Dushyant Rao is a PhD student with the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney. His work is with the Marine Robotics group, looking at algorithms to improve the autonomy of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). Specifically, his work looks to understand the relationship between acoustic multi-beam bathymetry (ocean depth) data and visual images of the ocean floor. By modeling this relationship, AUVs can more accurately classify underwater habitats from multi-beam data, and can try to predict the types of visual features they might see in unseen locations.
Dushyant Rao graduated from the University of Sydney in 2009 with a combined degree in Engineering (Mechatronics - Space) and Science (Nanotechnology), and completed a Master's in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2012.
"After being on the Nautilus for 3 weeks last year, I can't wait to be back. Being in the navigator's seat when Hercules explores the oceans, and watching it all unfold on the big screen, is a surreal experience!"