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TEAM TAO


THE FUTURE OF RAPIDLY SENSING 'BIG DATA' SUBSEA

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TEAM TAO


THE FUTURE OF RAPIDLY SENSING '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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we're in the semi-finals!


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

we're in the semi-finals!


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

Team

Team Tao are an international squad working the cultural divide between the UK and China. We have secured corporate sponsorship from TEC as part of CRRC (China) & SMD (UK) to enter into the Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, yet are free to act independently; they enable, we deliver. We are connected to a global network of industry leaders, institutes and makers and are using design thinking and co- creation to solve the problem.

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 Leader Industrial Design Engineer SMD, UK   www.behance.net/wakedesign  

Dale Wakeham

Team Leader

Industrial Design Engineer

SMD, UK

 

www.behance.net/wakedesign

 

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

Hua-Khee Chan (PhD)

Team Member 

Research Associate

Newcastle University, UK

 

 

 

 

TECHNICAL CONSULTANTS

Jeff Neasham Technical Consultant Sonar Expert / Designer Newcastle University, UK http://www.ncl.ac.uk/eee/staff/profile/jeff.neasham    

Jeff Neasham

Technical Consultant

Sonar Expert / Designer

Newcastle University, UK

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/eee/staff/profile/jeff.neasham

 

 

Martin Snaith Data Architect / Scientist Sensor Fusion, Autoencoder & Control Software Expert Pridepath, UK      

Martin Snaith

Data Architect / Scientist

Sensor Fusion, Autoencoder & Control Software Expert

Pridepath, UK

 

 

 

Nicolas Lassabe (PhD) Technical Consultant Founder & President  Artilect Lab FabLab Toulouse, France  

Nicolas Lassabe (PhD)

Technical Consultant

Founder & President 

Artilect Lab

FabLab

Toulouse, France

 

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

Nick Ridley

Technical Consultant

Principle R&D Engineer

SMD, UK

 

 

 

Dr Alan Jamieson Technical Consultant Senior Lecturer in Marine Ecology Newcastle University, UK http://www.ncl.ac.uk/marine/staff/profile/alanjamieson.html#publications    

Dr Alan Jamieson

Technical Consultant

Senior Lecturer in Marine Ecology

Newcastle University, UK

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/marine/staff/profile/alanjamieson.html#publications

 

 

STUDENT ENGINEERS

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

Mathew Barraclough

Student Engineer

Programmer

Undertaking Physics BSc

Newcastle 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

 

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ADVISORS

Chris Wilkinson Team Advisor Chief Technology Officer SMD, UK   http://fabfoundation.org/about-us/

Chris Wilkinson

Team Advisor

Chief Technology Officer

SMD, UK

 

http://fabfoundation.org/about-us/

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

 

 

Jason Zhang ASV Consultant Yunzhou Tech Ltd.  China      

Jason Zhang

ASV Consultant

Yunzhou Tech Ltd. 

China

 

 

 

David Li Team Advisor Director of Shenzhen Open Innovation Co-founder, Maker Collider, Hacked Matter      

David Li

Team Advisor

Director of Shenzhen Open Innovation

Co-founder, Maker Collider, Hacked Matter

 

 

 

Prof. Liu Team Advisor Professor  Institute of Acoustics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IACAS) Beijing, China    

Prof. Liu

Team Advisor

Professor 

Institute of Acoustics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IACAS)

Beijing, China

 

 

Nick Wright Team Advisor VP - Research & Innovation Newcastle University, UK http://www.ncl.ac.uk/executive/board/members/nick-wright.htm  

Nick Wright

Team Advisor

VP - Research & Innovation

Newcastle University, UK

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/executive/board/members/nick-wright.htm

 


SPONSORS

 
SMD Ltd Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) is one of the world's leading manufacturers of remote intervention equipment, operating inhazardous environments worldwide. www.smd.co.uk    

SMD Ltd

Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) is one of the world's leading manufacturers of remote intervention equipment, operating inhazardous environments worldwide.

www.smd.co.uk

 

 

CRRC Corporation Ltd China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation is a Chinese state owned rolling stock manufacturer. At inception it had 175,700 employees, and is the largest rolling stock manufacturer in the world.  

CRRC Corporation Ltd

China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation is a Chinese state owned rolling stock manufacturer.

At inception it had 175,700 employees, and is the largest rolling stock manufacturer in the world.

 

 

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