Caring about the future

ATLAS - Advances in Terrain-based Localization of Autonomous Submersibles
Coordinator - Francisco José Curado Mendes Teixeira
Programme - PTDC/EEA-ELC/111095/2009
Execution dates - 2011-03-01 - 2014-08-31 (42 Months)
Funding Entity - FCT
Funding for CESAM - 97002 €
Total Funding - 146534 €
Proponent Institution - Universidade de Aveiro
Participating Institutions
Instituto Superior Técnico / Instituto de Sistemas e Robótica.

Project Description

The objectives of the project are twofold: 1-The study and implementation of geophysical navigation (GN) of an AUV using bathymetric data and currently available algorithms, and the assessment of their performance through trials at sea. 2- The development of improved algorithms for terrain-based localization and new techniques for implementation of GN resorting to geomagnetic information.

Research Plan and Methods
We propose the study and implementation of geophysical navigation of an AUV using geophysical data acquired in an area of seafloor characterized by important bathymetric and geomagnetic features. The research efforts envisioned are aimed at performing experimental tests at sea to demonstrate the effectiveness of the GN methods previously developed relying on inexpensive sensors. In parallel with the experimental work we propose further research on terrain-based navigation as a contribution to enlarging the spectrum of possible applications of geophysical navigation.


CESAM members on this project

Principal investigator
Luis Menezes Pinheiro
Researcher - Task coordinator


CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020