13 January

Underwater and surface robotics leaning and mapping the ocean

I am at the 2018 marine robotics field trials and things are ramping up nicely. There are a wide selection of cool projects from several universities including York, University of South Carolina, University of Minnesota and McGill University.

Our own lab is looking at a nice application of inverse reinforcement learning in the context of following divers (such as a marine biologist) and taking optimal photo documentation (such as regions of the reef of interest). We are also deploying an underwater camera to takes footage using similar motivating principles implement in a deep learning architecture.

We start our day at 8am with a morning briefing regarding the day's experiments an the previous days results, successes and challenges. Then we work at sea until dark and do development work and fine-tuning (or more) until late at night. It's exhilarating, but also exhausting.

We have another 5 or 6 applications being fielded.

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