Abyss Solutions was founded by 4 scientists and engineers from The University of Sydney in 2014.
Prior to starting the company, the founders Nasir, Masood, Abraham and Hina were deeply involved in various fields of research including, marine robotics, civil and geotechnical engineering, optical sensing, data analysis and economics. With combined experience spanning different fields and working all around the world with leaders in industry and research, they developed a passion for solving real-world issues using groundbreaking technology.
The founders of Abyss strongly believe that the last exploration frontier, the oceans, are a gold mine of challenges that their combined skills and vision can solve. Before going to the depths of Mariana trench, Abyss tackled issues closer to home in the form of urban water infrastructure inspection and maintenance. This application is critical to the sustainability and safety of all cities and towns. Abyss Solutions has adapted its technology to inspect underwater assets such as dams, reservoirs, canals, and bridges with an eye towards ship hull inspections and oil and gas platforms.
To be the leader in data driven asset management.
Providing infrastructure and environmental assessment and monitoring by using information driven solutions.
In everything that we do and say:
-Evidence-based decision making.
Dr Nasir Ahsan has ten years experience in robotics and data analytics. He has a PhD from the Australian Center for Field Robotics (ACFR) and has worked there as a researcher. He is also passionate about deep water exploration having spent time on-board the Nautilus EV (with Bob Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic) exploring the depths of the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean. Nasir’s expertise is in machine learning, which he has applied to benthic habitat mapping, financial forecasting, mining optimisation and many other fields.
At Abyss Solutions, Hina’s main responsibilities include monitoring and executing operations in the pipeline. She holds a Masters in Economics and has worked at MAA Australia, managing humanitarian relief, emergency and developmental projects. Before her role with MAA, she was the Program Officer at Preston University in Pakistan and has also worked as a lecturer at Khyber College of Commerce and Management where she taught Economics to undergraduate students.
Masood has a background in scientific research and before founding Abyss Solutions, he was part of the research team at The University of Sydney, Australia. His area of interest includes photonics, material chemistry and optical sensor technology. Masood started Abyss with the vision of developing novel sensors that will allow greater perception underwater thus enabling research and exploration in the deepest part of our oceans.
Abraham is a civil & structural engineer with a vast range of experience in engineering consultancy. He has worked on the design, construction management and condition assessment of high-rise residential and commercial structures, industrial buildings, telecommunications structures, railway infrastructure and water infrastructure. Abraham is a co-founder of Abyss Solutions and takes an active role in leading its civil engineering department.
Suchet Bargoti is an expert in field robotics. He is interested in enabling machines to perceive the world around and make autonomous data-driven decisions. Suchet’s background is in integrating machine learning and computer vision for robotics, developed through a PhD at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR). His research has many applications, such as agricultural robotics, underwater mapping and space exploration. At Abyss Solutions he leads the technical vision of the rapidly growing business in automating condition assessments of underwater assets.
Mr. Ajoy Mallik is a co-founder, managing partner, and partner at Follow[the]Seed, a data-driven global VC fund for companies seeking post-seed investment. Mr. Mallik is also a co-founder of UpWork, and previously, he held senior executive positions at TATA and Cognizant, in charge of their venture investments and innovation ecosystems. On the non-profit side, for over 13 years, he served on the Board of a global organisation (CFHI) positively impacting the quality of healthcare in globally distributed under-served communities. He has expertise in venture capitalism and entrepreneurship. Additionally, he is an investor in several companies under the Skyblaze LLC brand, as well as other direct investment in the US such as 123signup (acquired), Webaroo (pre-IPO), and EzHome.
A Law graduate of Cambridge University with senior shipping and project finance banking experience in London and Switzerland, latterly with Close Brothers Limited. Based in Dubai for more than 15 years, initially as the Finance Director for a major regional participant in the oil services, ship-repair and fabrication and offshore vessel owning sectors, prior to establishing arabCapital in 2000. arabCapital is an active participant in ship finance and corporate advisory assignments in the Middle East region and has worked in association with Tufton Oceanic since its establishment in relation to marine and energy sector transactions. Also a Director of Total Automation (Middle East) Limited, a specialist ship repair company ultimately owned by Wartsila Oy.
Mr. Darmody has more than 35 years of experience in the water and wastewater industries, including more than 30 years at preeminent global water firm MWH (Broomfield, Colo.). He has a strong record in the development of business strategy, marketing and leadership, demonstrated by my roles as Managing Director of MWH’s 500 person Australian operation, Director of Strategy for MWH's 1,500 person Asia Pacific region, ten years of building business and managing consultancy offices in the US, Asia and Australia, and experience as Program Manager of over $1.2 billion in design and construction programs. Over the last five years I have moved progressively toward the evaluation, marketing and commercialization of innovative products in the water industry.
Ian is a senior executive with over 30 years of experience and has an excellent track record of results as an agent of change across many areas of strategy and operations in Australasia and North America, with a focus on media, telecommunication and education. He also has more than ten years of Board experience, including as Chairman, with organisations as diverse as a major media company (Foxtel) and a private school (Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School). Furthermore, for the last several years, Ian has been increasingly involved with tech start-ups as a mentor/advisor and an angel investor. He currently has a portfolio of 7 companies that he is either invested in, advises or both. Ian has a degree in Systems Design Engineering and an MBA.