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Machine Piloted Unmanned Systems (MPUS)


The project will conduct research to remove "missing links" in sensor systems for orientation- and navigation system in order to increase robustness for operation to a level where more mission critical decisions can be done by the on board machine in the manned system. The project will enable a base of sensors and processing systems that will allow unmanned systems to be operated partially disconnected from direct human influence or to handle exceptions and failures without involving human interaction. A part of the project is also to build sensors and systems to allow processing of data in a efficient manner to reduce the requirement for human processing of data as the number of unmanned units will operate in a dense area in coastal areas. The most important task in order to increase safety is to conduct research on sensors for more precise inertial navigation, sensors for visual information processing, and systems for redundant high precision positioning based on wireless microwave technology. The combination of such systems and reliable systems for assessment of actions in case of diverging sensor information is crucial for safe operations of unmanned vehicles. Examples of state-of-the-art missing links: * A vessel equipped with a simple wireless jammer is currently able to stop inspection by unmanned vehicles or cause dangerous situations with unmanned vehicles operating blind * An operation of more than 2-3 vehicles is for practical and safety reasons not possible to operate in a dense area because coordination operators in the same area would require special training and would increase risk of misunderstandings and incidents. * An unmanned operation needs careful planning and does not include sudden operative changes. In case of sudden operative changes, the mission will have to be aborted and re-planned. * Observations are not automated. A single operator required for each video sensor in operation in an area. * Emergency procedures are not automated

Project leader: Øystein Pedersen

Started: 2020

Ends: 2022

Category: Næringsliv

Sector: Næringsliv

Budget: 10249000


Address: Trondheim