An autonomous research submarine has appeared that can independently dive to the ocean floor and collect data for researchers. This will reduce the cost of studying the marine fauna by several times.
Spectrum Offshore has partnered with Rovco to unveil artificial intelligence (AI) research submarines. These autonomous robots can perform surveying and exploration work in the depths of the ocean without human control. She herself selects data that can be useful to scientists and removes those that are already known to researchers.
Rovco has developed a key element of this technology. She prepared an AI system for recognizing objects on the seabed, as well as observing ocean animals. The development process took four years.
Underwater robots with AI will allow not to analyze the data on the ship, they will automatically be sent to the laboratory. Scientists, on the other hand, may not go to sea, but work in comfortable conditions.
To enable the robot to dive independently even to great depths, Rovco has also developed an automatic vision system that produces accurate maps of the underwater infrastructure. The system generates a three-dimensional cloud of individual data points – a format used in modeling software. It combines these points with camera images to create a realistic 3D reconstruction.
Rovco has now integrated vision, AI, and an underwater vehicle into a single system. The company believes that the use of autonomous underwater robots to explore the seabed will be a “watershed moment” for scientists and significantly reduce costs.