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Robotic Discovery Laboratories

The Robotic Discovery Laboratories (RDL), in the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment's School of Marine Science and Policy, combines the expertise of faculty members and research scientists who work in the area of underwater robotics.

  • RDL team members and students are using underwater robots to help understand the scallop population and quantitatively assess the physical impacts of dredging.

  • Over a month-long project in Palau collecting scientific data, the RDL’s autonomous underwater vehicles were dual-purposed to assist the BentProp Project’s search for missing american aircraft. Teams located two American aircraft wrecks and twelve shipwrecks.

  • The marine habitat mapping crew is aboard the R/V Joanne Daiber for the first deployment of the Gavia AUV from that vessel. They are conducting a study that will allow stakeholders responsible for the Assateague Island National Seashore to better manage resources to protect these environments.

  • The University of Delaware and the University of New Hampshire co-host a biennial AUV Bootcamp which brings together manufacturers, universities, government agencies, navies, and other owners and operators for a six day AUV extravaganza.

  • The RDL Team is collaborating on a research project that aims to investigate the impact of local physical processes on Adélie penguin foraging ecology in the vicinity of Palmer Deep canyon off Anvers Island, Western Antarctic Peninsula.

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Formally opened in August 2014, RDL brings together a variety of technologies to catalyze and maximize the ability to conduct comprehensive research.

The Robotic Discovery Laboratories is unique in that it brings all of the college’s robotic technologies together under one umbrella.

About the Labs

The Robotic Discovery Laboratories is unique in that it brings all of the college’s robotic technologies together under one umbrella.

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Our underwater robotics research explores new ways to view the ocean and communicate in the ocean.

RDL Projects

Our underwater robotics research explores new ways to view the ocean and communicate in the ocean.

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Recent Media

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