Xiaobo Tan Receive Grants to Develop Robots for Detecting Fish
Tan Recieve Grants to Develop Robots for Detecting Fish
Xiaobo Tan has received two grants from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the United States Geological Survey to develop robotic platforms that can detect acoustically tagged fish in the Great Lakes. Acoustic tags are implanted into fish species of interest and intermittently emit acoustic pings, the detection of which allows approximate localization of the fish. Also known as acoustic telemetry, this technology is able to provide insight into migratory routes and spawning behavior of fish, and is thus instrumental in the control of invasive species (for example, sea lamprey) and stock assessment of high-valued specifies. The current technology predominantly relies on stationary receivers, which limits the range of fish detection and incurs high deployment and maintenance cost. Tan’s group will create mobile platforms for acoustic receivers based on the gliding robotic fish technology they have developed, including enhancing the robot with a propeller system so that it can also operate in fast-flowing rivers.