Interactive Mobile Aqua Probing and Surveillance System (IMAPS)

In biological and ecological education and research, traditional methods of field sampling require collecting samples at predetermined individual locations such as grid points on water surface and bringing them back for analysis. More current technologies such as dust sensors provide basic ways to continuously observe fixed nodal positions, but still lack the crucial mobility and flexibility for varying environment and changing objectives. Funded by National Science Foundation, this project leads to the development of a cost-efficient robotic device to monitor water pollution and study ecological system of a microcosm. It will provide a fast, minimal-intrusive, and flexible way to take continuous (both in time and space) and instantaneous samples of multiple environmental parameters, and real-time data processing and storage capability.