Dr. Charlie Loeffler: Research
How many hours do you work per week?
I work a lot. I’m probably in the office 40 to 60 hours a week but it turns out I’m always thinking about problems but that’s actually what I like to do. So there are many times I’m doing a little bit here and there at home, on travel, even while camping.
Tell us more about your research and the types of things you do.
We work on problems on how to find things underwater. So sometimes in my position somebody asks a very general question. For example, it might be possible that someplace like NOAA might be interested in finding old channel markers what’s the best way to do that? And maybe they have to search a very large area in a very cheap way, inexpensive way. And so someone will ask that question and myself and my colleagues will start thinking about that from many different viewpoints and we come up with a solution and propose it and maybe get to build it and test it out. And other times my work will dig way down into specific problems of math and engineering to solve, develop new algorithms to identify something in the water, or make part of our processing work much faster and more efficiently so we can fit into a small AUV.