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Ms Sophia Schillai MSc Unmanned Vehicle Systems Design (marine)

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Sophia Schillai is a Postgraduate research student for Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

During outreach at the Southampton Boat Show, I got to hold a magnetic snail from the hydrothermal vents. I was not only fascinated by the creature, but also reminded how these discoveries are made possible by complex robotic vehicles that can perform precise tasks at such depth. Vehicles that I can contribute to during my degree.

During her BSc in Physics at Ludwig-Maximilians Univerisität München (2011), Sophia decided to follow her interest in robotics by pursuing a BSc in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at Technische Universität München (2014). At the AUV 2012 conference in Southampton, she learned about the University of Southampton MSc in Unmanned Vehicle Systems Design (marine) which she went on to complete in 2014.

Research interests

Autonomous Systems, Maritime Robotics, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, Dynamic Modelling, Obstacle Avoidance, Sonar, Sailing Robots, Robot Operating System (ROS).

PhD supervision:

Dr. Alexander Phillips, Prof. Stephen R Turnock, Prof. Eric Rogers, Dr. Maaten Furlong (NOC)

PhD research:

Low altitude terrain following with flight style AUVs: Exploring how better evaluation of the environment can improve the obstacle avoidance of the prevalent general purpose flight class AUVs, expanding their applicability for photographic surveys and under ice missions.

Research group

Fluid Structure Interactions

Affiliate research groups

VLR (Vision, Learning and Control,ECS), MARS (Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems, NOC)

Research project(s)

Development of a Hover Capable Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

Delphin2 is a hover capable torpedo style AUV, developed at the University of Southampton to provide a test bed for research in marine robotics

FSI Graduate Seminar, co-ordination (2015 – to date)

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Demonstrator on SESS 6072 Maritime Robotics (2015, 2016)

Demonstrator for Marine Headstart summer school (2015), Design Triathlon summer school (2015), Smallpeice STEM summer school (2014)


Ms Sophia Schillai
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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