Robust Robotic Manipulation of Physical Structures Under Water

Project Details


This project will develop robust control algorithms for underwater vehicle-manipulator systems to stably interact with physical structures, such as underwater pipes, valves, and assets. The project will be conducted in close collaboration with industry, with an industrial use-case in focus. It will bring together the expertise of robotic manipulation and path planning for surface inspection at Heriot-Watt University, the expertise of robust and optimal control techniques for sea vehicles at Caledonian University, and the industrial use case of iTech7, a branch of Subsea7, on underwater applications.
Short titleROBMAN
Effective start/end date1/01/2031/12/20


  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council: £239,987.00

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


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