Versatile, High-Resolution, Low-Cost AUV 3D Sensor

Lead Pi: Douglas Hart · 02/2007 - 01/2010

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Project number: 2007-R/RCM-19
Strategic Focus Area: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems

The researchers are developing a novel high-speed, low-power 3D sensor capable of resolving surface profiles for underwater inspection, mapping, and AUV navigation. Unlike 3D acoustical sensors whose performance degrades at close range, the proposed sensor leverages recent advances in optical technology to achieve a compact, low-cost device capable of ultra-high resolution 3D mapping at close range even in turbid conditions.