Nuno Cruz

University of PortoPortugal

Nuno A. Cruz received a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Porto, Portugal, in 1993, and an M.Sc. in Digital Systems Engineering from UMIST, U.K., in 1994. He is currently a senior researcher with the robotics and intelligent systems group at INESC Porto - Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering of Porto. During the last 15 years he has been involved the design, development and operation of small-size Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and AUV navigation systems based on acoustics, both in Portugal and abroad. He has designed the mechanical structure and the onboard electronics of the MARES AUV, a hovering type vehicle that is being routinely used in environmental missions since 2007. Recently, this modular design was the basis for the TriMARES, a larger 3-body hybrid AUV/ROV for the inspection of dams and monitoring of reservoirs. His current research activities address the development of innovative guidance techniques, in particular adapting sampling strategies to increase the efficiency in the use of AUVs.

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Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) are remarkable machines that revolutionized the process of gathering ocean data. Their major breakthroughs resulted from successful developments of complementary technologies to overcome the challenges associated with autonomous operation in harsh environments. Most of these advances aimed at reaching new application scenarios and decreasing the cost of ocean data collection, by reducing ship time and automating the process of data gathering with accurate geo location. With the present capabilities, some novel paradigms are already being employed to further exploit the on board intelligence, by making decisions on line based on real time interpretation of sensor data. This book collects a set of self contained chapters covering different aspects of AUV technology and applications in more detail than is commonly found in journal and conference papers. They are divided into three main sections, addressing innovative vehicle design, navigation and control techniques, and mission preparation and analysis. The progress conveyed in these chapters is inspiring, providing glimpses into what might be the future for vehicle technology and applications.

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