July 25, 2017

Please join us for a special RobSub Kickoff Event

in Association with



Innovation and New Applciations in

Unmanned Maritime Domain

Unmanned Systems in the airborne arena, drones, have dominated the media, but there is considerable innovation and exciting activity in the unmanned maritime systems domain. San Diego, with the Navy's presence and UCSD's Scripps Institute of Oceanography, is a fertile ground for this innovation. This evening, we will feature a panel which addresses the emerging and developing technologies of Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS) as well as business and operational employment in various industries. Come hear experts from VideoRay, Teledyne SeaBotix, SeeByte and Riptide.

Unmanned marine vehicle systems are used for a wide range of commercial and military operations. For commercial, these include, Oil and Gas Exploration and Construction, Oceanographic Data Collection, Hydrographic, Oceanographic and Environmental Surveys. For military, these include Por t Secur i ty, Mine Countermeasures (MCM), Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW).

Panelists include executives/managers from SeeByte, VideoRay, Teledyne SeaBotix, and Riptide. Please see below for more information.

SeeByte - Leverett Bezanson is the engineering manager of SeeByte, Inc. leading U.S. based engineering efforts. SeeByte, Inc was established in 2008 in Seattle, WA with offices in San Diego, CA. SeeByte is involved in many ongoing Office of Naval Research, JIEDDO, and Naval Sea and Air Systems Command projects, as well as the US Navy EOD MK 18 Family of Systems Program of Record. SeeByte also has commercial presence in the offshore oil and gas industry and has achieved some significant milestones and firsts in autonomous platform operations, pipeline, and cable tracking. Leverett graduated from the San Diego State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and later earned a Master of Science Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Signal and Image Processing from the University of California San Diego. The research for his thesis titled The Subarray MVDR Beamformer: A Space-Time Processor Applied to Active Sonar was conducted at the NATO Underwater Research Centre in La Spezia Italy. This research was on a research fellowship focusing on using AUVs for Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW). Leverett has worked in the subsea robotics industry since 2006 starting at Progeny Systems. There Leverett developed concept to prototype autonomous vehicles driven by thrusters, buoyancy, and hydrodynamics. Leverett also worked at Teledyne SeaBotix designing semiautonomous launch and recovery systems at first and later running the engineering department.

VideoRay -   Chris Gibson, Vice President of Sales, Marketing at VideoRay, has been with the company since its inception in 1999, and is responsible for business development and strategy. He has helped grow VideoRay into the largest unit volume remotely operated vehicle (ROV) vendor in the world. VideoRay’s units are used worldwide – on every continent and in an extremely wide range of industries and missions. Hundreds of VideoRay ROVs are used daily in homeland security, defense, inland and offshore infrastructure development, aquaculture, yachting, power plant inspection, and many more applications. VideoRay’s dominance of the inspection class ROV industry is due to constant innovation, excellent customer support, and Chris’ leadership in explaining the benefits of technology for replacing divers or other techniques with less expensive, more effective, and safer robotic technology. Mr. Gibson received his B.B.A. in Marketing and Business Management from West Virginia University. He is based in VideoRay’s global headquarters in Pottstown,  Pennsylvania, outside of Philadelphia.

 Riptide -  Paco Santana is the Director of Business Development for Riptide AS. He is a retired Navy EOD Commander and qualified diving officer and naval parachutist. Over his more than twenty-two years in the Navy, significant tours included two combat tours, Commanding Officer of EOD Mobile Unit TEN in Virginia Beach, VA; Chief Staff Officer at Mine Countermeasures Squadron TWO in Ingleside, TX; and Director of the EOD Program Office in Indian Head, MD. While at the Program Office, his portfolio included the acquisition of unmanned air, ground and maritime systems. He is a plankowner at US Northern Command in Colorado Springs, CO and qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard USS Midway CV-41 homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. Paco has worked in the unmanned maritime systems industry for eight years and was a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley for two years. He graduated from Southern Methodist University and attended the Naval Postgraduate School. 


  Teledynenull SeaBotix - Gaurav Sharma is a Robotics enthusiast who works for Teledyne SeaBotix as an Embedded Systems Engineer. He has been one of the Chief architects of the firmware framework for the company's suite of Remotely Operated Vehicles and accessories. Gaurav moved to Tempe, Arizona from India in 2009 and got his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering the following year from Arizona State University (ASU). He then proceeded to work at Alaris, a joint startup venture between Rolls Royce and ASU where he co-developed a signature verification device based on acoustic wave technology. His love for complex problem solving and beautiful weather brought him to San Diego where he was introduced to the world of unmanned underwater vehicles and the challenges that come with them. Gaurav’s research interests include motor control and computer vision, and he has published IEEE papers on intelligent power management of ROV thrusters, and multi-axes control of a 4000m rated subsea winch. Gaurav believes that perseverance beats everything and the only failure is the failure to get up and move forward. In addition to finding creative solutions for overcoming technical hurdles, Gaurav loves to travel or tinker with electronics at home during his free time.

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Sheppard Mullin 
12275 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130

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 Schedule of Event

5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
 Event registration, Networking, Refreshments.   
 6:15 pm - 7:300 pm  Panel
 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm  Post-Panel Networking

On-Line Registration (early bird): $25/person

On-Line Registration (After July 18, 2017): $35/person

Walk-in Registration:  $35/person

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