Unmanned Vehicles and Vessels Showcase - Part 2

  • Date 17 Mar 2016
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Unmanned Vehicles and Vessels Showcase - Part 2

17 Mar 2016, 10:00 - 16:45

South Gallery, Room 7 & 8


*Copies of presentations available in the 'Documents' tab below*

Organised with the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT)

This is the second day of the Unmanned Vehicles and Vessels Showcase, focusing on the future of AUV operations, applications for AUVs, swarm robotics and surface vehicles. This conference continues on from Wednesday’s session on technology and instrumentation.

Blessed with a very strong set of papers submitted, it has proved very hard to select those to be presented, even with the expansion of the programme by an extra half day.  The papers cover a look into the future of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), their applications and, very interestingly, the increase in their cost-effectiveness by deploying them in swarms.    Also included are autonomous surface vessels (ASVs) and a detailed look at some of the developments in technology that these and the AUVs can utilise to further increase their usefulness.  Apart from looking into the future with the reports of new developments, results from trials and operations are also reported.  This promises to be a very interesting and informative day and a half and one not to be missed by anyone with an interest in the future of  autonomous vehicles at sea.

Chaired by Bob Allwood, Chief Executive, SUT and Ian Gallett, Business Development Executive, SUT


The Future of AUV Operations & Swarm Robotics

10:00-10:05 | Welcome and Opening Remarks, Bob Allwood, Chief Executive, SUT and Ian Gallett, Business Development Executive, SUT

10:05-10:30 | Where Do We Go from Here? – The Development of the Next Generation Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Technology, Graham Lester, Vice President – Sales & Marketing, Hydroid Inc., A Kongsberg Company

10:30-10:55 | An Effective Swarm of High-Speed Compact and Long Endurance AUVs, Luc Simon, Business Development Manager, RTSys

10:55-11:20 | Swarm AUVs for Environmental Sensing at High Spatial Resolution, Felix Schill, Co-Founder, Hydromea SA

11:20-11:45 | Developing Adaptive Behaviours for Unmanned and Autonomous Maritime Systems, Dan Hook, Managing Director, ASV & Dr Ioseba Tena, Sales Manager, SeeByte

Underwater Vehicles

13:00-13:25 | Underwater Glider Platform Survey for Oil & Gas Exploration, Philippe Lattes, Metocean Specialist, Total

13:25-13:50 | Advancing Deep Sea Operations for Unmanned Vehicles, Roland Rogers, Maritime Sector Lead, National Oceanography Centre 

13:50-14:15 | Pipeline Tracking with AUV: Operational Experience and Lessons Learned, Per Espen Hagen, Senior Principal Engineer, Kongsberg Maritime

14:15-14:40 | Challenging Development of Ultra-Deep Gliders (2400m and 5000m) for Multi-Purpose Ocean Exploration: Oceanography, Oil & Gas, Mining, Maritime Security, Vianney Rochet, Business Development, ALSEAMAR and Michael Field, Technical Coordinator, LOCEAN BRIDGES Project

Surface Vessels

15:00-15:25 | ASVs as Tow Platforms: Wave Glider Experience and Results, Justin Manley, Managing Director, Just Innovation LLC

15:25-15:50 | Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV) - An Efficient Tool for Maritime Data Acquisition, Vegard Evjen Hovstein, CEO, Maritime Robotics AS

15:50-16:15 | Using Autonomous Surface Vehicles for Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM), James Cowles, Science and Survey Product Manager, ASV

This conference programme is CPD approved by IMarEST. Attendees are eligible for a CPD certificate, post event.

Presentations subject to change


  • Ian Gallett


    Business Development Executive

    The Society for Underwater Technology (SUT)

    Ian Gallett now has the part time role of Business Development Executive for the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT).  Before going part time he...

  • Bob Allwood


    Chief Executive

    Society for Underwater Technology (SUT)

    Dr Bob Allwood graduated from the University of Reading, UK, with a 1st class honours degree in physics and obtained his PhD from Heriot-Watt...

  • James Cowles


    Science and Survey Product Manager


    James is responsible for developing ASV’s science and survey product offering to provide a robust range of solutions to industry and research...

  • Michael Field


    Technical Coordinator


    Michael Field is the technical coordinator of the H2020 project BRIDGES and research engineer working on the application and management of gliders...

  • Per Espen Hagen


    Senior Principal Engineer

    Kongsberg Maritime

    Per Espen Hagen has worked with AUV related research and development for more than 20 years. He was a key member of the original HUGIN AUV...

  • Dan Hook


    Managing Director


    Dan Hook CEng, MRINA is a qualified Naval Architect and Chartered Engineer with over 14 years’ experience in the unmanned marine industry. Upon...

  • Vegard Evjen Hovstein



    Maritime Robotics AS

    Vegard Evjen Hovstein is the founder and Managing Director of Maritime Robotics. He is an MSc in Engineering Cybernetics with specialty in unmanned...

  • Philippe Lattes


    Metocean Specialist


    Metocean Specialist at TOTAL since 2012. Supervising Meteorological/Oceanographic studies and survey including real time monitoring to determine...

  • Graham Lester


    Vice President Sales & Marketing

    Hydroid Inc. A Kongsberg Company

    After leaving the avionics business in the early nineties, Graham Lester has since worked in marine navigation systems, electromagnetic undersea...

  • Justin Manley



    Just Innovation LLC

    Justin Manley is an innovative technologist and executive with experience in startup, public corporation, academic, and public sectors. He is a...

  • Vianney Rochet


    Business Manager


    Vianney Rochet is graduate in mechanical engineering in France. He joined ALSEAMAR company as Business Manager for the development of the SeaExplorer...

  • Roland Rogers


    Maritime Sector Lead

    National Oceanography Centre (NOC)

    Roland Rogers retired from the Royal Navy in June of 2002 after a long career as a specialist Oceanographic and Meteorological Officer in the Royal...

  • Dr Felix Schill



    Hydromea SA

    Dr. Felix Schill is co-founder of Hydromea SA, and a robotics researcher at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. In...

  • Luc Simon


    Business Development Manager


    After working as a European Collaborative Project Manager, Luc joined RTsys’ project at its very early stage. Since then, he has worked on the...

  • Ioseba Tena


    Sales Manager


    As SeeByte’s Sales Manager, Ioseba is responsible for the development of SeeByte’s commercial strategies and managing the marketing sales process...



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