Girona acull la quarta edició del Congrés de Robotica Submarina EMRA

Els passats dies 15 i 16 de Maig de 2017 va tenir lloc la conferència EMRA (4th Workshop on EU-funded Marine Robotics and Applications) al Parc Científic i Tecnològic de la Universitat de Girona. L’objectiu de l’esdeveniment és la posta en comú dels resultats dels projectes europeus que han estat finançats per la Comissió Europea dins la comunitat científica i la comunitat empresarial, fomentant la creació de xarxes de col·laboració i, sobretot, esperant la creació de sinèrgies per a nous projectes.   L’esdeveniment, que fou organitzat per l’Institut de Recerca ViCOROB de la Universitat de Girona conjuntament amb la Universitat…

7th workshop on maritime automation

From May 4th-5th the seventh conference on maritime automation ”AUTOMAR” took place in Castelló de la Plana, where the conference was hosted by the university of Jaume I.   The conference with participants and speakers from Spain, France and Italy, was met by research process and scientific interest. During the two days, the conference was divided into several main themes, based on challenges and opportunities in underwater robotic that lay on ocean science, technology and industry, allowing the attendees to exchange ideas and issues.   The conference by itself was a nice experience, where I met new and interesting researchers…

MERBOTS/ARCHROV Experiments demonstrate semi-autonomous Grasping Capabilities

During the week of the 27th of March the experiments of the MERBOTS National Research project involving 3 teams form UJI, UIB and UdG have been held in Girona.   The experiments where first performed at the CIRS water tank and then reproduced at Sant Feliu Harbor. The experiments involved two cooperative robots. SPARUS II AUV equipped with a lateral thruster and a forward-looking camera was used as a ‘flying camera’. The robot was teleoperated to achieve a desired view of a target (an amphora) and Visual Servoing techniques were used to keep the robot in place. Then GIRONA 500...

Rafael Garcia gives a talk in Vigo University on the development of technology for underwater exploration

Marine habitats play an important role in the understanding and management of ocean resources. The development of technology for underwater exploration is essential for the monitoring of these areas sensitive to environmental changes or pollution, but also for coastal development and management plans for marine protected areas. However, such exploration faces serious difficulties, mainly due to the intrinsic hostility of the underwater environment.   The advances of recent years in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence allow us to develop robots that are becoming more autonomous and allow us to process a greater amount of data in an automated…

Welcome to the EMRA 2017

Welcome to the 4th EU funded Marine Robotics and Applications Workshop (EMRA ’17)   We are pleased to invite you to attend the EMRA Workshop that will take place from 15-16 May 2017 in Girona at the Science and Technology Park at the University of Girona, Catalonia, Spain.   Following the success of the EMRA´16 that took place in 2016 in UK, we hereby invite researchers and end-users of marine robotics technology to attend EMRA´17. The workshop will summarize current EU FP7 and H2020 projects on  marine robotics and provide a platform for marine stakeholders to share and discuss current technological challenges and…

Wishing you the best for 2017

ViCOROB wants to wish you Happy Holidays and Happy New Year…:) This year we felt like going handcrafted / recycled to make our Christmas Greetings… The result is here, we hope you enjoy it! We will be closed from December the 23th to January the 6th 2017.     Des de ViCOROB us volem desitjar Bones Festes i Feliç Any Nou 2017. Aquest any ens em sentit creatius, alhora de fer la nostra felicitació de Nadal… Aquest és el resultat, esperem el disfriteu!! Us recordem que, durant aquestes vacances (23 desembre a 6 de gener), restarem tancats.      

STRONGMAR winter school takes place in Girona

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…

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…

EXCELLABUST project meeting at Breaking the Surface 2016 in Croatia

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…

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Dive into Boreas

BOREAS is a II WW shipwreck in Costa Brava area. It was submerged on purpose in Palamós with the intention of creating an artificial habitat for marine life. Our team decided to visit the area in order to collect data to test their latest improvements in 3D reconstruction techniques and panoramic imaging. It’s worth to see the results of their work, enjoy!   —————————— El passat 16 de juny, l’SPARUS 2 vehicle autònom subaquàtic acompanyat de dos submarinistes del grup va realitzar una immersió al BOREAS, un remolcador alemany que va participar en la segona guerra mundial i després d’una…