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Unmanned Underwater Vehicles have gained popularity for the last decades, especially for the purpose of not risking human life in dangerous operations. On the other hand, underwater environment introduces numerous challenges in control, navigation and communication of such vehicles. Certainly, this fact makes the development of these vehicles more interesting and engineering-wise more attractive. In this review study, among the mentioned problems, we focus on the control of underwater vehicles, particularly the motion control. We try to summarize the evolution of the underwater vehicle motion control studies throughout the last two decades, and classify them.
Date of Conference: 5-8 Nov. 2009