Homogeneous Control of Multiple...

Homogeneous Control of Multiple Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs)

GTRI researchers are building multiple small UUVs for homogeneous collaborative operations. Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) have demonstrated an excellent capability to collect valuable data for commercial, scientific, and military purposes. Networks for homogeneous collaborative AUVs are beginning to be investigated for ocean observation and monitoring. Ocean scientists see multiple AUVs as an excellent tool for operations such as area mapping for detection of objects on the ocean floor, or plume tracking for pollution monitoring. The military uses multiple AUVs to investigate large open environment missions, such as mine countermeasures (MCMs). Currently, single vehicle operation is the standard; however, if multiple collaborative AUVs were employed, operations would show increased system reliability, greater speed, and higher quality of measurements.