Underwater Robotics Research Group


Our research group mainly conducts the research and development of underwater robots, particularly focusing on AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles) and ASVs (Autonomous Surface Vehicles). Our research and development also cover the activities related to AUV-based sea bottom exploration, especially for marine resource survey.


(◎: Head of the Group
☆: Concurrent Post)

Main Research Topics

  • Researches on the development of basic technologies and operational technologies for sea bottom exploration systems related to the development of marine resources
  • Research and development of the technologies for operating multiple AUVs

AUV image

Fig.1 AUVs of various shapes
for various undersea missions


Fig.2 Computation of AUV fluid force
by CFD for dynamic modeling


Fig.3 Image of the hovering AUV "Hobalin"
and marine substance measurement

multiple AUVs in operation

Fig.4 Developing innovative technologies
for exploration of deep sea resources


Fig.5 Data obtained by C-AUV#02: High-resolution bottom bathymetry(Left), Acoustic image of a hydrothermal plume (Right)

AUV image

Fig.6 Stratigraphic bottom cross section (by C-AUV#01)


Fig.7 Photo image of a hydrothermal vent (by Hobalin)