Resource Assessment

Eye-safe Animal Detection

Led by Anni Vuorenkoski Dalgleish, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Harbor Branch
Affiliated Department: Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
REU Scholar: Sophie Waxenberg
REU Scholar Home Institution: Penn State


This project focuses on the development of an eye-safe, unobtrusive LiDAR detection and classification system for underwater surveillance of marine life. The LiDAR imager is capable of obtaining high contrast imagery 360° around its base with better than 1 centimeter spatial resolution, at a stand-off distance of at least 5 meters in typical clear coastal conditions. The undergraduate student will focus optimizing the quality of captured images using both hardware and software solutions. Such work is suitable for a Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Ocean Engineering, or Physics student.

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HBOI ocean fish