Design, Dynamics, and Control of Micro Underwater Vehicle Systems for Autonomous Exploration & Introduction to Research Activities at Siemens Corp.

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 2:00pm
3110 Etcheverry Hall
Mr. Juan Aparicio & Dr. Eugen Solowjow

Siemens Corporate Technology (SCCT)


Recent technological advances in perception, embedded computing, autonomy, and controls have given rise to Micro Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (uAUV). Micro AUVs are increasingly becoming interesting for operations in industrial settings. Equipped with appropriate sensors, they allow for autonomous exploration, mapping, and monitoring of confined environments. Possible applications are (1) monitoring of storage ponds at nuclear power plants, (2) information gathering in process tanks that are used in chemical engineering as well as in electricity generation and water production, (3) applications in port basins. Fundamental research on uAUV systems for industrial applications started only recently. This talk addresses challenges associated with the exploration and monitoring of confined industrial environments with uAUVs. It covers the current main research directions including systems design, self-localization, and tractable machine learning approaches for autonomous behavior.


Moreover, this talk will introduce the research activities of Siemens Corporate Technology (SCCT) in the US and in the Bay Area. SCCT is the research division of Siemens Corporation.


Mr. Juan Aparicio is the Head of the Research Group Advanced Manufacturing Automation at SCCT in Berkeley, CA. His work in the area of cloud robotics and robot learning has been featured at the NYTimes, MIT Tech Review and Pictures of the Future. Juan has extensive experience managing complex projects, involving hardware and software; and bringing technology from TRL 3 to TRL 7. His areas of interest include Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Robotics, Connected Cars, Smart Grid, Industry 4.0, Advanced Materials, Smart Manufacturing, Cyber-Physical Systems, and the Internet of Things. He is member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Advanced Robotics in Manufacturing (ARM) Institute in the US and an active contributor to the Open Process Automation Forum.


Dr. Eugen Solowjow is a Research Scientist specialized in robotics and machine intelligence at SCCT in Berkeley, CA. He has received his PhD from Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany. From 2012 to 2017 he was employed as a Research Associate at TUHH and as a visiting researcher at U.C. Berkeley. Eugen was the technical lead in multiple government funded projects at TUHH in the field of robotics. He co-authored 20+ peer-reviewed publications (IROS, ICRA, RA-L, AuRo etc.) and has received multiple scholarships, fellowships, and academic awards.


Hosted by: Professor Tarek I. Zohdi, 6117 Etcheverry Hall, 510-642-9172,