About Us

Integrated Coastal Solutions specializes in the development of small, unmanned Autonomous Surface Vessels. It was founded in 2016 by Peter Traykovski, Hanu Singh and Kevin Manganini after the large success of the WHOI Jetyak.

The group required small, agile and capable unmanned vessels to support research in sediment transport, coastal morphology and polar robotics, and quickly realized there was a lack of suitable options. It also became apparent that several of their colleagues had a similar need for such a vessel even though their fields of research varied.

Our Team

Dr. Peter Traykovski

Peter is an accomplished Coastal Oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution with decades of multi-disciplinary expertise. This encompasses many aspects of coastal zone ocean physics, naval architecture, mechanical design, systems integration, mission planning & execution, data analysis, algorithm development and numerical model generation.

Kevin Manganini

Kevin has over 10 years of experience as a mechanical, systems and research engineer working in oceanography. He has developed expertise in the conceptualization, design, fabrication, field deployment, testing and maintenance of various instrumentation platforms to measure physical, chemical, biological, and geophysical oceanographic data. He is a co-developer of the Jetyak. In addition to vehicle development, he has developed and deployed electrical and mechanical systems for gathering scientific data in challenging conditions around the world.

Dr. Hanumant Singh

Hanu 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 include an emphasis on SLAM, imaging, and mapping, particularly in the marine, polar and aerial domains using small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). In addition to the Jetyak ASV his group designed and built the Seabed AUV, capturing his experience of over 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.

Eric Martin

Eric has extensive experience in business and technology development in the fields of infrastructure, process control, automation and Geomatics. He is a specialist in applying technologies in product development and commercialization of sophisticated systems that bring technology-based solutions and capability to the field of remote sensing. He has expertise in establishing technical sales channels that successfully capture requirements and deliver systems to academia, government and commercial clients globally.

The Need for Coastal Zone AUVs

Key requirements were a vessel that could operate in the shallow water and energetic wave conditions typically found in the Coastal zone, while being able to carry a re-configurable sensor payload and most importantly be unmanned and autonomous for operator safety and consistent data collection. The craft also had to have enough power to effectively execute waypoint transects in challenging coastal waters and be small enough to allow rapid deployment with a field crew of only 2 - a dramatic decrease from the requirements of existing designs. And all components - including shore support systems - had to fit in a standard off-road pick-up truck and be robust enough to survive multiple field deployments. It also had to leverage commercial off-the-shelf components to the fullest extent possible and be readily field-serviceable, using only simple hand tools and basic knowledge.

The Jetyak - Capable, Versatile, Re-configurable

Demanding requirements led to the creation of the Jetyak, which since it's inception in 2015 has proven to be a valuable research tool deployed around the world. It allows Scientists to focus on their principal research, knowing they have a capable vessel and instrument integration able to collect data. It allows them to quickly re-configure sensors to support specific mission requirements. The ability to rapidly deploy without concern for schedule conflicts of multiple support personnel (no longer required). The ability to salvage a critical mission by making repairs on the beach that would otherwise scrub a launch. Spend minimal post-mission time in system maintenance and up-keep. And most significantly avoid putting operator safety at risk by keeping them on-shore or on a stable research tender monitoring activities rather than out in dangerous environments collecting data.