Research & Development

The Autonomous Systems Laboratory (ASL) at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)  develops innovative technology in the field of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).

Research and development in the ASL includes  efforts to develop:

  • biomimetic behaviors for AUVs to sample the environment more efficiently
  • hardware and software to automate target recognition by AUVs
  • methods to detect submarine wakes, and to track and trail submarines, by AUVs
  • easy-to-use and practical software for mission planning and supervision  for multiple networked AUVs
Areas of Expertise
  • Development of rapid LabVIEW AUV software
  • Neural network processing and target recognition (US Patent Pending)
  • Systems design and hardware integration for small and large AUVs

Our research and development efforts have benefited by collaborations with numerous industry and academic partners, including

  • Prizm
  • Northrop Grumman
  • SAIC
  • Autosub
  • University of Delaware CSHEL
  • University of New Hampshire CCOM
The next-generation autonomous underwater vehicle Fetch 2.