Dipl.-Ing. Patrick Leibold

    Software engineer / PhD Candidate

    Technology and Logistics Centre
    AUV Team

    Room: 01-40
    Phone: +49 431 600 - 1639
    Mail: pleibold(at)geomar.de

    Wischhofstraße 1-3
    D-24148 Kiel

    Personal data

    Date of Birth: 07. Mai 1986
    Place of Birth: Malsch (Karlsruhe)


    Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
    Electrical engineering and information technology, Dipl.-Ing.
    Focus: Systems optimization, sensor fusion, navigation

    Current work

    • Software development in the field of navigation / communication / collision avoidance of autonomous marine robotic systems
    • Support for the use of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) on scientific cruises
    • System design of the GEOMAR-internal infrastructure BELUGA und coordination in the scope of the projects SOOP, Sailing4Oxygen and MUSE


    • From Nov 2024: MUSE - Marine Umweltrobotik und -Sensorik für nachhaltige Erforschung (Helmholtz)
    • Okt 2020 - Today: BELUGA: Marine multi-platform controller and situational awareness (internal)
    • Nov 2019 - Today: CIAM - Comprehensive Integrated and Fully Autonomous Subsea Monitoring (third-party/industrial)
    • Nov 2015 - Nov 2019: Submarine Groundwater Discharge: Adaption of an autonomous aquatic vehicle for robotic measurements, sampling and monitoring (technology transfer)


    • 2024 RV Meteor (M198): Catania (Italy) - Catania (Italy), AUV operations
    • 2023 RV Alkor (AL595): Kiel (Germany) - Grimsey (Iceland) - Kiel (Germany), AUV operations
    • 2023 RV Alkor (AL589): Kiel (Germany) - Kiel (Germany), AUV operations 
    • 2021 RV Alkor (AL559a): Kiel (Germany) - Kiel (Germany), AUV tests
    • 2020 RV Alkor (AL548): Lübeck Bay (Germany) - Kiel (Germany), AUV operations
    • 2020 RV Alkor (AL538): Kiel (Germany) - Kiel (Germany), AUV tests
    • 2020 RV Alkor (AL533): Catania (Italy) - La Seyne sur Mer (France), AUV tests
    • 2019 PS Al Mabrukah: Salalah (Oman) - Salalah (Oman), Wave Glider
    • 2019 RV Meteor (M160): Mindelo (Cape Verde) - Mindelo (Cape Verde), Wave Glider
    • 2017 RV Maria S. Merian (MSM61): Mindelo (Cape Verde) - Las Palmas (Spain), Wave Glider
    • 2016 RV Al Salt: Salalah (Oman) - Salalah (Oman), Multi-beam bathymetry survey


    • P. Leibold, N. Diller, S. Reißmann and C. Faber, "BELUGA: An Integrated Marine Multi-Platform Infrastructure and Near Real-Time Ocean Data Visualization Tool," OCEANS 2023 - MTS/IEEE U.S. Gulf Coast, Biloxi, MS, USA, 2023, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.23919/OCEANS52994.2023.10337372.
    • Mueller, Thomas; Gros, Jonas; Leibold, Patrick; Al-Balushi, Hajar; Petermann, Eric; Schmidt, Mark; Brückmann, Warner; Al Kindi, Mohammed; Al Abri, Omar (2023) Autonomous large-scale radon mapping and buoyant plume modelling quantify deep submarine groundwater discharge - a novel approach based on a self-sufficient open ocean vehicle. In Environmental Science & Technology https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.est.3c00786
    • Leibold, P. und Al Abri, O. (2019) An integrated web-based approach for near real-time mission monitoring. In: 2019 1st International Conference on Unmanned Vehicle Systems-Oman, UVS 2019. . IEEE, Article number 8658284. ISBN 978-153869368-1 DOI 10.1109/UVS.2019.8658284
    • Brückmann, W., Leibold, P., Schmidt, M., Al Balushi, H. und Al Abri, O. (2017) Using an autonomous Wave Glider to detect seawater anomalies related to submarine groundwater discharge - engineering challenge. [Poster] In: AGU Fall Meeting 2017. , 11.12 - 15.12.2017, New Orleans, USA
    • Al Balushi H.; Müller T.; Friesen J.; Leibold P.; Schmidt M.; Brückmann W., “Submarine Groundwater Discharge: Combining offshore autonomous monitoring with onshore groundwater modeling and monitoring in the Salalah coastal plain, Oman”. Conference ECSA 56 - Coastal systems in transition, from a ‚natural‘ to an ‚anthropogenically-modified‘ state4-7 September 2016, Bremen, Germany, P1.017.
    • Leibold, P. (2016) IATI-SGD Pilot Project – Development of Autonomous Vehicles, Wave Glider. [Vortrag] In: Workshop on “Submarine Groundwater discharge”. , 25.05.2016, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
    • Hartmann, F.; Gaedeke, T.; Leibold, P.; Niestoruk, L.; Stork, W., "Navigation for Occupational Safety in Harsh Industrial Environments," in Smart Objects, Systems and Technologies (Smart SysTech), 2014 European Conference, pp.1-8, 1-2 July 2014