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AquaBots: Maritime Robotics

2012 ~ Present | Robotics and Intelligent Machines Center at Georgia Tech, various commercial partners, US government.


The VIP Team will look at the challenging domain of Maritime Robotics. The oceans cover over 70% of our planet’s surface and constitute a critical element in our quality of life, including both the climate and the resources and food that we obtain from the sea. The goal of this team will be to address new research in maritime robotics including navigation of underwater and surface vehicles, mapping and exploration underwater, and other challenging maritime robotic technologies.

Issues Involved or Addressed

Marine robotics, sensing/perception of objects in unstructured marine environment, autonomous systems, collaborative technology, power and energy

Methods and Technologies

  • Image Processing
  • Software Development
  • Mechanical Design
  • Embedded Systems Development
  • Process Analysis and Simulation
  • Dynamic System Analysis
  • Process Design
  • General Software Skills

Academic Majors of Interest

  • Aerospace Engineering - OLD
  • Biology
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • OMSCS synchronous

Preferred Interests and Preparation

EE, CmpE, CS – Background/interest in autonomy, collaborative control, image processing and embedded systems, power and energy, electrical design and integration, virtual environments. Programming skills are required.

ME – Hydrodynamic modeling, acoustics, mechanical design and instrumentation.

AE – Fluid analysis.

BIOL and Marine Sciences – Ocean biology, ocean chemistry, bio-fouling.

Meeting Schedule & Location

Meeting Location 
Van Leer 465
Meeting Day 

Team Advisors

Dr. Mick West
Dr. Tom Collins
  • GTRI

Partner(s) and Sponsor(s)

Robotics and Intelligent Machines Center at Georgia Tech, various commercial partners, US government.