PI Hong Liu

Eco-Dolphin is the name of a fleet of adaptive and cooperative automated underwater vehicles (AUVs) that a team of students at ERAU have been working on since January 2012.

By 2015, the platforms of the AUVs and basic navigation programs were tested. One of the major success is the demonstration of the Yellow Dolphin where four NASA astronauts participated in the NASA Extreme Environmental Mission Operation (NEEMO) during an event in the summer of 2014. Since 2015, the team started developing and testing the autonomous mission control programs based on the MOOS-IvP middleware developed by MIT and Oxford. Two peer reviewed conference proceedings with student coauthors were published. Students gave two to three presentations each year, including 

  • FURC, Florida Undergraduate Research Conferences 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • SIAM SEA conference in FIT Melbourne, FL 2014
  • CASE 2014 Creativity in the Arts and Sciences Event
  • A3I Conference at Prescott Campus, 2014
  • Discovery Day at Daytona Beach Campus, 2014
  • Embry-Riddle Undergraduate Math Conference
  • SIAM National Annual Conference

Research Dates



  • Hong Liu
    Mathematics Department
    Ph.D., University of Arkansas

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