Yellow boat in the sea. Marine Autonomous Sensing Group 

Who we are

We are a collective of academic researchers and technical specialists focussed on the innovation and utilisation of marine autonomous systems comprising of in-situ, mobile and remote sensing platforms. We provide experience and expertise in the development, deployment and management of these systems (aerial, surface and subsurface) in real world scenarios, from catchment through the coast to the deep sea, including exposed nearshore and wider hostile coastal environments. Our group includes academics and researchers with a diverse mix of academic interests across marine science and engineering, including hydrography, oceanography, coastal processes, ecology and conservation through to design engineering and advanced navigation and systems management.
Group of staff from the Marine Autonomous Sensing Group on the beach in yellow jackets 
Black and white image of a boat in Plymouth Sound

Our location

Our group is based at the University of Plymouth with direct access to Plymouth Sound, the UK’s first National Marine Park. The region is rapidly developing a reputation as an international hub for research and industry development and application of marine autonomy through a range of initiatives and collaborations across academia and industry. 
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Two men leaning over some equipment with the sea in the background
Smart sound illustration - picture of yellow underwater marine equipment 

Our impact

Through the university’s leading role within the marine autonomy industry, our group has created meaningful impact working with a number of national and international sector stakeholders including:

  • 3H Consulting
  • AutoNaut
  • Cattewater Harbour Commissioners
  • EcoSubs Robotics
  • Honeywell
  • Hydro-Surv Unmanned Survey UK
  • John Grimes Partnership
  • Marine Mapping
  • Marine Tech Systems
  • MGN Marine
  • Norbit Subsea
  • Reef Cubes
  • The Royal Navy
  • Silicon Sensing Systems
  • Sonardyne
  • Sulmara

Our people