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Using AI to Explore Oceans

Using AI to Explore Oceans

By Micah Moen 3 Comments October 15, 2019


95% of the world’s ocean
is still unexplored. For the first time ever
in historical times, there’s no multiyear ice in
arctic so that means all the ice that was
created last year melted. The question is, will
we ever get it back? In this class, we
teach students how to put autonomy, or AI,
onto marine vehicles. What’s going on under the
ice is a bit of a mystery unless you drill a hole
and put a sensor through. And what better sensor to
put through than a robot. I like marine robots. I like the ocean. I really think the
possibilities are incredible for
exploring the ocean and was really excited
to take this class. The first part of
the class is where we run a different
variety of simulations as well as write applications
for these simulations. And we spend many
weeks running through those different possibilities. And we give them the ability
to learn and make mistakes right here at MIT
before we sent robots out where the consequences of
mistakes can be very expensive. The final lab was
running two vessels. You and your partner
are both commanding one with preprogrammed missions
on the Charles River to try to determine a simulated
temperature front that we had moving through the water. The robots would go
out and determine the different parameters
for the wave front– the wavelength, the
period, the amplitude and the actual
temperature variation between North and South front. We have perfect scenarios in
our computers and our model. Then you put it on
the robot, and there’s the noise of the Charles River,
which is a real life effect. It felt moderately terrifying
to see the vessel go out on the water for the first time. Seeing it actually doing
what we coded it to do was a great great feeling. It was empowering. 2680 is– Inspiring. Innovative. Challenging. Overall, very much worthwhile. When I look up marine
robotics, I just see a humongous field that
has not reached anywhere near full capacity. We know more about the
surface of the moon than we do about the
bottom of the oceans. And this is where I
think marine robotics can make a really big difference. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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Alfred Loomis

Great robots, keep it up. One other thing I could not help but notice, was the negative political sticker on (the prof's?) computer. So, any student in the class who is a republican can expect a hostile environment? Would a political atmosphere injected into the engineering class be mentioned in the syllabus?

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Salud al Clima

These innovations will help the health of the planet, thank goodness, there are idealistic people

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ct2034

Coolest thing to think about in the video: A Robot is a Sensor
This statement alone teaches a whole story about how language is shaped by society and by different sub-groups in it.

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