Simon Pedersen, Ph.d., M.Sc., B.Sc. E.E., is Associate Professor at Aalborg University, Department of Energy, where he also serves as Head of Section of Esbjerg Energy Section which includes 50 researchers and lecturers within a variety of Energy Engineering disciplines. His research areas of interest include advanced process control, automation, instrumentation, control-oriented modeling, and underwater robotics. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers on the listed topics. Recently, his research has covered surveillance and protection of critical subsea infrastructure for both the Energy and Defense industries.