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DocuScooter: A Novel Robotics Platform for Marine Citizen Science



Aug 7 2017

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David Scaradozzi (Università Politecnica delle Marche, UMR) | Silvia Zingaretti (Università Politecnica delle Marche) | Luca Panebianco (Università Politecnica delle Marche) | Corentin Altepe (Università Politecnica delle Marche, Bogazici Underwater Research Center) | S. Murat Egi (Galatasaray University) | Marco Palma (UBICA srl) | Ubaldo Pantaleo (UBICA srl) | Davide Ferraris (UBICA srl) | Fiorenza Micheli (Stanford University)

Conservation and monitoring of marine systems and large-scale underwater data acquisition are too demanding for single researchers. The exploitation of citizen science and the development of new technology can significantly facilitate these actions. In this work a novel system that allows scuba divers to collect data during their leisure activity is presented. It consists of a modular robotics system connected with a variable number of heterogeneous payloads, directly manageable through a tablet, to equip an underwater scooter. After the mission, the user can upload the data on an appropriate web server and launch a 3D reconstruction process, providing ad-hoc outputs for different applications.