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Ocean robots topic of July 20 lecture in Lewes

Arthur C. Trembanis with a scale model of his Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

11:20 a.m., July 11, 2006--"The Oceans Go Robotic: Using Robots in Marine Science for Things Dirty, Dull or Dangerous" will be the topic of a lecture at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 20, at UD's College of Marine and Earth Studies in Lewes.

The lecture is part of UD's Ocean Currents Lecture Series, which is held on the third Thursday of the month, from April through September, at the Hugh R. Sharp Campus.

Arthur C. Trembanis, assistant professor of geology and director of UD's Coastal Sediments Hydrodynamics and Engineering Laboratory, will present the lecture. Trembanis and other UD researchers are exploring the Atlantic Ocean and the region's waterways through the use of a new Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), a highly advanced submersible robot equipped with a variable payload of sophisticated scientific equipment. The 83-inch long, 200-pound robot resembles a torpedo.

AUVs are unmanned, untethered mini-submarines that are capable of being trained to conduct missions in rivers, lakes, estuaries and the open ocean. In recent years, Trembanis said, they have moved quickly from an emerging to an applied technology.

The lecture will be held in 104 Cannon Laboratory at the Hugh R. Sharp Campus, 700 Pilottown Road, Lewes. The hour-long talk will be followed by light refreshments.

While the lecture is free and open to the public, seating is limited and reservations are required. To reserve your seat, please contact the college at (302) 645-4279.

Photo by Kathy F. Atkinson

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