Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Monday, June 16, 2003

You've heard about UAV's and their extensive usage in Afghanistan and Iraq. But how about AUV's?

Remote Sub Can Patrol Shores; AUVs Find New Purpose In Anti-terror Age

Researchers, led by Mark Patterson, associate professor of marine science, at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary have developed an artificial neural network for use with an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) named Fetch.

"We have only scratched the surface of this technology," said Zia-ur Rahman, research associate professor of Applied Science at the College of William and Mary. "The computer could be trained to recognize anything -- a person swimming, a submarine, a missile or a mine, anything." "This technology has countless applications," he added. Ultimately, the scientists hope to have Fetch2 autonomously follow the objects it detects.

Once trained to recognize these underwater dangers Fetch2 could be used to patrol coastlines, harbors and moored naval assets like ships and subs becoming an important tool in the war on terror and the battle to keep our shores safe.

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