TMCNet:  NASA Presents 'Where The Cloud Meets the Ocean'

[April 05, 2012]

NASA Presents 'Where The Cloud Meets the Ocean'

Apr 05, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- At NASA's Langley Research Center, Bill Vass, CEO of Liquid Robotics presented, "Where The Cloud Meets the Ocean." Vass discussed how seven megatrends are converging to change the way ocean research operations and data collection is done across the globe.

The group said Vass also hosted a similar presentation for the general public at the Virginia Air & Space Center in downtown Hampton.

Ocean operations and data collection have historically been done with expensive ships, buoys, and satellite systems. Vass' company, Liquid Robotics has combined a wave energy propulsion system, robotics, micro and nano sensors, cloud computing, wireless communications, GPS, and smart phone computing technology to gather information from harsh offshore environments. The technology can also be used to provide maritime security.

According to a release, Vass explained the technology that allows robots to operate independently for years at sea by harvesting all their energy from the environment. He also focused on how the technology is changing current business models and the future of marine robotic systems. Vass' customers include the energy, shipping, environmental, intelligence, communications, scientific, fisheries, and defense markets.

Before he was the chief executive officer of Liquid Robotics Inc., Vass was the president and CEO of Sun Microsystems Federal. He served as chief information officer of Sun Microsystems, as well as Sun's chief information security officer.

Prior to Sun, the group noted that Vass worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense Office of the Chief Information Officer as well as the Pentagon's information technology area, managing networks, servers and applications across the defense networks. He was the technical lead for the entire Department of Defense Y2K program, and was their representative to the U.S. Congress, the White House, and other nations. Prior to joining the Chief Information Office, Vass was chief technology officer and technical lead for the U.S. Army personnel systems worldwide.

Before the Department of Defense, Vass developed large-scale information technology engineering and business systems solutions for the oil and gas industry, defense systems integrators and ocean engineering.

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