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Oceanic Engineering Society

The North of England Society for Underwater Technology in conjunction with IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society presents an evening of talks called ‘Subsea Robotics’.

Ocean X-Prize – Team Tao – Professor Nick Wright and Team Tao

Having successfully passed round 1 the team is focussed on the final challenge – Map 500 sqkm; 4000m deep, fully autonomously, find the target and return all the data to land in 24hrs – $7M prize purse.

“Having seen what the teams are proposing, if this competition is a success, there is no doubt in my mind that we will have made history by collectively changing this world” Dr. Jyotika Virmani.

Team Tao, a partnership between SMD and Newcastle University, are the only remaining UK team in the competition and will present their solution and some of the challenges they have faced along the way.

Advancements in Robotics – Sonardyne – Elizabeth Paull

Sonardyne has been working on hybrid navigation systems which tightly integrate all raw sensor data at a low level to provide unprecedented improved accuracy and reliability. A hybrid navigator adapts to make best use of the on-board sensors by fusing inertial technology with acoustics instruments. The result is transforming subsea robot missions.

Hybrid navigation enables the systems to dead-reckon for longer and more accurately. Aided by acoustics it achieves navigation precise enough to dynamically draw 3D point clouds using laser scanners mounted on the vehicles.

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