Dedicated to the development and application of autonomous underwater vehicles, MIT Sea Grant’s AUV Lab is a leading developer of advanced unmanned marine robots. 

The laboratory also serves as a training ground for graduate and undergraduate students, visiting engineers, and scientists, from around the world, who both learn from and contribute to the Lab’s current research activities.

REx on the Charles River with the Boston skyline in the background

The Remote Explorer (Rex) autonomous surface vehicle is continuously improved upon by the AUV Lab at MIT Sea Grant, including adding navigation and underwater wireless communication systems.

Because our vehicles can function without tethers, cables, or remote control, they have a multitude of applications in oceanography, environmental monitoring, and underwater resource studies. Above is a bathymetric map MIT Sea Grant developed with the Charles River Alliance of Boaters (CRAB).


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MIT Team Wins Explorer Prize in the Ocean Observing Prize's DISCOVER Competition from US DOE and NOAA

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MIT Sea Grant announces five newly funded projects propelling innovation in the aquaculture industry

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Michelle Kornberg at the MIT Sailing Pavilion dock on the Charles River with a row of sailboats behind
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Understanding the Impact of Climate Change on the Ocean: MIT Sea Grant Undergraduate Researcher Michelle Kornberg

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