James G. Bellingham is a leader in the development of high performance marine robots and the creation of distributed marine robotic systems. He is the founding Director of the Center of Marine Robotics at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), founded the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Laboratory at MIT (1988), and co-founded Bluefin Robotics (1997). He was Director of Engineering and Chief Technologist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) before coming to Woods Hole. He has led numerous research expeditions including to the Arctic and Antarctic. Jim received an S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.