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Matthew Grund

Matthew Grund

Senior Engineer

Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering

Office Phone: +1 508 289 3980

WHOI Mailing Address:

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

266 Woods Hole Rd.

MS# 10

Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050


B.S. University of Lowell, 1992, Electrical Engineering
M.S. University of Massachusetts, 1996, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests

Marine Robotics; Autonomy; Underwater acoustic communications; acoustic navigation; marine mammal acoustics; embedded signal processing; embedded data acquisition; distributed multiprocessing.

Research Statement


For over twenty years I have been developing technology to support oceanographic research and expand subsea automation capabilities. From my start in Acoustic Communications at WHOI with Lee Freitag, my work has become increasingly focused on marine robotics. 

After helping to develop and demonstrate the WHOI Micro-modem, I began to contribute to AUV technology at WHOI, working  to bring acoustic communications to  the REMUS, then the Seabed AUV, along with Bluefin, OceanServer Iver AUV and later the APL-UW Seaglider.  I have managed to leverage my acoustic telemetry work to develop robotics capabilities on AUVs. Most recently, I have been leading a small research and development group at Hydroid to create new marine robotics products, including the New Generation REMUS 100, released in March of 2016.

Skills and Experience

I am an expert embedded software developer, with experience developing C and C++ applications for embedded controllers ranging from bare metal DSP boards to Linux micro controllers, to embedded Windows and VxWorks systems. Along the way, I have picked up a few other languages including Python, JavaScript, HTML and Matlab, and have developed desktop user interfaces in Windows Visual Studio. I also have familiarity with MySQL and SQLite databases, and the ArcGIS mapping tools.

I have experience developing in several multiprocessing environments. I have created simple, single-threaded real-time applications, but have also designed telemetry and autonomy systems using the MOOS and ROS middlewares.  These architectural frameworks facilitate collaborative, distributed multiprocessing which is required by advanced robotics and automation systems.

In my engineering positions, I have worked in a broad range of development environments, from the agile spiral development environment in the Acoustic Communications Group at WHOI, to the heavy weight ISO and CMMI waterfall development environment at Hydroid. While my preference is an agile environment, I am comfortable in more rigorous settings such as formal requirements and design reviews with external stakeholders. 

In my R&D team leadership position, I have received project management training along with KONGSBERG leadership training at the "Leading Individuals" level, and have participated in hiring, staff development and performance review activities.

Trends, Vision and Future Work

Over the past decade, the marine robotics community has seen tremendous advances in the capabilities, diversity, and number of systems being developed.  Marine robotics growth has been spurred by advanced low-power mobile computing, improvements in lithium ion battery technology, and advancements in navigation sensor performance. 

The WHOI REMUS AUV, as licensed and sold by Hydroid, has been an industry leader by delivering high performance mapping systems for defense and oceanographic applications. WHOI vehicles are leading the way in ocean exploration, with recent high profile success in recovering Air France equipment lost in the Atlantic, and mapping an historically significant sunken ship in South America. REMUS systems are advancing the state-of-the-art in access to the sea, including advanced launch and recovery systems for manned platforms and unmanned ocean bottom docks. Further, REMUS is leading performance at depth, with their new higher capability REMUS 6000. I'm excited to join the Ocean Systems Laboratory, and continue to advance the marine robotics field with REMUS.



Embedded software development in C and C++. Robotics software development in C and C++. Acoustic data analysis in Matlab, C++. Telemetry system performance analysis in Matlab. Geographic data presentation systems using Web Services, MySQL, python scripting. Underwater acoustic system design. Underwater robotic system design. Data acquisition system design. Project management and field test management. VxWorks development. SEI CMMI Introductory Level.


Kongsberg Leadership Training: Leading Individuals                                           2015

Project Management Professional (PMP) coursework                                          2013

SEI CMMI Introductory Level                                                                                 2012