ROBOTS For In-situ Scientific Happenings*


ROBOTS.FISH is a fleet of small underwater vehicles that are being developed for rapid response to mesoscale, evolving, and transient oceanic phenomena.

That's a fancy way of saying that each of these vehicles can be carried by a single person and tossed into the ocean to study events that are less than 100 km in area, are constantly changing, and may only last a few days. ​Some examples of little-understood events that could be studied are 
ocean eddies [1]Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) [2], or oil spills [3].

This work is being done at Dalhousie University, in the CERC.OCEAN lab run by Dr. Doug Wallace. You can find out more about the team here.

Use the links below to learn more about the vehicles and their transformations from off-the-shelf products to specialized tools for scientific research. 


*Credit for this acronym goes to Aaron MacNeill, who I feel aptly describes our work as only an engineer could



Note: CAD files for ecoSUBu5 AUV, shown (modified) above, courtesy of ecoSUB Robotics Ltd [4]




  1. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). (2017). "Ocean Mesoscale Eddies". Retrieved from

  2. NOAA: National Ocean Service. (n.d.). "Harmful Algal Blooms: Tiny Organisms with a Toxic Punch". Retrieved from

  3. NOAA: Office of Response and Restoration. (2018). Oil Spills at the Water Surface. Retrieved from

  4. ecoSUB Robotics Ltd. (2022). General website:

Last revised: April 25, 2022​