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Biomimetric sentinel reef structures for optical sensing and communications
Author(s): David Fries; Tim Hutcheson; Noam Josef; David Millie; Connor Tate
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Paper Abstract

Traditional artificial reef structures are designed with uniform cellular architectures and topologies and do not mimic natural reef forms. Strings and ropes are a proven, common fisheries and mariculture construction element throughout the world and using them as artificial reef scaffolding can enable a diversity of ocean sensing, communications systems including the goal of sentinel reefs. The architecture and packaging of electronics is key to enabling such structures and systems. The distributed sensor reef concept leads toward a demonstrable science-engineering-informed framework for 3D smart habitat designs critical to stock fish development and coastal monitoring and protection. These ‘nature-inspired’ reef infrastructures, can enable novel instrumented ‘reef observatories’ capable of collecting real-time ecosystem data. Embedding lighting and electronic elements into artificial reef systems are the first systems conceptualized. This approach of bringing spatial light to the underwater world for optical sensing, communication and even a new breed of underwater robotic vehicle is an interdisciplinary research activity which integrates principles of electronic packaging, and ocean technology with art/design.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10186, Ocean Sensing and Monitoring IX, 101860A (22 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2267874
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David Fries, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (United States)
Tim Hutcheson, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (United States)
Noam Josef, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (United States)
David Millie, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (United States)
Connor Tate, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10186:
Ocean Sensing and Monitoring IX
Weilin (Will) Hou; Robert A. Arnone, Editor(s)

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