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Dr. Seth McCammon

Assistant Scientist
Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering (AOPE)

Contact Information:
Phone: 508-289-2139
Office: Bigelow 109c

Mailing Address:
266 Woods Hole Road, MS #12
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Statement

Marine robots have benefited enormously from recent advances in computing, battery, and sensing technologies that enable them to be highly capable remote sensing platforms.  These vehicles have proven to be invaluable tools for scientific data collection, search and rescue, and other applications where it is either too dangerous or too expensive to use humans. To fully unlock the potential of these vehicles, we need algorithms and models that enable robots to efficiently reason about the observations they are making in real time, improving their ability to act as independent autonomous agents of ocean science.

Research Interests

Marine Robotics | Information Gathering | Long-Term Autonomy | Machine Learning | Field Robotics | Multi-robot Coordination | Planning with Uncertainty | Probabilistic Robotics | Topological Path Planning Passive Acoustics

Professional History

  • Postdoctoral Scholar - Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department
    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2021 - Present
  • Research Assistant - Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute
    Oregon State University, 2015-2020
  • Undergraduate Researcher - ARGALLab
    Northwestern University, 2013-2015
  • Undergraduate Research Intern - STORM Lab
    Vanderbilt University, 2013


Ph.D.: Robotics. 2021. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

B.S.: Computer Science. 2015. Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.


Dr. Seth McCammon is an Assistant Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where he studies autonomy algorithms for robots operating in the marine domain.  His current work focuses on active sensing in the complex environments of coral reefs. This includes developing techniques for an AUV to leverage passive acoustic listening to find hotspots of biological activity on coral reefs.