Dr Samantha Dugelay obtained her PhD in mathematics from the University Paris-Sud, France in 1997. She was sponsored by the French Navy Hydrographic Service (SHOM) and served at IFREMER to exploit deep sea multibeam echo-sounder data for automatic seafloor characterisation. She has since then remained in the maritime domain specialising in high resolution synthetic aperture sonar processing and statistical analysis of high resolution data at University College London and the University of Bath (UK) respectively. She then joined the UK Ministry of Defence where she worked on projects ranging from anti-submarine warfare, autonomy, to sonar simulation for mine countermeasures. After being technical lead at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) in mine countermeasures, she joined the NATO Science and Technology Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) in 2013 as a project leader and she is now the programme manager for autonomous mine countermeasures. Her main interests lie in synthetic aperture sonar processing, machine learning, autonomy and experimentation at sea with a strong emphasis on operational relevance.