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Dr. Dwight F. Coleman making his presentation at the WCVB-TV studio.

At the Wednesday, March 29, 2017 meeting...
Deep Sea Exploration with Video and Data Systems: Finding El Faro's "black box.
With Dr. Dwight F. Coleman, Director of the Inner Space Center, University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography

Dr. Dwight F. Coleman, Director of the Inner Space Center, University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, addresses the SMPTE New England Section March meeting at WCVB-TV, Needham, Massachusetts. The topic was "Deep Sea Exploration with Video and Data Systems: Finding El Faro's "black box." Dr. Coleman's team used remotely operated and autonomous vehicle systems to stream video, audio and data ashore during the search and exploration phases when the container ship "El Faro" was lost during Hurricane Joaquin in October, 2015. Two-way telepresence technology employed by Dr. Coleman's team helped accelerate the pace of the investigation and broaden live participation to NTSB investigators in Washington, D.C. who were able to securely link to the search vessel and take part almost as they were on board themselves. The precision mapping and diving operations assisted in the successful discovery of the El Faro's resting place and the recovery of its relatively tiny "black box" from very great ocean depths.

The meeting was managed by SMPTE/New England Section Manager Gerry Field of American Public Television and hosted by Section Manager Dave Beauvais of WCVB-TV (Hearst).


Photo Credit: Martin P. Feldman, Chairman, SMPTE New England Section.


Marty Feldman
Chair, SMPTE New England Section
March 2017



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Updated: 30 March, 2017
Bob Lamm, SMPTE/New England Newsletter/Web Page Editor
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