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Fall 2011 Honors Colloquium

James Bellingham (October 25)
Use of Drones and Robots to Study the Ocean, the Atmosphere and Their Coupling.

BIO

James Bellingham graduated with his Ph.D. in Physics from MIT in 1988. He is currently the Chief Technologist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Monterey, California.

Bellingham develops Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVS), which are underwater robots that navigate without requiring the input of an operator. These un-manned vehicles are used to observe the ocean interior. In the process of developing these vehicles, Bellingham has spent considerable time at sea, leading over 20 AUV expeditions in locations such as the Antarctic, North Atlantic, Mediterranean, South Pacific, and the Arctic.  His latest vehicle, the Tethys Long-Range AUV, is designed to follow and observe aggregations of plankton over periods of many weeks to provide insights to the dynamics of marine microbial communities.

Bellingham is a co-founder of Bluefin Robotics Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AUVs for the military, commercial, and scientific markets. He serves on the Strategic Advisory Group of Battelle Memorial Corporation, which purchased Bluefin Robotics in 2005. As part of his testimony to the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy in 2002, Bellingham prepared a white paper on the next generation of ocean observing systems entitled, New Windows in the Ocean.

At the 2011 URI Honors Colloquium, Bellingham will discuss the current state of ocean robotics and the future of such systems in a panel with Joseph Cione of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration and Chris Roman of the University of Rhode Island. The focus of the panel will be the physics of the air-sea interface.

 

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HELPFUL LINKS

URI Presentation - Video
The video for the URI presentation on 10/25/11

MBARI Profile
Jim Bellingham's profile for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

Marine Robot Article
An article about Jim Bellingham and his work with marine robots