Eco robots to protect our environment

When you think of marine monitoring, you might think of automated systems keeping us safe and monitoring the conditions of the water – unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Right now, sampling water will only happen twice in a year by a group of volunteers who are willing to go out to all of the sites. This increases the chances of potential environmental disasters, as we don’t have the data to see the trends. This is why the Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) team has developed a flotilla of robot boats. These robotic boats are designed to conduct a wide range of sampling and surveying tasks in inland waterways, including monitoring water quality; measuring gas emissions; inspecting jetties and dam walls; and mapping banks and lake-beds. The robot boats can work autonomously or under remote control from anywhere in the world.

Chief Investigators

Bright yellow floating robot on display with QUT logo