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Exail, Flinders University partner to launch robotics and maritime autonomy research internship

The internship has been designed to offer research opportunities and hands-on experience for students.

The internship has been designed to offer research opportunities and hands-on experience for students.

Exail and South Australia’s Flinders University announced the launch of a new research internship this week (24 November), aimed at developing student’s understanding of robotics and maritime autonomy.

The partnership will be managed by Exail’s marine data processing product manager, Sébastien Tauvry, and Flinders University’s professor of maritime autonomy, Karl Sammut.


Under the six-month program, Jeremy Wojak, a master’s student at Flinders University, has been selected to travel to France to work in Exail’s Brest facility in Brittany.

“This collaboration further solidifies Exail’s commitment to strengthening ties with Australian universities and opens doors for real-world maritime domain experience and research with us,” Tauvry said.

“We’ve had a strong link with ENSTA Bretagne for many years, working with their leadership and students on research and development.

“We know that Flinders University is also dedicated to advancing capabilities in underwater vehicles and have been working with them for a few years now, so we are delighted to be moving the relationship forward with this new internship.”

Flinders University’s Professor Sammut explained that the partnership will help develop new capabilities for Australia’s defence sector.

“Working with Exail on underwater vehicle applications aligns perfectly with our focus on advancing maritime autonomy,” he said.

“Flinders University is a university of choice in defence research known for its strong ties to the maritime sector and fostering industry connections.

“Internationally recognised as a leader in advanced manufacturing, maritime autonomy, electronic warfare, biofouling, material sciences, human factors, and cyber security, Flinders is keen to work with companies offering the opportunity to develop new capabilities that are in Australia’s national interests.”

It is hoped that the partnership will expand over coming years.

“Exail looks forward to a fruitful collaboration that not only advances research but also shares valuable learning experiences for students,” he said.

“We are ready to grow in Australia and eager to work with students who can shape the future of maritime autonomy here in Australia.”

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