Skip to main content


Dr Declan Vogt

Senior Lecturer in Robotics and Automated Mining



I am trained as an electronics engineer, spent the first half of my career to date developing geophysical instruments, and the balance managing mining research. My research interests are diverse, including:

  • In-mine geophysics, especially radio-based techniques, including RIM and GPR
  • Underground communications
  • Application of Lean principles to mining 
  • Stand-off remote sensing, particularly the application of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) to in-situ mineral identification
  • Mining automation 
  • Robotics
  • Instrumentation for mine occupational health

I'm driven by a desire to make mines more pleasant working environments that are also more productive, safer and lower cost.


Academic qualifications

  • BSc Eng (Elec), 1989 (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • MSc Eng, 1992 (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • PhD Electronics, 2001 (University of York)

Employment History

  • 1992 - 2009, Chamber of Mines Research Organisation, then CSIR, in-mine geophysical tool development
  • 2009 - 2014, CSIR, Manager of mining research
  • 2014 - 2017, University of the Witwatersrand, Director of the Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems
  • 2017 - present, University of Exeter, Senior Lecturer in Robotics and Autonomous Mining