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Projects

This page lists some of the research projects of the Ocean Systems Laboratory. Please click on the project name link to see their details.

3D reconstruction from acoustic cameras

In this project, we are introducing the design and evaluation of a real time underwater 3D reconstruction system using multiple sonar views from an acoustic camera.

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A Comparative Study of Collaborative Planning Architectures for Cooperating Vehicles (AA012)

This project looks at the design and implementation of an autonomous vehicle control architecture to facilitate multi-vehicle coordination and planning.

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Architecture Development for Remote Presence over Low Bandwidth and Intermittent Telemetry Links Usi

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EPSRC MIMO Radar & Sonar

This project aims at studying the possible contribution of MIMO techniques in Radar and Sonar systems for target detection and classification. This is a collaborative project with Edinburgh University

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EPSRC Target Detection in Clutter

In this project, we propose to study and model clutter and texture in sonar imagery to improve target detection performances in difficult environments.

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Nessie Student AUV Entry to SAUC-E 2009

Heriot-Watt University's entry to the Student Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Challenge - Europe (SAUC-E) 2009.

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Nessie Student AUV Entry to SAUC-E 2010

Nessie entry to the SAUC-E 2010 Competition

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Pandora

PANDORA is an EU FP7-ICT STREP research project between 5 universities across Europe in response to Challenge 2 of the Cognitive Systems and Robotics call

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Predicting the Intent of Autonomous Agents

The increasing use of unmanned vehicles in airborne, underwater and terrestrial domains presents new challenges for predicting the intentions of these vehicles and of the agents they observe.

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Semantic world modelling for distributed knowledge representation in cooperative (autonomous) platforms

This project focuses on the study of a semantic world model framework for hierarchical distributed representation of knowledge in autonomous systems. The framework uses a pool of hierarchical ontologies for representation of the knowledge extracted from the expert and the processed sensor data.

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Trident

TRIDENT proposes a new methodology for multipurpose underwater intervention tasks with diverse potential applications like underwater archaeology,oceanography and offshore industries, and goes beyond present-day methods typically based on manned and / or purpose-built systems. Trident is based on new forms of cooperation between an Autonomous Surface Craft and an Intervention Autonomous Underwater Vehicle. Firstly, the I-AUV performs a path following survey, where it gathers optical and / or acoustic data from the seafloor, whilst the ASC provides geo-referenced navigation data and communications with the end user. The motion of the ASC will be coordinated with that of the I-AUV for precise Ultra Short Base Line positioning and reliable acoustic communications. After the survey, the I-AUV docks with the ASC and sends the data back to a ground station where a map is set up and a target object is identified by the end user. Secondly, the ASC navigates towards a waypoint near the intervention area to search for the object. When the target object has been found, the I-AUV switches to free floating navigation mode. The manipulation of the object takes place through a dextrous hand attached to a redundant robot arm and assisted with proper perception. Particular emphasis will be put on the research of the vehicle's intelligent control architecture to provide the embedded knowledge representation framework and the high level reasoning agents required to enable a high degree of autonomy and on-board decision making of the platform. The new methodology will allow the user to specify an intervention task to be undertaken with regards to a particular target object, but after that the object is automatically recognised and manipulated by the robot in a completely autonomous way. EU FP-7, ICT Challenge 2: Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics Collaborative Project (STREP), Grant agreement No: ICT-248497 EU Website: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ict/cognition/home_en.html

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WideBand Sonar

The WideBand Sonar Project at OSL is concerned with the development of novel methods for detection, classification and identification of natural and manmade objects in water and in air.

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Past Projects

AUTOTRACKER

AUTOTRACKER system is a complete fully totally autonomous pipeline tracking & survey payload. The intelligent payload is platform independent and can be integrated in any type of underwater vehicle that carries the required sensors for the input.

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Battlespace Access for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

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