Seminar by Juan Carlos García Sanchez
During the last 20 years, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) have become a standard tool for mapping the seafloor using optical and acoustic sensor modalities, with applications to dam inspection, marine geology and underwater archaeology to mention some but a few. The TRITON marine robotics research project is focused on the development of autonomous intervention technologies really close to the real needs of the final user. The project proposes two scenarios as a proof of concept to demonstrate the developed capabilities: (1) the search and recovery of an object of interest (e.g. a “black-box mockup” of a crashed airplane), and (2) the intervention on an underwater panel in a permanent observatory. Nevertheless, experimentation with underwater robots is normally very dif?cult due to the high number of resources required. So, the IRSLab (University Jaume I) develops “UWSim”, a software tool for visualization and simulation of underwater robotics missions.
Juan Carlos García Sánchez holds a B.S. in Computer Science, a master in “Intelligence Systems” from the Universitat Jaume I (Castellón, Spain) and is working on his PhD “Towards a multimodal interface in the context of underwater robotics” in the Interactive & Robotic Systems Lab. His actual work is related to the Graphical User Interface (GUI), which will be used in underwater robotic projects. His current research interests are underwater robotics, humanoids robots and web development (HTML+PHP+CSS, Drupal).