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Mr Adrian Bodenmann BEng, MEng

Senior Research Assistant

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Adrian Bodenmann is a Senior Research Assistant in the Maritime Engineering group within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) with a bachelor and master’s degree in microengineering in 2009. During his bachelor course he studied at the University of Tokyo for one year, where he worked on two projects related to life cycle assessment. He also did his master’s project on internal pipeline inspection at the University of Tokyo.

Following graduation, he joined the University of Tokyo as a project researcher at the Institute of Industrial Science where he worked on seafloor mapping technologies. He joined the University of Southampton as a senior research assistant in October 2017 and is currently working on the “BioCam - Mapping of Benthic Biology, Geology and Ecology with Essential Ocean Variables” project.

BEng, Microengineering, EPFL, 2007

MEng, Microengineering (Specialisation in Robotics and Autonomous Systems), EPFL, 2009

Research interests

3D visual mapping for wide-area benthic surveys

Research Projects

BioCam - Mapping of Benthic Biology, Geology and Ecology with Essential Ocean Variables

The aim of this research is to develop a mapping device that collects underwater imagery and implement algorithms for processing the collected data to generate large reconstructions of the seafloor and extracting relevant information from it. The device is usually deployed with an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), but it would also be possible to use it with a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). To maximise the mapping rate (area covered per unit of time), the system is designed to be able to operate from high altitudes of up to 10m above the seafloor.

It uses structured light (laser line projection) to capture the shape information and flashed photos to obtain colour information of the mapped areas. This, together with navigation information, is processed to generate three dimensional reconstructions of the seafloor.

The device has been deployed during a research cruise in the Darwin Mounds Marine Protected Area (MPA), with other deployments planned in the Loch Ness and the North Atlantic.

Research group

Maritime Engineering

Affiliate research group

Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI)

Consultancy work for JOGMEC (Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation)

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Mr Adrian Bodenmann
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