Marine Technologies Labs

Lab Leader: Prof. Tali Treibitz

The lab’s goal is to develop novel optical imaging systems and computer vision methods to explore the ocean and its inhabitants. This includes underwater image visibility enhancement and color restoration, automatic biological identification and classification underwater, 3D image reconstruction, underwater microscopy, wide scale image surveys, wide field of view fluorescence imaging and vision for autonomous vehicles. The marine imaging lab is intrigued by both the challenges in ocean research as well as the discoveries that lay behind solving them.

Research Interests:
Imaging | Underwater Sensing | Oceanic Engineering | Computer Vision | Computational Photography

Lab Leader: Prof. Roee Diamant

The Underwater Acoustics and Navigation lab (ANL), headed by Dr. Roee Diamant, is active in the fields of underwater acoustic communication networks, underwater signal detection, object classification, underwater localization, and underwater navigation. Our research interests include channel modeling, design of algorithms and protocols, analysis, and development of simulation tools. We focus on applied research and develop tools for problems like underwater mine detection, navigation without GPS, communication between divers and autonomous vehicles, classification and characterization of marine mammals and fish, tracking the motion of marine animals, and long range acoustic communication. The facilities in the lab include equipment for sea experiments, a large acoustic chamber, and a direct access to perform measurements from the lab in a testing pool and in the Shikmona reef.

Lab Leader: Prof. Itzik Klein

The Autonomous Navigation and Sensor Fusion Lab (ANSFL) vision is augmenting and developing artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms in innovative breakthrough research to create meaningful knowledge to the society through collaboration with fellow researchers and engineers. Our pioneering research addresses the intersection of AI with the navigation and inertial sensors to create value and opportunities for ocean and environment protection, identifying illnesses and well-being in humans and animals, and developing tools for autonomous vehicles teamwork. We have ongoing projects on AI navigation and sensor fusion, inertial sensing, pedestrian navigation, animal navigation and localization, drone sensor fusion, autonomous underwater vehicle navigation, mobile robot navigation, and much more. 

Lab Leader: Prof. Yizhaq Makovsky

A modern computing facility for high end geophysical processing and interpretation. This facility comprises a networked set of work stations running a wide selection of up-to-date software tools.
In particular AMEL is generously awarded with the full suite of Paradigm world leading geophysical software.
(The use of this software suite is bound by a signed sponsorship contract.) 

Lab Leader: Dr. Oren Gal

In our cutting-edge research lab, we delve into the complex and rapidly evolving field of swarms and autonomy, leveraging the latest advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) to push the boundaries of autonomous systems.
Our work encompasses a broad spectrum of AI techniques, including motion planning, reinforcement learning, and distributed multi-agent systems. By harnessing the power of data science tools, such as large language models (LLM), neural networks, and more, we aim to develop sophisticated algorithms that enable Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV), Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV), and drones to operate both independently and collaboratively.

Our research focuses on creating both homogeneous and heterogeneous systems, designed to perform a myriad of tasks with increased efficiency and adaptability. Through our dedicated efforts, we strive to pioneer innovations that contribute significantly to the fields of autonomy and robotic swarms, ultimately shaping the future of intelligent autonomous systems.

Lab Leader: Dr. Derya Akkaynak

The Laboratory for Computational Optics and Light in the Ocean Realm (aka COLOR Lab) is a part of the Hatter Department of Marine Technologies, Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences at the University of Haifa, and physically situated at the Interuniversity Institute of Marine Sciences in Eilat. Established in 2022 by principal investigator Dr. Derya Akkaynak, the COLOR Lab studies light and vision in the ocean, at the intersection of which lies color. Taking a multidisciplinary approach that bridges ocean optics, underwater computer vision, and visual ecology, the COLOR Lab investigates the structure, function, and mechanisms of color in the ocean.