The RDL combines the expertise of faculty members and research scientists who work in the area of underwater robotics.
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About the Robotic Discovery Labs

  • The laboratories allow scientists to discuss addressing problems with a variety of technologies and look for ways to integrate data across platforms.
  • AUV Bootcamp
    The RDL co-hosts a biennial AUV Bootcamp which brings together manufacturers, government agencies and other owners and operators for a six day AUV extravaganza.


The Robotic Discovery Laboratories connects multiple faculty members' research under one umbrella. When RDL officially opened in August 2014, it did so bringing together the existing laboratories of CEOE faculty members Mark Moline, Matt Oliver, and Art Trembanis.


The laboratories house seven robots: six torpedoes and a block. The labs are outfitted with research space, work benches and storage areas. The seven robots include:

  • Two Kongsberg Hydroid Remus 100
  • One Kongsberg Hydroid Remus 600 
  • Two Teledyne Gavias
  • Two Teledyne Webb Research Slocum Gliders
  • One Outland 1000 Remotely Operated Vehicle 


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