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Bob Miyamoto

Affiliate Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering





Research Interests

Program Management, Ocean Acoustics, Physical Oceanography, Signal Processing


Robert Miyamoto has been with the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington for 33 years and is currently the Associate Director for Science and Technology Transition. He is also an Affiliate Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington. His research interests include oceanography, acoustics, signal processing, autonomous control, ocean instrumentation, multimedia, medical countermeasures, and human-system interactions.

He maintains an active research program including current and past research with US R&D laboratories (e.g., Naval Oceanographic Office, Naval Underwater Warfare Center, SPAWAR systems center, Naval Air Warfare Center), the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Applied Research Program Agency (DARPA), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Washington State Sea Grant, Industry, and the National Science Foundation.

He is currently chief scientist of the ONR Future Naval Capability Placement of Active ASW Distributed Systems and In Situ Environmental Characterization, a principal scientist in the Persistent Littoral Underwater Surveillance (PLUS) project, a contributor to an obstacle avoidance sonar effort under the Large Diameter UUV project and the principal investigator of an Office of Naval Research project helping to exploit energy from underwater hydrothermal vents.

Department Affiliation

Director's Office


B.A. Mathematics & Physics, University of California, Irvine, 1973


Environmental Visualization

Meteorologists, oceanographers, computer scientists, and psychologists study the human-to-computer interaction of Navy METOC forecasting, and are developing workflow tools for key decision makers and warfare commanders.



2000-present and while at APL-UW

An at-sea, autonomous, closed-loop concept study for detecting and tracking submerged objects

Stevenson, J.M., et al., including J. Luby, R.T. Miyamoto, M. Grund, G. Anderson, and M. Hazen, "An at-sea, autonomous, closed-loop concept study for detecting and tracking submerged objects," U.S. Navy J. Underwater Acoust., 59, 671-690, 2009.

1 Jun 2009

Incorporating performance prediction uncertainty into detection and tracking

Stone, L.D., B.R. Osborn, R.T. Miyamoto, C. Eggen, M. Stewart, A.A. Ganse, B.R. LaCour, and D.N. Fox, "Incorporating performance prediction uncertainty into detection and tracking," U.S. Navy J. Underwater Accoust., 55, 277-, 2005.

1 Jun 2005

Introduction to a theme: Sensor performance prediction and analysis

Miyamoto, R.T., "Introduction to a theme: Sensor performance prediction and analysis," U.S. Navy J. Underwater Acoust., 55, 165-166, 2005.

1 Jun 2005

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In The News

UW and local company unveil new five-person submarine

UW News and Information, Hannah Hickey

The University of Washington's Applied Physics Laboratory and Everett-based company OceanGate this month unveiled the first model of its joint project to build a new type of submarine for human research and exploration in the deep sea.

20 Mar 2015

Cyclops submersible brings deep-water exploration to the 21st century

NBC News, Devin Coldewey

The plan is for Cyclops to be a jack-of-all trades craft, as easily employed by a marine biology department as the Navy.

11 Mar 2015

OceanGate unveils Cyclops sub to help businesses, researchers go deep

Xconomy Seattle, Benjamin Romano

OceanGate is unveiling Cyclops 1, a five-person submersible the company has retrofitted with simpler controls, creature comforts, and other technologies for streamlined operations. Development benefited from a unique partnership with APL-UW, a center of marine engineering and a critical piece of the Pacific Northwest%u2019s ocean innovation ecosystem.

10 Mar 2015

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