Bombordo, an ocean-focussed weekly magazine on the Portuguese public television (RTP), covered the MORPH project this week, with the range-based formation control algorithm I worked on while in Lisbon making an appearance. If you speak Portuguese, skip to ~18:30 and listen to Luís Sebastião and António Pascoal explain a little of what MORPH is.
It’s always nice to spend a few days in Lisbon, but it’s even better when you get to join some AUV trials.
This week, the trials were part of the MORPH project, and involved IST’s own MEDUSA vehicles, as well as the (huge in comparison) ATLAS SeaCat, and were looking to improve system integration in preparation for future cooperative missions.
If you’re interested in ocean robotics, you might want to take a look at DSOR’s newly launched Facebook page, where you’ll find more details and better photos of this and other trials.
And for a different kind of aquatic creature, here’s one of my oversized red-eared sliders taking a walk.
I have been working on this for a little too long, but it’s an interesting problem: how do you get an AUV to follow two leaders on the surface using only an acoustic modem? We ran some experiments last summer, which will be published on an upcoming ICRA paper. In the meantime, here’s a video preview.