established Wave Energy Research Centre in Albany and the Head of the Oceans Graduate School, a multi-disciplinary research group of about 100 oceanographers, structural, hydrodynamics and geotechnical engineers. Professor Gaudin graduated with a Doctorate in Soil Mechanics from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes in November 2002, and joined the University of Western Australia in July 2003. His research interests cover offshore anchoring systems and shallow foundations, pipeline-soil interaction and similitude principles associated with centrifuge modelling, for which he has authored over 180 referred publications. He is currently spearheading several research initiatives associated with foundation systems for offshore renewables, with support from local and international industry.