LCSR Seminar: Ian Vaughn “Ocean Science with the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Sentry (and more)”

February 28, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Hackerman B17
Ashley Moriarty


The ocean presents a number of unique challenges to successful exploration and data collection.  Robotics systems and techniques provide a means to overcome the deep ocean’s unique challenges.  The autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry operates alongside the tethered ROV Jason and manned submersible Alvin to provide the National Science Foundation’s deep water research capability.  Sentry has completed over

450 dives in support of science operations in over 8 years of operations.  This talk will review the unique operating challenges the ocean prevents, describe the AUV Sentry and what sort of data it collects, and introduce some future directions in underwater robotics research.



Ian Vaughn is a Research Engineer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, MA.  He conducts at-sea operations and on-shore engineering work with the AUV Sentry with an emphasis on data processing and software development.  Previously, he completed a PhD in Ocean Engineering at the University of Rhode Island using the Ocean Exploration Trust’s Hercules ROV.  Ian has completed research cruises with ocean robots all over the world.


Ian Vaughn, PhD.
Research Engineer
Sentry Group
Deep Submergence Laboratory
Department of Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Woods Hole, MA, USA