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Rafael Garcia delivers a plenary talk at INT-NAM 2014

Rafael Garcia has delivered today the plenary lecture “3-D Mapping for the Characterization of the Seafloor using an Underwater Robot” as “keynote speaker”on the 2nd International Symposium on Maritime and Naval Architecture which takes place on October 23-24 in Istanbul, Turkey. In his keynote lecture, Dr. Garcia presented the latest advances and conclusions of the MICINN MUMAP project regarding the development of systems for seafloor monitoring.

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…

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Open PhD position in Omnidirectional Computer Vision for Underwater Robots

The Computer Vision and Robotics Group of the University of Girona (UdG), Spain, has opened a full-time PhD position in the area of Omnidirectional Computer Vision for Underwater Robots. The research will be conducted in the Computer Vision and Robotics institute of the UdG (http://vicorob.udg.edu/) under the supervision of Dr. Rafael Garcia and Dr. Nuno Gracias.   The research will focus on using underwater cameras with very wide field of view (providing hemispherical coverage) to assist the operation of underwater robots. These cameras open up new unexplored capabilities of immersive telepresence, efficient optical mapping in cluttered environments and vehicle safety. The overall goal is to develop new capabilities to assist scientists operating a lightweight hybrid remotely operated vehicle in exploratory missions of mapping and surveying.   The group will offer a 4-year contract (3 years as PhD candidate + 1 year of postdoc).     Applicant profile   The applicants…

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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2a edició del campus PRESUB – robòtica submarina educativa

Del 7 al 11 de juliol va tenir lloc la segona edició del Campus PRESUB a les instal•lacions del Centre de Robòtica Submarina (Parc Científic i Tecnològic), amb la participació d’ una vintena d’estudiants de secundària de diferents centres de les comarques gironines. L’objectiu bàsic d’aquests tallers és la realització d’activitats científico-tecnològiques de caire lúdic que resultin interessants i atractives que permetin incrementar el interès de la societat, i més concretament dels estudiants de secundària, per la tecnologia i que fomentin els valors propis de l’enginyeria. Aquest objectiu és compartit pel Departament d’Arquitectura i Tecnologia de Computadors, pel Consell Social de la Universitat de Girona i pel Patronat de l’Escola Politècnica Superior que donen suport a aquesta edició d’estiu dels tallers de robòtica submarina. La Plataforma Oceànica de Canàries (PLOCAN) també ha donat suport actiu al desenvolupament d’aquesta activitat. D’altra banda, un dels interessos principals del grup de recerca en…

EMRA2014

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

euROBOTICS

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…

3D mapping

Ricard Campos defends his PhD thesis “Surface Reconstruction Methods for Seafloor Modelling”

Underwater maps are an important source of information for the scientific community, since mapping the seafloor is the starting point for underwater exploration. The advance of range scanning methodologies, both using acoustic and optical techniques, enables the mapping of the seabed to attain increasingly larger resolutions. However, all these techniques sample the surface to reconstruct in the form of a point cloud. For the case of areas containing non-trivial 3D relief, achieving a continuous representation from this discrete sampling is a complex task. Surface reconstruction methods try to tackle this problem by recovering a continuous surface representing the object in the form of a mesh of triangles, easing visualization and further processing. This thesis proposes four different strategies to tackle the problem of surface reconstruction from point sets. We start by reviewing the state of the art on surface reconstruction methods. From this survey, we extract some conclusions regarding the…

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SPARUS II AUV on their way to euRathlon competition

Last week we received the visit of the teams that are going to compete in euRathlon with our SPARUS II AUVs.   We had to say goodbye to our prototyes that are now being tested in their final destinations! Good luck and thanks to euRathlon team for trusting us!   More info about euRathlon: http://www.eurathlon.eu/ More info about SPARUS II AUV: http://cirs.udg.edu/auvs-technology/auvs/sparus-ii-auv/