We’re embarking on a great adventure at the NSC to push the limits of our academic knowledge to deliver meaningful research that will change the world around us. From discovery to application, we’re driven by the desire to make breakthroughs that will open up a universe of possibilities.

John McCall, NSC Director

Our Track Record

With ambitions to become a global resource, we work hard to ensure our work is led by industry challenges, not defined by them. Through a mix of passion and ingenuity, our research teams work collaboratively to tackle the challenges of today for a more sustainable tomorrow.

Transparent Ocean

Our Transparent Ocean programme aims to develop leading edge capability to detect, monitor, understand and predict the subsea and marine, including the environmental conditions and the integrity, anomaly and defects of the infrastructures.


The team has world-leading research expertise in multi-modal image analysis, including RGB, hyperspectral, thermal, radar, LiDAR and other images, machine learning and big data analytics, with a strong focus on non-destructive inspection and assessment, enhanced visualisation, material characterisation, 3-D profiling and measurements and smart decision-making (for example detection, recognition, classification and prediction). With a portfolio of millions of pounds and hundreds of impactful research publications, our work has been funded by UKRI, EU H2020, industry and international funders such as Office of Naval Research.


We have been applying such knowledge and skills in underwater object detection and avoidance, subsea anomaly detection and condition monitoring of subsea assets. We offer critical mass of expertise working with state-of-the-art platforms and sources for data acquisition, visualisation, analysis, interpretation and prediction to satisfy the needs from a wide range of sectors and applications.


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Scuba Diver Swimming Amongst Ocean Polution

Integrated Energy

Our Integrated Energy programme aims to develop cutting edge capability to design, model, evaluate and construct an integrated energy system to support the transition to decarbonised energy, using smart materials, innovative design and mixed energy vector power systems.


The team has strong expertise in integrated renewable energy, advanced materials, new product development, circular economy practices, environmental life cycle assessment, operations and social-techno-economic assessment.


The integrated energy team develop new products, processes and services to address industry challenges and societal shifts towards net zero and an integrated energy future. Specifically addressing environmental challenges such as climate change mitigation and the reduction of carbon emissions.


The integrated energy team also supports the accelerations of new energy developments within the supply chain with economic and technical collaboration. 

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Electricity Pylons

Net Zero Operations

Our Net Zero Operations programme develops leading edge capability to reduce the carbon emissions, resource intensity and environmental footprint across the blue economy.


We achieve this with a team of highly motivated researchers that have an internationally proven track record of developing industry-facing solutions that combine digital twins, machine learning and state-of-the-art optimisation techniques to solve complex problems related to operations planning and management, workforce scheduling, logistics and transport networks, advanced industrial design, fault detection and diagnostics. 


Our work portfolio, disseminated through dozens of research publications in high-quality conferences and journals, has been funded by UKRI, Net Zero Technology Centre, The Data Lab, the European Union and various national and international partners. Based on our track record, we are confident that we can help our industrial and academic partners achieve impactful AI-driven efficiencies in a wide range of applications. 

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Cyber-Physical Systems

Our Cyber-Physical Systems programme aims to develop cutting edge capability to maintain and protect equipment, assets and infrastructures of marine industry through the convergence of operational and information technologies by seamless integration of physical components with modern computation, control and automation algorithms.

The team has strong expertise in data analytics, computational modelling and optimisation, computational intelligence and machine learning, computer-assisted measurements, fault diagnosis, predictive control and maintenance, cybersecurity and system resilience and sensor and computer networks.

The Cyber-Physical Systems team is taking steps to enable and accelerate digitally enabled transformation in the maritime environment, integrating virtual and physical systems for monitoring, control and maintenance, developing cyber warning systems for education and training and evaluating environmental risks and impacts of operational technologies.