Developing an aquatic robot which can 'smell' polluting substances, using integrated biological and chemical sensors
Richard Benton UNIL
Martial Geiser HESSO-VS
Hubert Girault EPFL
Auke Jan Ijspeert EPFL
Philippe Renaud EPFL
Kristin Schirmer EAWAG
Envirobot is an ambitious high end project with the major aim to develop and construct a demonstrator robot platform (the Envirobot) that samples and measures a set of relevant water quality parameters in surface water bodies by the incorporation of optical, physical, chemical and biological sensors. The Envirobot platform will be based on existing segmented anguilliform Amphibots, but with important adaptations in terms of energy use and efficiency, sensory decision programming, and communication possibilities. The Envirobot is invented to perform autonomous surveying or autonavigation. In autonomous surveying the robot will sample and analyze water bodies according to a preset path and defined number of waypoints.
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