The Centre for Maritime Engineering, Control and Imaging is currently involved in multiple areas marine robotics research to develop autonomous technology as well as supporting other research groups with a precise sensing platform.
Our robotics research is focussed around improving the robustness, reliability and autonomy of Topcat. We are currently researching in three main areas:
- Mission planning
- Control systems
- Object recognition and classification
This research has led to the ongoing development of state of the art predictive control systems and new mission planning algorithms which we will be testing out on Topcat in the near future.
Our future research plan includes developing Topcat as a mothership for other unmanned vehicles such as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to provide broader sensing capability.