Perry has hit the water

Check out this great video featuring my collaborator Branko Kerkez and his students Brandon Wong and Rachel Menge. My student John Lipor and I joined them last week out at Sister Lake to test our autonomous lake sampling watercraft.

Perry on the Sister Lake

Perry is a small watercraft whose main control hardware consists of an Arduino and an Android phone. These work together to navigate the boat using GPS to take samples of water temperature and oxygen levels. With the phone, the boat can be controlled from anywhere in the world. We are implementing adaptive sampling algorithms so that Perry will know where best to take a next sample based on previous measurements.