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NOPTILUS

Project reference: 270180
Funded under: FP7-ICT

autoNomous, self-Learning, OPTImal and compLete Underwater Systems [Print to PDF] [Print to RTF]

From 2011-04-01 to 2015-03-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 5 000 482

EU contribution:

EUR 3 779 711

Coordinated in:

Greece

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2009-6

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)
Current multi-AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) systems are far from being capable of fully autonomously taking over real-life complex situation-awareness operations. As such operations require advanced reasoning and decision-making abilities the existing designs have to heavily rely on human operators. But humans can easily be overwhelmed by the information overload, fatigue can act negatively to their performance, properly coordinating vehicles actions is hard and continuous operation is all but impossible. NOPTILUS takes the view that an effective fully-autonomous multi-AUV system is capable of overcoming these shortcomings and replacing human-operated operations. To successfully attain such an objective, significant advances are required in the fields of cooperative/cognitive-based communications, sonars, perceptual sensory-motor, learning motion control and learning/cognitive-based situation understanding.

Objective

Current multi-AUV systems are far from being capable of fully autonomously taking over real-life complex situation-awareness operations. As such operations require advanced reasoning and decision-making abilities the current designs have to heavily rely on human operators. The involvement of humans, however, is by no means a guarantee of performance; humans can easily be overwhelmed by the information overload, fatigue can act detrimentally to their performance, properly coordinating vehicles actions is hard, and continuous operation is all but impossible. Within NOPTILUS we take the view that an effective fully-autonomous multi-AUV concept/system, is capable of overcoming these shortcomings, by replacing human-operated operations by a fully autonomous one. To successfully attain such an objective, significant advances are required, involving cooperative & cognitive-based communications and sonars (low level), Gaussian Process-based estimation as well as perceptual sensory-motor and learning motion control (medium level), and learning/cognitive-based situation understanding and motion strategies (high level).Of paramount importance is the integration of all these advances and the demonstration of the NOPTILUS system in a realistic environment at the Port of Leixões, utilizing a team of 6 AUVs that will be operating continuously on a 24hours/7days-a-week basis. As part of this demonstration another important aspect of the NOPTILUS system that of (near-) optimality will be shown. Evaluation of the performance of the overall NOPTILUS system will be performed with emphasis on its robustness, dependability, adaptability and flexibility especially when it deals with completely unknown underwater environments and situations never taught before as well as its ability to provide with arbitrarily-close-to-the-optimal performance.

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Coordinator

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
CHARILAOU THERMI ROAD 6th Km
THERMI THESSALONIKI, Greece
Administrative contact: George Giannopoulos
Tel.: +30 2310498210
Fax: +30 2310498110
E-mail

Participants

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Rue Michel -Ange
PARIS, France
Administrative contact: Nathalie APPEL
Tel.: +33383856085
Fax: +33383352381
E-mail
TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEMS INSTITUTE
Greece
Technical University of Crete Campus - Kounoupidiana
CHANIA, Greece
Administrative contact: Nikolaos Sidiropoulos
Tel.: +30 2821037227
Fax: +30 2821037573
E-mail
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
Stevinweg
DELFT, Netherlands
Administrative contact: Pieter J. de Wit
Tel.: +310152781892
Fax: +310152786190
E-mail
APDL - ADMINISTRACAO DOS PORTOS DODOURO E LEIXOES SA
Portugal
AVENIDA DA LIBERDADE
LECA DA PALMEIRA, Portugal
Administrative contact: Elisa Costa
Tel.: +351229990700
Fax: +351229990701
E-mail
OCEANSCAN - MARINE SYSTEMS & TECHNOLOGY LDA
Portugal
RUA ACTOR FERREIRA DA SILVA
PORTO, Portugal
Administrative contact: Alexandre Jorge Arada Sousa
Tel.: +351 220301576
Fax: +351 220301511
E-mail
UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Portugal
PRACA GOMES TEIXEIRA
PORTO, Portugal
Administrative contact: Mafalda Marques Moreira Soeiro
Tel.: +351 225082171
Fax: +351 225081440
E-mail
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Exhibition Road, South Kensington Campus
LONDON, United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Shaun Power
Tel.: +44 20 7594 8773
Fax: +44 20 7594 8609
E-mail
GEORGIA TECH LORRAINE ASSOCIATION
France
RUE MARCONI
METZ, France
Administrative contact: Brigitte HUBERT
Tel.: +333 87 20 39 46
E-mail
Record Number: 97844 / Last updated on: 2014-10-06