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Dr Nicholas Townsend MEng, EngD


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Dr Nicholas Townsend is a Lecturer within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Education and Awards

Research interests

Nick’s research focuses on the dynamics and control of:

  • Maritime Robotic Systems
  • Renewable Energy Scavenging Systems
  • Gyroscopic Systems
  • High speed marine craft and ship stabilisation

Research Projects

Self-powered Autonomous Surface and Underwater Vehicles for Persistent Observation

Wave energy scavenging for autonomous marine system

Autonomy and liability for unmanned ships

Energy Harvesting Using Ship Motion

The motion and security of moored floating bodies, including their potential for energy extraction.

Renewable and hybrid energy systems for marine vehicles

Artificial intelligence for control of swarming energy scavengers


AUV Willie



Research group

Maritime Engineering


Various Outreach projects Including Sutton trust and Headtstart residential courses, Arkwright Scholarships Trust and engineering taster days and founded the

TEAtime lecture series

World Robotic Sailing Championships WRSC2018 and IRSC2018



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Module CodeModule NameRole
SESS6072 Maritime Robotics Module Lead
SESS3025 Marine Engineering Module Lead
SESS3022 Shop Ship Manoeuvring and Control  
SESS6065 Fundamentals of Ship Science  


Dr Nicholas Townsend
Engineering, University of Southampton, Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus, Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 7QF

Room Number: 176/3005

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