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Cooperative Cognitive Control for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

Project description

Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics Development of an advanced multi-robot system for underwater environments Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) represent one of the most challenging frontiers for robotics research. AUVs work in an unstructured environment and face unique perception, decision, control and communications difficulties. Currently, the state of the art is dominated by single AUVs limited to open-sea, preplanned trajectories with offline postprocessing of the data gathered during the mission. The use of multiple AUVs as explored in this project is still in a very early research phase. Some of the research issues addressed in this project are even completely uncharted territory, especially the development of functionalities to seamlessly monitor critical underwater infrastructures and detect anomalous situations (e.g., missions related to harbour safety and security) and, also, the study of advanced AUVs capable of interacting with humans to perform such functions as companion/support platforms during scientific and commercial dives. The aim of the Co3-AUVs project is to develop, implement and test advanced cognitive systems for coordination and cooperative control of multiple AUVs. Several aspects will be investigated including 3D perception and mapping, cooperative situation awareness, deliberation and navigation as well as behavioral control strictly linked with the underwater communication challenges. As a result, the team of AUVs will cooperate in challenging scenarios in the execution of missions where all data is processed online. In doing so, the team will be robust with respect to failures and environmental changes. These key features will be tested in a harbour scenario, where additional difficulties arise, compared to open sea applications and in a human diver assistance scenario that also illustrates human robot interaction issues.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering/transportation engineering/port and harbor engineering

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2007-3
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator Contact

Andreas BIRK (Prof.Dr.)

Coordinator

JACOBS UNIVERSITY BREMEN GGMBH
Address
Campus Ring 1
28759 Bremen
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 929 660
Administrative Contact
Ronald Kieschnick (Prof.)

Participants (6)

GRAAL TECH SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 548 500
Address
Via Egidio Tagliolini 26
16152 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrea Caffaz (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 140 936
Address
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cinzia Leone (Ms.)
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 530 586
Address
Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
1049-001 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Antonio Pascoal (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 96 400
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
IMMACOLATA VIVA (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEL SALENTO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 90 000
Address
Piazza Tancredi 7
73100 Lecce
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
PAOLA SOLOMBRINO (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CASSINO E DEL LAZIO MERIDIONALE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 213 564
Address
Viale Dell Universita - Campus Folcara
03043 Cassino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
CARMINE NICOLO (Dr.)