ICRA 2011 Paper Abstract


Paper TuP111.1

Smith, Ryan (Queensland University of Technology), Schwager, Mac (University of Pennsylvania), Smith, Stephen L. (MIT), Rus, Daniela (MIT), Sukhatme, Gaurav (University of Southern California)

Persistent Ocean Monitoring with Underwater Gliders: Towards Accurate Reconstruction of Dynamic Ocean Processes

Scheduled for presentation during the Regular Sessions "Marine and Underwater Robotics I" (TuP111), Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 13:40−13:55, Room 5F

2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 9-13, 2011, Shanghai International Conference Center, Shanghai, China

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Keywords Marine Robotics, Planning, Scheduling and Coordination


This paper proposes a path planning algorithm and a velocity control algorithm for underwater gliders to persistently monitor a patch of ocean. The algorithms address a pressing need among ocean scientists to collect high-value data for studying ocean events of scientific and environmental interest, such as the occurrence of harmful algal blooms. The path planner optimizes a cost function that blends two competing factors: it maximizes the information value of the path, while minimizing the deviation from the path due to ocean currents. The speed control algorithm then optimizes the speed along the planned path so that higher resolution samples are collected in areas of higher information value. The resulting paths are closed circuits that can be epeatedly traversed to collect long term ocean data in dynamic environments. The algorithms were tested during sea trials on an underwater glider operating off the coast of southern California over the course of several weeks. The results show significant improvements in data resolution and path reliability compared to a sampling path that is typically used in the region.



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