Log Post: Making the Best Use

The #AdaptiveRobotics expedition is different from many research cruises in that the results will not simply be data such as samples, maps, or measurements. Instead, the larger goal is to demonstrate how large volumes of information can be efficiently viewed and interpreted as part of a daily operational workflow, allowing for better informed decision-making and increasing the … Continued

Log Post: Ask us Anything!

A few days ago we invited anyone who was interested to ask Principal Investigator Dr Blair Thornton (University of Southampton) and the international engineering team on Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor questions about underwater robotics and our current expedition. The experts onboard are conducting research on dynamically changing environments like cold seeps with four different … Continued

Log Post: Exchange of Excitement

For the first time, R/V Falkor had more artists than scientists aboard for an expedition! Find out more about this special research cruise, in which six artists and two students worked side-by-side with researchers and crew, mapping the Seeping Cascadia Margin.

Log Post: Last Watch

As my last watch comes to an end, so does my last night at sea. Being aboard the R/V Falkor is a magical experience. I have learned so much over these past few days. Sitting in the control room in front of a wall of 18 screens all flashing different video streams, navigational information, varying … Continued

Log Post: Five Senses

Marcel Proust’s quote “Not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes” resonates with the work of the Adaptive Robotics team. The experts aim to advance the way in which humanity is able to observe the oceans, and push the experience further, tapping into the potential of all five senses. Today, scientists and researchers around … Continued

Person: Leticia Cavole

Leticia Cavole is a third-year graduate student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego. A native of Brazil, Cavole grew up in the small countryside city of Barretos in the state of Sao Paulo. She received her undergraduate degree in oceanography at the University Federal of Rio Grande (FURG), the … Continued

Person: Emily Mclaughlin

Emily just finished her first year as a MS student in Marine Biology at Scripps Institute of Oceanography. She is currently a member of Greg Rouse’s lab working on crinoids, specifically of the genus Promachocrinus. Promachocrinus is an unstalked crinoid, living circumpolar Antarctica. Emily is using morphological and phylogenetic methods to delimit species within Promachocrinus, … Continued

Log Post: Peeking Under The Seafloor

Now that all of our three AUVs have been successfully deployed and taken more than 1,000,000 images of the seafloor, it is ROV SuBastian’s turn to hit the water. Artificial intelligence has run unsupervised clustering of those images, showing us the distribution of similar features on the seafloor. That information is fundamental for us to … Continued