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The AQUA Underwater Robot

AQUA over reef

AQUA is a joint project between McGill University, York University and Dalhousie University. Funding is due to NSERC. Earlier funding was from IRIS/Precarn, the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems, a Canadian National Center of Excellence.

The AQUA project explores the science and technologies for the interpretation of underwater video footage, the identification of underwater features, the modeling of 3-D scenes using vision and acoustics, vehicle control, position estimation and mechanical design. Key applications for AQUA are the assesment of marine habitats and biodiversity on coral reefs. By using a robot, we hope several important classes of measurement can be made much more reliable. Trials of this application are ongoing.

The AQUA project demo was awarded the prize for best demonstration of IRIS funded technology at the 2004 IRIS conference.






York McGill Dalhousie NSERC Precarn IRIS




AQUA McGill Mobile Robotics Lab