Michael Woodward

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Michael Woodward

Associate Professor Marine Engineering

Swanson building , Newnham Campus

+61 3 6324 9385 (phone)

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Michael Woodward completed his Ph.D. at Newcastle University (U.K.) in 2005 while employed as a member of academic staff (between 2000 and 2015).  He commenced his current appointment at the Australian Maritime Collage in 2015, where he is Associate Professor of Marine Engineering.  He is the Director, National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics.  His primary research interests are in ship motion dynamics including ship stability, maneuverability and seakeeping.  His current research activities apply augmented reality technologies in naval architecture and ship operations.

Michael is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects; and the Tasmanian section representative.  He is a Chartered Engineer through the U.K. Engineering Council and a Chartered Professional Engineer and Engineering Executive through Engineers Australia.  Michael sits on the Advisory Council of the international scientific committee responsible for hydrodynamic experimentation (the ITTC) and is a graduate of the 2017 Tasmania Leaders Program.

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Since the millennium, I have had the good fortune to have been involved in various large scale European Commission funded research projects. Predominantly working the field of ship manoeuvring performance and in particular with ships propelled by azimuth poddrives, I have participated and/or lead projects amounting to a total value of $21 million.

Utilising Research Council funding in the order of $1 million, I have lead investigations into reduced carbon emissions from ships by optimising the hydrodynamic design when taking into account the manoeuvring performance of the ship in a seaway.

Fields of Research

  • Naval architecture (401502)
  • Ship and platform structures (incl. maritime hydrodynamics) (401504)
  • Maritime engineering (401599)
  • Microtechnology (401410)
  • Flexible manufacturing systems (401403)
  • Ocean engineering (401503)
  • Civil geotechnical engineering (400502)
  • Physical oceanography (370803)

Research Objectives

  • Water transport (270499)
  • Expanding knowledge in engineering (280110)
  • International sea freight transport (excl. live animals, food products and liquefied gas) (270405)
  • Autonomous water vehicles (270401)
  • Environmentally sustainable manufacturing activities (240699)
  • Oil and gas extraction (170603)
  • Renewable energy (170899)
  • Coastal and estuarine systems and management (180299)
  • Clinical health (200199)
  • Energy storage (excl. hydrogen and batteries) (170304)


Total publications


Journal Article

(11 outputs)
2022Ling XW, Leong ZQ, Chin CKH, Woodward MD, 'Free surface effect on the hydrodynamics of an underwater vehicle hullform, The DARPA SUBOFF', International Journal of Maritime Engineering, 164, (1) pp. 1-14. ISSN 1479-8751 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Ling XW; Leong ZQ; Chin CKH

2020Bandara D, Woodward M, Chin C, Jiang D, 'Augmented reality lights for compromised visibility navigation', Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 8, (12) Article 1014. ISSN 2077-1312 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/jmse8121014 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Bandara D; Chin C; Jiang D


2018Pazouki K, Forbes N, Norman RA, Woodward MD, 'Investigation on the impact of human-automation interaction in maritime operations', Ocean Engineering: An International Journal of Research and Development, 153, (2018) pp. 297-304. ISSN 0029-8018 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2018.01.103 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 34Web of Science - 26


2016Trodden DG, Woodward MD, Atlar M, 'Accounting for ship manoeuvring motion during propeller selection to reduce CO2 emissions', Ocean Engineering, 123 pp. 346-356. ISSN 0029-8018 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2016.07.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5


2016Woodward MD, van Rijsbergen M, Hutchinson KW, Scott A, 'Uncertainty analysis procedure for the ship inclining experiment', Ocean Engineering, 114 pp. 79-86. ISSN 0029-8018 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2016.01.017 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 11


2015Woodward MD, Landamore MJ, Rees G, Allen N, De Graauw A, et al., 'On the safe pilotage of ship's with propulsion that can azimuth for steering', Transactions of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects Part A: International Journal of Maritime Engineering, 157, (A1) Article 282. ISSN 1740-2700 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3940/rina.ijme.2015.a1.282 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1


2014Woodward MD, 'Evaluation of inter-facility uncertainty for ship manoeuvring performance prediction', Ocean Engineering, 88 pp. 598-606. ISSN 0029-8018 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2014.04.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5


2009Woodward MD, Atlar M, Clarke D, 'Application of the IMO maneuvering criteria for pod-driven ships', Journal of Ship Research, 53, (2) pp. 106-120. ISSN 0022-4502 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Web of Science - 7

2005Sarioz K, Atlar M, Sarioz E, Woodward MD, Sampson R, 'Operability of fast podded RoPax vessels in rough seas', Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part M: Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment, 219, (1) pp. 37-46. ISSN 1475-0902 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1243/147509005X10477 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2


2005Woodward MD, Atlar M, 'Pods - Guidance for the practicing Naval Architect', Proceedings of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology Part B: Journal of Marine Design and Operations, 9 pp. 49-56. ISSN 1476-1556 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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2005Woodward MD, Atlar M, Clarke D, 'Comparison of stopping modes for pod-driven ships by simulation based on model testing', Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part M: Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment, 219, (2) pp. 47-64. ISSN 1475-0902 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1243/147509005X10396 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6


Conference Publication

(3 outputs)
2022Ling XW, Leong ZQ, Duffy J, Chin C, Woodward M, 'Near free surface behaviour of a submarine', Proceedings of the 2022 International Maritime Conference, 10 - 12 May 2022, International Convention Centre, Sydney, Australia, pp. 1-11. (2022) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Ling XW; Leong ZQ; Duffy J; Chin C


2021Enshaei H, Woodward MD, Uge C, Kianejad S, 'Establishing uncertainty analysis procedures for inaccuracies in operational ship stability', Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on the Stability and Safety of Ships and Ocean Vehicles, 7-11 June 2021, Glasgow, pp. 1-11. (2021) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Enshaei H; Kianejad S

2017Benedetti L, Chen W, Clelland D, Ferrando M, Kobayashi E, et al., 'Final report of the Quality Systems Group', Proceedings of the 28th International Towing Tank Conference (ITTC), 17-23 September 2017, Wuxi, China, pp. 337-368. ISBN 978-7-5027-9917-5 (2017) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Australian Research & Experimental Submarine (ARES) (2019)$189,197
Defence Innovation Partnership ($189,197)
Defence Innovation Partnership Collaborative Research Funding (DIP-CRF)
Administered By
University of Adelaide
Research Team
Woodward Michael; Fusil Eric; Banks Siobhan; Johnston Penny; Sammut Karl
Berthed ship-passing ship interaction study (2017)$170,100
The aim of this study is to investigate the ship to ship interaction between a passing ship and a ship berthed for specific site conditions at the Port of Newcastle. The interaction forces created by the passing ship will influence the motions and mooring loads of the berthed vessel for the loading and/or discharging of bulk carriers. By quantifying these motions and loads, and comparing them against suitable criteria, the acceptable conditions for ship operations can be determined. The motions and mooring loads on the berthed ship due to the passing ship for the site specific conditions are determined for numerical (CFD) predictions.
Port of Newcastle Operations Pty Ltd ($170,100)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Duffy JT; Denehy S; Woodward MD; MacFarlane GJ

Research Supervision






PhDAugmented Reality Technology in Maritime Operations for Enhancing Visualization in Compromised Visibility2018
PhDSeakeeping Behaviour of an Underwater Vehicle2019
PhDOn the Dynamic Stability of a Vessel during Lifting Operation at Sea2021
PhDAssessment of Sea State Through Onboard Accelerometer Readings2022
PhDTowed underwater live sampling system2022


MastersMethodology for the Application of the IMO Polar Code to Vessels Operating in Antarctic Waters
Candidate: Mohamed Othman M Daboos