The Aerial and Aquatic Robot Research team (AARR; pronounced “Arrgh” with an appropriately piratical drawl) began as a division of Dr. Sean Anderson’s PIRatE Lab, previously coordinated (until February 2016) by Paul Spaur.  We have now evolved into a multidisciplinary group of faculty and undergraduates from across our campus and various laboratories.  While all disciplines are welcomed, our membership currently draws most heavily from our Environmental Science & Resource Management (ESRM), Computer Science, and Biology programs who work to improve research and data collection through the use of unmanned systems.  We focus on underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and aerial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs aka sUAS aka drones) for both research and education with the ultimate goal of improving the management of our coastal and marine ecosystems.

Our core faculty consist of: Drs. Sean Anderson (ESRM), Kiki Patsch (ESRM), David Claveau (Computer Science), Jason Isaacs (Computer Science), Rachel Cartwright (Biology), Geoffrey Dilly (Biology), and Cause Hanna (ESRM & Santa Rosa Island Research Station).