The AMSL Team

Find out more about the experience and skills of the AMSL team

Guy Williams

AMSL Lead

For the last 20 years Guy has been a polar oceanographer, specialising in the use of autonomous platforms (including instrumented seals) to study the cryosphere. Guy attained a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Sydney in 1995, developing an interest in fluid dynamics and control systems. A PhD in Antarctic Physical Oceanography led to an Arctic research voyage in 2004, where he observed the ground-breaking deployments of the UK’s Autosub-II AUV. From 2012-2017 Guy led the deployment of AUVs and drones from Australian and US icebreakers to study Antarctic and Arctic sea-ice from above and below. In 2018 he became the Science Coordinator for the Antarctic Gateway Partnership’s Explorer-class AUV program. Guy is excited by the massive potential for autonomous platforms to survey challenging oceanic environments, filling data gaps that guarantee paradigm shifts in our understanding of the planet and ability to predict its future. He's equally energised by the clear synergies this research has with commercial and defence applications and the benefits of working on these challenging problems together.

Contact Guy: guy.williams@utas.edu.au

Peter King

AMSL Facility Manager

Peter has worked in the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle space since 2009, and Maritime Engineering since 2002. His primary interests are the challenges of vehicle deployment in high-risk and dynamic environments, having operated AUVs from the Arctic Circle, to coastal Fjords, to the floating ice shelves of Antarctica. His research interests include long-range navigation, computer vision, simulation and vehicle autonomy. He holds a Bachelor on Engineering (Computer) from Memorial University and a Diploma of Electronics from the College of the North Atlantic. He is currently completing his PhD in Maritime Engineering at the University of Tasmania.

Contact Peter: peter.king@utas.edu.au

Christ White

Defence and Commercial Manager

Chris joined AMC Search in 2013 after more than 20 years’ service in the Royal Australian Navy. This time was highlighted by command of Australian Clearance Diving Team One, operational deployments to the Persian Gulf and Bahrain and exchange postings with the Canadian, United States and the Royal Navy. He also conducts AUV training for defence force personnel including operator and mission controller courses.  

Chris holds a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership along with numerous vocational qualifications in Training, Assessment, Leadership and Maritime Operations. 

Contact Chris: chris.white@utas.edu.au

Damien Guihen 

AMS Specialist

Damien is an Autonomous Marine Systems Specialist at AMC Search and is a researcher at AMC, working on the sensing of the marine environment and developing and delivering training on the systems that help us to explore the ocean. Damien has a PhD in Physical Oceanography from the National University of Ireland, Galway, where his thesis concerned the biophysical interactions at a Norwegian coral reef ecosystem. He then moved to the British Antarctic Survey where he undertook postdoctoral research into the use of acoustic systems on autonomous platforms to map Antarctic krill distributions. Damien moved to Tasmania in 2016 to join the Autonomous Marine Systems Laboratory as a researcher with the Antarctic Gateway Partnership. He spends more time than he should on refining the processing of acoustic data generated  by the Remus and Explorer vehicles, along with writing software to support this processing.

Konrad Zurcher

AUV Research Engineer

Konrad has worked as an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Engineer at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) since 2015 and in a variety of engineering positions at other companies since 1994. His interest in the maritime industry has grown from a keen interest in Naval Architecture, mechanical engineering as well as maritime history. His primary interests are in AUV operations, mission planning, data analysis, simulation, and engineering design. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Naval Architecture from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and a PhD in Maritime Engineering for the University of Tasmania (UTAS). 

Isak Bowden Floyd

AUV Engineer

Over the past 5 years Isak has been principally involved in Autonomous underwater vehicles, from training to polar deployments. His interest in the ocean has grown from watersports and diver training on the coast into more heavily engineering focused applications, with strong links to AUV operation and mapping throughout the Bachelor of Ocean Engineering degree, undertaken at the Australian Maritime College. A strong interest in AUV Hydrography has been increasing over the past years with a significant portion of professional development being focused on this, with many of the intricacies of mapping the ice being the big ticket item.


Reuben Kent

Project Engineer

Reuben began his career as a timber shipwright building Victoria’s beloved “Couta” Boats.  He graduated from AMC with a Bachelor of Engineering in Naval Architecture in 2015 and comes to AMC Search with a broad background in marine engineering.  His experience covers tall ships, Navy fleets and AUV’s through to bespoke equipment design in the offshore oil and gas industry.  

Reuben joined the AMC Search AUV team in 2019 as an Autonomous Marine Systems Project Engineer.  His work involves developing and delivering AUV operator training, AUV contract work and providing engineering design services.  In 2019 the AUV team conducted over 75 AUV operations in NSW and Tasmania.  

Rowan Frost

Project Engineer

Frosty has been working with underwater vehicles for around a decade after graduating from AMC in Naval Architecture in 2009. He has being involved in multiple field campaigns over the years and has worked with a variety of vehicles through his career and is always excited to see what lies beneath the waves. Rowan has a strong interest in using AUV’s for new and novel survey’s and the passing on of his extensive knowledge and experience to trainees on AUV training courses.