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4:00pm, Adamson Wing, Baker Hall
The maneuvering performance of present-day underwater robotic vehicles is limited by a variety of problems in dynamical modeling, actuation, control, and navigation. This talk reports recent advances by the speaker and collaborators in the areas of navigation, actuator modeling, and closed-loop model-based control of underwater vehicles, and discusses open research issues. These issues will be examined in the context of recent field deployments of the Jason and Argo II underwater robotic vehicles at full ocean depth in the Mediterranean Sea and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
Louis Whitcomb received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and his doctorate in electrical engineering from Yale University in 1984 and 1992, respectively. In 1984-86 he was with GM-Fanuc Robotics in Detroit. In 1993-1995 he held post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Tokyo and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He has received a 1996 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation and a 1997 Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research. Whitcomb holds appointments as Visiting Investigator at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University.
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