Mobile Docking System for AUVs
Robots can be amazing tools for search-and-rescue missions and environmental studies, but eventually they must return to a base to recharge their batteries and upload their data. That can be a challenge for an AUV exploring deep ocean waters.
A Purdue University team has created a mobile docking system for AUVs, enabling them to perform longer tasks without the need for human intervention.
“My research focuses on persistent operation of robots in challenging environments,” said Nina Mahmoudian, an associate professor of mechanical engineering. “And there’s no more challenging environment than underwater.”
A video describing this research is available on YouTube.