Person: Richard Camilli

Richard Camilli is a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Deep Submergence Laboratory. Dr. Camilli received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2003 and maintains a research affiliation with MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. His work focuses on developing and using autonomous robotic systems for oceanography, archaeology, disaster … Continued

Log Post: Technology and Science

The famous physicist Edward Teller said, “The science of today is the technology of the future.” The experts who took part on the Coordinated Robotics expedition came to the ‘Au ‘Au Channel to imprint their own take on his statement. They want to advance technology so it can deliver the science of tomorrow. “We are making an … Continued

Log Post: Coordinated Robotics 2 Wrap Up Video

“All these techniques we are developing and demonstrating will help build our ability to understand the oceans. Having more observations is critical to having good science.” The novel approach by the Coordinated Robotics expedition begins with the equipment, but continues well into the way the team is using the data, making decisions, and programing platforms. Learn more … Continued

Log Post: A Happy Marriage

Some years ago, Prof. Stefan Williams, from the University of Sydney’s marine robotics program, packed two of his underwater vehicles and traveled to Greece. He was excited to participate in the practical applications of the robots he and his team had been developing for years. There, the team was involved in the mapping of a … Continued

Log Post: No Easy Fix

Legend has it that If you gave Albert Einstein an hour to solve a problem, he would spend fifty-five minutes thinking about it, and then the last five actively working on solving it. He believed the formulation of a problem was essential to finding its solution. This is a strategy that the engineers on Falkor are certainly … Continued

Log Post: Map Tracker

Time flies. Three years have already passed since the first Coordinated Robotics expedition took place on R/V Falkor, in Scott Reef, off the North West Australian coast. In preparation for that cruise, Dr. Ariell Friedman and his team developed the first iteration of Map Tracker, a rough cut version of its current iteration. The new … Continued

Person: Angel White

Angelicque White is an Associate Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University and Courtesy Faculty at the University of Hawaii. White’s research employs various biochemical and optical approaches to characterize elemental stoichiometry, planktonic diversity, and phytoplankton production in oligotrophic oceanic regimes. White is an Investigator in the Simons … Continued

Log Post: Backstage

“The first problem we had is that the vehicle wasn’t communicating with the ship’s USBL system, so we weren’t able to keep track of where the Iver was underwater,” says Nick Goumas. “That made the mission very high risk. So we decided we were confident running a simple compass calibration mission, which is when the … Continued

Log Post: Lights, camera, drift!

On R/V Falkor, several Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) are being optimized individually. Meanwhile, the team is experimenting with artificial intelligence that will enable the machines to assess risk, complete missions, and replan actions in conjunction. At the same time, software is being developed to act as an umbrella that keeps track of operations by displaying … Continued