Acoustic Communications

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Acoustic Communications Overview

Acoustic communications and navigation systems provide telemetry, control and positioning for undersea instrumentation and vehicles. The Acoustic Communications Group at WHOI has been developing and performing research in this area for more than 15 years. Our work focuses on:

  • Developing new methods and improving existing systems for underwater acoustic communication including work on modulation, error-correction coding, adaptive receivers, multi-channel systems and others.
  • Developing and demonstrating underwater modems for use with instruments and autonomous underwater vehicles.
  • Collaborating with other groups at WHOI and around the world on complete undersea instrumentation and data telemetry systems customized for specific scientific or Navy applications.

Our primary collaborators include: MIT, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, Navy Surface Warfare Center in Panama City, APL-UW, Scripps, SAIC, ARL-Penn State, and many others.

This web site contains public release material for use by our current and future collaborators and it provides information on the state of the art in underwater acoustic communications research and technology development.