An Overview of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Systems and Sensors at Georgia Tech
West, Michael E.
Collins, Thomas R.
Bogle, John R.
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As the ocean attracts great attention on environmental issues and resources as well as scientific and military tasks, the need for the use of underwater vehicle systems has become more apparent. Underwater vehicles represent a fast-growing research area and promising industry as advanced technologies in various subsystems develop and potential application areas are explored. Great efforts have been made in developing autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to overcome challenging scientific and engineering problems caused by the unstructured and hazardous ocean environment. With the development of new materials, advanced computing and sensory technology, as well as theoretical advancements, research and development activities in the AUV community have increased. The Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) is actively involved in three major research efforts: underwater vehicle sensing, underwater communications, and underwater vehicle autonomy including heterogeneous multi-vehicle collaboration. In order to test and experimentally validate the research, GIT has developed a new small man-portable Autonomous Underwater Vehicle called the Yellowfin. This new AUV provides a testbed for real world testing and experimentation of the advanced algorithm development. This paper will show the GIT development in this area.
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