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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Journal of Control and Decision

For a Special Issue on
Current Challenges in Design, Modeling, Control and Applications of Unmanned Surface and Underwater Vehicles

Manuscript deadline
25 April 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Dr. Chi Lin, Dalian University of Technology
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Dr. Chang Wu Yu, Chung Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan
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Dr. Ning Wang, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, USA.
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Current Challenges in Design, Modeling, Control and Applications of Unmanned Surface and Underwater Vehicles

The tremendous growth in computing power has made the machines perform tasks that are more repetitive and demanding for the human to do. This significantly ranges from simple automation tasks to more advanced applications of artificial intelligence algorithms in unmanned surface and autonomous underwater vehicles. The growing advances in artificial intelligence and robotics are more likely to continue, and this will significantly give rise to a wide range of systems, specifically for performing tasks in a hazardous environment. Unmanned surface vehicles (USV) and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV) are the two most important applications predominantly used for performing a plethora of missions in underwater environments. USV and UUV are usually implemented with the vision of acquiring an integrated manned and unmanned force that sense, comprehend, predict, plan, communicate, make decisions, and take collaborative action to acquire the operational goals. The modelling, control, design, and application of the USV and UUV are subject to some of the complex and very specific control system design problems. This may even result in the development of uncertain models and nonlinear dynamics. These instances occur mainly due to unpredictable environmental disturbances that are often difficult to estimate.

Further, autonomous systems are highly interdisciplinary in nature, and the other major challenge that comes here is the requirement to plan, communicate, and integrate into the various aspects of the design. In addition, navigation, control, communication, energy efficiency, and power management are some of the other challenges that USV and UUV face while designing and deploying it under real-world circumstances. Also, the design and development of the USV and UUV are complex and inefficient. It faces numerous constraints in the design and the development phase to develop the simulation that can easily predict the response during uncertain conditions. Besides, the modelling of the UUV systems includes the consideration of numerous parameters such as payload, mission planning, power, and vehicle size. The special issue's focus is to find innovative design models and applications that take USV and UUV systems to the next level of advancements.  It explores novel approaches that help design and develop models to simulate feedback controllers for efficient planning, design, and application. Research works that focus on new perspectives of the UUV and USV systems modelling, design, control, and applications are most invited for submission.

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Potential topics:

  • Modelling, control, design and application of UUV and USV
  • Role of robotics and artificial intelligence in UUV and USV system design
  • Challenges in design and simulation of UUV and USV with appropriate solutions
  • New and emerging trends in UUV and USV for critical applications
  • Automation and intelligence for UUV and USV
  • Advances in complex underwater dynamics to predict UUV performance
  • Cutting-edge autonomous technologies for design and automation of UUV and USV
  • Advances in dynamic modelling and simulation of unmanned vehicles
  • Disruptive technologies for enhancing the design and operation of UUV and USV
  • Controllability and trajectory of UUV and USV

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