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Water and Air Vehicles for Environmental Sensing (WAVES)

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Investigators: Nicholas Patrikalakis (MIT), George Barbastathis (MIT), Franz Hover (MIT, alumni), Mandar Chitre (NUS-TMSI), Pavel Tkalich (NUS-TMSI)
Research Scientists: Pablo Valdivia y Alvarado (SMART)
Postdoctoral Associates: Tawfiq Taher (SMART)
Research Engineers: Tony Varghese (SMART),​ Sriharsha Bhat (SMART, Alumni), ​Karthik Srivatsa (SMART, Alumni), Sultan Imenov (NUS-TMSI, SMART, Alumni), Rubaina Khan (SMART, Alumni)​​​

Description: ​Building a state-of-the-art robotic fleet for monitoring And inspection of the Marine environment of Singapore. ​

​Developing path planning tools, navigation control tools and new marine vehicles (stingray) that can be used to augment capabilitiesof an autonomous robotic fleet for monitoring and inspection of the Singapore harbour.​

 Water and Air Vehicles for Environmental Sensing (WAVES)

Water and Air Vehicles for Environmental Sensing or in short WAVES Lab is part of CENSAM which facilitates CENSAM with such platforms. Our key research interest is to develop platforms and sensors that enable us to acquire atmospheric data autonomously and adaptively. Our main research thrust is to develop robotic sensor networks, control algorithms, novel propulsion, and navigation and sensing tools to safely and efficiently monitor and survey the Singapore harbour and coasts.
Principal investigators of this project are Prof. George BARBASTATHIS (MIT) and Prof. Nicholas PATRIKALAKIS (MIT). Other than that we have Tawfiq Taher (Senior Research Manager), Dr. Pablo Valdivia y Alvarado (Research Scientist) as the directors of research plan. The Kayaks at WAVES Lab aka Surface Craft for Oceanographic and Undersea Testing (SCOUT) were developed and build by engineers at MIT’s Department of Ocean Engineering in order to facilitate surface and undersea oceanographic monitoring. The SCOUTs use ocean kayaks equipped with computers, electronics and mechanical propulsion mechanisms. In addition, the vehicles can be equipped with various third-party and custom oceanographic, vision, navigational, and acoustic sensors. The kayaks are largely used as a test bed for robotic algorithms including but not limited to cooperative multi-vehicle operation and intelligent obstacle avoidance.

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