Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS)

Call for abstracts for the NOC's Marine Autonomy & Technology Showcase 2018

MATS 2018 call for abstracts - closes July 15

The NOC is calling for abstract submissions for the 2018 Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS). The deadline for submissions is 15 July.

NOC’s robot fleet on active missions from pole to pole

Part of the NOC's marine equipment fleet

The world-leading fleet of marine robots operated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has just had its busiest two months ever.

Major European grant using autonomous technology awarded to NOC Scientist

Glider ballasting ready for deployments later this year

NOC oceanographer Dr Stephanie Henson has been awarded a major research grant from the European Research Council (ERC).

High-resolution mapping of deep-sea vertical walls using ocean robots

AUV mapping canyon walls

A new study published by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) combines novel autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) mapping and imaging methodologies to reveal the complex 3D terrain of deep-sea vertical cliffs and the diversity of species associated with them.

UK ocean science and robotics to help address Western Indian Ocean food security

Tanzanian fishing market

A new project focusing on Sustainable Oceans, Livelihoods and food Security Through Increased Capacity in Ecosystem research (SOLSTICE), aims to strengthen the ability of the nine Western Indian Ocean nations to address the challenges of sustainable management of marine resources.

Autosub Long Range ‘Boaty McBoatface’ returns home after successful Antarctic mission

Autosub Long Range being deployed from the RRS James Clark Ross

The RRS James Clark Ross arrived at the NOC last week, returning Autosub Long Range (ALR) home after its first scientific deployment in the Antarctic.

Could ocean robots help decide if oil-rigs could become reefs?

Basket star on an oil structure

Today at Ocean Business, in Southampton, a project has been launched aiming to develop a guide for using ocean-robots to assess the impact of decommissioned oil structures on marine life.

Autosub Long Range prepares to dive into the abyss on first Antarctic mission

The NOC’s Autosub Long Range is joining ocean scientists from the University of Southampton and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) on an expedition to study some of the deepest and coldest abyssal ocean waters on earth – known as Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW) – and how they affect climate change.

NOC’s Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase 2017

Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase 2017

The MAT Showcase for 2017 will take place 13 – 15 November.

A Year of Autonomy to help address challenges faces by the robotics industry

The Year of Autonomy

‘A Year of Autonomy’ was launched today at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). This programme of five workshops aims to address the common challenges faced by robotic systems on land, sea and air by encouraging shared learning and collaboration.

These challenges include; the development of artificial intelligence, societal acceptance and energy management.