Into the Deep Dark
Autonomous exploration has allowed us to encounter forms of life on our own planet that challenged some of our basic understanding of what makes life possible. We sent remote research vessels to the deepest parts of our oceans, and we discovered that, contrary to what we thought we knew, life could exist without the benefit of the sun. What other deep dark places, even more remote than our remotest ocean depths, might we explore with AI/ML enabled remote research technology, and what might we discover there?
Jim Bellingham is a pioneer in the development of autonomous marine robots. He has led and participated in research expeditions around the world from the Arctic to the Antarctic. He is the founding Director of the Center of Marine Robotics at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, founded the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Laboratory at MIT, and co-founded Bluefin Robotics. He serves on numerous advisory committees and boards, including the Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel, several National Academies studies and he Chairs the Naval Research Advisory Committee. Jim?s awards include the Lockheed Martin Award for Ocean Science and Engineering, and the MIT Fourteenth Robert Bruce Wallace lecturer. Jim received an S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.