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Towards Tactile Sensing Applied to Underwater Autonomous Vehicles for Near Shore Survey and De-mining

  • Thomas Rooney
  • A. G. Pipe
  • Sanja Dogramadzi
  • Martin J. Pearson
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-32527-4_60

Volume 7429 of the book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
Cite this paper as:
Rooney T., Pipe A.G., Dogramadzi S., Pearson M.J. (2012) Towards Tactile Sensing Applied to Underwater Autonomous Vehicles for Near Shore Survey and De-mining. In: Herrmann G. et al. (eds) Advances in Autonomous Robotics. TAROS 2012. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7429. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

Artificial tactile whisker sensors demonstrate an approach to localisation [1] that is robust to harsh environmental disturbances, endowing autonomous systems with the ability to operate effectively in confined, noisy and visually occluded spaces, such as collapsed buildings or mine shafts, where conventional sensors become unreliable [2]. Marine engineering applications could benefit from such tactile sensors due to the lack of robust underwater close proximity sensing techniques. Animals such as walruses, seals and manatees all have exquisitely sensitive whiskers, which they use for hunting and foraging. Building upon a recent pilot study in underwater tactile sensing [3], we present the motivation for further research and our work plans toward a demonstrator platform for near shore survey and demining.

Keywords

Biomimetic Whisker Autonmous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Rooney
    • 1
  • A. G. Pipe
    • 1
  • Sanja Dogramadzi
    • 1
  • Martin J. Pearson
    • 1
  1. 1.Bristol Robotics LaboratoryUniversity of the West of EnglandBristolUK