The Heriot-Watt University is a modern technological University located in Edinburgh, Galashiels, Orkney and Dubai. It focuses exclusively on the disciplines of science, engineering, business, language. In the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise it’s Engineering was rated 6th in the UK and 2nd in Scotland for research power. It prides itself on strong links with industry, and research lead teaching. The Ocean Systems Laboratory is internationally respected with a 25 year track record in research, deployment and commercialization of underwater technology, especially autonomous vehicles.
The Ocean Systems Laboratory is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research centre, leading centre of excellence in underwater robotics and underwater signal & image processing located in the School of Engineering and Physical Science. The 25 strong team specialises in subsea robotics and signal processing for Ocean applications. Particular strengths are in: autonomous systems (novel planning, obstacle avoidance, world modelling, operator dialog and visual servoing methods for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, integrated within open system architectures); Sensor modeling and analysis (novel navigation algorithms , developed to share information from multiple sensors); Experimental Validation (tank facilities and vehicles enable to validate the theory and simulation findings in real experiments; autonomy and the linkage of perception and action; sonar modelling, design and signal processing (including biologically inspired device); computer aided detection/classification in sonar and video; data fusion; navigation data processing (e.g. using SLAM methods); automated mission planning; visual servoing; data visualisation; intelligent diagnostic systems; augmented reality methods for training, mission analysis and operation. The laboratory partners with industrial and research groups on multiple projects supporting Offshore, Naval and Marine Science applications.
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