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  • A multi-robot platform for the autonomous operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms

Bernardini, Sara, Jovan, Ferdian, Jiang, Zhengyi, Watson, Simon, Weightman, Andrew, Moradi, Peiman, Richardson, Tom, Sadeghian, Rasoul and Sareh, Sina ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9787-1798, 2020, Book Section, A multi-robot platform for the autonomous operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms AAMAS '20: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems. International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, South Carolina, US, pp. 1696-1700. ISBN 9781450375184

Abstract or Description:

With the increasing scale of offshore wind farm development, maintaining farms efficiently and safely becomes a necessity. The length of turbine downtime and the logistics for human technician transfer make up a significant proportion of the operation and maintenance
(O&M) costs. To reduce such costs, future O&M infrastructures will increasingly rely on offshore autonomous robotic solutions that are capable of co-managing wind farms with human operators located onshore. In particular, unmanned aerial vehicles, autonomous surface vessels and crawling robots are expected to play important
roles not only to bring down costs but also to significantly reduce the health and safety risks by assisting (or replacing) human operators in performing the most hazardous tasks. This paper portrays a visionary view in which heterogeneous robotic assets, underpinned
by AI agent technology, coordinate their behavior to autonomously inspect, maintain and repair offshore wind farms over long periods of time and unstable weather conditions. They cooperate with onshore human operators, who supervise the mission at a distance, via the use of shared deliberation techniques. We highlight several
challenging research directions in this context and offer ambitious ideas to tackle them as well as initial solutions.

Official URL: https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.5555/3398761.3398956
Subjects: Other > Engineering > H100 General Engineering
Other > Engineering > H600 Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Other > Technologies > J600 Maritime Technology
Other > RCA Additional Subjects
School or Centre: Research & Innovation
School of Design
Copyright Holders: Royal Holloway, University of London
Funders: Innovate UK
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2020 16:18
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2020 16:18
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4397
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