AUV Cuttlefish in the DFKI RIC underwater test basin (Photo: Thomas Frank, DFKI)
AUV Cuttlefish in the DFKI RIC underwater test basin (Photo: Thomas Frank, DFKI)
The AUV Flatfish can operate permanently on the seabed without further support from a supply vessel (photo: DFKI)
SherpaUW manipulates a model of an underwater valve in the big salt water basin of the DFKI. (DFKI GmbH, photo: Thomas Frank)
SherpaUW manipulates a model of an underwater valve in the big salt water basin of the DFKI. (DFKI, photo: Thomas Frank)

Applied AI - Maritime Robotics

The application-oriented team "Maritime Robotics" aims to explore and develop complex autonomous and intelligent robotic systems that operate under water and in the air. Its focus on practical application is one of the strengths of the team. In cooperation with a worldwide network of industrial and scientific partners, the developed solutions can be evaluated in a continuous chain reaching from the application concept over simulation to laboratory trials in comprehensive test facilities. Frequent trips in the Atlantic Ocean and in the North and Baltic Sea under realistic conditions guarantee an application-related performance assessment. This unique combination of laboratory infrastructure and realistic missions to examine and evaluate technology readiness enables the development of robust and reliable systems.

The team puts its research focus on the use of machine learning and state-of-the-art navigation for the development of complex systems that are able to defy the harsh maritime conditions. All of this leads into the central theme for the future in maritime robotics research: the manipulation and management of infrastructure and operational environments by autonomous robotic systems. 

Focus:

  • Offshore-Oil & gas
  • Offshore wind
  • Aquaculture
  • Marine sciences
  • Surveying
  • Exploration of contaminated sites
  • Environmental monitoring

Head: Dr.-Ing. Leif Christensen

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last updated 05.07.2022
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