PhD Thesis “Automated underwater object classification using optical imagery” By Shihavuddin, A.S.M Supervised by Dr. Nuno Grácias, Dr. Rafael García Abstract This thesis addresses the problem of automated underwater optical image characterization. Remote underwater optical sensing allows the collection and storage of vast amounts of data for which manual classification may take months. Supervised automated classification of such datasets can save time and resources and can also enable extraction of valuable information related to marine and geological research.
EADA is a Business School located in the heart of Barcelona. Its masters are ranked amongst the top in the world according to The Financial Times and it is accredited by the most reliable agencies, such as EQUIS or AACSB. EADA has been developing highly skilled professionals since 1957 with the mission of training managers of companies and organizations who are economically efficacious, socially responsible and environmentally friendly through research and education. EADA has developed several business collaborations with private and public agencies. One that has proven to be the most successful in the past years is the ACC10 partnership. ACC10 is the Catalan Agency for Business and Competitiveness and EADA is participating in its Market Assessment Program (MAP) to develop and support projects towards innovation in order to bring these projects to the market. EADA and ACC10 have been actively working together for many years and recently…
Next thursday the 6th of March it will take the 2nd annual review of the PANDORA FP7 project funded on the Cognitive Robotics topic. Researchers from the 5 participating entities will gather in Girona to present to the EC officer and reviewers the work done in the last year. On friday, an advisory board from industrial world will give advise to the consortium regarding the commercial possibilities of the created technologies. More info about PANDORA
SPARUS II AUV was born in CIRS lab last October. The vehicle is the 7th member of ViCOROB underwater vehicles fleet. SPARUS II AUV is an autonomous underwater vehicle with a torpedo shape and is an evolution of the prototype SPARUS AUV, which was developed on 2010. As new features, it has a large payload area in its font and has more technological elements which have been developed in the lab, for instance, its thrusters or the vision systems. You can get to know better SPARUS II AUV on twitter and youtube.
oday it takes place the kick off meeting of ROBOACADEMY – “European Academy for Marine and Underwater Robotics”, FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN, in Bremen. The Robocademy ITN will establish a European training and research network to develop key skills and enabling technologies in underwater robotics for the scientific and economic exploration of the oceans (e.g. offshore oilfield of the future). Through the close collaboration of leading research institutes, academia, industry, and SMEs in robotics, marine technology, marine science, and offshore industry, Robocademy will provide first-class training and research opportunities for ESRs. GOOD LUCK to all the consortium members! More info
The workshop was organized by the Universitat de Girona and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and took place in Girona on October 9th -11th 2013. The main goal of the workshop was to show the latest investigations and exchange of information and points of view on current research in MARine TECHnology. 55 contributions were presented in the workshop, as extended abstracts, from 10 different topics. The attendance was around 80 people including researchers, students and professionals from industry, most of them from Spain, but also from Germany, UK, Italy, Ireland and Sweden. The technical program was completed with three invited researchers, which gave a tutorial and two plenary talks. The workshop had also an exhibition area with 9 companies showing marine technology products and services. One of the companies presented for the first time the Ictineu 3 submarine, a manned submersible for research, ocean observation and intervention developed for depths…
The main objectives of EUROFLEETS2 are: Promotion of operational coordination and integration of RVs. Modern European RVs are made accessible under EUROFLEETS2 Completion of strategic perspectives for the European research fleets with a polar component; Promotion of exchanges of mobile equipment on board European RVs to foster interoperability; Enhancing the impact of research fleets on innovation by fostering the involvement of industry in specific activities, both as end user or as supplier; Development of new training actions including a pilot floating university, and of new technological innovations to be widely used on board European RVs; Taking a new step towards the creation of a long-term sustainable group of European Regional RVs and its insertion into the ESFRI roadmap. Furthermore, EUROFLEETS2 will undertake specific actions to consolidate research fleets’ organization, methodology and tools through operational initiatives (like virtual fleets) leading to more interoperable and cost effective European research fleets. We are…
Guillem Vallicrosa, PhD Student at ViCOROB, receives the best poster award for the research work “Realtime AUV Terrain Based Navigation with Octomap”. From the 4-6th of September 2013 took place the XXXIV edition of the Jornadas de Automática held in ETSEIAT and EET of the UPC campus in Terrassa (Barcelona). The department of Systems Engineering, Automatics and Industrial Informatics (ESAII) organize the workshop and they have been a meeting point for the industry and the university research in the field of the workshop. The new events incorporated in the program are the First Contest of flying robots at the UPC and a course on domestic mobile robotics.
Five days of trials are nearing the end, and Ifremer is proud to have hosted this achievement. All six vehicles brought by the project partners have worked flawlessly; the teams have accomplished a huge amount of work to integrate these vehicles into one single Morph system. All objectives at this stage of the project have been achieved, and a milestone has been set in underwater robotics, running a heterogeneous fleet of autonomous vehicles – from 35 to 300kg – in a formation based solely on acoustic network communication and range detection. Thursday evening all team members have then shown their individual diving skills! Today a week of trials come to an end, five long and hot days, people will leave tired but satisfied, and the community of this project has grown even stronger together. Dear friends, congratulations to all and come home safely!