2016 Programme

With a focus on next generation robotics and cross industry technology transfer, the Catch the Next Wave 2016 programme provided a series of presentations from robotics experts from the marine, aerospace, automotive and medical sectors. 

Please find the the full programme and videos of the sessions below:

08:15-09:00 Registration & Refreshments
09:00-09:05 Conference Start & Welcome
Opening Keynote (Moderator: David Brookes, Director, St Jules)
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Rise of the Robots

Gwyn Griffiths, Founder, Autonomous Analytics
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Autonomy and Intelligence (Moderator: David Brookes, Director, St Jules)
View David Lane's presentation

Artificial Intelligence in Marine Robotics - What's Hot and So What

David Lane, Director, Edinburgh Centre for Robotics & Professor of Autonomous Systems Engineering, Ocean Systems Laboratory, Heriot-Watt University
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10:05-10:30 Refreshment Break sponsored by XPRIZE
Seeing Other Worlds (Moderator: Justin Manley, Founder, Just Innovation)
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Down to Earth: From Comets to Cancer, a Journey Sniffing Our Solar System

Geraint (Taff) Morgan, Doctor - Department of Physical Sciences at The Open University
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From Asteroids to Icebergs:  Navigating in Remote and Extreme Environments

Stephen Rock, Professor - Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University
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Operating at a Distance (Moderator: Justin Manley, Founder, Just Innovation)
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Robotic Surgery

Alistair Ramsden, Consultant Urologist and Robotic Surgeon, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
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The Future of AUV Intervention

Tobias Voelkel, Global Business Development Manager - Control Systems, OneSubsea
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12:30-13:30 Lunch Break (Dessert courtesy of  XPRIZE)
Sampling Dynamic Systems (Chris Scholin, President and CEO, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)
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Mapping Submarine Canyons in All Their Facets: How a Fleet of Robotic Vehicles Unlocks Hidden Patterns in Complex Deep-Sea Environments

Dr Veerle Huvenne, Seafloor and Habitat Mapping Team, National Oceanography Centre
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Implementation of 
Unmanned Airborne Mass Spectrometry Systems for Dynamic In Situ Volcanic Plume Measurements

Jorge Andres Diaz, Head - GASLAB, CICANUM, University of Costa Rica
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Oceans of Information: Surfing the Data Tsunami in Microbial Oceanography

Edward DeLong, Professor of Oceanography, Co-Director of C-MORE, Co-Director of SCOPE, University of Hawaii
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15:00-15:30 Refreshment Break sponsored by XPRIZE
15:30-15:50 Award of Prizes
  • AMSI Business Person of the Year
  • Alan Greig Operational Oceanography Prize
  • SUT Oceanography Award
  • Oceanology International 2016 Lifetime Achievement

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Catalysing Innovation (Ralph Rayner, Chairman, Sonardyne International Ltd and Sector Director, Energy and Environment, BMT Group Ltd)
View Jyotika Virmani's presentation

Ushering in a New Era of Ocean Exploration – The XPRIZE

Jyotika Virmani, Senior Director, XPRIZE
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Closing Keynote (Ralph Rayner, Senior Director - Energy & Environment,  BMT Group; Chairman, Sonardyne International)
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Ocean Worlds of the Outer Solar System

Kevin Hand, Deputy Chief Scientist for Solar System Exploration, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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16:40-17:00 Closing Remarks
17:00 Close of Conference

Correct as of 19 January 2016

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