Autonomous underwater robots

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Inspection of ship hulls and offshore marine structures using autonomous underwater vehicles has emerged as a unique and challenging application of robotics. The problem poses rich questions in physical design and operation, perception and navigation, and planning, driven by difficulties arising from the acoustic environment, poor water quality and the highly complex structures to be inspected, among others. On the open hull, robust integrated acoustic and visual mapping processes are needed to achieve closed-loop control relative to features such as weld-lines and biofouling. In the complex area, implementation of new large-scale planning routines are required so as to achieve full imaging coverage of all the structures, at a resolution adequate to see small objects of interest to the user. UM has, since 2007, collaborated with colleagues at MIT and with Bluefin Robotics on an Office of Naval Research sponsored project for autonomous hull inspection that has been recently demonstrated using the Bluefin Robotics Hovering Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (HAUV) platform.

Michigan Autonomous Aerial Vehicles

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The Michigan Autonomous Aerial Vehicles submission to the 2012 DARPA UAVForge competition. MAAV is a student competition team at the University of Michigan.

The Aerodynamics of Birds

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Wei Shyy, chair of the University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering Department, is a photographer of birds. He studies them to help engineers design small, flapping-wing aircraft.

The Future in Space

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Nanosatellites will also be a tool to help keep space clean. Fifty years of abandoning spacecraft in orbit has left about 5,500 tons of debris cluttering space around the planet and posing a substantial threat to hugely expensive unmanned and manned spacecraft. If current practices prevail, engineers expect that number to grow at a rate of five percent a year. Although nanosats won't cut the amount of debris already whizzing overhead, they will help stop future missions from adding to the problem.

Focus on Faculty - Alec Gallimore

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Short profile of University of Michigan aerospace engineering professor Alec Gallimore.

Graduate Education at Michigan Engineering (short version)

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University of Michigan College of Engineering is one of the top ranked institutions in the country for graduate students. This video provides a brief overview for anyone considering Michigan Engineering.

Graduate Education Video Extended Version

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University of Michigan College of Engineering is one of the top ranked institutions in the country for graduate students.