People & Vacancies


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The Team

Blair Thornton

Professor of Marine Autonomy

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science (FEPS)
School of Engineering
Department of Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering (CMEE)

Adrian Bodenmann

Senior Research Assistant

Teaching contributions: 

    SESS6072 Maritime Robotics Laboratories
     SESS6070 Offshore Engineering &     
     Analysis Laboratories

Dr Miquel Massot

Senior Research Fellow

Teaching contributions: 
    SESS6072 Maritime Robotics Tutorials

Jennifer Walker

PhD (2017 start: NEXUS and LTDS)

Student poster winner: UT2019 Taiwan

3 minute thesis competition 2019: UoS finalist and People choice award winner

Jin Wei Lim

PhD (2017 start: LTDS )
Student poster winner: Oceans 2018 Kobe, Japan

David Stanley

PhD (2018 start: CTD-SIS)

Jose Cappelletto

PhD (2019 start: Industry sponsor Sonardyne Int. Ltd. and LTDS)

Emma Curtis

PhD (2020 start: NERC Inspire)



Cailei Liang

PhD (2023 start: CSC Scholarship)

Sam Simmons

CMMI Marine Robotics Research Technician (2022 start)







Jonathan Boschen-Rose

Research Technician (2020-2021)

Dr Takaki Yamada

PhD (2018 -2021: Japanese government scholarship)

Michael Leat (MEng 2019)

UG project (2018) on Analysis of Uncertainty in Laser-Scanned Bathymetric Map (conference paper here) awarded the 2018 SMI Donald Maxwell Award

Team members during 2021 awayday to GoApe: (Top from left) Takaki Yamada, Blair Thornton, Jonathan Boschen-Rose, (Bottom from left) David Stanley, Miquel Massot-Campos, Emma Curtis, Jenny Walker, Jose Cappelletto, Adrian Bodenmann

Team members in 2019 onboard DY109/BioCam on RRS Discovery. Bottom row from left (UoS) David Stanley, Takaki Yamada, Blair Thornton, Jose Cappelletto, Adrian Bodenmann, Miquel Massot Campos and top row from left (NOC MARS) Richard Austin-Berry, Phil Bagley, Rachel Marlow, Eoin O Hobain, Owain Shepherd

Team members on board the Falkor, FK180731

Team members in 2018 onboard the R/V Falkor, FK180731, Left to right: Tomoko Takahashi, Kazunori Nagano, Jennifer Walker, Adrian Bodenmann, Tetsu Koike, Blair Thornton, Miquel Massot, Jin Wei Lim, Yuya Nishida, Kiminori Shitashima