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Laser 3D Sense Technology towards the market

The Laser 3D scanner technology developed and patented by the University of Girona is one step beyond the state of the art of underwater 3D perception. It is the result of a PhD thesis in Underwater Robotics and 3D Perception done by Albert Palomer and tutored by Pere Ridao, Josep Forest and David Ribas that will be soon defended.   L3S, as an easy to integrate system, will allow the end user to gather online 3D information of a target scene from a moving vehicle at a resolution where the objects can clearly be identified. Moreover, it will also allow…

SOUNDTILES technology presented at Oceanology International London

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.  …

Evaluation of the 1st Year InventEUrs meeting, Perugia, Italy

InventEUrs project (www.inventeurs.eu) , coordinated by UdigitalEdu, has reached its half of the project lifetime by attending to the 3rd project meeting held in the partner facilities of University of Perugia, Italy from the 19 to the 21st of February 2018.   Overall, the meeting goals were achieved: final children projects has been finished and can be seen at the InventEUrs scratch studio (https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/4443203/ ), the results of the first year of the project were evaluated, a draft of the project platform was presented and some partners were filmed to be included in the MOOC.     Moreover, the consortium…

Arriba el Nadal

Res no s’acaba i tot comença. Vénen mecànics de remença Amb olis nous de llibertat; Una Veu canta en recompensa: Que a cal fuster hi ha novetat. Des d’Alacant a la Provença Qui mor no mor, si el son és clar Quan neix la llum en el quintà.   Fragment del poema “Ho sap tothom, i és profecía” de J. V. Foix,   Que tingueu unes festes plenes de llum, colors , regals i torrons!! Wishing you the best for 2018!   Us recordem que del 25 desembre a 8 de gener restarem tancats. We will be closed from December…

Online Path Planning for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles under Motion Constraints

Doctoral thesis “Online Path Planning for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles under Motion Constraints” By Juan David Hernández Vega Supervised by Dr. Marc Carreras   Abstract Thesis submitted to the University of Girona in fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of PhilosophySince their beginning in the late 1950s, the capabilities and applications of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) have continuously evolved. Their most common applications include imaging and inspecting different kinds of structures on the sea floor as well as collecting oceanographic informa-tion: biological, chemical, and even archaeological data.   Most of these applications require a priori information of the…

Six members of ViCOROB attend the Breaking the Surface summer school in Croatia

BtS (Breaking the Surface) is a summer workshop that encourages interaction and the exchange of knowledge and experience about the maritime robotics field and its applications. In 7 days, participants get first-hand knowledge about the latest in scientific research and results, technological achievements as well as hands-on experience in working with complex and modern underwater systems.   In the event, Nuno Gracias and Ricard Campos gave a tutorial on “Omnidirectional vision for underwater robots”. Marc Carreras gave a talk on “Towards persistent AUVs for seabed inspection”. Khadidja Himri, Patryk Cieslak and Joseta Roca also attended to the workshop.   Along…

Robot Learning applied to Autonomous Underwater Vehicles for intervention tasks

Doctoral thesis “Robot Learning applied to Autonomous Underwater Vehicles for intervention tasks” By Arnau Carrera Viñas Supervised by Marc Carreras, Narcís Palomeras and Petar Kormushev   Abstract The interest in performing underwater tasks using AUVs has been growing over the past few decades. The initial focus was on the exploration of underwater areas, performing survey trajectories harvesting data to build bathymetric maps or photo-mosaics. Later the focus of research switched to performing inspections of underwater structures or elements (e.g., pipelines) which required more complex behaviours and localization methods. Advances in these fields have awakened the interest of the community in…