Past Projects

While we’re always looking for more projects, our members come in, learn a lot, and inevitably, graduate. Projects come and go, but we don’t forget them. Here are all the projects that we have worked on, but are no longer active. If you have any questions about these projects, please feel free to contact the former project leads, or contact one of our permanent staff (PIs and Staff Engineers).

Nautical Archaeology

Nautical Archaeology

Documenting ancient shipwrecks using 3D reconstruction, stereo imaging, and Structure from Motion

Angry Birds

Angry Birds

The autonomous bird collision monitor (Angry Birds) is a compact ecological research tool for biologists studying bird strikes against plate glass

Elephant Monitoring

Elephant Monitoring

Developing low-frequency microphones for monitoring elephant activity in collaboration with the San Diego Zoo

Tiger Tracker

Tiger Tracking

Collaboration with the San Diego Zoo to create computer vision algorithms for autonomous tiger tracking

Wolf Tracker

Wolf Monitoring

Collaboration with the California Wolf Center to develop a mobile terrestrial wolf monitoring vehicle

Bird Nest Tracker

Bird Nest Tracker

Aerial bird nest tracking for habitat monitoring

Del Dios Monitoring

Del Dios Monitoring

Monitoring the regrowth of native plant life in the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy via aerial surveys and 3D reconstruction

Aerial LIDAR

Aerial LIDAR

Aerial LIDAR system for jungle canopy surveys

autonomous airplane

Autonomous Airplanes

Unmanned airplanes for long-range aerial surveys, wildlife monitoring, and Structure from Motion

quadcopter

Autonomous Copters

Unmanned copters for short-range aerial surveys, Structure from Motion, and radio collar tracking

Condor Cam

Condor Cam

Video camera for capturing flight and behavior footage for the California Condor

aerial camera platform

Stabilized Aerial Camera Platform

Stabilized camera platform for recording gigapan aerial imagery and Structure from Motion

camera trap

Intelligent Camera Trap

Camera system for autonomously monitoring and logging animal behavior

Terrestrial Vehicle

Terrestrial Vehicle

Terrestrial vehicle for remote mobile wildlife photography

Tunnel Bot

Tunnel Bot

Mobile rover for capturing footage inside underground tunnels

OpenROV

OpenROV

Enhanced OpenROV platform for underwater exploration

Underwater Cave Imaging

Underwater Cave Imaging

Engineering systems to create immersive visualizations of underwater caves

Vaquita

Vaquita Monitoring

Technology to enable visual monitoring of the vaquita porpoise, the most endangered marine mammal in the world

Harpy Eagle

Searching for Harpy Eagles

Searching for New Harpy eagles in the Belize Jungle