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Technologies for Under-Ice AUV Navigation


Bandara, D and Leong, Z and Nguyen, H and Jayasinghe, S and Forrest, A, Technologies for Under-Ice AUV Navigation, IEEE / OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. Proceedings AUV 2016, 6-9 November 2016, Tokyo, Japan, pp. 108-114. ISBN 978-150902442-1 (2016) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.1109/AUV.2016.7778657


Approximately 12% of the world’s oceans are covered by ice. Understanding the physical processes, ecosystem structure, mixing dynamics and the role of these inaccessible environments in the context of global climate change is extremely important. Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) play a major role in the potential exploration of these water systems due to the challenges of human access and relatively high associated risk. That said, AUV navigation and localization is challenging in these environments due to the unavoidable growth of navigational drift associated with inertial navigation systems, especially in long range missions under ice where surfacing in open water is not possible. While acoustic transponders have been used, they are time consuming and difficult to deploy. Terrain Relative Navigation (TRN) and Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) based technologies are emerging in recent years as promising navigation solutions as they neither require deploying navigational aids or calculating the distance travelled from a reference point to determine location. One of the key challenges of underwater or under-ice image based localization results from the unstructured nature and lack of significant features in underwater environments. This issue has motivated the review presented in this paper, which outlines a potential area of underice AUV navigation and localization by combining TRN and SLAM with image matching methods for navigation in featureless environments.

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Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), imagebased localization, featureless environment, simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), under-ice navigation
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Geomatic engineering
Research Field:Navigation and position fixing
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Antarctic and Southern Ocean oceanic processes
UTAS Author:Bandara, D (Mrs Doupadi Herath Mudiyanselage)
UTAS Author:Leong, Z (Dr Zhi Leong)
UTAS Author:Nguyen, H (Dr Hung Nguyen)
UTAS Author:Jayasinghe, S (Dr Shantha Jayasinghe Arachchillage)
ID Code:119051
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Australian Maritime College
Deposited On:2017-07-25
Last Modified:2017-07-26

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