The Applied Underwater Robotics Laboratory
In the Applied Underwater Robotics Laboratory (AUR lab) we find scientific applications for the most advanced marine technology. In our daily activities we interact with scientists of different fields of knowledge. Collecting sediment or deep coral samples and filming evidence of objects with archeological importance are only some examples of tasks we have accomplished. AUR lab is a part of the Institute of Marine Technology (IMT) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
AUR lab operations rely heavily in the use of sophisticated platforms for marine research. These include Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASVs). We use them individually or in combined missions. A variety of sensors can be adapted to these vehicles. Acoustic instruments like sonars, echo sounders and underwater positioning systems can be useful to study fish and plankton, make bathymetric maps etc. Temperature, salinity, pH, dissolved oxygen and other sensors provide us with valuable environmental information These are just some examples of the instruments available for research at AUR lab.
NTNU holds its position as a research and innovation leader and strengthens the link between technological developments and scientific discoveries in the ocean by means of the AUR lab.