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Link Foundation Ocean Engineering and Instrumentation Fellowship Reports


The goal of my graduate research is to address two engineering science problems whose solution will enable Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) to routinely perform semi-autonomous missions presently considered impractical or infeasible. I am pursuing this research under the direction of Professor Whitcomb in the Dynamical Systems and Controls Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, and in collaboration with the faculty of the Deep Submergence Laboratory of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

In the last decade AUVs have begun to complement Human Occupied Vehicles (HOVs) and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) as effective platforms for oceanographic exploration. HOVs and ROVs are highly effective at performing sampling and small scale survey missions. Present day AUVs have proven to be highly effective at performing large and small scale survey missions using preprogrammed sequences of waypoints and tracklines.


Louis L. Whitcomb

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Year received Link Fellowship: 2006-2007



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