BRUCE and ROSA go to Coney Island – interactive robotic fish join the New York Aquarium

October 1st, 2012 - September 30th, 2015 | PROJECT

This Communicating Research to Public Audiences (CRPA) project is for promoting public understanding of and engagement with STEM by developing and implementing technology and formats for interactive exhibitions at the interface of underwater robotics and marine science. This program envisions the use of BRUCE (Bioinspired Robotic Underwater Carangiform Exhibit) featuring a shoal of ROSAs (Remotely Operated Swimming Avatars) at the River Project to engage the local New York City community and echo to the broader U.S. non-technical audience in marine science and technology. More specifically, this program is expected to put kids and adults behind the wheel of miniature robotic fish that can swim alone, school in groups, and compete against each other under the remote control of the audience. To further attract youngsters to the exhibit, an application for an iDevice, that is, an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, for controlling the robotic fish while seeing through its eyes will be developed. This is a cooperative venture between New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering, New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and the River Project.

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Project Products
Poster - Bruce and Rosa go to Coney Island

Team Members

New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering, Contributor
Maurizio Porfiri, Principal Investigator, New York University
Paul Phamduy, Contributor, New York University


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 1200911
Funding Amount: 149995


Audience: General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | Engineering | Life science | Technology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Aquarium and Zoo Exhibits | Exhibitions