November 16, 2007

A new generation of robotic explorers

MBARI's Dorado autonomous underwater vehicle explores beneath the Arctic ice.

MBARI’s Dorado autonomous underwater vehicle explores beneath the Arctic ice.

Autonomous robots that can “think for themselves” will soon be exploring and monitoring the dark depths of the ocean as well as the frontiers of outer space. In the November 16, 2007 issue of Science magazine, MBARI researchers James Bellingham and Kanna Rajan summarize the recent history of robotic exploration and give some tantalizing clues where these robots might take us in the near future. This issue of Science includes a variety of articles on robotics and features an illustration of MBARI’s Dorado autonomous underwater vehicle on the cover.

For additional information or images relating to this article, please contact: Kim Fulton-Bennett
831-775-1835, kfb@mbari.org