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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


Joined UCL: February 2017

Phedias Demou

  • PhD Researcher
  • UCL Mechanical Engineering

About Phedias Demou


Dr Nick Bradbeer

Research Area

ROV Telepresence using Commercial Virtual Reality Hardware

Research outline

Remotely Operated (Underwater) Vehicles (ROVs) have a wide variety of uses, from the offshore industry to underwater survey and naval mine countermeasures. Situational awareness for the vehicle operator remains a key limitation on performance, with most vehicles relying on fixed TV cameras providing video displayed on monitors. For detailed work, especially in mine countermeasures, improving the operators immersion stands to offer significantly improved performance. The last three years have seen a sudden explosion in the availability of virtual reality display hardware, with fully motion-tracked headsets now available for under £1k. Combined with extremely wide field of view cameras, these stand to offer a step-change in the quality of ROV operator immersion and situational awareness. These systems typically include hand- and limb-tracking, offering the potential for a naturalistic actuator control interface where the vehicles actuators move to mimic the movements of the operators hands


After obtaining a Meng Mechanical Engineer from Bristol University in 2015 I have joined UCL to pursue a Masters Degree in Naval Architecture and pursue my career path in the Marine Industry; a field I am passionate about. My past work experience in the field, mainly as internships, includes Supervisor assistance in Shipyard, Mechanic of Marine Engines and Crew of near shore Vessels. The interesting Research Opportunities at UCL that I came across during my MSc, have directed me in starting a PhD Degree on Underwater Robotics; a fascinating field with many prospects.

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