Professor Yvan Petillot Awarded Royal Society Industry Fellowship & Joins SeeByte

Professor-Yvan-PetillotSeeByte, the global leader in creating smart software for unmanned maritime systems is pleased to announce that, having been awarded an Industry Fellowship by the Royal Society, Professor Yvan Petillot will be joining the company for a two year period beginning May 2013.

Prof. Petillot, of Heriot-Watt University, was one of the original founders of SeeByte in 2001 and continues to be a valuable member of the company’s Board of Directors. SeeByte’s success is based on world leading technology and Prof. Petillot will lead a Research & Development team, focusing on technologies relevant to the company’s strategic road-map, building on his research expertise and active research activities in Heriot-Watt University.

“I am thrilled to have received this Industry Fellowship from the Royal Society” commented Prof. Petillot. “Having had a vested interest in the company over the past decade, I am keen to play a hands-on role in developing future technologies at SeeByte”

Bob Black, CEO at SeeByte commented: “Yvan has a wealth of knowledge and understanding that we are keen to harvest here at SeeByte. Yvan is a leading academic in his field and has delivered outstanding research. We are excited to have the opportunity to transition the outcomes of his work to commercial solutions.”

Professor Petillot, a native of Saint-Etienne, France, obtained his engineering degree at the prestigious École Nationale Supérieure de Télécom Bretagne (ENSTBr) and has a PhD from the Université de Bretagne Occidentale. Professor Petillot took a position as a Post Doctoral Research Associate at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, where he today resides as a Professor of Robotics and Computer Vision within the Ocean Systems Lab. In 2005, during his tenure at Heriot-Watt University, Professor Petillot served as an invited Fellow at the NATO Undersea Research Centre. He has also been the principal investigator on a number of DSTL and EPSRC projects focusing on the use of autonomy as an aid to mine countermeasures.

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