- Human Dimensions — Blue Economy — Water technologies and services
- Physical — Geomorphology — Mapping technologies
Education / Outreach Target Audience
- Bachelors students
- Masters / PhD students
My research focuses on the topics of imaging and underwater robotics. Research areas include: vision-aided navigation, underwater image processing, simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), multiple vehicle networks, long-term autonomy, and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). My methodology is to address fundamental enabling theoretical and technical issues within the above areas, and to experimentally verify my results within real-world robotic tasks. The application arena where I have applied my research is in the use of underwater robotics to support ocean science and industry. Platforms I work with include remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), gliders and AUVs. Robotic survey and mapping projects that I have/are involved in include coral-reef assessment, benthic habitat survey and classification, autonomous ship-hull inspection, the study of coastal methane seeps for marine geology, and the use of robotics for marine archeology (ranging from ancient Greek shipwrecks to the RMS Titanic). I collaborate with colleagues at MIT, Johns Hopkins, Olin College, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and frequently participate in at-sea expeditions.