Marine Robotics

Lecturers: Ralf Bachmayer


Marine robotics is a growing field spanning from cabled, human-operated systems (ROVs) to autonomous systems on the surface or in the water column (AUVs, gliders, wave gliders). The functions, opportunities and use cases of such systems will be taught in lectures; if possible smaller systems may be used in the pool or the field for practical experience.


- basic understanding how marine robotic vehicles differ, and for which applications the various vehicles may be used
- ability to control an ROV`s basic functions


- assess students` ability to identify and understand common principles in diverse robotic vehicles
- check how well use cases for the different vehicles and the principles of communication are understood

Exam Form:

Mündliche Gruppenprüfung


Will be provided during the individual lectures.


1st SWS: Introduction and motivation for marine robotic systems
2nd SWS: Unmanned Surface Vehicles - coastal
3rd SWS: Unmanned Surface Vehicles - environmentally powered
4th SWS: Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) - Part I
5th SWS: Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) - Part II
6th SWS: Autonomous Underwater Vehicles - Part I (shelf and coastal applications)
7th SWS: Autonomous Underwater Vehicles - Part II (deep sea applications)
8th SWS: Autonomous Underwater Gliders - Principle of operation
9th SWS: Autonomous Underwater Gliders - Application areas and example deployments
10th SWS: Seafloor crawlers
11th SWS: Introduction to underwater navigation - Part I Dead reckoning and intertial navigation

12th SWS: Introduction to underwater navigation - Part II Acoustic Methods

13th SWS: Introduction to advanced topics in geophysical navigation
14th SWS: Examples of stationary robotic applications for seafloor exploration