Underwater Robot Manipulation: Advances, Challenges and Prospective Ventures

Sara Aldhaheri, Giulia De Masi, Èric Pairet, Paola Ardón

Underwater manipulation is one of the most remarkable ongoing research subjects in robotics. \acp{I-AUV} not only have to cope with the technical challenges associated with traditional manipulation tasks but do so while currents and waves perturb the stability of the vehicle, and low-light, turbid water conditions impede perceiving the surroundings. Certainly, the dynamic nature and our limited understanding of the marine environment hinder the autonomous performance of underwater robot manipulation. This manuscript provides a discussion on previous research and the limiting factors that impose on the long-envisioned prospects of autonomous underwater manipulation to finally highlight research directions that have the potential to improve the autonomy capabilities of I-AUV.

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