March 2022 OES Beacon

Hanumant Singh – Elevation to IEEE Fellow in 2021

Milica Stojanovic, OES Distinguished Lecturer

When not on the ocean for work, Hanu enjoys the ocean for kitesurfing.

When not on the ocean for work, Hanu enjoys the ocean for kitesurfing.

We are delighted to announce that a long-time OES member, Hanumant Singh, known to colleagues and friends alike as Hanu, was elevated to the rank of an IEEE Fellow in 2021. The fellow elevation recognizes Hanu “for the development of imaging techniques and autonomous systems for marine and polar applications.”

Hanu’s major contributions to the field of marine robotics are in the area of high-resolution optical and acoustic imaging. Computer vision techniques that draw on mosaicking, as well as simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), are among the principles he applied to bring to life ancient shipwrecks, hydrothermal vents, coral reefs and melting icebergs.  His applications of modern imaging techniques to underwater exploration also led to the development of a new class of autonomous underwater vehicles known as Seabed. Specifically designed for imaging, these vehicles have been distributed to academic and government laboratories around the world. They have provided cost-effective deployments in shallow, deep and ice-covered waters around the world’s oceans.  Of particular note is the role they had in research expeditions that provided unprecedented access to the Arctic and Antarctic. Last but not the least, Hanu takes particular pleasure in working with his students and making them part of the team.

Taking the liberty to venture outside of a conventional “fellow” paragraph, I am reminded that behind every successful man there is a woman. I am thus very much compelled to give extra credit to Hanu’s wife, Sandipa Singh, who has spent much of her engineering career at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) as part of the group that developed what is known as the WHOI acoustic modem — a tiny device that enables vehicles such as Seabed to communicate wirelessly to the mother ship. Congratulations to both of them, and to OES, on a well-deserved recognition.