ROBOCADEMY – European Academy for Marine and Underwater Robotics

Project reference: FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN-608096
Total budget: 11 Predoctoral contracts for 3 years
Duration: 01/01/2012 – 28/02/2013
Udg project coordinator: Dr. Rafael Garcia


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. In well-defined and well-tutored PhD research projects, the Robocademy fellows will push the state-of-the-art in the area of robust, reliable and autonomous underwater robots.

Specialized scientific training modules will enable the fellows to obtain both a sound basis in robotics and an introduction to topics that are specific to their research areas. This will be complemented by a high-quality soft-skills training programme for and the opportunity to gain extensive on-site hands-on experience through secondments to maritime industry and oceanographic research institutes.
Thus Robocademy will foster the formation of young professionals that are able to meet the urgent demand for highlyqualified researchers and engineers in the growing field of underwater systems and robotics. For the European industry and scientific community, such specialists are crucial gain ground against competitors from North America and Asia. For the ESRs, the Robocademy training will open up excellent career opportunities in both academia and industry.


Heriot-watt university
Tallinna Technikaulikool
Universitat de Girona
Natural environment research council
National technical university of Athens
Atlas Elektronik GMBH
Seebyte LTD
Graal Tech SRL