Unmanned marine vehicles (UMVs) is a collective term used to describe autonomous underwater vehicles, remotely operated vehicles, semi-submersibles, and unmanned surface craft. Considerable interest has been shown in UMVs by the military, civilian and scientific communities due to their ability to undertake designated missions whilst either operating autonomously and/or on co-operation with other types of vehicle. Increasing importance is also being placed on the design and development of such vehicles as they are capable of providing cost effective solutions to a number of littoral, coastal and offshore problems. This book draws attention to the advanced technology which is evolving to meet the challenges being posed in this exciting and growing field of study.
- Chapter 2: Nonlinear modelling, identification and control of UUVs
- Chapter 3: Guidance laws, obstacle avoidance and artificial potential functions
- Chapter 4: Behaviour control of UUVs
- Chapter 5: Thruster control allocation for over-actuated, open-frame underwater vehicles
- Chapter 6: Switching-based supervisory control of underwater vehicles
- Chapter 7: Navigation, guidance and control of the Hammerhead autonomous underwater vehicle
- Chapter 8: Robust control of autonomous underwater vehicles and verification on a tethered flight vehicle
- Chapter 9: Low-cost high-precision motion control for ROVs
- Chapter 10: Autonomous manipulation for an intervention AUV 217
- Chapter 11: AUV 'r2D4', its operation, and road map for AUV development
- Chapter 12: Guidance and control of a biomimetic-autonomous underwater vehicle
- Chapter 13: Seabed-relative navigation by hybrid structured lighting
- Chapter 14: Advances in real-time spatio-temporal 3D data visualisation for underwater robotic exploration
- Chapter 15: Unmanned surface vehicles - game changing technology for naval operations
- Chapter 16: Modelling, simulation and control of an autonomous surface marine vehicle for surveying applications Measuring Dolphin MESSIN
- Chapter 17: Vehicle and mission control of single and multiple autonomous marine robots
- Chapter 18: Wave-piercing autonomous vehicles
- Chapter 19: Dynamics, control and coordination of underwater gliders
Coventry University, Control Theory and Applications Centre, UK.
Geoff Roberts is Professor of Mechatronic Systems in the Control Theory and Applications Centre, Coventry University. He has been involved in research into marine control applications for over twenty-five years and has made significant contributions in the areas of intelligence autopilots, ship motion stabilization and guidance and control of UUVs. Geoff is chairman of the Mechatronics Forum, immediate past chairman of the IFAC Technical Committee on Marine Systems, a member of the IFAC Technical Committee on Mechatronics and an Associate Editor of Control Engineering Practice.R. Sutton University of Plymouth, School of Engineering, UK.
Professor Sutton is currently Head of the Marine and Industrial Dynamic Analysis Group in the School of Engineering at the University of Plymouth. He is Chair of the IFAC Technical Committee on Marine Systems, Vice Chair of the United Kingdom Automatic Control Council, Vice Chair of the ImechE Mechatronics, Informatics and Control Committee and a Member of the SUT Underwater Robotics Committee. He has authored over 160 journal and conference papers on various aspects of marine control.