Xiaobo Tan receives NSF grant
to transition gliding robotic fish technology
Prof. Xiaobo Tan has received an NSF grant to advance the market readiness of the gliding robotic fish technology that his group has developed. The technology integrates the energy-efficiency of underwater gliders with the high maneuverability of robotic fish, and is expected to offer an inexpensive mobile sensing solution for various aquatic environments. The objectives of the NSF grant include the development of a modularized architecture for interfacing with sensors to make the product easily reconfigurable for different applications, and the development of solar and wave energy-harvesting solutions to enable continuous, long-duration field operation. The technology, once transitioned, is expected to enhance capabilities in monitoring water quality and aquatic ecosystems, inspecting underwater structures, and securing ports and maritime borders.
An abstract of the award can be viewed at http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1343413.