Divers operate in harsh and poorly monitored environments in which the slightest unexpected disturbance, technical malfunction, or lack of attention can have catastrophic consequences. They manoeuvre in complex 3D environments, carry cumbersome equipment, while performing their mission. To overcome these problems, CADDY aims to establish an innovative set-up between a diver and companion autonomous robots (underwater and surface) that exhibit cognitive behaviour through learning, interpreting, and adapting to the diver’s behaviour, physical state, and actions.
The envisioned threefold functionality will be realized through S&T objectives which are to be achieved within three core research themes: the “Seeing the Diver” research theme focuses on 3D reconstruction of the diver model (pose estimation and recognition of hand gestures) through remote and local sensing technologies, thus enabling behaviour interpretation; the “Understanding the Diver” theme focuses on adaptive interpretation of the model and physiological measurements of the diver in order to determine the state of the diver; while the “Diver-Robot Cooperation and Control” theme is the link that enables diver interaction with underwater vehicles with rich sensory-motor skills, focusing on cooperative control and optimal formation keeping with the diver as an integral part of the formation.
Dynamical Systems and Ocean Robotics Lab (DSOR)
|Project Partners||Jacobs University Bremen GGMBH (DE), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (IT), University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK), Divers Alert Network Europe Foundation (MT), Universitaet Wien (AT)|
Cognitive Autonomous Diving Buddy