MultiModal Subsea Cable Tracking (MuST)

   School of Engineering & Physical Sciences

  Dr Y Petillot,  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

The successful applicants will join Heriot-Watt University and the National Robotarium, a world-leading research and development facility, which will translate cutting-edge research in robotics and related research fields into technologies to create disruptive innovation in an expanding global market, delivering sustainable economic benefit to Edinburgh, the UK and beyond. The candidate will work closely with Fugro Ltd, a world leader in inspection and maintenance in maritime and underwater environments.

The project aims at developing a robust solution for autonomous cable tracking in underwater environments using complementary sensors such as video, sonar and electric field. Cable tracking is one of the key requirements for the development and maintenance of offshore wind deployments, however there are currently no robust solutions to the problem. The detection of buried cables is a specific challenge and current solutions based on magnetometers are bulky, expensive and not suited for deployments on small robotic platforms. We intend to develop a light-weight multimodal payload with embedded Machine learning based algorithms as well as advanced sensor fusion to combine sensors optimally.


The offer includes a stipend at the standard UK research council rate for 3.5 years and covers the full cost of tuition fees as well as an allowance for research-related travel.


Applicants should have a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in computer science, engineering, or a related topic.

How to apply

Applicants should send a short CV (2 pages max) and 1-page cover letter briefly expressing their research vision and interest in the position to Ignacio Carlucho ().

Computer Science (8) Engineering (12)

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