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Florida Oceanic Engineering Research Consortium


The Florida Ocean Engineering Research Consortium offers ocean engineering support and services to the U.S. Department of Defense, its entities and defense contractors.


Through the combined expertise of these universities’ faculty members and graduate students, teams come together to complete programs for the Department of Defense.

Institutional areas of expertise

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Florida Atlantic University Florida State University University of Florida University of South Florida Florida International University University of the Bahamas

FAU has world class expertise in:

  1. LPD/LPI (low-probability of detection/low-probability of intercept) underwater communications
  2. Secure covert acoustic waveform design
  3. High data rate ultrasound underwater communications (300kbps and above)
  4. Robust 3D underwater localization
  5. Software-defined reconfigurable underwater platforms
  6. Low size, weight and power hardware for sensor signal processing
  7. Navigation, kinematics, dynamics and control of surface and underwater systems engineering
  8. Sensor data detection, multi-modal fusion, decision making and actuation in resource restricted environments
  9. Biologically inspired propulsion and autonomous systems
  10. Underwater robotics, supervisory switching control, vision-based target tracking, station keeping
  11. Swarms and collaborative underwater and surface systems
  12. Digital holography and submersible PIV
  13. Deep reinforcement learning for energy efficient autonomous swimmers

Specific projects that FAU may propose are:

  1. Underwater localization and navigation based on robust signal angle-of-arrival estimation interference-avoiding networked underwater communications by cognitive channelization and routing
  2. Underwater and aerial connected autonomous systems
  3. Disruption techniques of adversary underwater communications
  4. Geometrically constrained, multi-point monitoring of surface water dynamics
  5. Design of forward deployed energy and communications infrastructure
  6. Real-time object detection and classification (e.g., marine life, ordinance)
  7. Hardware/software co-design for resource-constrained environments
  8. Design of self-* systems (e.g., self-stabilizing, self-healing, self-adapting)
  9. Underwater imaging under occluded visibility
  10. Compressive sensing, theory and application
  11. EMF detection, concealment
  12. Acoustic and image classification (e.g., marine life, watercraft)
  13. Secure and high speed underwater acoustic communication
  14. Risk-aware decision making in human-guided unmanned surface vehicle teams
  15. Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) systems for naval architecture inspection and health monitoring
  16. Distributed surveillance using swarms (multi vehicle and multi domain) of UUV, USV, and UAVs
  17. Underwater acoustic and holographic imaging
  18. Marine materials, biofouling, and corrosion

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Industry Partners

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Defense Department Partners

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If you’re a Defense Department agency or contractor and wish to work with the FOERC, inquires can be made to the contact below. The consortium will respond with a proposal that outlines the technical expertise of its members that can complete the project along with estimated costs.

For more information, contact:

Dan C. Flynn, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research Florida Atlantic University
Phone: 561-297-0268