Saturday, August 05, 2006

Powerful Algorithms Make ASAP Happen


SpaceRef.com has an interesting story about the Adaptive Sampling and Prediction program about to be kicked off in Monterey Bay, California this month. The three year project, funded by the Office of Naval Research, will utilize a new algorithm to control two autonomous submarine gliders to monitor ocean conditions and predict future activity.

The robot gliders will work in tandem, scouring the ocean and collecting data which will be transmitted to scientists on land. This marks the first time two robots have worked autonomously and in tandem, without human help of any kind.

If successful, the project could lead to further program models for use in exploration of everything from the rain forests to the solar system and beyond...

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