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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Bluefin Robotics News

Fred Byus (Photo: Battelle)

Battelle Unifies Maritime Technologies Leadership Structure

Battelle’s maritime technologies range will now be housed under one leadership structure lead by Rear Admiral Fred Byus, USN (Ret.) “to better meet the accelerating growth of the government and commercial maritime technology markets,” the company announced. Battelle said it has seen accelerating growth in the government and commercial maritime technology markets over the last decade and has undergone expansion—both organically and through investments and acquisitions—of its maritime businesses portfolio.

Bluefin Robotics CEO Named Fellow of ABET

David Kelly, President and CEO of Bluefin Robotics, has been elected a Fellow of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The Fellowship award recognizes individuals who have given sustained, quality service to applied science, computing, engineering or engineering technology education and to their respective professions through the activities of ABET. “It is a true honor to be selected as an ABET Fellow,” Kelly said. Kelly has manned the helm of Bluefin Robotics, a subsidiary of Battelle, since 2008.

James Bellingham will begin work as the Director of the WHOI Center for Marine Robotics in early fall 2014. Bellingham comes to WHOI from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), where he was director of engineering and most recently chief technologist. (Photo courtesy of MBARI)

Bellingham Named Director of WHOI Robotics Center

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has appointed James Bellingham as the first director of its Center for Marine Robotics. Bellingham will come to WHOI in early fall 2014 from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), where he was director of engineering and most recently chief technologist. Bellingham earned his PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was founder and manager of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Laboratory. He was also co-founder of Bluefin Robotics in 1997…

Fred Byus

Rear Adm. Byus (Ret.) to Lead Battelle’s Maritime Systems Group

Fred Byus, a U.S. Navy retired Rear Admiral, has been named General Manager of Battelle’s Maritime Systems business unit. Byus joined Battelle in December 2007 as Vice President of National Security’s Navy Market Group after a distinguished 31-year career in the U.S. Navy. His Navy experience included leadership positions in nuclear engineering, submarines, and command and control of fleet and joint forces. Byus also has served as Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, Commander Naval Forces Korea, Commander Submarine Squadron Seven and Commanding Officer of USS Tautog.

Oceans '13 MTS/IEEE San Diego Preview

Heeding the call to join “An Ocean in Common,” authors flooded the Oceans ‘13 MTS/IEEE San Diego technical program committee with a record number of abstracts in a single day. Special topics include an Ultra-deep track discussing current and prospective robotic technologies, plus a panel of scientists to consider research questions. Oceans2013 Chair Bob Wernli, and Co-Chair Kevin Hardy, developer of the unmanned landers for James Cameron’s DeepSea Challenge Expedition, will be the session conveners. “James’ intention is to be certain the door remains open to other explorers,” Hardy said.

Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV): Photo credit Bluefin Robotics

Bluefin Completes DARPA UUV Deep Testing

Bluefin Robotics has successfully completed deep-water testing of a specialized Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The system was developed under a Phase II subcontract from Applied Physical Sciences Corp. (APS) for the Deep Sea Operations (DSOP) Program. DSOP is part of DARPA's Distributed Agile Submarine Hunting program (DASH), which aims to develop affordable distributed technology to address Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) surveillance needs over large, operationally relevant areas.

Algorithms developed by MIT researchers enable an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to swim around and reconstruct a ship's propeller. Image: Franz Hover, Brendan Englot

Autonomous Robot Maps Ship Hulls for Mines

Algorithms enable robot to navigate and view propellers and other complex structures. For years, the U.S. Navy has employed human divers, equipped with sonar cameras, to search for underwater mines attached to ship hulls. The Navy has also trained dolphins and sea lions to search for bombs on and around vessels. While animals can cover a large area in a short amount of time, they are costly to train and care for, and don’t always perform as expected. In the last few years, Navy scientists…