ADI: An end-to-end processing chain for operational optical ship detection using EO data (16/23)

Company: Satellite Applications Catapult

Location: Harwell Oxford, Applied Digital Intelligence Team

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent innovation and technology company, created to foster growth across the economy through the exploitation of space. We help organisations make use of and benefit from satellite technologies, and bring together multi-disciplinary teams to generate ideas and solutions in an open innovation environment.

Based in Harwell, near Didcot, the Catapult was established in May 2013 by Innovate UK as one of a network of centres to accelerate the take-up of emerging technologies and drive economic growth. We are a not-for-profit research organisation which is registered as a private company limited by guarantee and controlled by its Board.

Background on the Project

Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing is one of the greatest challenges facing our oceans today. As many as 1 in 5 fish are caught illegally, costing $23.5 Billion to the global economy annually. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals highlights the sustainable use of our oceans as a key target. By 2020 the aim is to effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices. Maritime surveillance is one technique for monitoring global fishing activity which utilises satellite data, including AIS and both optical and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Earth observation data. Whilst algorithms for the detection of ships using SAR are advanced, there is further potential for exploiting optical EO data for the detection and identification of ships.

Student Specification

The role of the intern will be to research and implement an automatic processing algorithm for optical ship detection for a variety of data sources, including WorldView-2 and SPOT5 or 6. Applicants will need to be numerate, have computing skill, be able to critically evaluate problems, suggest solutions and show initiative in a supervised R&D project. You must be eligible to work in the UK

Minimum requirements

  • Remote Sensing
  • Image analysis (ENVI or ERDAS Imagine preferred)
  • IDL/R/Python scripting advantageous
  • Some knowledge of GIS
  • Enthusiasm for the technology and the space industry as a whole
  • Aptitude for open and collaborative working
  • Able to temporarily re-locate or commute to Harwell area
  • Numerically and computationally competent

Preferred Additional Requirements:

Target courses: Physics, Remote Sensing, GIS, Engineering, Physical Geography, Mathematics and other similar courses

The Nitty Gritty

8 weeks fixed term contract to be agreed with successful candidate but nominally with a start date around 27 June which is also the SPIN student induction day at Harwell. Salary is £1,500 per calendar month. (guide only)

Closing Date for Applications: 15 April

Applications will be through the online form attaching a CV, before the closing date. They will be checked for eligibility and forwarded to the employer.

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