Passive robotics for scalable seabed imaging

"Mapping in the background" will build a fleet of ultra-low cost passive underwater robotic platforms, or DriftCams, capable of building massive digital maps of the seafloor using underwater currents to drift along near the seabed. They will drift along completely unattended for periods of several weeks, which will eliminate the need for ships, which is the most expensive part of underwater robot operations, that are normally required for daily deployment and recovery.

This innovation fellowship is funded by the EPSRC, EP/S001182/1 “Mapping in the Background”, 2018 to 2021.

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