Leading developers of Smart Shipping and Maritime Autonomy Software

The Team

We are a leading developer of autonomous marine control systems; autonomous navigation and collision avoidance, dynamic route optimisation, advanced perception and classification systems, propulsion, machinery and helm control systems for government and commercial vessels and workboats.

Aditya Nawab

Aditya Nawab is the CEO, CTO and founder of Robosys Automation.

He has more than 15 years of experience working in the field of robotics and automation in the United States and internationally.  He has published numerous papers in reputed journals including IEEE and has US patents under his name.

In the course of his career he has developed several robotic algorithms for the United States Department of Defence and NASA, while working at various organisations. He has wide ranging experience in obstacle avoidance and detection algorithms, computer vision, hardware/software integration, autonomous vehicle development and industrial robotics.

He has done extensive research and developed algorithms for ground robot autonomy. He has implemented algorithms for real-time terrain mapping using stereo vision, grid-based mapping and path planning to support obstacle detection and avoidance techniques. He has developed block-matching stereo correspondence algorithms to compute disparity maps, implemented grid-based path planning algorithms to plan routes around obstacles, and techniques to predict terrain beyond stereo range.

He was one of the few engineers who received training to operate the Special Purpose Dextrous Manipulator (SPDM) at NASA JSC to help find solutions to the problems that astronauts face in space during tele-operations.

Aditya received his M.S in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, with a focus on kinematic algorithms for robots and computer vision.  He has an MBA from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He speaks English, Hindi and Gujarati and lives with his wife Shilpy and their family in Boston, Massachusetts.

Nigel Lee – Chief Strategy Officer

Nigel is a dynamic, entrepreneurial and results focused Global Sales & Business Leader, with a track record of driving sustainable, profitable, year on year growth in Public Companies, Private Equity owned companies and SMEs, where he has successfully managed sales budgets in excess of £100M per annum.

He has over 15 years of high tempo global defence, security and commercial sales experience with Lockheed Martin, Ultra Electronics and 6 years under US Private Equity ownership as VP Sales at Domo Tactical Communications.

Nigel has demonstrable vision and innovative commercial thinking as an accomplished, hands-on, business hunting, deal maker, shaping, negotiating and closing multiple £50M+ complex sales.

He has deep experience in the building and management of international and globally dispersed sales teams across the full business cycle; from strategy development, business planning, lead generation, campaign design, stakeholder engagement, to solution development and pricing strategies.

Previously Nigel served in the Royal Navy for 23 years as both an engineer and a seaman/warfare officer, on both ships and submarines.

Nigel holds a Master’s of Science (MSc) in Technology and was awarded the hereditary Freedom of Dunfermline in 2008, and is a Burgher of the City.

Mark Hunt – Chief Financial Officer

Mark is a professionally qualified Director, Finance Professional & Executive Coach. He started his 20 year career with Nat West Bank, working in both personal and corporate banking, including an assignment in offshore banking on Guernsey in the Channel Islands. This broad experience concluded in a role as Productivity Consultant working across the South of England helping the Bank to rationalise and optimise its operations.

Mark then moved into industry and worked with both Lockheed Martin and Boeing Defence UK in a number of finance leadership roles, in the UK and the USA. He has worked on many large defence and corporate deals, pricing and negotiating contracts >£100m, mergers & acquisitions, with financial responsibility for businesses with annual turnover c.£200m.

Mark’s work as an Executive Coach sees him working with established and emerging business leaders and executives, as they negotiate new roles, transitions, growth and challenges.

Keith Henderson – Executive Director

Keith has a strong engineering background, working across Europe since the early 1970s for the likes of Barr & Stroud (now Pilkington Glass) Rathgeber, Mercury Marine and then Yamaha Motor Company as a technical manager. He left Yamaha in 1984 to work as a marine consultant and journalist.  He has written a number of marine engine books and in 1996 founded Jane’s Marine Propulsion – the electronic and hard copy reference bible which ran to 28 editions.  He has been a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland since 1994.

In 2001 Keith joined the Florida based USV company 5G Marine. In 2012 he was a member of the 5G team invited to the UAE to develop a local USV Industry. The robotics element later grew into the international company Robosys, pioneering autonomous navigation system development.  Keith’s peripatetic lifestyle has him in Glasgow, the Netherlands and Cyprus.  He speaks English, Dutch, German and French.

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