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MERLIN - A decade of large AUV experience at Memorial University of Newfoundland


Lewis, R and Devillers, R and Lewis, S and Bose, N and Walker, D and King, P and Ridgley, N and Husain, T and Munroe, J and Vardy, A, MERLIN - A decade of large AUV experience at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE/OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV 2016), 6-9 November 2016, Tokyo, Japan, pp. 222-229. ISBN 978-1-5090-2442-1 (2016) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.1109/AUV.2016.7778675


Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) technology has significant research potential, specifically for harsh maritime environment operations. Memorial University of Newfoundland recognized this potential and in 2005 the University commissioned an International Submarine Engineering Explorer AUV to be built. The Marine Environmental Research Lab for Intelligent Vehicles (MERLIN) was established to manage, maintain and operate the Explorer for Memorial University and any other potential AUV users.

Over the course of ten years, MERLIN capabilities have grown to a full service AUV research team with harsh maritime and polar experiences. The Explorer was born in the Pacific Ocean, lives in the Atlantic Ocean and has vacationed in the Arctic. AUV research efforts have evolved from dynamic vehicle studies with basic sensor technology to integration of cutting edge sonar systems that push the boundaries of AUV design and successful implementations of original research into advanced autonomous navigation.

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Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:AUV, autonomous underwater vehicle, robotics, intelligent systems
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Marine engineering
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the mathematical sciences
UTAS Author:Bose, N (Professor Neil Bose)
UTAS Author:King, P (Mr Peter King)
ID Code:113477
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Governance Office
Deposited On:2017-01-04
Last Modified:2017-01-23

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