Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs): Applications and Technologies

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Transportation and Future Mobility".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 97

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Yuehai Zhou
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Guest Editor
College of Ocean and Earth Sciences, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361002, China
Interests: underwater acoustic signal processing; underwater acoustic network; underwater acoustic device research; artificial intelligence in underwater acoustic applications
Dr. Feiyun Wu
Guest Editor
School of Marine Science and Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072, China
Interests: compressed sensing; adaptive signal processing; channel estimation and equalizer design
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the exploration of the ocean, a significant number of coastal engineering and offshore engineering constructions have been established in recent decades. The rapid development of human activities has had a significant impact on the marine environment, causing global climate change and geological disasters, for example. Meanwhile, the growing need for underwater data sensing, underwater data transmission and reception, underwater environmental monitoring, etc., has garnered significant attention.  

The traditional methods employed to explore and protect the ocean are not only expensive, but also risky. Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) provide a novel tool with which to sense the ocean. AUVs have a vast variety of applications, including offshore projects, underwater imaging, underwater acoustics, environmental monitoring, the maritime salvage sector, the military industry, etc.

So far, the utilization and deployment of AUVs in ocean exploration and protection have presented challenges in navigation, communication, and control. This Special Issue is dedicated to recent advances in AUV applications and technologies. The scope of this Special Issue includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  1. AUV design;
  2. AUV control;
  3. Power management and control for AUV;
  4. Underwater acoustic navigation for AUVs;
  5. Underwater acoustic communication for AUVs;
  6. Underwater acoustic network for AUVs;
  7. Compact underwater acoustic MODEM design for AUVs;
  8. Multi-AUV collaborative operation.

Dr. Yuehai Zhou
Dr. Feiyun Wu
Guest Editors

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  • AUV design
  • AUV control
  • power management and control for AUVs
  • underwater acoustic navigation for AUVs
  • underwater acoustic communication for AUVs
  • underwater acoustic network for AUVs
  • compact underwater acoustic MODEM design for AUVs
  • multi-AUV collaborative operation

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