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Internet Controlled Underwater Vehicle

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

Electromechanical Capstone and Design Projects in ET

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Engineering Technology

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12.953.1 - 12.953.20



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Omer Farook Purdue University-Calumet

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OMER FAROOK is a member of the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department at Purdue University Calumet. Professor Farook received the Diploma of Licentiate in Mechanical Engineering and BSME in 1970 and 1972 respectively. He further received BSEE and MSEE in 1978 and 1983 respectively from Illinois Institute of Technology. Professor Farook’s current interests are in the areas of Embedded System Design, Hardware – Software Interfacing, Digital Communication, Networking, C++ and Java Languages.

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Alan Balich Purdue University Calumet

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ALAN BALICH received his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology from Purdue University, Calumet in 2007. His current interests reside in remotely operated vehicles (air, water, and ground based), robotics, and embedded systems (specifically, microcontrollers programmed using BASIC, C, and Assembly languages).

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The paper provides an overview of design, development, and testing of the Internet Controlled Underwater Vehicle. As a senior design project it provides the students an integrating experience of the knowledge and skills that have been acquired in their pursuit of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at Purdue University, Calumet.

The paper examines in detail the previous research and development schemes that were used in creating the structure(s), housing of the electronics and propulsion systems of typical remotely operated vehicles. The paper focuses on the advantages and benefits achieved in the current design of the Internet Controlled Underwater Vehicle.

The paper elaborates on the electronics used in the control and communication between the end user and the vehicle. Furthermore, details of the of the propulsion system, control system, and the necessary communication protocols are furnished.

I. Introduction

The Internet Controlled Underwater Vehicle (ICUV) is both a mechanical and electrical device that can be used to explore the undersea environment without having to physically be at the location. It is a vertically oriented, neutrally buoyant vehicle capable of moving in the following directions: forward, backward, right, left, up and down. The ICUV uses a web-enabled camera, web-server, and a microcontroller to allow any user with an available Internet connection to manipulate the position and depth of the vehicle. A graphical user interface is provided by means of the web-server so as to require a small learning curve when it comes to controlling the ICUV. To the users, it would appear as if they were playing a video game, but the ICUV is a physical device executing the user’s commands in real-time.

Not only can the users manipulate the physical attributes of the ICUV, but they can also choose to receive data from the vehicle. This data represents physical conditions that surround the ICUV. The ICUV is currently out-fitted with a digital compass and a temperature sensor. The digital compass provides the current heading of the ICUV, where as the temperature sensor reports the current temperature of the water.

The final form of data transmitted from the ICUV is that of a live video feed[8] from a web- enabled camera. The camera has the ability to pan and tilt so as to allow the user to pan the lenses 100o and tilt the lenses 45o from the center point.

Farook, O., & Balich, A. (2007, June), Internet Controlled Underwater Vehicle Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2660

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