A robotic vehicle for aquatic environmental monitoring

Jeffrey Laut, Ben High, Oded Nov, Maurizio Porfiri

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Abstract

Environmental monitoring is critical for assessing and protecting our natural resources. Robotics can greatly benefit this field be enabling rapid assessment of large areas with minimal human supervision. Here, we describe an aquatic mobile robot for data collection in a polluted waterway. The robot is part of an environmental monitoring project known as "Brooklyn Atlantis," and collects water quality data and images within the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, NY. Water quality is analyzed offline, while images are classified using citizen science through a web-based interface. To provide an added degree of interactivity to the participants of the project, an automated pan-Tilt camera rig is developed, capable of providing 360° panorama photos that can be manipulated by a user. Beyond data collection, the robot serves as a useful tool for outreach and directly engaging the local community in science-based activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASME 2015 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2015
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
Volume2015-January
StatePublished - 2015
EventASME 2015 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2015 - Columbus, United States
Duration: Oct 28 2015Oct 30 2015

Other

OtherASME 2015 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2015
CountryUnited States
CityColumbus
Period10/28/1510/30/15

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Water quality
Robotics
Robots
Monitoring
Canals
Natural resources
Mobile robots
Cameras

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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Laut, J., High, B., Nov, O., & Porfiri, M. (2015). A robotic vehicle for aquatic environmental monitoring. In ASME 2015 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2015 (Vol. 2015-January). American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

A robotic vehicle for aquatic environmental monitoring. / Laut, Jeffrey; High, Ben; Nov, Oded; Porfiri, Maurizio.

ASME 2015 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2015. Vol. 2015-January American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2015.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Laut, J, High, B, Nov, O & Porfiri, M 2015, A robotic vehicle for aquatic environmental monitoring. in ASME 2015 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2015. vol. 2015-January, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME 2015 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2015, Columbus, United States, 10/28/15.
Laut J, High B, Nov O, Porfiri M. A robotic vehicle for aquatic environmental monitoring. In ASME 2015 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2015. Vol. 2015-January. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 2015
Laut, Jeffrey ; High, Ben ; Nov, Oded ; Porfiri, Maurizio. / A robotic vehicle for aquatic environmental monitoring. ASME 2015 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2015. Vol. 2015-January American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2015.
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