Analysis of the Efficiency of a New Algorithm for Ocean Searches
The many news broadcasts on the recent flight MH370 tragedy have reported the difficulties encountered during the search for wreckage debris in the Indian Ocean. This is due, among other things, to the complex dynamics of the Indian ocean surface current. In the Mezic Lab we study dynamical systems and control theory with applications to fluid mechanics, micro and nanoscale processes. We have developed methods that improve efficiency of motion prediction, search and tracking of objects moving in ocean currents. In this project the students gained experience in the basics of ocean dynamics and efficient search algorithms, by running simulations of basic to complex search algorithms using an in house software.