Special Session O-9
Biomimetic Design and Motion Control in Autonomous and Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles

Programme Chair:
Cecilia LASCHI, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy
Promode BANDYOPADHYAY, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, USA
Frederic BOYER, Ecole des Mines de Nantes, France
Zhiqiang CAO, Institute of Automation, CAS, China
Jeff D. ELDREDGE, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Huosheng HU, University of Essex, UK
Naomi KATO, Osaka University, Japan
Petros KOUMOUTSAKOS, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Rajat MITTAL, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Yahya MODARRES-SADEGHI, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA
Claudio MORICONI, ENEA, Italy
Evangelos PAPADOPOULOS, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Fotis SOTIROPOULOS, University of Minnesota, USA
James TANGORRA, Drexel University, USA
Johan L. VAN LEEUWEN, Wageningen University, Netherlands
Ikuo YAMAMOTO, Nagasaki University, Japan
Mingjun ZHANG, Ohio State University, USA
Qiang ZHU, University of California, San Diego, USA
Matteo CIANCHETTI, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy
Koji ISOGAI, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Japan
John H. LONG, Vassar College, USA
Wenjan WU, National University of Defense Technology, China
Ikuo YAMAMOTO, Nagasaki University, Japan
Joint Session between Symposium O “Mining Smartness from Nature: From Bio-inspired Materials to Bionic Systems” and Symposium P “Embodying Intelligence in Structures and Integrated Systems”

Bioinspired autonomous undersea vehicles (AUVs) and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) that exploit swimming modes of fishes and other characteristics of aquatic animals have been the object of interest for many years for their strategic importance in a number of applications including, among others, surveillance and environmental monitoring. Contributions for both propulsion and manoeuvring purposes have been gained from hydrodynamics, adaptive and smart materials and structures and neuroscience-based control.
Nevertheless further research and development advances are required to move forward to extensive real applications. Main focus of this special session is to collect state-of-the-art contributions to the following and related areas:

-  Hydrodynamics of underwater propulsion
-  Biomechanics of aquatic animals locomotion and biological control systems as inspiration for underwater vehicles
-  UAVs and ROVs bio-inspired propulsion and maneuvering
-  Perception and cognition in underwater unstructured environment
-  Adaptive materials and morphing structures; sensors and actuators
-  Embodied control of propulsion and locomotion in water
-  Neurorobotics and neuro-inspired control in underwater robots
-  Modelling and simulation of processes and structure


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