Gulf Ecological Monitoring and Modeling

Opportunities for college engineering students

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Proteus Technologies LLC, located in Slidell, Louisiana,  provides engineering college students an opportunity to learn about oceanographic instrumentation design, development and the methods of deploying these instruments through its Student Outreach Program.  Keith Conley and Grant Hinkle, students from the University of Southern Mississippi School of Computing took advantage of  these paid internships, to work on Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) projects underway at Proteus Technologies. This included work on the Environmental Acoustic Recording System (EARS) system as well as towed passive acoustic monitoring projects.

Students in this program are able to gain valuable experience in applying signal processing techniques they study in college, to real world applications. The outreach program has also provided the experience of being a part of a development team on a professional engineering project.

Students assembling moorings for a Passive Acoustic Monitoring system

During summer,  Keith and Grant worked with the assembly and testing of the EARS buoys and moorings used in the 2015 LADC-GEMM summer field season, funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). They gained practical experience in how marine instrumentation works and how it is fielded.

During the winter break, Keith and Grant worked with PAMGuard and Proteus’ towed instrumentation array.  PAMGuard is an open source software program that provides real-time monitoring and detection capabilities for towed arrays: Keith and Grant were tasked with interfacing Proteus’ hardware to PAMGuard. This required adding interface modules to the PAMGuard software to ingest signals from Proteus’ hardware. This array was towed on the 2015 LADC GEMM recovery cruise and will be used in our 2016 and 2017 experiments. Students who participate in the Student Outreach Program at Proteus Technologies LLC  gain valuable experience in how data acquisition systems work, with using custom hydrophones to collect passive acoustic data and gained an understanding in the interpretation of spectral information

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USM Students Developing Passive Acoustic Software for a Towed Array

This array was towed on the 2015 LADC GEMM recovery cruise and will be used in our 2016 and 2017 experiments. The students gained valuable experience in how data acquisition systems work, with using custom hydrophones to collect passive acoustic data and gained an understanding in the interpretation of spectral information.

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  1. June 22, 2016    

    Well done:-). Hope to visit you soon. Best regards!

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