[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Participation to NOPTILUS webinar

Athanasios Kapoutsis akapouts at ee.duth.gr
Sun Jun 7 01:06:05 PDT 2015

*Call for Participation to NOPTILUS webinar

  * Date: *Wed, Jun 10, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, CEST

  * Attend via google plus hangouts:

  * *Free participation

Please find attached the program and the poster of the event.
Current multi-AUV systems are far from being capable of fully 
autonomously taking over real-life complex situation-awareness 
operations. As such operations require advanced reasoning and 
decision-making abilities the current designs have to heavily rely on 
human operators. The involvement of humans, however, is by no means a 
guarantee of performance; humans can easily be overwhelmed by the 
information overload, fatigue can act detrimentally to their 
performance, properly coordinating vehicles actions is hard, and 
continuous operation is all but impossible. Within NOPTILUS we take the 
view that an effective fully-autonomous multi-AUV concept/system, is 
capable of overcoming these shortcomings, by replacing human-operated 
operations by a fully autonomous one. To successfully attain such an 
objective, significant advances are required, involving cooperative & 
cognitive-based communications and sonars (low level), Gaussian 
Process-based estimation as well as perceptual sensory-motor and 
learning motion control (medium level), and learning/cognitive-based 
situation understanding and motion strategies (high level). Of paramount 
importance is the integration of all these advances and the 
demonstration of the NOPTILUS system in a realistic environment at the 
Port of Leixões, utilizing a team of 6 AUVs that will be operating 
continuously on a 24hours/7days-a-week basis. As part of this 
demonstration another important aspect of the NOPTILUS system – that of 
(near-) optimality – will be shown. Evaluation of the performance of the 
overall NOPTILUS system will be performed with emphasis on its 
robustness, dependability, adaptability and flexibility especially when 
it deals with completely unknown underwater environments and situations 
“never taught before” as well as its ability to provide with 
arbitrarily-close-to-the-optimal performance.

NOPTILUS main objective is to determine – fully-autonomously & in 
real-time – the AUVs’ trajectories/behavior that maximize situation 
awareness subject to the severe communication,  sensing & environmental 

Thanasis Kapoutsis
PhD Student at Democritus University of Thrace,  ECE
Research Associate at CERTH/ITI

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