IQUA Robotics – la nova EBT de ViCOROB

Una nova concepció de la robòtica submarina amb més capacitat d’observació, flexibilitat per adaptar els dispositius a un gran número d’aplicacions i qualitat dels dissenys. Aquests són els punts clau dels productes que oferirà IQUA Robotics S.L, una nova empresa de base tecnològica (EBT) sorgida de la Universitat de Girona i que s’ha constituït aquest matí al Parc Científic i Tecnològic.   L’empresa s’ha creat a partir de la valorització dels resultats de projectes duts a terme al CIRS, el laboratori de recerca en robòtica submarina de l’Institut de Visió per Computador i Robòtica (VICOROB) de la UdG en els darrers 10 anys.   En el context d’aquesta recerca, VICOROB ha dissenyat diferents prototips de robots submarins amb avançades capacitats motrius i sensorials respecte als robots comercials actuals amb l’objectiu d’ampliar el ventall d’aplicacions d’aquests tipus de vehicles. Els robots submarins desenvolupats pels investigadors de la UdG s’han concebut per…

We attended to the world’s premier event for marine science and ocean technology

Oceanology International is the world leading marine science and ocean technology exhibition. Every two years, Oceanology International brings together the latest technologies and worldwide leaders from a variety of industries including oil & gas, engineering, marine science and maritime security.   Girona Underwater Vision and Robotics team was present in the exhibition to showcase the two AUV prototypes developed by the research group (Girona 500 and Sparus II AUV) as well as the different image and sonar data processing capabilities.   The stand of the group received many interested visitors throughout the exhibition days thus enhancing the visibility of the group at a global scale and establishing new networking opportunities and  new relationships for potential future businesses.  

L’equip de la Universitat de Girona guanya el Grand Challenge de la competició europea de robòtica euRathlon 2015

L’equip integrat per la Universitat de Girona (UdG) en la part marina, Cobham d’Ostfildern (Alemanya) en la terrestre i ISEP/INESC TEC Aerial Robotics de Porto (Portugal) en la aèria, van guanyar el Grand Challenge de la competició de robòtica europea euRathlon.   L’euRathlon és la primera competició de robòtica internacional on robots terrestres, aeris i marins cooperen en un escenari realista per tal de desenvolupar i testejar la tecnologia enfocada a la preparació per a fer front a una situació catastròfica (terratrèmol, explosió,…). La competició, inspirada en l’actuació de rescat que es va fer després del desastre de Fukushima, aquest any ha arribat a la seva culminació. Finançada per la Comissió Europea, progressivament, al llarg dels anys, ha anat promovent la participació d’equips de diferents àmbits de la robòtica. L’esdeveniment que ens ocupa va tenir lloc del 17 al 25 de setembre a la població Italiana de Piombino.   Els…

We attend the second Annual Catalan Meeting on Computer Vision (ACMCV)

The second Annual Catalan Meeting on Computer Vision (ACMCV) was held on the 18th of September in Universitat Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona. ACMCV was created with the aim of strengthen the network between computer vision researchers in Catalunya. As it is well known, Catalunya has a large community working in the computer vision field, both in the industry and the academia. Thus, this meeting is intended to get to know the people working in the field as well as their recent developments.   The event contained several activities, including a poster session, where the four members of Vicorob (Nuno Gracias, Josep Bosch, Konstantin Korotkov and Ricard Campos) presented their latest works. The meeting also held the Master thesis’ presentations of the students of the Master in Computer Vision of the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, as well as several interesting talks on topics such as the application of machine learning techniques…

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IFAC NGCUV 2015 takes place in Girona

From 28-30th of April 2015, Girona Underwater Vision and Robotics team moved to Hotel Carlemany to organize IFAC NGCUV 2015 conference. The event took place in the nice city of Girona and counted on more than 90 attendees from 22 different countries.   NGCUV goal is to show the latest investigations in Unmanned Underwater Vehicles as well as to promote the exchange of information and perspectives on the field’s current research. The Workshop brings together a diverse set of researchers who are jointly committed to foster the research and innovation in underwater robotics. The event series was initiated in 2003 and has been held in Newport (UK), Limerick (IR) and Porto (PT) since then.   Along the conference, 6 invited speakers gave their talks on different subjects: 1) “The future of AUV technologies” by James G. Bellingham (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA); 2) “An innovative vehicle concept for ocean science:…

SPARUSII AUV euRathlon

Veni, vidi, vici. Felicitats als campions de l’euRathlon!

L’equip de la Universitat de Girona amb el seu robot submarí  Sparus II AUV es proclama vencedor de la competició euRathlon   L’SPARUS II AUV, un robot autònom submarí desenvolupat al CIRS, es va proclamar campió a la competició europea en robòtica submarina euRathlon celebrada la setmana passada (29/9-3/10/14) a La Spezia, Itàlia.   euRathlon és una competició europea de robòtica submarina on hi competeixen diferents equips amateurs i on es plantegen reptes d’aplicació real del camp de la robòtica submarina. En un camp tecnològic tant innovador, existeixen poques per a valorar les capacitats d’aquests robots i, aquest tipus de competicions són, per tant, un referent tant per a centres de recerca com per a institucions i empreses.   De les cinc jornades de competició, el comitè de jutges, format per especialistes en diversos camps de la robòtica, l’enginyeria i la tecnologia naval, va atorgar a l’SPARUS II AUV quatre…

FP7 European Project MORPH: next generation of underwater robotics for ocean exploration tested in the Azores

From 8 to 18 September 2014, the Center of IMAR of the University of the Azores is hosting the sea trials of a new type of robotics-based distributed sensor system, aimed at affording marine scientists and commercial operators a revolutionary tool for marine habitat mapping in complex 3D environments. The tests are being performed in the scope of the EC research project MORPH, entitled Marine Robotic System of Self-Organising, Logically Linked Physical Nodes.   Launched in February 2012, the 4-year research project MORPH is partly funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme with a budget of 8,5 million Euros. The major goal of the project is to develop a distributed robotic underwater system carrying complementary sensors for complex underwater mapping missions.  At the core of the innovative solution adopted is the concerted operation of a number of relatively simple, affordable vehicles, capable of cooperating seamlessly and behave as an…

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MORPH FP7 PROJECT TRIALS TAKE PLACE IN SANT FELIU DE GUÍXOLS (GIRONA)

From Wednesday 9th to Friday 18th of July, several MORPH European project experiments were held in Girona. Their goal was to prepare for the upcoming trials in the Azores islands next September. The Variable Geometry Range Only Navigation (VG-ROF) algorithm was tested with the IST Medusas, the UdG SparusII and Girona500, and the ATLAS SEACAT. The first three days were devoted to software integration, at CIRS facilities, to have everything ready for the trials carried out in Sant Feliu’s harbor. During the second week multiple missions with different vehicle configurations were tested. The main purpose was to grab images and multibeam data from the seafloor while maintaining the vehicle’s formation. Some tests regarding a new configuration, named USBL formation, were also simulated and tested in water.   The MORPH FP7 project is funded by the European Comission on ICT Robotics Programme.   Picture: DSOR Lab – IST – Portugal

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Presenting PANDORA FP7 and MORPH FP7 projects at EMRA 2014

Our researchers Pere Ridao and Marc Carreras are currently in Rome in the Workshop on EU Funded Marine Robotics and Applications (EMRA 2014). Researchers and users of marine robotic technology are invited to EMRA2014. The workshop shall summarize current EU FP7 marine robotics research, and provide a platform for marine stakeholders to share their current technological challenges. For researchers, EMRA2014 will offer dissemination opportunities for existing work, and highlight new application areas for consideration in future work. For marine research stakeholders, EMRA2014 will offer novel approaches to solve marine challenges, and a platform for directing future research threads. MORPH project will be presented today at 14h by Antonio Pascoal from IST-ISR and PANDORA project will be presented tomorrow in the afternoon by Marc Carreras. Follow ERMA2014 on streaming

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EU launches world’s largest civilian robotics programme – 240,000 new jobs expected

The European Commission and 180 companies and research organisations (under the umbrella of euRobotics) today launch the world’s largest civilian research and innovation programme in robotics. Covering manufacturing, agriculture, health, transport, civil security and households, the initiative – called SPARC – is the EU’s industrial policy effort to strengthen Europe’s position in the global robotics market (€60 billion a year by 2020). This initiative is expected to create over 240,000 jobs in Europe, and increase Europe’s share of the global market to 42% (a boost of €4 billion per year). The European Commission will invest €700 million and euRobotics €2.1 billion.   The University of Girona, as member of euRobotics, supports this action. ViCOROB has participated in several euRobotics meetings and is part of several projects consortiums in the current actions. We expect to succeed in H2020 as well. Such initiavtives are worth to be well known by society. Local…