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The Year of the CoCoRo Video #19/52: Electric confinement in the harbour

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20 May 2015



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The EU-funded Collective Cognitive Robotics (CoCoRo) project has built a swarm of 41 autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) that show collective cognition. Throughout 2015 – The Year of CoCoRo – we will be uploading a new weekly video detailing the latest stage in its development. This video shows how we used an electric underwater field in Livorno harbour to field test confining the robots to a specific area around the base station so that they don’t get lost.

After having tested the electric-field confinement of the Jeff robots to the base station in our pool, we went out to Livorno harbour to test it under out-of-the-lab conditions. Although our CoCoRo prototype robots were not designed to operate in salty ocean water — there is a significantly different electrical conductivity compared to freshwater — the electrical confinement worked there quite well.

To learn more about the project, see this introductory post, or check out all the videos from the Year of CoCoRo on Robohub.



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Thomas Schmickl is an Associate Professor at Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria, and a lecturer at the University for Applied Sciences in St. Pölten, Austria.
Thomas Schmickl is an Associate Professor at Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria, and a lecturer at the University for Applied Sciences in St. Pölten, Austria.





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