Special Issue "New Solutions for Robotic Swarms in Sea Operations"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2019).
Interests: autonomy and cooperation; ubiquitous computing and internet of things (IoT); cyber physical systems (CPS); underwater; ground and aerial cooperating robots; embedded systems; distributed systems and software architectures; next-generation telematics networks and services
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Today, a significant number of offshore operations include intervention of divers in hazardous environments, representing an overdependence for the development of the maritime industry. Unmanned underwater vehicles could represent a solution, but they are tailor-made for specific task and difficult to operate, being this in many case extremely expansive. In addition, the operation complexity could not be carried out for a single vehicle even with some help.
To expand the use of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs), remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to facilitate the creation, planning and execution of maritime and offshore operations by having a swarms of those vehicles cooperating each other in an intelligent way, thereby making autonomous operations a viable option for new and existing industries. This will reduce the operational cost, increase the safety of tasks and contribute to expand the offshore sector. This approach comes with many technological challenges that are yet to be solved.
This Special Issue focuses on novel and innovative solutions for swarms cooperative robot systems in underwater environments. To this purpose, high-quality contributions from both academia and industry are welcome.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Distributed platform and architectures for integrating and coordinating underwater robotics vehicles: data modelling and context awareness, IoT middleware solutions.
- Solutions for sensors and processing algorithms for underwater environments: data processing, 3D mapping, landmark extraction, map matching, relocation.
- Solutions for underwater communication systems: advanced networking, integrated over and underwater communications, high speed underwater communication, integration of heterogeneous underwater communication systems.
- Design and development of embedded architecture and mission management solutions: mission management (planning, re-planning, monitoring, etc.), software architecture and its evaluation over simulated, experimental or real scenarios.
- Autonomous navigation and semi-autonomous manipulation: simulation tool for underwater vehicles, motion planning, hybrid acoustic and radio frequency communication and control for homing applications.
- Development methodologies and novel designs for autonomous maritime missions including HMI designs, data formatting and transfer challenges.
Prof. Dr. José-Fernán Martínez
Dr. Pedro Castillejo Parrilla
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