Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - SCU Access Only


Santa Clara : Santa Clara University


Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Silvia Figueira


Currently, robotics navigation systems are very expensive and difficult to use, decreasing the accessibility of the robotics field to the common individual. Without resources and technical knowledge, it is very difficult to enter the field of robotics. This limitation may be preventing many potential scientific discoveries from occurring. The H2OBot Navigation System is an Android based mobile application that aims to dramatically cut the costs of hardware associated with robotics navigation systems and increase their usability in hopes of making the field of robotics accessible to all. The application is capable of sending navigational controls to an ROV, displaying live video feed from the machines built-in camera device, and collecting sensor readings from the robot. Although the application is currently only built to communicate with a specific ROV, the future goal of this project is to expand its compatibility to work with any robotic system.