Antonella Wilby, Robotics Engineer. Photo courtesy

Antonella Wilby - Robotics Engineer

Antonella Wilby - Robotics Engineer

Antonella Wilby builds robots to explore extreme environments, "Autonomous robots allow us to scale up the data we collect on a global scale, providing an invaluable tool to solve critical environmental challenges in our oceans."

A robotics engineer, submersible pilot, and now a National Geographic Explorer who builds robots. She is a PhD Candidate at the University of California, San Diego Contextual Robotics Institute. Based at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, working part-time at Stone Aerospace as a Robotic Software and Vision Engineer, and aboard the E/V Nautilus as a ROV pilot she's reached as deep and wide in her experiences as possible to gain the knowledge to make a difference. Wilby holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science. Both from the University of California.

Wilby conducting fieldwork at Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, 2018. Photo credit Drew Fulton - National Geographic.
Her research applications apply ocean exploration and environmental monitoring. To include robotic mapping of critical marine ecosystems of coral reefs and aquatic vegetation. As well as monitoring endangered marine species with autonomous camera systems, exploring extreme environments in caves, under ice shelves, and deep-sea ecosystems.

Antonella is one of an elite group focused on the next generation of environmental questions and answers.

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