Motion planning algorithms for surveys of shipwrecks

Project description:

The goal of this project is to develop motion planning algorithms for shipwreck surveys to enable data gathering in the proximity of the archaeological sites. The main challenge to address during this work is to ensure the robotic system will successfully gather the necessary data by having complete coverage of the area without risking damage to the site. To address these challenges the focus of  our work is on the integration of optimal path planning and coverage path planning algorithms. These algorithms are tested in real environments, to survey shipwrecks in the  Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, US. This project is a collaboration with University of Michigan and Michigan Tech, being funded by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Team members:

William Ard, MS Student in Mechanical Engineering, LSU, email:
Mason Pesson, Undergraduate Student in Mechanical Engineering (part of the Accelerated Master at LSU), email:


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