Project Overview


AUV Kamikaze- Project Objectives:


Characterize the data field around Vailulu’u crater for the purpose of mapping navigation cues for novel, neural network based AUV navigation system.


 Map details of both water column above crater using AUV and crevice sites in crater wall where significant oceanic exchange occurs using Pisces submersible.


Exercise navigation method using AUV to explore through crevice and across hydrothermal vent fields in crater floor.


Exercise in-situ mass spectrometer in appropriate depth range using samples taken by AUV system.

Where is AUV Kamikaze going?  Deep into the Vailulu'u Volcanic Crater!

Vailulu'u Web Page
To the Eastside of Ta'u Island an active underwater volcano, named Vailulu'u, is present. This unique seamount already has been the subject of three previous seagoing cruises. Read more about the outcome of these cruises ...


 Summary of the AUV Kamikaze Project

                                                                                                                                                      Florida Institute of Technology, Department of Marine and Environmental systems is exploring the use of non-traditional methods for oceanic research and navigation. The cornerstone of this work is the use of hybrid neural networks for detection and recognition of patterns in multi-sensory data inputs from the environment. Based on these patterns, vehicle navigation can occur based on feature of interest with higher confidence intervals than traditional INS based or external acoustic based navigation. This mission would map data suitable for AUV use to navigate in an extreme environment with robust error recovery while performing scientific tasks. A demonstration run of AUV in a typical application running across hydrothermal vent field will be attempted. Comparison of FIT payload data to equivalent Pisces V and tow-yo data will be used to validate datasets.




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