The oceans today contain tons of waste, majority of which is underwater. While effort have been put into collecting litter on the surface, so far there have been few attempts to collect litter on the ocean floor. In addition, such activities are mostly dependent on human divers.
As a part of the research team at ITR and in collaboration with partners across Europe, we are working on strategies for the automated collection of underwater litter as part of the SeaClear project. To this end, we develop concepts for autonomous robots that support us in this task.
Interesting challenges for our team include:
Hardware: Suitable mechanical grippers must be developed for collecting waste.
Robotics and Control: The modeling and control of the robots in an underwater environment as well as the cooperation with humans requires new approaches.
Artificial iIntelligence: Poor visibility in the underwater environment along with many unknown disturbances, lead to interesting possibilities for the use of artificial intelligence.
Learning for control in H2020 project "SEarch, identificAtion and Collection of marine Litter with Autonomous Robots“ (SeaClear)
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