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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 Expert  ASTUTE 2020 Senior Project Officer  Swansea University, UK

Dr Ian Cameron

Rapid Prototyping Expert

ASTUTE 2020 Senior Project Officer

Swansea University, UK

  Martin Snaith   Senior Robotics Consultant  Autonomous Systems, Sensor Fusion & Machine Learning  UK

Martin Snaith

Senior Robotics Consultant

Autonomous Systems, Sensor Fusion & Machine Learning

UK

  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

  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    
  
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  Northern Region Manager  Altair, UK

Martin Kemp

Cloud Based Mechanical Simulation & Optimisation Consultant

Northern Region Manager

Altair, 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

STUDENT ENGINEERS

  Mathew Barraclough   Student Engineer  Programmer  Undertaking Physics BSc   Newcastle University, UK

Mathew Barraclough

Student Engineer

Programmer

Undertaking Physics BSc

Newcastle University, UK

  Henry Bennett   Electrical Engineering Student  Scuba Diving & Field Testing Organiser  Sponsorship Manager   Derby University, UK

Henry Bennett

Electrical Engineering Student

Scuba Diving & Field Testing Organiser

Sponsorship Manager 

Derby University, UK

  Leo Liu Yang   Student Engineer  Autonomous Vehicle Programming   Mechanical Engineering (Msc)   Newcastle University, UK

Leo Liu Yang

Student Engineer

Autonomous Vehicle Programming 

Mechanical Engineering (Msc)

Newcastle University, UK

  Kalvin Tan   PhD Student Engineer  Computer Science  Big data integration  Northumbria University, UK

Kalvin Tan

PhD Student Engineer

Computer Science

Big data integration

Northumbria University, UK

ADVISORS

  Chris Wilkinson   Team Advisor  Chief Technology Officer  SMD, UK   Website

Chris Wilkinson

Team Advisor

Chief Technology Officer

SMD, UK

Website

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

Proffessor 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

  Duochang He   Team Advisor  Deputy Chief Engineer  Zhuzhou CRRC Times Electric Co. Ltd.   China

Duochang He

Team Advisor

Deputy Chief Engineer

Zhuzhou CRRC Times Electric Co. Ltd. 

China


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