Chris Roman is a professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island specializing in ocean robotics. He has a BS from Virginia Tech and an MS from the University of California San Diego both in mechanical engineering. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in 2005. His research interests focus on developing sensing systems and methods for acoustic and photographic sea floor mapping. This work involves underwater vehicle design, acoustic instrumentation, image processing and mapping algorithm development. He works in a variety of application areas in marine science, with the goal of finding novel new engineering solutions for interesting science questions. This work takes place in the lab, at sea and around the world.
He currently leads the imaging and mapping group associated with the Nautilus ocean exploration program, which operates the Hercules 4000 meter rated remotely operated vehicle. In his lab Roman is also developing robotic oceanographic floats for coastal sea floor imaging and adaptive water column profiling.
At the 2011 URI Honors Colloquium, Roman will discuss telepresence as it is currently practiced in oceanography and its future in a panel with James Bellingham of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and Joseph Cione of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The focus of the panel will be the physics of the air-sea interface.
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