Special Session E-6
Biomimetic Flow Control in Aquatic Systems and its Application
to Bioinspired Autonomous Underwater Systems

Session organizer:
Prof. Paolo Arena, University of Catania, Italy


Undersea vehicles are of strategic importance in a number of application including among other surveillance and environmental monitoring. Bioinspired autonomous undersea vehicles (AUV) have been the object of interest for many years to exploit swimming modes of fish and other aquatic animals. Contributions have been gained both from hydrodynamics, muscle technology (including polymers) and neuro science based control both for propulsion and manoeuvring purposes. Nevertheless, real applications are at quite an initial stage and efforts are required to move forward to real applications. The main focus of the section will be to collect state of the art contributions to the following topics, but will not be limited to:

Session topics:
  • hydrodynamics
  • aquatic animals and bio inspired vehicles
  • underwater vehicle propulsion
  • neuro robotics and neuro control
  • perception and cognition in unstructured environment
  • underwater sensors and actuators