Fraser Dalgleish Fraser Dalgleish, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor


Research Interests

Dr. Dalgleish leads the Ocean Visibility and Optics Laboratory with research, development and modeling activities that focus on the application of laser sensors and unmanned marine vehicles to generate new undersea robotic imaging, sensing, detection and networking capabilities. He has more than 30 papers and patents and is currently the PI or co-PI for multiple federal grants in these areas. Dr. Dalgleish has recently conducted research in subsea environmental LiDAR at the NATO Centre of Maritime Research and Experimentation as a Visiting Scientist, has been the Underwater Imaging committee chair for the Marine Technology Society since 2009, and is currently the Program Evaluator at NSF LASER-TEC at Indian River State College. He was the 2015 FAU Researcher of the Year at the Associate Professor level.


Bing Ouyang Bing Ouyang, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor

Research Interests

  • Application of compressive sensing theory in underwater imaging applications
    • Serial laser imaging using compressive sensing and a digital micro-mirror device (DMD)
  • Computer vision in underwater laser imaging applications
    • Light field rendering
    • Data fusion and mosaic of 3-D scenes
  • Real-time environmental monitoring and events detection
  • Application of electro-optic imaging numerical model and deconvolution technique in image enhancement and pulse resolution improvements
  • Synchronization of illuminator and detector in bi-static underwater laser imaging environment via image content analysis
  • Oil detection using DMD-based hyper-spectral imaging

Larry Taylor Larry Taylor
Coordinator, Research Programs / Services

Research Interests

  • Instrumentation for oceanographic research
  • Manatee protection systems for water control structures and navigation locks using piezoelectric contact sensors and non-contact acoustic blocked-beam sensors

Michael Twardowski Michael Twardowski, Ph.D.
Research Professor

Research Interests

Dr. Twardowski’s research interests include using optical sensing techniques to study problems in imaging, ocean color remote sensing, harmful algal blooms, bioluminescence, oil detection, long-term and autonomous monitoring, sediment transport, and particle characterization. Dr. Twardowski has two decades of experience developing transformational technologies for ocean science, several of which have been commercialized. Dr. Twardowski was previously Director of Research and Vice President of WET Labs Inc., where he led the Advanced Technology and Research group in Narragansett, RI. He received his Ph.D. in Oceanography from University of Rhode Island in 1998 and was a postdoctoral fellow in Environmental Optics at Oregon State University. He has been a Naval ASEE Fellow and conducted research at the NATO Centre of Maritime Research and Experimentation as a Visiting Scientist. He is Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Rhode Island and Connecticut. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and has participated in more than 30 interdisciplinary field efforts in waters throughout the world.


Aditya Nayak Aditya Nayak, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Ocean & Mechanical Engineering/HBOI

Research Interests

Aditya's research experience to date has led him to explore a diverse range of subjects at the interface of experimental fluid dynamics and oceanography, including biophysical interactions, marine particle characterization, coastal processes, and small-scale turbulence. He is also specifically interested in designing underwater imaging instrumentation and/or applying laboratory flow/particle diagnostic techniques to facilitate in situ field measurements to address these research questions in a diverse range of aquatic environments. As a graduate student and then as a post-doc, he has participated in seven oceanographic cruises (two as acting Chief Scientist), in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Northwest. Currently, as a co-PI on two active NSF grants, he is involved in developing a new generation holographic imaging system for long-term marine studies, as well as characterizing phytoplankton response and growth rates under different environmental conditions, including small-scale shear and ambient light. He has also served as a peer reviewer for NSF as well as several international journals.

David Dave Bourdette
Research Machinist
Benjamin Metzger Benjamin Metzger
Mechanical Engineer

Brian Ramos Brian Ramos
Senior Computer Engineer
Michael Rouleau Michael Rouleau
Coordinator, Research Programs / Services
Jeff Smith Jeff Smith
Research Machinist

Chris Strait Chris Strait
Research Technician

Jack Yager Jack Yager
Research Machinist

Michael Young Michael Young
Research Machinist
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