Unmanned marine systems – Where should they go?
- Prof. Ralf Bachmayer / Uni Bremen MARUM und Fachbereich 3
In my talk I will focus on the research and development of unmanned marine
observation systems, the role they are currently playing in Marine Sciences
and other marine applications as well as provide an outlook of the road
As an example, I will present a multi-vehicle iceberg observation system that
illustrates not only the interplay between two complementary robotic
systems but also the highly interdisciplinary nature of the research. The
guidance of these platforms requires a good understanding of the guiding
physical principles, starting from sound propagation models used for sonar
mapping, sensor processing and interpretation, all the way to the dynamical
response limitations of the vehicle system. Since these marine platforms
have to operate in a highly unstructured, dynamic and often extreme
environment they have to be robust, physically and “mentally”, in order to
survive and achieve mission objectives. How should we go about that?
Moving from the surface waters, i.e. the upper 1000m, to the deep sea, I will
give a brief introduction into my research plans using existing vehicles, such
as underwater gliders and an entirely new vehicle for seafloor observations.