Special Issues

Special Issue: Advances in Autonomous Underwater Vehicles and Other Underwater Systems



Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) are submerged vehicles which are self-propelled, self-guided. AUVs have become crucial for military, scientific, and commercial applications. A UAV may be equipped with sensors for recording acoustic signals and/or measuring temperature, pH, light, chemical composition, etc. They may be designed to occasionally receive communications or programmed to modify their missions on the basis of received data. They may be sent on missions to collect data beneath sea ice, in water that is too shallow for a ship, and depths too great for divers. Their missions may include tasks ranging from mapping the seafloor to identifying mines. This Special Issue invites submissions on AUV research in a broad range of topics in AUV technology and applications.

The objective of this issue intends to bring together academicians, researchers, and practitioners to highlight the innovative results or progress in the development of theoretical, methodological, and practical aspects of AUVs, along with innovative or interdisciplinary approaches that will benefit both the academia and the industry. The perspective authors are invited to submit their works online through:


by following the Author’s guideline available at:


During submission, please choose Special Issue: Advances in Autonomous Underwater Vehicles in Journal Section.



The topics of interest include, but are not limited to

  • AUV navigation and localization
  • AUV path planning and control
  • AUV design and modelling
  • AUV Communication
  • Remote underwater vehicles
  • Machine learning for underwater robots
  • Underwater robot system
  • SLAM(Simultaneous Localization and Mapping)
  • Acoustic Communication
  • AUV propulsion
  • Modeling and prediction of dynamic and uncertain environments
  • Novel Testbeds, Actuators and Sensors 
  • Novel AUV applications
  • Underwater devices or systems
  • Other underwater related equipment or application



Submission Deadline

May 31, 2019

First notification

July 30, 2019

Final notification

Oct. 31, 2019

Final submission

Nov. 31, 2019

Expected publication Date

Dec. 31, 2019


Guest editors:

  • Prof. Hyeungsik Choi

    Division of Mechanical Engineering,

    Korea Maritime and Ocean University, Korea

    E-mail: hchoi@kmou.ac.kr


  • Prof. Zongyu Chang

    College of Engineering,

    Ocean University of China, P.R. China

    E-mail: zongyuchang@ouc.edu.cn