MINOAS a Marine Inspection Robotic Assistant: system requirements and design

Massimo Caccia, Renato Robino, William Bateman, Markus Eich, Alberto Ortiz, Leonidas Drikos, Albena Todorova, Ioanis Gaviotis, Francesco Spadoni, Vassiliki Apostolopoulou

In: Proceedings of the IFAC Symposium on Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles. IFAC Symposium on Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles (IAV-10) September 6-9 Lecce Italy 9/2010.


This paper is part of an invited session overviewing EC funded projects concerning cooperative robotic systems in the marine-maritime field. A presentation of the project Marine INspection rObotic Assistant System (MINOAS) is given. It proposes the re-engineering of the overall vessel inspection methodology, by introducing an innovative system concept that integrates human personnel with high locomotion enabled robots, effectively tele-porting the human inspector from the vessel's hold to a control room with virtual reality properties. Project motivations, requirements and basic architecture are discussed as well as the locomotion techniques which will be evaluated, if necessary, through prototyping of ad-hoc mobile robots.


Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence