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Dr Alex Phillips is a qualified Naval Architect with 10 years’ experience in the unmanned marine industry. Upon graduating from the University of Southampton, Alex spent two years in the offshore industry before returning to Southampton to complete a PhD in hydrodynamics of underwater vehicles. On completion of his PhD, he continued to research in the field of underwater robotics. In 2015 he joined the National Oceanography Centre as Head of Marine Autonomous Systems Development within the Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems group. In 2018 he became Head of the Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems Development Group where he is responsible for the development of a range of new Autonomous Underwater Vehicles.