A pilot-aid for ROV based tracking of gelatinous animals in the midwater

J. Rife, S.M. Rock
MTS/IEEE Oceans 2001. An Ocean Odyssey. Conference Proceedings (IEEE Cat. No.01CH37295)  
A visual tracking system installed on MBARI ROV Ventana has demonstrated fully autonomous tracking of a gelatinous animal in the waters of Monterey Bay, California. The device, intended as an aid for human ROV pilots, will increase the feasible duration of observational experiments in the field of marine biology. This work describes the automation system and the challenges encountered during its development. These challenges have been addressed during ocean dives, throughout which the system
more » ... demonstrated robustness to the ROV operational environment and to the difficulties of imaging in the deep ocean.
doi:10.1109/oceans.2001.968274 fatcat:fhuv7wekrrhuneay4juigu2oyu