Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Mobile Mesh Networks - Applications for Hydrographic Surveying

Midshipman Researcher(s): 1/C Corwin Stites

Adviser(s): Assistant Professor Dennis Evangelista

Poster #97

Underwater surveying is a costly and time consuming endeavor. My project is investigating how a mobile mesh network could be applied to make hydrographic surveys more efficient and accurate. Such a network would consist of a group of sonar equipped Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) connected via a mesh network actuated through an acoustic modem. The project focus is on the spatial arrangement of the nodes as well as how nodes of the mesh network would communicate for best effect to accomplish fast hydrographic surveying of a predetermined area or fast location of an underwater target of interest.

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