Experiments with cooperative control of underwater robots

Dunbabin, Matthew, Corke, Peter, Vasilescu, Iuliu, & Rus, Daniela (2009) Experiments with cooperative control of underwater robots. International Journal of Robotics Research, 28(6), pp. 815-833.

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Abstract

In this paper we describe cooperative control algorithms for robots and sensor nodes in an underwater environment. Cooperative navigation is defined as the ability of a coupled system of autonomous robots to pool their resources to achieve long-distance navigation and a larger controllability space. Other types of useful cooperation in underwater environments include: exchange of information such as data download and retasking; cooperative localization and tracking; and physical connection (docking) for tasks such as deployment of underwater sensor networks, collection of nodes and rescue of damaged robots. We present experimental results obtained with an underwater system that consists of two very different robots and a number of sensor network modules. We present the hardware and software architecture of this underwater system. We then describe various interactions between the robots and sensor nodes and between the two robots, including cooperative navigation. Finally, we describe our experiments with this underwater system and present data.

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ID Code: 63605
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Autonomous underwater vehicles, cooperative control, underwater vehicle control, vision-based navigation, underwater sensor networks, underwater communications
DOI: 10.1177/0278364908098456
ISSN: 0278-3649
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Adaptive Agents and Intelligent Robotics (080101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Computer Vision (080104)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MARITIME ENGINEERING (091100) > Special Vehicles (091106)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 21 Oct 2013 22:38
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2013 05:28

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