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UDT 2024

Blair Thornton

Professor Blair Thornton

Professor of Marine Autonomy, University of Southampton
United Kingdom
Blair Thornton is Professor of Marine Autonomy at the University of Southampton, UK. He has 20 years of international experience developing uncrewed autonomous robotic submersibles, sensors, and algorithms for navigation and data processing. He has spent over 500 days at sea on more than 50 expeditions deploying robotic systems and sensors he has developed in support of marine science and statutory monitoring, including applications to conservation, deep-sea exploration, infrastructure inspection, and seafloor radiation survey. His interest is in addressing bottlenecks in the flow of information between data collection to generation of human insight.