Underwater environmental perception and manipulation
Demand for high protein seafood, such as seashell and sea cucumber, is growing rapidly; China’s annual imports for example currently amount to tens of billions dollars and are increasing by 10% annually, according to the Pacific Sea Cucumber and Sea Urchin Association. Although highly integrated underwater robots have ben invented such as the REMUS-100 AUV, Bluefin AUV, Autosub AUV, Seaeye Falcon ROV, SMD ROV, SAUVIM I-AUV, Girona 500 I-AUV, and so forth, they are not as competent as human divers for agile catching.
The reasons for the incompetence are manifold. First of all, the target organism is invisible remotely, indistinct closely, and thus hard to search for and recognize. Secondly, the multi-body underwater vehicle and manipulator system must carry out coordinate motion and overcome current disturbance in order to realize precise end control. Furthermore, agile catching involves the fusion of perception and manipulation with high intelligence and learning capacity.
Therefor, this special issue aims to bring together recent advances in environmental perception, underwater vehicles, target grasp and manipulation, in order to illustrate the progress and challenges of agile underwtaer organism catching.
Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
The submitted manuscripts for this special issue will be peer-reviewed before publication.
Please submit your paper according to the following timetable for the special issue:
March 31, 2017
First Round of Reviews
First Papers Published
Hai Huang, Harbin Engineering University, China
Qirong Tang, Tongji University, China