Prototyping Shark Tracker Engineering

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Prototyping Shark Tracker Engineering

Prototyping Shark Tracker Engineering

07/30/2018 - 08/03/2018

Class meets at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego, 10100 Hopkins Drive
from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm.

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Course Description

There has been an increase in Great White shark encounters off the coasts of Southern California and Baja Mexico in the last few years. This has led scientists and engineers to create autonomous tracking devices that can give us more information on why there has been an increase of these magnificent creatures near our beaches. Although we have gained much needed research about sharks through the use of these modern technologies, the sharks are always aware of the robotic tracking devices that follow them due to their specialized sensory systems. This is an issue because we cannot get credible evidence if the tracking robots are disturbing the shark’s natural behaviors. Therefore, our mission in this course is twofold:

  1. To better understand Great White sharks sensory organs that allow them to be aware of underwater robots and to better understand what the robots are doing to “alert” the shark’s awareness.
  2. To engineer prototype robots that can lessen the electrical fields and “ping” frequencies that disturb the shark’s natural behaviors. We will model our prototypes from the REMUS.

Spaces remaining: 7


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