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International Journal of Advanced Robotics Systems Special Issue: Underwater Environmental Perception and Manipulation

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:

  • Autonomous Underwater Vehicles
  • Remote Underwater Vehicles
  • Underwater Vehicle Manipulator Systems
  • Underwater and Complicated Environmental Perception
  • Target Manipulation and Grasp of Multi-body Robotic Systems
  • Dynamics and Coordinate Control of Robot-Manipulator Systems
  • Intelligent Behavior and Path Planning of Robot-Manipulator Systems
  • Target Grasp Configuration Strategy and Compliant Grasp
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Machine Learning for Underwater Robots

The submitted manuscripts for this special issue will be peer-reviewed before publication.

Submit your article.

Please submit your paper according to the following timetable for the special issue:

Manuscript Due
March 31, 2017
First Round of Reviews
March 2017
First Papers Published
June 2017

Guest Editors

Hai Huang, Harbin Engineering University, China

Qirong Tang, Tongji University, China