Voolstra, Christian R.
Salama, Khaled N.
KAUST DepartmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division
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AbstractThe promise of oceanic discovery has long intrigued scientists and explorers, whether with the idea of studying underwater ecology and climate change or with the hope of uncovering natural resources and historic secrets buried deep in archaeological sites. This quest to explore the oceans requires skilled human access, yet much of the oceans are inaccessible to human divers; nearly ninetenths of the ocean floor is at 1 km or deeper . Accessing these depths is imperative since factors such as pollution and deep-sea trawling threaten ecology and archaeological sites. While remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) are inadequate for the task, a robotic avatar could go where humans cannot and still embody human intelligence and intentions through immersive interfaces.
CitationKhatib O, Yeh X, Brantner G, Soe B, Kim B, et al. (2016) Ocean One: A Robotic Avatar for Oceanic Discovery. IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine 23: 20–29. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/MRA.2016.2613281.
SponsorsWe would like to thank all the supporting partners and the students who have contributed so much to the development of Ocean One. The assistance of Harlyn Baker and Samir Menon in the preparation of this manuscript is also gratefully acknowledged. This research was supported in part by a King Abdullah University of Science and Technology/Stanford University AEA Round 3 award and baseline research funds to CRV.