Learning Based Target Following Control for Underwater Vehicles

  • Zhou Hao
  • Huang HaiEmail author
  • Zhou Zexing
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10942)


Target following of underwater vehicles has attracted increasingly attentions on their potential applications in oceanic resources exploration and engineering development. However, underwater vehicles confront with more complicated and extensive difficulties in target following than those on the land. This study proposes a novel learning based target following control approach through the integration of type-II fuzzy system and support vector machine (SVM). The type-II fuzzy system allows researchers to model and minimize the effects of uncertainties of changing environment in the rule-based systems. In order to improve the vehicle capacity of self-learning, an SVM based learning approach has been developed. Through genetic algorithm generating and mutating fuzzy rules candidate, SVM learning and optimization, one can obtain optimized fuzzy rules. Tank experiments have been performed to verify the proposed controller.


Underwater vehicle Machine learning Target following 



This project is supported by National Science Foundation of China (No. 61633009, 51579053, 5129050), it is also supported by the Field Fund of the 13th Five-Year Plan for the Equipment Pre-research Fund (No. 61403120301). All these supports are highly appreciated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Key Laboratory of Science and Technology for Autonomous Underwater VehicleHarbin Engineering UniversityHarbinChina

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