Underwater robotics and water quality


This project aims at performing a feasibility study related to the development of underwater vehicles to assess water quality.

The project’s goal is to develop an innovative, small-size, scalable underwater robotic platform designed specifically for distributed operations and targeting high spatiotemporal resolution for water quality measurements in lakes and freshwater reservoirs. This project will therefore provide innovation in two distinct domains: distributed underwater robotics and water research.

The purpose of this project is to create a set of three prototypes of robotic submarines, along with a software suite that enables swarm-scale cooperative missions. Carrying out a sensing mission using these prototypes will provide us with valuable data.

This research project will last 10 months and will be carried out by the Distributed Intelligent Systems and Algorithms Laboratory (DISAL) of Prof. Alcherio Martinoli. It is supported by the Commission for Technology and Innovation from the Swiss Confederation.

Principal investigator Prof. Alcherio Martinoli
Project manager Alexander Bahr
Sponsor Commission for Technology and Innovation
Period 2014
Laboratory DISAL
Collaboration TRACE