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Using Drones to Monitor Iceberg Sizes

ECE/MIE Professor Hanumant Singh has developed a method of taking high-resolution 3d photos of icebergs to monitor their size using ocean drones. Read full story. » 

Penguin species in Antarctica hit hard by climate change

ECE/MIE Professor Hanumant Singh’s research on the declining penguin population in Antarctica was featured on the CBS This Morning segment “Penguin species in Antarctica hit hard by climate change.” Read full story. » 

Robotics Showcase

A variety of robots, such as a prosthetic hand, drones, mobile robots, and an autonomous car and kayak from ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir’s RIVeR Lab and ECE/MIE Professor Hanumant Singh’s robotics research center were on display at the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex as part of National Engineers Week. Read full story»

Using Jetyak Robot to Study Zooplankton at Night

ECE/MIE Professor Hanumant Singh is using his Jetyak robot, an autonomous vehicle to collect oceanographic data, to study the migration patterns of zooplankton in the Arctic at night. Read full story»

The ‘Curious’ Robots Searching for the Ocean’s Secrets

A new class of machines knows how to recognize and investigate unexpected things that pop up underwater. Read full story»

Underwater robot captures images of Antarctic sea ice

Maritime Journal: A team of scientists from the UK, USA and Australia have used an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to capture ‘detailed, high-resolution 3D maps’ of Antarctic sea ice and provide accurate ice thickness measurements in areas previously too difficult to access. Read full story »

Underwater robot reveals the mysteries of Antarctic ice

An underwater robot has been used to produce the first detailed, high-resolution 3D maps of Antarctic sea ice.

CNET Magazine – 25 November 2014

When it comes to inhospitable environments, the Antarctic is about as harsh as it gets. For that reason, it has been extremely difficult to survey. Thanks to an underwater robot, though, the British Antarctic Survey has for the first time obtained detailed, high-res 3D maps of the sea ice, including regions that had been previously too difficult to access. Read article »

More news coverage from the WHOI press release:

New algorithms produce patterns that could hide eyesores in public places

From Phys.org: In their new paper, Owens and his collaborators—William Freeman, an MIT professor of computer science and engineering and one of his thesis advisors; Connelly Barnes of the University of Virginia; Flyby Media’s Alex Flint; and Hanumant Singh of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution—assume that the object to be concealed is box-shaped, since that’s generally true of the real-world scenarios in which they envision their technology being applied. Read full story. »

Exploring the Ocean from the Comfort of Home

WCAI Radio: Dr. Hanumant Singh of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution discusses the fact that he’d like to see the underwater robots he works with become more like commodities than celebrities – nameless machines that are inexpensive enough that scientists can push the envelope and not worry if one robot breaks or fails to return from a mission. Listen here. »

AGAVE Expedition

The Arctic Gakkel Vent Expedition received extensive coverage in the mainstream press, due to the challenges inherent to working miles below the Arctic ice caps.  An AP article was picked up by several media outlets, in addition to the TV, radio, and newspaper coverage highlighted below.

December 2008
A radio story on NPR’s RadioLab.

December 2007
Wired Magazine story on the findings of the expedition, “A Search for Hot Springs in the Arctic Yields Remarkable Finds.”
View the slideshow.

June 2007
The Boston Globe’s coverage of the AGAVE expedition.

Discover Magazine pre-emptive coverage of the AGAVE dives.

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