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Dr Paul Rigby

Technology Development Engineer

Data & Technology Innovation

Contact number
07 4753 4533
+61 7 4753 4533
Contact email

My background is in Engineering and Marine Robotics. I have extensive experience in the design, development and deployment of a wide range of ocean observing systems including autonomous and remotely operated vehicles, oceanographic moorings and surface telemetry buoys. On the analytical side, I have worked with marine data for over 10 years and have expertise in areas such as machine learning, data fusion, spatial analysis and image processing. I am an experienced field operator, cruise leader and dive supervisor, and have successfully delivered large scale ocean observing systems and data products to stakeholders including the Australian Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) and Darwin Port Corporation.

PhD, Marine Robotics, The Australian Centre for Field Robotics, The University of Sydney
MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, The University of Liverpool, UK

The integration of new autonomous and semi-autonomous technologies, both hardware and software, into marine monitoring field campaigns and post-field trip data analyses.


Rigby P, Pizarro O, Williams SB (2014) Estimation of clustering parameters using Gaussian process regression. PLoS ONE 9(11): e111522

Rigby P, Steinberg CR, Williams DK, Brinkman G, Brinkman R, Tonin H, Hughes D (2014) Real-time Marine observing systems: Challenges, benefits and opportunities in Australian coastal waters. Australian Journal of Civil Engineering 12(1): 83-99

Rigby P, Steinberg C, Williams DK (2014) Darwin National Reference Station and Beagle Gulf Mooring, Deployment Dates: January 2014 to September 2014. Data and Servicing Report to Darwin Port Corporation. Australian Institute of Marine Science Townsville (26p)

Rigby P, Williams DK, Steinberg C (2014) Darwin National Reference Station, Deployment Dates: June 2013 - January 2014. Data and Servicing Report to Darwin Port Corporation. Australian Institute of Marine Science Townsville (15p)

Williams DK, Steinberg C, Rigby P, Brinkman R, Spagnol S (2013) Observations in support of port activities: recent developments and future opportunities for Darwin Harbour, Northern Territory, Australia", Proceedings of Coasts and Ports, Sydney

Rigby P, Pizarro O, Williams SB (2010) Toward adaptive benthic habitat mapping using Gaussian process classification. Journal of Field Robotics 27: 741-758

Pizarro O, Rigby P, Johnson-Roberson M,Williams SB, Colquhoun J (2008) Image based Habitat Classification" Proceedings of MTS/IEEE Oceans Quebec.

Rigby P et al (2007) Effective Benthic Surveying with Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. Proceedings of MTS/IEEE Oceans Vancouver.

Rigby P, Pizarro O, Williams SB (2007) Improved AUV Navigation Through Multi-Sensor Data Fusion. Sea Technology 26: 55-74

Rigby P, Pizarro O, Williams SB (2006) Towards Geo-Referenced Navigation Through Fusion of USBL and DVL Measurements. Proceedings of IEEE/MTS Oceans Boston.

Rigby P, Williams SB (2005) Adaptive Sensing for Localisation of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle. Proceedings of Australasian Conference for Robotics and Automation.