A Method for Calculating the Amount of Movements to Estimate the Self-position of Manta Robots

Takuya Imahama, Keigo Watanabe, Kota Mikuriya, Isaku Nagai

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)


In recent years, the demand of underwater investigation is increasing in the circumference of a dam, the environmental research of the shallow where approach by ship is difficult, etc. It is known, however, that for man, all over the sea, danger exists mostly, and prolonged diving has a bad influence to a human body. Then, the development of underwater exploration robots that investigate underwater instead of humans is expected. Among underwater exploration robots, it is known that robots imitating aquatic organisms have little influence on underwater environment. Therefore, at this laboratory, a Manta robot using propulsive mechanisms with pectoral fins was developed, imitating the pectoral fin of Manta. Although underwater environmental research needs a function for estimating the self-position, it is not mounted in this Manta robot. This paper explains the amount estimation of movements using optical flows. Especially, a gimbal mechanism is introduced to reduce the influence on the optical flow calculation by pitch motion of the Manta robot. Several experiments are conducted to demonstrate the usefulness of the proposed method.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012016
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 16 2018
Event2nd International Conference on Nuclear Technologies and Sciences, ICoNETS 2017 - Makassar, Indonesia
Duration: Oct 12 2017Oct 13 2017


  • Manta robot
  • Optical flow
  • Self-position estimation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


Dive into the research topics of 'A Method for Calculating the Amount of Movements to Estimate the Self-position of Manta Robots'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this