EU Marine Robots (EUMR) is an H2020 infrastructures project coordinated by the University of Porto. The main objective of the EUMR project is to open up key national and regional marine robotics research infrastructures (RIs) to all European researchers, from both academia and industry, ensuring their optimal use and joint development to establish a world-class marine robotics integrated infrastructure. The EUMR team gathered in a plenary meeting in Biograd Na Moru, Croatia, on the eve of Breaking the Surface Workshop. The main goal of the reunion was the approval of the Trans National Access (TNA) first call, launched on the 2nd of October 2018. On ViCOROB side, the attendees were: Pere Ridao (PI), Guillem Vallicrosa (Researcher) and Joseta Roca (Project Manager). More about the call: https://www.eumarinerobots.eu/tna-calls Dissemination video for the call: https://vimeo.com/293111913 More about EUMR: http://vicorob.udg.edu/portfolio_page/eumr/ More about BtS: https://bts.fer.hr
At ViCOROB, we do research on Underwater Vision and Robotics. One of the developed technologies in the last years, currently being valorized in the context of SOUNDTILES project (Ref.: 2016 PROD 00130) consists on the development of a tool for automatic processing of sonar mosaics, a breakthrough in the current technologies available commercially. Natàlia Hurtós presented this technology in front of a commercial audience in the most important fair of underwater technologies, Oceanology International, that took place in London (UK). In the same event, ViCOROB team had the chance to meet with industry key actors, like the American company SoundMetrics. These activities have been carried out on the effort that the lab is doing towards bringing this technology to the market in the near future in the framework of SOUNDTILES project.
The EUMR Kick Off Meeting was successfully completed in Porto, Portugal on the 1st and 2nd of March, 2018. The meeting facilitated partner introductions and allowed a detailed examination of all project future activities and goals. During the two day meeting, partners had the opportunity to discuss various topics, including project objectives, the governance structure, milestones, management processes and tools, project roadmap and partners responsibilities. This meeting was a great chance to consolidate the consortium, project management key points and to map the road ahead! Text: EU Marine Robots More about the project
Last week, from 17 to 21st of October, took place in Girona the STRONGMAR winter school on “Underwater Vision and Robotics”. In the framework of this twinning action, EC funded, that aims to enhance the scientific and technological capacity of INESC TEC and linked institutions in research, such training activities are a key for success. Our team shared its knowledge on the topics of underwater vision and path planning. Further training is planned in the future, both in Porto and in Girona again. Around 20 students attended the event together with engineers, professors and postdoctoral fellows. More about STRONGMAR More about the Winter School
Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies (LABUST) at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical and Engineering (UNIZG-FER) in Croatia positioned itself in the last years as the regional leader in marine robotics: LABUST has the required technologies, people, infrastructure, and experience in field experiments. What LABUST is missing is research excellence that will allow it to fully exploit and bring available resources to a level compatible with internationally leading institutions in the area of marine robotics. The main goal of EXCELLABUST project is to address networking gaps and deficiencies between UNIZG-FER and internationally leading counterparts at EU level, by significantly strengthening marine robotics research within LABUST through twinning with expert partners. The project last meeting took place in Croatia, in the framework of Breaking The Surface 2016 workshop.
European Marine Robotics community gathers together every year in the EMRA workshop. This event, created three years ago as a dissemination event of the main EU marine robotics related projects, is an event in projection where the main stakeholders on marine robotics field discuss, present and contrast their opinions on the sector. 2016 edition took place in Newcastle University (UK), a perfect framework for two long days of networking for further projects, events and business! In May 2017, the event will take place in Girona, at the Science and Technology Park of the University of Girona. See you there!
Horizon2020 project STRONGMAR kick-off meeting was held on 7th of March 2016 at the Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores Do Porto, Portugal. Project is coordinated by Prof. Eduardo Silva and STRONGARMAR team and developed in collaboration with: University of Girona ,Computer Vision and Robotics Research Institute HERIOT-WATT University CINTAL – Centro Investigacao Tecnologica Do Algarve University Court of the University of Aberdeen NATO Science and Technology Organisation Project STRONGMAR has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 692427. The main goal is strongly committed to become a center of excellence in maritime technology and, in particular, deep sea technology.
From 31 August to 11 September 2015, the Center of IMAR of the University of the Azores is hosting the final demonstration 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 underwater 3D environments. The trials form the ultimate project demonstration 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 funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme and Industry 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…
Last march the FP7 project MORPH team gathered in Girona for sea trials. This video shows the main results obtained as well as spectacular images of the AUVs underwater. Thanks to our project mates to make this possible. The video
During the last days of January (28-30.1.2015) Girona was the venue of the project meeting as well as the first workshop of the ROBOCADEMY – “European Academy for Marine and Underwater Robotics”, FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN, project. Starting with the project meeting on the 28th, which was first of a kind for the vast majority of the fellows, gave all involved a good opportunity to get acquainted and the fellows the opportunity to present their projects and current progress to the rest of the peers and their supervisors. Additionally, future scientific trainings and minor organizational questions were addressed rounding a successful meeting. For the following two days, 10 fellows of the ROBOCADEMY project participated in the training event (NT2 – Autonomous Underwater Robotics) taught by Dr. Pere Ridao, Dr. Marc Carreras, Dr. Narcis Palomeras and Carles Candela. Workshop gave the participants a broad overview of the basics of the underwater robotics heavily supported…