Adrian Bodenmann is a Senior Research Assistant in seafloor imaging in the Maritime Engineering Group and the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) at the University of Southampton.
- High-resolution visual seafloor mapping for benthic habitat mapping and subsea infrastructure monitoring
- Remote awareness for autonomous offshore mapping operations
- Uncertainty characterisation in digital 3D reconstructions
- Trust in human-machine interactions (HMI)
Currently, Adrian is working on how remote awareness can be improved when collecting data with seafloor imaging devices such as BioCam. The aim of this research is to obtain better data in the field and to improve the success rate of autonomous offshore mapping missions performed by autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). This enables AUV mapping missions without the need for support vessels, which, compared to traditional ways of seafloor surveys, leads to a reduction of CO2 emissions of several tons per day of operation. This has been demonstrated as part of the INSITE ATSEA project (video).
He is also working on quantifying the dimensional uncertainties in underwater 3D reconstructions. While many sensors indicate error bounds for their measurements, 3D reconstructions don't typically include this information. However, in order to assess changes in repeat surveys, it is crucial to know the level of uncertainty in digital reconstructions to know whether observed changes are statistically significant. This research aims to determine the total mapping uncertainty by propagating the uncertainties in the input data to the output.
Adrian Bodenmann graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausenne (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 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 where he developed and deployed the BioCam seafloor mapping camera device and is working on algorithms to process and visualise seafloor mapping data.
He participated in 15 ocean research expeditions in the Pacific, the Atlantic and the North Sea, and spent a total of more than 6 months on Japanese, American and British research ships.