A low-cost mobile infrastructure for multi-AUV networking

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Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


The study of underwater environments is a challenging task that can lead to discoveries in many scientific domains. Among the tools for such studies are Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) that can be operated remotely or autonomously for gathering information. The limited communication capabilities of AUVs operating underwater restricts their effectiveness. This paper presents our recent progress towards the development of a modular yet low-cost mobile networking infrastructure for the underwater domain. Specifically, this infrastructure consists of a fleet of autonomous surface vehicles that can serve as a surrogate for research on acoustically connected AUV networks. The work involves the design and development of autonomous surface vehicles and the integration of acoustic communication units to characterize the acoustic communication channel properties when subject to motions of the transmitter or the receiver.

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© 2018 IEEE. Publisher’s version of record: https://doi.org/10.1109/AUV.2018.8729790

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2018 IEEE/OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Workshop (AUV)