The MDH robot Naiad will search the Baltic for dangerous objects

Dec 11, 2013 | Education

18 MDH students are working with the development of the robot Naiad in order to create a platform for continued research in the field of submarine robotics. The long-term aim is to search the Baltic for dangerous objects.

– In the old days it was common to dump barrels of poisonous waste in the Baltic. These are now beginning to disintegrate, which can lead to unfortunate consequences for the environment. In order to be able to safeguard a living natural environment for future generations, the plan is to locate and deal with these barrels of poison before the contents cause harm. The long-term aim is to dispatch an entire fleet of robots that cooperate to search the entire seabed for dangerous objects in a systematic manner, says Joel Larsson, one of the students.

MDH students receive a prize for the best engineering project

Each year, students at the Robotics Programme and the Master’s Programme in Intelligent Embedded Systems have the opportunity to construct and develop a robot together in a 20-week project course. In 2012, the MDH students won a prize for the best engineering project in the robotics competition RoboSub and the students are highly ambitious this year as well.

– The aim for our robot Naiad is to win prizes in the summer of 2014 at the competitions SAUC-E in Italy and RoboSub in the US, where universities from around the world gather to advance submarine robotics research. I think we have a good chance to win awards for our very modular construction which consists of a distributed system, where each part of the system has a small specific task. The parts of the system communicate and cooperate to be able to perform larger tasks. Our design for hardware and software facilitates the simple replacement of different part of the system, for instance in the context of upgrading, says Joel Larsson.