Jerome is the former Director of Inspection Systems at Bluefin Robotics. He was hired by Bluefin in 2001 as underwater navigation specialist. Over the years, he has developed navigation algorithms covering all aspects of Bluefin AUV navigation, including improvements of compass-based navigation algorithms, LBL navigation, USBL-aided deep-water navigation, integrated INS/DVL Kalman filtering, multi-AUV navigation, and hull-relative navigation.
In 2002 Jerome became Project Manager and Technical Lead for the Hovering Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (HAUV) program. The HAUV project started as an ONR-funded research and development project and transitioned to a multi-year US Navy production contract with PMS-408 under the EOD HULS program (Explosive Ordnance Disposal Hull Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Localization System).
For 4 years, prior to joining Bluefin, he was an underwater robotics researcher with the French National Center for Scientific Research. He received a doctorate degree from the Science University of Montpellier (France) with a focus on indoor mobile robot navigation in 1993. This doctorate was followed by a two-year post-doctorate split between the MIT Sea Grant AUV Lab and the French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea (IFREMER) focused on AUV navigation. He also has published numerous articles and papers relating to robotics, navigation and autonomous hovering platforms.
Jerome is also an avid biker, runner, and swimmer, having completed numerous triathlons.