The Florida Undergraduate Research Conference, FURC is one of the nation’s largest multi-disciplinary research conferences. It is an annual event open to all undergraduate researchers in the state of Florida to present their research in a poster forum. Every year the conference is hosted at a different university in the state on the last weekend in February. In addition to research presentations, there are also exhibitors from graduate programs and other opportunities targeted for students involved in undergraduate research.
In 2014, FURC was hosted by University of Florida and SIAM, Embry-Riddle Student Chapter presented the Eco-Dolphin in the science poster session.
Eco-Dolphin – Cooperate Fleet for Surveillance Mission
Jonathan Jaworski, Francisco Pastrana, Zakaria Daud, Kevin Leong, Stacey Joseph-Ellison,
Society for Industrial & Applied Mathematics (SIAM) members have been working for two years on the design, construction and testing of three highly integrated and streamlined autonomous underwater vehicles called Eco-Dolphins, Yellow, Red, and Blue.
The first phase of design, production and assembly of the yellow Eco-Dolphin prototype has been done in twelve months.The mission of Eco-Dolphin fleet is to be a unique, highly optimized and a competitive underwater vehicle fleet.
The team has also successfully completed the second phase of the program, which involved tracking the Eco-Dolphins while submerged underwater. Work has been conducted to add a GPS system for surface tracking. The Eco-Dolphin is configured with recently developed control system software that utilizes a relay combination of Wireless, Sonar and GPS radio wave communication.
The current progress on the Blue Eco-dolphin will be completed by the summer of 2014, for testing in littoral waters of central Florida. Through the addition of three sequential (yellow, blue, red) vehicles, therefore allows for better position and orientation data to be sent to the teams buoy network.
The team gives hands on research experience to SIAM members through applied mathematics. The outcome of the research goals results in the application of many fields of study beyond mathematics.