Hanumant Singh

Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jointly Appointed,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Program Director,  Master of Science in Robotics


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Research Focus

Machine Learning for Fisheries, SLAM in the presence of Dynamic Moving Objects, Counter UAS methodologies , Manipulation Underwater, and Imaging in Visually Degraded Environments including underwater and in polar regions


Hanumant Singh is a Professor at Northeastern University. He received his Ph.D. from the MIT WHOI Joint Program in 1995 and then worked on the Staff at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution until 2016 when he joined Northeastern. His research interests are in the area of field robotics, with an emphasis on SLAM, imaging, and mapping, particularly in the marine, polar and aerial domains.

His group has designed and built the Seabed AUV and the Jetyak Autonomous Surface Vehicle, dozens of which are in use for scientific and academic research across the globe. He also has strong interests in small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).  He has participated in 60 expeditions in all of the world’s oceans in support of Marine Geology, Marine Biology, Deep Water Archaeology, Chemical Oceanography, Polar Studies, and Coral Reef Ecology.  In collaboration with his students his awards include the ICRA Best Student Paper Award, the Sung Fu Memorial Best IEEE Transactions on Robotics Paper Award and Best Paper Awards at the Oceans Conference and at AGU.


  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program, 1995

Professional Affiliations

  • Senior Member, IEEE
  • Member, American Geophysical Union
  • Member, Eta Kappa Nu, National Honor Society for Electrical Engineering
  • Member, Alpha Chi, National Honor Society

Research Overview

Machine Learning for Fisheries, SLAM in the presence of Dynamic Moving Objects, Counter UAS methodologies , Manipulation Underwater, and Imaging in Visually Degraded Environments including underwater and in polar regions

The NUFR Lab’s autonomous car.

Field Robotics Lab

Our group of students, faculty, and collaborators work on diverse interests including photomosaicking, visual-based navigation, 3D image reconstruction, image segmentation and classification, and chemical sensors. We work with manned submersibles, remotely operated and tethered vehicles, and autonomous underwater vehicles on different aspects of these systems including docking, navigation, manipulation and software for autonomous operations.

Field Robotics Lab

Research Centers and Institutes

Selected Publications

  • Strycker, Noah, Borowicz, Alex, Wethington, Michael, Forrest, Steven, Shah, Vikrant, Liu, Yang, Singh, Hanumant, Lynch, Heather J. (2021). Fifty-year change in penguin abundance on Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica: results of the 2019–20 census. Polar Biology, 44(1),45-56. 10.1007/S00300-020-02774-4
  • Mei, M. Jeffrey, Maksym, Ted, Weissling, Blake, Singh, Hanumant (2019). Estimating early-winter Antarctic sea ice thickness from deformed ice morphology. The Cryosphere, 13(11),2915-2934. 10.5194/TC-13-2915-2019
  • Mei, M. Jeffrey, Maksym, Ted, Singh, Hanumant (2019). Estimating Early-Winter Antarctic Sea Ice Thickness From Deformed Ice Morphology. The Cryosphere Discussions, ,1-33. 10.5194/TC-2019-140
  • Wagner, Till J. W., Straneo, Fiamma, Richards, Clark G., Slater, Donald A., Stevens, Laura A., Das, Sarah B., Singh, Hanumant (2019). Large spatial variations in the flux balance along the front of a Greenland tidewater glacier. The Cryosphere, 13(3),911-925. 10.5194/TC-13-911-2019
  • H. Singh, W. Freeman, et al., Camouflaging an Object from Many Viewpoints, Proceedings of the 2014 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference, 1-8
  • C. Murphy, J. Walls, T. Schneider, H. Singh, et al. CAPTURE: A Communications Architecture for Progressive Transmission via Underwater Relays with Eavesdropping, IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, 39(1), 2014, 1-13
  • K.E. Smith, H. Singh, et al., Discovery of a Recent, Natural Whale Fall on the Continental Slope Off Anvers Island, Western Antarctic Peninsula, Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 90, 2014, 76-80
  • G. Williams, J. Wilkinson, T. Maksym, H. Singh, C. Kunz, et al., Mapping Ice Thickness and Extreme Deformation of Antarctic Sea Ice from an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Nature Geoscience, 8, 2014, 61-67
  • M. Yi Cheung, J. Leighton, U. Mitra, H. Singh, F.S. Hover Performance of Bandit Methods in Acoustic Relay Positioning, Proceedings of the 2014 Automatic Control Conference, 2014, 4708-4714
  • C. Kunz, H. Singh, Map Building Fusing Acoustic and Visual Information Using Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, Journal of Field Robotics, 30(5), 2013, 1556-4967
  • H. Singh, K. Nakamura, M. Jakobssen, T. Shank, et al. Effusive and Explosive Volcanism on the Ultraslow- Spreading Gakkel Ridge, 85°E, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 13(10), 2012


Oct 22, 2021

Northeastern Team Advances to Finals of ANA Avatar XPRIZE

Team Northeastern is one of 15 teams selected as finalists in the ANA Avatar XPRIZE.

Computer engineering graduate student Rui Luo operates the robot that will be entered into the September 2021 semifinals of a $10 million global robotics competition.


Sep 10, 2021

Creating a Human Avatar in Remote Locations

A group of Northeastern University students led by MIE Assistant Professor Peter Whitney, has made it to the semifinals of the global Avatar XPrize competition which aims to create an avatar system that can transport human presence to a remote location in real-time.

Robotic arm attached to Peter Whitney's arm.


Jul 28, 2021

Advancing Remote Robotic Technology

MIE Assistant Professor Peter Whitney has been working to design lightweight nimble robotic arms that could be capable of remote surgery or other situations where safety might be a factor. Nimble robotic arms that perform delicate surgery may be one step closer to reality Main photo: Robotics researchers at Northeastern are advancing a technology to […]

In the Media

Jun 23, 2021

A Clever Robot Spies on Creatures in the Ocean’s ‘Twilight Zone’

ECE Professor Hanumant Singh was featured in the Wired.com article “A Clever Robot Spies on Creatures in the Ocean’s ‘Twilight Zone’“.

NU autonomous car


Apr 06, 2021

The Robotic Requirements Needed for a Self-Driving Car

ECE Professor Hanumant Singh’s autonomous field-robotics class incorporates how real-life conditions impact all the robotics required to make things like self-driving cars.

professor kneeling working on drone in lab


Oct 30, 2020

Building the Next Generation of Autonomous Robots

ECE Professor Hanumant Singh is working to build the next generation of autonomous robots to explore remote environments like the bottom of the ocean.


Sep 10, 2020

Faculty and Staff Awards 2020

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2019-2020 academic school year.



Feb 28, 2020

Using Drones to Monitor Iceberg Sizes

ECE/MIE Professor Hanumant Singh has developed a method of taking high-resolution 3d photos of icebergs to monitor their size using ocean drones.



Feb 13, 2020

Using Drones to Monitor Penguin Populations

Computer Engineering PhD students Yang Liu and Vikrant Shah traveled to Antarctica to count the dwindling population of chinstrap penguins with drones.


Jan 17, 2020

Penguin species in Antarctica hit hard by climate change

ECE/MIE Professor Hanumant Singh’s research on the declining penguin population in Antarctica was featured on the CBS This Morning segment “Penguin species in Antarctica hit hard by climate change”.

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