International Conference “Marine Robotics-2019”

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  • 18 Sep
  • 2019

International Conference “Marine Robotics-2019”

A three-day International Conference “Marine Robotics-2019” took place at SMTU from 17 to 19 September 2019. It was an interesting, fascinating and engaging event, where the cutting-edge developments in the field of marine robotics were introduced.

55 reports, including 20 foreign ones (The UK, China, Hong Kong, Spain, India) were delivered during the conference. The leading Russian organizations, universities and industrial enterprises attended the event.

Rector of SMTU Gleb Turichin, Advisor to the President of the USC (United Shipbuilding Corporation), Admiral Viktor Chirkov and Honorary President of NTOS, Hero of Russia Vladimir Alexandrov took the stage addressing a solemn speech at the opening of the conference   

Gleb Turichin welcomed the participants and guests of the conference, noting that it was first held two years ago in October 2017. “Over the past time, we see that the community of people involved in marine robotics is growing, as well as the number of projects in this area. New objects, new control and communication technologies for such robots appear. All this happens before our eyes and due to your involvement. I am sure that today we will hear new information. Communication during the conference is a strong generator of new ideas and new approaches,” said the rector of SMTU, wishing attendees a successful work.

Admiral Viktor Chirkov emphasized that the conference should consider a wide range of problems. According to him, the primary goal for participants is to find truly legal solutions to pressing issues of developing the oceans with the help of robotics and to convey our ideas and decisions to customers in all areas of maritime activities in Russia. The admiral expressed firm belief that at the end of the forum, its results will be summarized and presented to the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and design bureaus to the futher implementation at the shipbuilding enterprises.

Honorary President of NTOS, Hero of Russia Vladimir Aleksandrov, having greeted the audience in the assembly hall of SMTU paid his respect to the university for the consistent deliverance of such events for the shipbuilding community. He wished the participants a strong performance and thanked them for their active involvement. 

The following reports were delivered during the plenary meeting:

  • Priority areas for the development of national marine robotics;
  • Autonomous navigation: future and current state;
  • Marine robots for ocean exploration;
  • Projects and development of the Bauman MSTU in the field of marine robotics;
  • Multi-agent technologies in marine robotics;
  • Hydroacoustic communication, positioning and orientation systems for underwater robotic systems;
  • Side-scan sonar image segmentation using an improved MRF segmentation algorithm;
  • Background technologies and hardware-software platforms of information and physical interaction of robots with varying degrees of autonomy;
  • Sea drones : current status and prospects;
  • Racing submarines driven by muscular energy - a real experience with surprising results;
  • Development and implementation of an autonomous underwater vehicle NEMOIII;
  • Monitoring of the ocean environment using marine robots;
  • Designing a new three-tails underwater robot; 
  • Mapping of the seabed to determine the location for installing low-temperature thermal desalination in the Lakshadweep archipelago ;
  • Tail fin swivel mechanism for high-speed fish robot; 
  • Underwater robot positioning system based on monocular vision;
  • Neurocontrollers in control systems of marine robotics;
  • Development of a wave glider by SMTU : modeling, design, construction;
  • Underwater vehicle control system with a predictive model;
  • Tracking the trajectory of an autonomous underwater vehicle based on the moving speed convergence mode at a finite time with a given performance control;
  • The use of marine robots for monitoring ice spills.

On the sidelines of the conference the rector of SMTU noted that many of the projects announced at the previous conference have already been implemented. For example, it is already possible to demonstrate marine vehicles that not only carry sensors and other payloads, but are also able to work underwater for a long time. Noteworthy results were obtained in the field of optical channels for underwater communication.