The editors of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America have selected Perry Naughton‘s paper on using ambient sound to localize our Autonomous Underwater Explorers for their Technical Area Pick for Signal Processing. With colleagues from the Jaffe lab, UCSD, and Université Grenoble Alpes, Perry demonstrated that the free drifting floats could be tracked relative to each other with only sounds of opportunity from the surrounding environment — no extra pingers needed! The technique could be used to facilitate low cost, low energy multi-vehicle surveys.
Jules was in London a few weeks ago talking about the future of underwater exploration at the Science Museum. In a few weeks, the museum is opening a new exhibit on autonomous land, air, and sea vehicles that will feature the Mini-Autonomous Underwater Explorers developed in the Jaffe Lab. Check out the video the museum produced of Jules talking about the instrument on YouTube!