KVH has a History of Working with College and University Engineering Teams from Around the Globe

From Carnegie Mellon University’s DARPA Grand Challenge to Worcester Polytechnic University’s work on the NASA Sample Return Robotic Centennial Challenge, we support imaginative and innovative engineering projects. Discover the challenging and creative engineering projects proudly supported by KVH, and how college and university engineers can work with KVH.

Arizona State University Desert WAVE engineering team
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“The KVH FOG (Fiber Optic Gyroscope) was critical for Phoenix’s localization to make sure that it was always aware of the RoboSub’s location and heading at all times.”

- Faridodin ‘Fredi’ Lajvardi, Vice President of STEM Initiatives for Si Se Puede Foundation and Arizona State University Desert WAVE (Women in Autonomous Vehicle Engineering) team mentor

“The KVH DSP-1750 FOG was outstanding in action for Desert WAVE’s RoboSub, with virtually no drift, and enabled the Phoenix to maintain its heading under water.”

- Faridodin ‘Fredi’ Lajvardi, Vice President of STEM Initiatives for Si Se Puede Foundation and Arizona State University Desert WAVE (Women in Autonomous Vehicle Engineering) team mentor

“The team knew that a well-designed and successful navigation system built around a high-performance FOG (KVH’s DSP-1750 Fiber Optic Gyro) would eliminate the need for an in-depth computer vision system underwater, which was one less obstacle to conquer in the AUV design process.”

- Faridodin ‘Fredi’ Lajvardi, Vice President of STEM Initiatives for Si Se Puede Foundation and Arizona State University Desert WAVE (Women in Autonomous Vehicle Engineering) team mentor

“The KVH DSP-1750 was easy to integrate into the Phoenix…(It) was built primarily with commercial-off-the-shelf components, including the DSP-1750 FOG…this method of fabrication greatly simplified the AUV construction since no members held manufacturing experience prior to joining the team”

- Faridodin ‘Fredi’ Lajvardi, Vice President of STEM Initiatives for Si Se Puede Foundation and Arizona State University Desert WAVE (Women in Autonomous Vehicle Engineering) team mentor

Academic Case Studies & White Papers


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ASU & Si Se Puede Foundation

Desert WAVE Sets New Standard With Precision KVH Sensors.
The RoboSub competition's goal is for an AUV to demonstrate its autonomy by completing various underwater tasks such as navigation, manipulating the environment, identifying figures, and maneuverability. Desert WAVE used a KVH DSP-1750 FOG to provide its AUV, Phoenix, with accurate navigation at RoboSub 2019.

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Carnegie Mellon University

Flyover Modeling of Planetary Pits.
CMU combines visual, inertial, and LIDAR sensors to map subsurface caverns on the Moon, Mars, and beyond. Scientists believe that underground, relatively protected areas known as planetary pits are the best environments to contain life and are targets for future spacecraft. KVH’s 1750 IMU was used providing accurate positioning, linear acceleration and angular velocity data.

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John Hopkins University

Preliminary Results with a FOG System.
KVH Industries, Inc., provided the high-performance fiber optic gyro-based inertial measurement unit, KVH’s 1775 IMU, used for this preliminary experimental evaluation of a true north gyrocompass system. These preliminary results for a static benchtop IMU configuration are promising and directly applicable to static instrument deployment.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Hierarchical Navigation Architecture and Robotic Arm Controller for a Return Rover.
KVH Industries provided the fiber optic gyro-based inertial measurement unit. AERO participated in the NASA Sample Return Robotic Centennial Challenge. KVH’s 1750 IMU was chosen to provide key data to the robot’s navigation system including accelerations and angular velocities needed for accurate dead reckoning when no good LiDAR features were available.

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University of Pennsylvania

BLAST – Balloon-borne Large-Aperture Sub-millimeter Telescope (BLAST).
An international collaboration of scientists from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada establishes a sub-orbital observatory. Its overarching goal is to address important galactic and cosmological questions regarding stars and galaxies' formation and evolution. KVH’s DSP-1760 FOG was chosen for precise pointing and because of its resistance to shock and vibration.

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