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Sparus II AUV - a hovering vehicle for seabed inspection

Carreras, Marc, Hernández, Juan David, Vidal, Eduard, Palomeras, Narcís, Ribas, David and Ridao, Pere 2018. Sparus II AUV - a hovering vehicle for seabed inspection. IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering 43 (2) , pp. 344-355. 10.1109/JOE.2018.2792278

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This paper proposes the use of path-planning algorithms for hovering autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) in applications where the robot needs to adapt online its trajectory for inspection or safety purposes. In particular, it proposes the platform Sparus II AUV and a set of planning algorithms to conduct these new AUV capabilities. These algorithms generate trajectories under motion constraints, which can be followed without deviations, to ensure the safety even when passing close to obstacles. View planning algorithms are also combined to decide the movements to be executed to discover the unexplored seabed or target, and to cover it with a camera or sonar. Online mapping with profiling sonars and online planning with fast sampling-based algorithms allow the execution of missions without any previous knowledge of the 3-D shape of the environment. Real 2-D results in an artificial harbor structure and simulated natural rocky canyon demonstrate the feasibility of the approach for avoiding or inspecting the underwater environment. These new AUV capabilities can be used to acquire images of the environment that can be used to inspect and map the habitat.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Additional Information: "© 2018 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works."
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISSN: 0364-9059
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 2 February 2021
Date of Acceptance: 7 January 2018
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2021 17:57

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