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TEAMTAO


THE FUTURE OF BIG DATA SUBSEA

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TEAMTAO


THE FUTURE OF BIG DATA SUBSEA

The $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE is a global competition challenging teams to advance ocean technologies for rapid, unmanned and high-resolution ocean exploration and discovery. With 95% of our ocean unexplored, we know more about the surface of the Mars than what exists thousands of meters below the waves. Sponsored by Shell, teams are competing to develop tea-sea underwater robots that can deliver the ability to fully map and discover the wonders of the sea-sea like never before by advancing the autonomy, scale, speed depths and resolution of ocean exploration.

XPRIZE Mission: Map 500km2 of seafloor at a 4km depth in under 24 hours with no human intervention. All equipment must fit within a 40ft container.

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XPRIZE FINALISTS


TEAM TAO ARE THE ONLY TEAM REPRESENTING THE UK IN THIS PRESTIGIOUS COMPETITION

XPRIZE FINALISTS


TEAM TAO ARE THE ONLY TEAM REPRESENTING THE UK IN THIS PRESTIGIOUS COMPETITION

These are like CubeSats for the ocean
— Johnathon Amos, BBC Science Correspondent

Vision

At its core, Team Tao’s holds three main principles:  minimal localised complexity, self-sustainability and scalability.  We are departing from the commercially accepted approach of high value complex assets (AUVs) and want to redirect the market to use multiple, simple, low value assets which, when collaborating, form a complex and industry leading survey ecosystem. 

Philosophy

Inspired by the ancient Chinese wisdom 'Tao', our design philosophy works with natural forces, instead of against them. Engineering challenges are often solved with overly complex solutions. At Team Tao, we orient our designs based on a minimalist approach by optimising our solution through a balance of nature, embracing the concept of 'Ying' and 'Yang'.

 

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CORE TEAM

 
  Dale Wakeham   Team Lead  System Architect & Integrator  SMD, UK   Website

Dale Wakeham

Team Lead

System Architect & Integrator

SMD, UK

Website

  Hua-Khee Chan (PhD)   Team Member  Research Associate  Newcastle University, UK   Website

Hua-Khee Chan (PhD)

Team Member

Research Associate

Newcastle University, UK

Website

 

TECHNICAL CONSULTANTS

 
  Jeff Neasham   Technical Consultant  Sonar Expert / Designer  Newcastle University, UK   Website

Jeff Neasham

Technical Consultant

Sonar Expert / Designer

Newcastle University, UK

Website

  Dr Ian Cameron   Rapid Prototyping Consultant  ASTUTE 2020 Senior Project Officer  Swansea University, UK

Dr Ian Cameron

Rapid Prototyping Consultant

ASTUTE 2020 Senior Project Officer

Swansea University, UK

  Nick Ridley   Technical Consultant  Principal R&D Engineer  SMD, UK

Nick Ridley

Technical Consultant

Principal R&D Engineer

SMD, UK

  Martin Kemp   Cloud Based Mechanical Simulation & Optimisation Consultant  Northern Region Manager  Altair, UK

Martin Kemp

Cloud Based Mechanical Simulation & Optimisation Consultant

Northern Region Manager

Altair, UK

 Matthias Kunz  Technical Consultant  GIS and Stitching Expert

Matthias Kunz

Technical Consultant

GIS and Stitching Expert

  Dr Andrew Ambrose ‑ Thurman   Technical Consultant  Software and Electronics R&D  SMD, UK   Website

Dr Andrew AmbroseThurman

Technical Consultant

Software and Electronics R&D

SMD, UK

Website

  Keith Lawson   Technical Consultant  Electrical Guru  SMD, UK

Keith Lawson

Technical Consultant

Electrical Guru

SMD, UK

 
  Dr Alan Jamieson   Full Ocean Depth Engineering Consultant  Senior Lecturer in Marine Ecology  Newcastle University, UK   Website

Dr Alan Jamieson

Full Ocean Depth Engineering Consultant

Senior Lecturer in Marine Ecology

Newcastle University, UK

Website

  Kumar Bala   Technical Consultant  Video Analytics & Embedded System Design   Website

Kumar Bala

Technical Consultant

Video Analytics & Embedded System Design

Website

STUDENT ENGINEERS

 
  Mathew Barraclough   Student Engineer  Undertaking Physics BSc  Newcastle University, UK

Mathew Barraclough

Student Engineer

Undertaking Physics BSc

Newcastle University, UK

 Harvey Morritt  Student Engineer  Undertaking Physics BSc  Newcastle University, UK

Harvey Morritt

Student Engineer

Undertaking Physics BSc

Newcastle University, UK

 

ADVISORS

  Chris Wilkinson   Team Advisor  Chief Technology Officer  SMD, UK   Website

Chris Wilkinson

Team Advisor

Chief Technology Officer

SMD, UK

Website

  Professor Nick Wright   Team Advisor  VP - Research & Innovation  Newcastle University, UK   Website

Professor Nick Wright

Team Advisor

VP - Research & Innovation

Newcastle University, UK

Website

  Professor Johann Sienz   Team Advisor  Personal Chair - Engineering  Swansea University, UK   Website

Professor Johann Sienz

Team Advisor

Personal Chair - Engineering

Swansea University, UK

Website

 
 

 
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