Dr.-Ing. Thomas Vögele is a Senior Scientist and Head of International Business Development for the Robotics Innovation Center (RIC) in Bremen, Germany. RIC is operated by the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence DFKI GmbH. which is specialized in the development of AI-based solutions for various application areas, including maritime technologies and underwater robotics. Dr. Vögele holds a PhD in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from Bremen University, and an MS in Geology from Free University Berlin. At RIC, he is responsible, for the development and management of R&D projects related to methods and technologies that improve the capabilities of ROVs, AUVs and other robotic systems for maritime applications.