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Dr Blair Thornton 

Associate Professor of Oceanic Engineering Science

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Blair Thornton is an Associate Professor of Oceanic Engineering Science within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton. He currently holds an EPSRC innovation fellowship to develop passive underwater robotic systems for scalable seabed imaging.

His research interests are in sensing and autonomy in the context of marine science. His research is dedicated to fielding real systems in real environments, and overcoming bottlenecks in the flow of information from data collection to human interpretation. For more information on research activities, please visit the ocean perception website.

Keywords: Spectroscopy, Computer vision, Marine robotics, Autonomy

Research interests

3D visual mapping for wide-area benthic surveys

Laser-induced plasmas for in situ multi-element chemical analysis at sea

Acoustic and 3D visual mapping of the volumetric distribution of manganese crusts

In situ measurement of seafloor radioactivity off Fukushima


Research group

Maritime Engineering

Affiliate research groups

Ocean and Earth Science, Ocean Perception Laboratory, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo

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Dr Blair Thornton
Engineering, University of Southampton, Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus, Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 7QF

Room Number: 176/3019

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