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MATS (the Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase) is an important date in the UK’s marine robotics calendar. It’s an opportunity to hear what progress the National Oceanography Centre has made and what products the main players are looking to bring to market. This year was no exception.

To help understand both the opportunities and the constraints, Solis Marine experts used MATS (12-14 November) to explore the challenges facing developers in the fast-moving marine autonomy and robotics space.

The forum was a chance for Solis Marine Engineering to demonstrate its involvement in various aspects of renewable energy and offshore engineering projects, from CFD to finite element analysis for a range of vessels and offshore installations.

These are the environments in which underwater autonomous vehicles mostly operate and where much of the future work will be carried out.

Transforming the way ocean data is collected using unmanned surface vessels (USVs) was a prominent theme. Other fascinating sessions looked at choosing the right ocean robotics to gather your data and explored the machine learning aspect of data in marine robotics.


Rosalind Blazejczyk, Richard Meikle and Riccardo Gnocchi, part of the Solis Marine Consultants team, in Southampton for the Marine Autonomy & Technology Showcase at the National Oceanographic Centre, Waterfront Campus, University of Southampton.

What is clear is that UK marine technology remains a hotbed of innovation which is unleashing new ways of harnessing the full potential of the world’s oceans in ways previously not thought possible.

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