Sensing and Autonomy for Riverine Vessels
The principal goal of this project is to develop the technology and algorithms that will enable an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) to operate fast and autonomously in unknown riverine environments, including tropical rivers. Robust autonomy requires that the USV senses the surface and subsurface environments, discriminates waterways that are navigable from those that are not, identifies stationary and moving obstacles, including other vessels, and then optimally plans and re-plans a route in realtime. Since speed is a vessel’s principal defense, all of these tasks must be done as efficiently as possible to ensure successful operation at the greatest possible speed. This project is tightly coordinated with collaborators at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) whose work is conducted under a related project.