Underwater Robots Work Together Without Human Input
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A trawl-resistant bottom mount (TRBM) splashes about at the end of a crane as it's lowered into choppy waters off the coast of Santa Cruz, Calif., on July 31, 2006. Technicians on the Research Vessel Point Sur deployed two of the turtle shaped pods and associated communications platforms as part of a major oceanographic field experiment being conducted during the month of August. Research scientists from nearly a dozen major institutions joined the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in launching a networked fleet of autonomous vehicles into the depths of Monterey Bay. NPS Prof. Steve Ramp and Princeton's Naomi Ehrich Leonard are the principle invesigators for the Adaptive Sampling and Prediction (ASAP) Program, one of four marine research initiatives taking place under the Monterey Bay 2005 (MB06) umbrella.