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Troy Tanner

Principal Software Engineer





Research Interests

Interface Engineering, User-Centered Design, Web Application Development, 3D Visualization & Animation


Troy specializes in interface engineering, user-centered design, web applications, and digital graphics. Recent projects include the NANOOS Portal and Visualization System, Boater Information System (BIS) Portal, and the Dylan Diatom educational animation.

Troy has been with the Laboratory since 1993. He joined the professional staff in 1997.


B.A. Graphic Design, Architecture, Engineering, University of Washington - Seattle , 1997


2000-present and while at APL-UW

Research Needs, Challenges, and Strategic Approaches for Natural Hazards and Disaster Reconnaissance

Wartman, J., and 12 others including T. Tanner, "Research Needs, Challenges, and Strategic Approaches for Natural Hazards and Disaster Reconnaissance," Front. Built Environ., 6, 573068, doi:10.3389/fbuil.2020.573068, 2020.

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10 Nov 2020

Natural hazards and disaster reconnaissance investigations have provided many lessons for the research and practice communities and have greatly improved our scientific understanding of extreme events. Yet, many challenges remain for these communities, including improving our ability to model hazards, make decisions in the face of uncertainty, enhance community resilience, and mitigate risk. State-of-the-art instrumentation and mobile data collection applications have significantly advanced the ability of field investigation teams to capture quickly perishable data in post-disaster settings. The NHERI RAPID Facility convened a community workshop of experts in the professional, government, and academic sectors to determine reconnaissance data needs and opportunities, and to identify the broader challenges facing the reconnaissance community that hinder data collection and use. Participants highlighted that field teams face many practical and operational challenges before and during reconnaissance investigations, including logistics concerns, safety issues, emotional trauma, and after-returning, issues with data processing and analysis. Field teams have executed many effective missions. Among the factors contributing to successful reconnaissance are having local contacts, effective teamwork, and pre-event training. Continued progress in natural hazard reconnaissance requires adaptation of new, strategic approaches that acquire and integrate data over a range of temporal, spatial, and social scales across disciplines.

The NANOOS Visualization System (NVS): A decade of development and progress addressing stakeholder needs

Risien, C. M., T. Tanner, E. Mayorga, J. C. Allan, J. A. Newton, M. Kosro, R. Wold, and C. Seaton, "The NANOOS Visualization System (NVS): A decade of development and progress addressing stakeholder needs," OCEANS 2019 MTS/IEEE SEATTLE, Seattle, WA (2019).

1 Oct 2019

Recent NANOOS contributions to maritime operations and boater traffic

Newton, J. A, J. Allan, and T. Tanner, "Recent NANOOS contributions to maritime operations and boater traffic," Sidelights 44(3): 28-29 (2014).

1 Jun 2014

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Record of Invention Number: 46444

Robert Carr, Troy Tanner, Beth Kirby, Michelle Scalley-Kim, Bob Miyamoto


13 Mar 2013

Acoustics Air-Sea Interaction & Remote Sensing Center for Environmental & Information Systems Center for Industrial & Medical Ultrasound Electronic & Photonic Systems Ocean Engineering Ocean Physics Polar Science Center