Person: Timothy Shank

Tim Shank is a deep-sea biologist and a tenured associate scientist in the Biology Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  His research focuses on the ecology and evolution of fauna inhabiting deep-ocean hydrothermal, seamount, canyon and hadal/trench systems.  Tim received his undergraduate degree in Biology and German from the University of North Carolina at … Continued

Person: Jeff Drazen

Dr. Jeffrey Drazen is an ecologist interested in studying the role of fishes in deep sea habitats and the structure and function of deep-sea food webs in general.  He earned his PhD from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2000 working under Dr. Ken Smith on the feeding ecology of bathyal and abyssal fishes. After graduation … Continued

Person: Will Snyder

Will Snyder is a masters student at the University of Rhode Island working on a degree in Ocean Engineering.  His research focuses on autonomy and control of underwater vehicles.  He will be operating a Lagrangian Float vehicle this cruise that drifts over the bottom and produces photo-mosaics of the seabed along it’s track.  The vehicle … Continued

Person: Jeff Oshiro

Jeff is a M.S. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.  His current project is using the Wave Glider for sea-floor geodesy.   In the summer 2013, he interned for Liquid Robotics at their Engineering and Testing Facility in Kawaihae, HI.  As an undergrad, he worked for the Field Robotics Laboratory as a research … Continued

Person: Lachlan Toohey

Lachlan is a PhD student at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney, Australia. His research topic concerns algorithms enabling sharing of information between robots to better determine their position in environments where communication is limited. Previously he has been involved in other underwater robotics expeditions to the Mediterranean Sea, Lake … Continued

Person: Eric Timmons

Eric Timmons is currently a Ph.D. student in the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Applied Ocean Science and Engineering. He is researching the application of risk-bounded programming to long-lived fleets of autonomous underwater vehicles. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. He conducted his Masters research on fast, … Continued

Person: Oleksiy Kebkal

Oleksiy Kebkal is lead software engineer at EvoLogics GmbH, a German a high-tech enterprise, specializing in underwater acoustic communication, acoustic positioning equipment and innovative solutions for robotics. Oleksiy received his M.Sc. degree in Computer Sciences from the National Technical University of Ukraine (Kiev, Ukraine) in 2001 and is currently working towards his PhD degree. He … Continued

Person: Chris Roman

Chris Roman is an Associate Professor of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. He has been working with marine robotics and participating in oceanographic research for the past 15 years. He runs a laboratory that develops new platforms and methods to map the sea floor and make measurements in the … Continued

Person: Stefan Williams

Prof. Stefan B. Williams is the Professor of Marine Robotics at the University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics and the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering.  He holds an ARC Future Fellowship and leads the ACFR’s Marine Robotics group. Prof. Williams is also the head of Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System Autonomous … Continued

Person: Brian Williams

Brian Williams is a Professor at MIT.  He received his S.B., S.M and Ph.D. from MIT in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering in 1989. He pioneered research in multiple fault, model-based diagnosis in the 80′s through the GDE and Sherlock systems at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, and model-based autonomy in the 90′s at … Continued