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Dr Gabriel David Weymouth Sc.D., M.Sc., B.Sc.

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Dr Gabriel David Weymouth is an Associate Professor within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

A simple example is often the best way to generate insight and understanding of complex systems

Current position
I am a Associate Professor for the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute at the University of Southampton, UK. I have always been fascinated by mechanics and mathematics, and now I work on some of the most interesting and mathematically complex mechanics in the world: unsteady fluid dynamics and nonlinear fluid/structure interaction. My work is driven by questions like:

Previous Work:

  • Research Scientist at the Centre for Environmental Sensing and Modelling in the Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, 2010-2012
  • Postdoctoral Researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008-2010


  • Doctorate of Science in Ocean Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008
  • Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research, 2003
  • Bachelors of Science in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from the Webb Institute, 2001

Research interests

My fields of expertise are computational models using both physics- based and learning based approaches, as well as bio-inspired design, high-energy free-interface flows, and nonlinear fluid-structure interactions. I have over 30 peer-reviewed papers and have co-supervised more than 10 students in universities in Singapore and the United States. I created the open source project Lily Pad as a teaching and research platform for fluid/structure simulations that is being used in universities around the world.

Research interests

Scientific Interests

  • Nonlinear fluid/structure interactions
  • High energy breaking waves and air entrainment

Technical Interests

  • Biologically inspired engineering technologies
  • Accessible and robust simulation methods
  • Machine learning in the limit of sparse data

Application Categories

  • Marine robotics
  • Ship hydrodynamics
  • Renewable energy
  • Offshore engineering
Octopus inspired rocket
Octopus inspired rocket
Ocean energy extraction
Ocean energy extraction
Marine Robotics
Marine Robotics
Whisker-like flow sensors
Whisker-like flow sensors
General purpose simulation
General purpose simulation

Research group

Maritime Engineering

Research project(s)

Wake Detection Ability and Self-Induced Motion Suppression of Whisker-like Geometries

Harbour seal whiskers have a unique geometry, optimizing their ability to sense upstream disturbances while minimizing their own self induced motions.

Air entrainment in the wake of a transom stern

The complex, three-dimensional flow field in the wake of a surface ship contains a highly mixed air-water turbulent region that results in a detectable wake signature.

Ocean Survey and Autonomous Sampling Using Multi-Agent Systems

Autonomous marine robots are used to survey and take water samples from unsteady coastal environments.

Minimally Actuated Flapping Foil Energy Extractors

Animals use flapping foils for efficient locomotion. This project uses the same idea to extract energy from ocean currents and tidal flows.

Fast escape underwater vehicle inspired by the octopus jetting

Burst speed underwater vehicle inspired by the shape changing of cephalopods, which are the fastest marine invertebrates.

Accurate Cartesian-grid modeling of unsteady and separating flows

A novel Cartesian-grid approach is developed to accurate model forces and separation on complex moving geometries such as swimming animals.

Aquatic Soft Robots for Environmental Sensing

The aim of this project is to develop a soft-bodied vehicle with augmented mission capabilities and survivability in order to perform inspection tasks in all those scenarios precluded to standard underwater robots and divers. To do so we intend to exploit the fluid mechanics properties of volume-changing bodies and the benefits of soft-robotics design. This project is entirely supported by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) within the “Technology Proof of Concept” programme, NERC grant NE/P003966/1.

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Module title Module code Discipline Role
Fundamentals of Ship Science SESS6065 Engineering Sciences  Module Lead
Offshore Engineering and Analysis SESS6070 Engineering Sciences  Module Lead
 Marine Hydrodynamics SESS3023 Engineering Sciences  Module Lead
Ship Powering and Control Surfaces SESS2018 Engineering Sciences  Lecturer
Biological Flow SESA6066 Engineering Sciences  Lecturer
Dr Gabriel David Weymouth
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