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Week 6: Telepresence-Enabled Operations

Week 6 Class Plan on telepresence-enabled exploration and research operations

Published onApr 05, 2022
Week 6: Telepresence-Enabled Operations

12 April 2022


This week, we will cover what telepresence is, how it can be used, and how to effectively communicate as a team using telepresence.


  • Understand what telepresence is

  • Understand the strengths and opportunities of telepresence with regards to science and outreach

  • Understand the weaknesses and challenges of telepresence with regards to science and outreach

  • Participate in a live telepresence interaction with Nautilus (OET) to a) experience telepresence from shore to see the real time ship data streams and use the scientist ashore portal and b) get a glimpse of the on-ship experience through a live ship-to-shore interaction

Pre-Class Activities

  • Register for a “scientist ashore” account with the E/V Nautilus Science Portal, and then “join” the Lu’uaeaahikiikekuma NA138 expedition.

  • Watch scientist ashore video:

    2022 Nautilus Scientist Ashore Community Call
  • Check out a telepresence event to see what is like:

    • Option 1: Tune into Nautilus Live at some point before class and listen to the livestream from Lu’uaeaahikiikekuma NA138 expedition for 10 minutes, to get a sense of what telepresence sounds like. In the event that the live stream is not working, try Option 2.

    • Option 2: Watch this recorded part of a recent ROV Hercules dive on the Don Quixote Seamount EV Nautilus expedition NA134. Listen to the first 10 minutes or so to hear how the scientists, pilots, navigator, and camera controller communicate with each other to work through sampling, archiving, navigation, all while also narrating the action for a global online audience. Also, really cool deep-sea corals and sponges to enjoy! COBRA Director Beth Orcutt is one of the scientists narrating this part of the dive.

      ROV Hercules Dive NA134 H1889 7 of 17 2021 11 23 19 24 48 596 UTC 82

Class Plan & Materials

  • Hour 1

    • 2-2:05 - Hello and check-in

    • 2:05-2:30 - Guest speaker on Telepresence (Brian Kennedy, Boston University)

    • 2:30-2:45 - Q&A

    • 2:45-3:00 - Strength and challenges of telepresence from the science perspective (Randi)

    • 5 min Break

  • Hour 2

    • Zoom link for connecting to Beth while at sea (via OET’s ship to shore link)

      • Spend 20-30 min participating in the real time on-ship activities via telepresence. Try to access real time data streams and use the scientist ashore portal. 

      • Get an on-ship perspective of telepresence from Beth Orcutt and Megan Cook (if available)

    • 5 min: wrap up, questions, prep for next week

Additional Resources

  • Background on Telepresence

  • Applications of Telepresence

    • Marlow, J., Borrelli, C., Jungbluth, S.P., Hoffman, C., Marlow, J., Girguis, P.R. and AT-36 Team, 2017. Telepresence is a potentially transformative tool for field science. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(19), pp.4841-4844.

    • Kennedy, B.R.C., Elliott, K.P., Cantwell, K. and Mesick, S., 2016. Telepresence-enabled exploration with NOAA ship okeanos explorer. Oceanography, 29(1), pp.50-51.

    • Raineault, N.A., Bell, K.L. and Girguis, P., 2018. Advancing ocean science and exploration through telepresence. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 150, pp.1-3.

    • Kennedy, B.R.C., D. McKinnie, J. Rawsthorne. 2020. The Future of Telepresence. Journal of Ocean Technology, 15.3:176-178.

    • Gallaudet, T., J. Sims, E. Lobecker, A. Netburn, C. Alexander, K. Goodwin, A. Skrivanek. 2020. Autonomy, Artificial Intelligence, and Telepresence. Journal of Ocean Technology, 15.4:25-37.

Class Slides


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