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Academic Publications

Here are some links to academic publications relating to sailing robots. If you have any further publications to add please email a reference to

  • Rynne, P. F. and von Ellenrieder, K. D. (2009), "A Wind-Propelled Small Waterplane Area Spar", Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE/MTS Oceans Conference, Biloxi, Mississippi, October 2009.
  • Rynne, P. F. and von Ellenrieder, K. D. (2009), "Development and preliminary experimental validation of a wind and solar-powered autonomous surface vehicle", under review IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, September 2009.
  • Rynne, P. F. and von Ellenrieder, K. D. (2009), "Unmanned Autonomous Sailing: Current Status and Future Role in Sustained Ocean Observations", MTS Journal, vol. 43, NO. 1, Pages 21-30, January 2009.
  • Rynne, P. F. (2008), "Design and Performance of a Wind & Solar-Powered Autonomous Surface Vehicle", M.S. Thesis, Department of Ocean Engineering, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, November 2008.
  • Rynne, P. F. and von Ellenrieder, K. D. (2008), "A Wind and Solar-Powered Autonomous Surface Vehicle for Sea Surface Measurements", 2008 IEEE/MTS Oceans Conference, Quebec City, Canada, September 2008.
  • Stelzer, R. ; Proll, T. (2008), "Autonomous Sailboat Navigation for Short Course Racing", Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Volume 56, Issue 7, 31 July 2008, Page 604-614, ISSN 0921-8890.

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