Robert D. Ballard, Founder and Director of the Center for Ocean Exploration, Graduate School of Oceanography/University of Rhode Island; Founder and President of the Ocean Exploration Trust and Senior Scientist Emeritus, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
What does the future of ocean exploration look like? Deep-sea explorer Robert D. Ballard, famous for the discovery of hydrothermal vents, “black smokers,” and the wreck of the RMS Titanic, will discuss the history and future of ocean exploration technologies. From the earliest manned deep-diving submarines to the latest remotely operated vehicle (ROV) systems that use satellite technology to transmit data in real time, technology has increasingly made interactive ocean exploration a reality. Ballard will highlight past scientific achievements in ocean exploration and outline the opportunities ahead for using advanced tele-presence technologies.