URI TodayMonday, March 2, 2015
Dive into autonomous subs
Ocean researchers like to say we know less about the Earth’s seas than the moon. With less than 5 percent of the world’s oceans explored, big discoveries await. To find them, University of Rhode Island students are learning to build the next generation of autonomous underwater vehicles, or AUVs, used to map seafloors, study ocean movement, locate sunken objects, research sea life and more.
Led by ocean engineering Assistant Professor Stephen Licht, a class of 10 engineering students is getting a unique look at emerging AUV technology. The class partnered with Bluefin Robotics, an AUV manufacturer in Massachusetts, to study and test one of its newest vehicles, the 36-inch long SandShark.
During spring 2015, the URI students will learn about the science of…