We are pleased to host two talks for the March edition of the Marine Technology Seminar series:
Autonomous Underwater Platform Systems
Associate Professor Toshihiro Maki and Dr Takumi Matsuda, Supported by Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
LSTS and Autonomous Systems and Operations
Paulo Sousa Dias, University of Porto
Please find an abstract and speaker biographies below.
Autonomous Underwater Platform Systems - Abstract
Autonomous underwater platform systems have the unique potential to realize wide-area, high-accuracy, and long-term observation through collaboration of multiple autonomous agents such as autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and seafloor stations. We have developed a series of autonomous underwater platforms for detailed seafloor observation.
The AUV TriTON 2 can perform detailed survey of the seafloorbased on mutual acoustic positioning with a seafloor station. The autonomous docking scheme for the AUV based on fusionof acoustic and visual sensing will be explained.
The AUV alsoforms a testbed for collaborative navigation of multiple AUVs, where results of successful multi AUV sea trials will be presented.
HATTORI is our latest AUV, which is a low-cost, low-drag AUV capable of tracking rugged terrains at high speed. We have performed field expedition at coral reefs in Okinawa incollaboration with Dr. Blair Thornton and his team under thesupport of the Daiwa-Anglo-Japanese Foundation.
(Lab HP http://makilab.iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp/english/index.html)
Biography - Associate Professor Toshihiro Maki and Dr Takumi Matsuda
Toshihiro Maki received the Ph.D. degree in engineering from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 2008. He is currently an associate professor in Center for Integrated Underwater Observation Technology, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo. His main research topic is underwater robotics, especially intelligent behaviors of AUVs, long-term deployment of autonomous systems.
Takumi Matsuda received the Ph.D. degree in environmentalscience from The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 2015. Heis currently a Project Researcher with the Center for IntegratedUnderwater Observation Technology, Institute of IndustrialScience, University of Tokyo.
His research interests include multiple autonomous underwater vehicle navigation, cooperation of autonomous marine platforms, and probabilistic robotics.
Biography - Paulo Sousa Dias
Paulo Sousa Dias, received the M.Sc. degree and the B.S. degree, both in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Porto, School of Engineering FEUP, Porto, Portugal.
He is currently a Ph.D. student at University of Porto, in Faculty of Engineering FEUP, and a researcher at Underwater Systems and Technology Laboratory (USTL/LSTS) of FEUP since 2004 where he works in developing autonomous systems with focus on the command and control framework for heterogeneous teams of autonomous vehicles, the Neptus Framework. The Neptus is been used to control various classes of vehicles such as underwater, surface and air. Using common interfaces leads to interoperability and cooperative missions with mix-initiative operations where the human factor is taken into account.
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