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Under the Sea
23rd November 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
An evening of underwater exploration, from marine life in Antarctic waters via the manmade world's deepest pool to the search for flight MH370 and underwater robotics for disaster relief developed by engineering students at Cambridge University.
John Vickers, Founder Blue Abyss
'Blue Abyss: Vision, Milestones, Challenges'
The Blue Abyss project aims to build a comprehensive underwater research and test facility for deep sea and space exploration as well as Life Science research. The world's deepest pool will provide a controlled 'extreme environment' in which to test submersibles, simulate the conditions of marine and space exploration and research human responses to harsh environments safely.
Dr Katrin Linse, Senior Marine Biologist, British Antarctic Survey
'The Tools of my Trade'
Dr Linse is a specialist in marine biodiversity at BAS working towards what she has referred to as a “census of marine life in the Southern Ocean.” She has participated in over 13 ship-based expeditions, including several that studied deep sea vents. She recently participated in the study of the 170 km rift and resulting giant iceberg on Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf.
Marine Biologists face particular challenges when it comes to survey and sampling equipment as compared to researchers using autonomous underwater technology for physical data. Katrin's talk will give an overview of technology available to marine biologists and touch on robotics specifically for biologists currently being developed.
Rob Hawkins, Regional Project Director Africa, Fugro
'The Search for MH370'
Fugro specialise in geoconsulting services and geophysical surveys for both land and marine applications such as site investigation and risk assessment. As experts in subsea work they participated in the international search for missing flight MH370.
Y Liu and colleagues, Cambridge Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
Cambridge Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (CAUV) is a team of students who design and build autonomous underwater vehicles to support disaster rescue missions. Founded in 2006 by four first-year students, they have built 4 vehicles in the past. This year, they are building a brand new vehicle to compete in the 2018 ERL-Emergency challenge as part of the European Robotics League (ERL), a civilian, outdoor robotics competition, with a focus on realistic, multi-domain emergency response scenarios.