Organisers











Simona Aracri

Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Stokes Research Group, University of Edinburgh. She holds degrees in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture and a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the National Oceanography Centre - University of Southampton. Her Ph.D. was sponsored by the Italian National Research Council - Institute of Marine Sciences, in Venice. She has spent more than 6 months at sea on oceanographic sampling campaigns, in the Mediterranean Sea, Pacific Ocean and the North Sea. Her research interests encompass: the application of robotics for observational oceanography and environmental monitoring, in particular in the abyssal environment. She is interested in the study of variability patterns through historical time series within the framework of climate change.

Markus P. Nemitz

Postdoctoral Fellow in the Whitesides Research Group at Harvard University. Markus obtained his PhD from the Centre of Doctoral Training in Intelligent Sensing and Measurement under supervision of Dr. Adam Stokes, a conjoined program from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow. Prior his PhD, he received a Master’s degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Edinburgh, a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Bochum University of Applied Sciences (GER), and an Electronics Technician Degree in Automation Technology from the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (Dualstudium). Markus was awarded an Academic Affiliate position at the University of Michigan throughout his doctoral studies. In Ann Arbor, he worked with Professor Edwin Olson and Professor Alfred Hero on the development of manufacturable robot swarms and two-dimensional mapping techniques using robot collisions as sensing modality. Markus is interested in search and rescue research, providing novel technologies for the aid of first responders including large-scale, data-driven robot swarms, reconfigurable fully autonomous soft robots, and smart medical devices focusing on emergency medicine.

Pablo Valdivia y Alvarado

Assistant Professor in the Engineering Product Development Pillar at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, and a Research Affiliate in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. He received his Ph.D., M.Sc., and B.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. His research interests include: soft robotics, bio-inspired design, underwater locomotion & sensing, and additive multi-material manufacturing processes. He was recognized with an MIT's Technology Review 2012 TR35 Young Innovator Award for South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand for his contributions to novel vehicles for long-term exploration of harsh environments

Giuseppe Suaria

Research Fellow at CNR-ISMAR (La Spezia, Italy) and PhD candidate at IEO-COB (Mallorca, Spain). He is currently working on the spatial patterns of abundance, distribution, composition, transport and accumulation of floating macro and micro-litter in the marine environment as well as on the harmonization of plastic pollution survey methods and sampling techniques. Other research interests include dispersal connectivity between MPAs, rafting and dispersal ecology of marine invertebrates, as well as the effects of ocean acidification on benthic ecosystems and marine invertebrates assemblages.