WHOI Center for Marine Robotics Receives State NextGEN Award

Courtesy of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Judson Poole, a WHOI engineer assistant, works on a REMUS autonomous underwater vehicle in the Dunkworks lab. Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

WOODS HOLE – The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Center for Marine Robotics has been chosen to receive a NextGEN award by the Massachusetts TechHUB Caucus.

The awards, which were announced January 29 at the State House, recognize tech firms and organizations that are leading and innovating in their field and contributing to the Massachusetts tech economy for the next generation.

WHOI established the Center for Marine Robotics in 2012 to help speed the development of robotic technologies in the region through collaborations with industry sponsors, economic partners and key government agencies.

The Center for Marine Robotics is developing robots that are changing the way people and machines work together in the ocean.

One current project under development is a long-range autonomous robot that will identify and map oils spills that occur under ice-covered oceans.

The center is also helping to drive innovation in the region with the Dunkworks lab, a state-of-the-art, rapid prototyping center that opened last summer.

Wendy Northcross, the CEO of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, says WHOI is an anchor institution in the region’s growing blue economy.

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