Dr Marie Bueie Holstad / Dr Beatrice Tomasi, NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS , Norway
UNDINA intends to improve connected underwater robotic technology by increasing the reliability of communication, networking, and positioning systems using deep integrations, mathematical modeling, and algorithmic methods. The partners will develop novel cognitive communication algorithms, and network-aided positioning methods by using modems that can seamlessly operate over tri-modes, i.e., through optics, acoustics, and magnetic induction, to ensure operational connectivity at a wide range of distances and environmental conditions.
To accomplish the project goals, reinforcement learning methods, validated numerical opto-acoustic inductive channel models, EvoLogic's Intelligent Networking Software (EvINS) Framework, and robot behavior frameworks will be used. Project outputs also include robot-agnostic communication and positioning solutions that enable reliable remote control and coordinated, cooperative, cost-efficient data transfer in complex marine environments. The UNDINA project will develop technologies for underwater wireless sensors networks that exhibit better scalability, maintainability, and environmental impact than current cabled and wireless underwater networks.