Christopher Roman

  • Professor
  • Ocean Engineering (limited) and Oceanography
  • Phone: 401.874.6115
  • Email:
  • Office Location: Horn 111, Narragansett Bay Campus
Christopher Roman’s Full Research Profile


  • Ph.D. Ocean Engineering. MIT-WHOI Joint Program, 2005
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering. University of California, San Diego, 1999
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering. Virginia Tech, 1997

Research Theme

Research Interests

  • Underwater Vehicle Mechanical and Control System Design
  • Navigation Data Processing
  • Acoustic Instrumentation and Signal Processing
  • Mapping Algorithm Development
  • Hydrographic Surveys
  • Underwater Imaging

Major Sources of Funding

  • Brown University
  • Ray and Barbaro Dalio Family Foundation
  • National Science Foundation
  • Ocean Exploration Trust
  • RI Science and Technology Advisory Council
  • US Department of Commerce NOAA


Dr. Roman’s research interests focus on developing sensing systems and methods for acoustic and photographic seafloor mapping. This work involves underwater vehicle mechanical and control system design, navigation data processing, acoustic instrumentation and signal processing, image processing, and mapping algorithm development. He also has a joint appointment in the URI Department of Ocean Engineering.