New CTO at RovcoCompany News // June 22, 2017
UK-based Rovco has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Dr Iain Wallace as chief technology officer (CTO).
A former technical lead for the European Space Agency, Dr Wallace will drive the development of a real-time 3D vision system for ROVs and AUVs. He will also explore how artificial intelligence can be used to solve asset integrity issues by extracting actionable information from traditional video survey data.
As CTO, he will enhance Rovco’s underwater photogrammetric 3D modelling capabilities utilising the latest simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM) techniques for complex underwater inspections.
Dr Wallace joins Rovco from SCISYS, a leading computer software and services company, where he was an autonomy and robotics analyst, focussed on developing innovative robotic navigation and scene understanding technology for the UK and European Space Agencies. Prior to this he was a research associate at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, where his work included the implementation of an indoor localisation system.
With more than 15 years’ experience in the robotics, computer science and software engineering space, Wallace also worked on the European Space Agency’s Master project and the UK Space Agency’s Chameleon field trial. During this time, he developed an autonomous exploration rover to detect targets of interest and survey the geological characteristics of an area while in transit.