ROBOACADEMY kick-off meeting in Bremen

Today it takes place the kick off meeting of ROBOACADEMY – “European Academy for Marine and Underwater Robotics”, FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN, in Bremen.   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.   GOOD LUCK to all the consortium members!


Welcome to SPARUSII AUV!

SPARUS II AUV was born in CIRS lab last October. The vehicle is the 7th member of ViCOROB underwater vehicles fleet. SPARUS II AUV is an autonomous underwater vehicle with a torpedo shape and is an evolution of the prototype SPARUS AUV, which was developed on 2010. As new features, it has a large payload area in its font and has more technological elements which have been developed in the lab, for instance, its thrusters or the vision systems. You can get to know better SPARUS II AUV on twitter and youtube.


2013: a successful year for vol convertir-se en un referent en la difusió de la tecnologia i el coneixement científic, i en un centre on experimentar tècniques d’innovació educativa que promoguin el talent i la innovació, sempre a través d’activitats que estimulin el pensament creatiu i la consciència crítica. La idea és apropar la recerca de la Universitat a tota la societat, i en especial als joves, per tal que aquests tinguin en el futur la capacitat de generar noves idees, nous projectes, i que liderin els canvis tecnològics, socials i culturals que els tocarà viure. Aquest passat 2013 ha estat un èxit per…


ViCOROB: fem 20 anys!

El grup de recerca ViCOROB, format per una seixantena de persones, treballa en projectes d’interès científic, empresarial i social. Les seves activitats es desenvolupen a l’Escola Politècnica Superior (EPS) i al Parc Científic i Tecnològic de la UdG. Va ser fundat el 1993 pel doctor Joan Batlle “amb molt poc finançament”, asseguren els actuals responsables, i amb el suport de Xevi Cufí i Joan Martí, que ara són professors de la institució. Durant aquests vint anys, la trajectòria del grup ha evolucionat exponencialment i s’ha dotat d’un prestigi dins i fora de la UdG. El 2012 van ingressar 1,2 milions…


Alstom transporte and ViCOROB: partners again

ViCOROB and ALSTOM transporte keep on working together on a new project related to the 3D inspection of trains, using laser technologies. The main goal of the project is to be able to get tridimensional information of the high-speed trains in order to be able to inspect in real time the trains. It is necessary that the System is flexible enough as to be able to tune it in the future for further uses. The System should be modular and scalable to introduce, if necessary, new cameras and lasers according to the costumer requirements. The actual configuration includes 22 Photonfocus...
jornades automàtica

Best poster award on the XXXIV Edition of the Jornadas de Automática

Guillem Vallicrosa, PhD Student at ViCOROB, receives the best poster award for the research work “Realtime AUV Terrain Based Navigation with Octomap”. From the 4-6th of September 2013 took place the XXXIV edition of the Jornadas de Automática held in ETSEIAT and EET of the UPC campus in Terrassa (Barcelona). The department of Systems Engineering, Automatics and Industrial Informatics (ESAII) organize the workshop and they have been a meeting point for the industry and the university research in the field of the workshop. The new events incorporated in the program are the First Contest of flying robots at the UPC...

New Project: EUROFLEETS2

Furthermore, EUROFLEETS2 will undertake specific actions to consolidate research fleets’ organization, methodology and tools through operational initiatives (like virtual fleets) leading to more interoperable and cost effective European research fleets.   We are mainly involved in WorkPackage 12: Innovative technologies For Hydrid and Autonomous Underwater Systems. This work package aims to develop key technologies and innovative functions for underwater systems such as new Hybrid ROVs (HROVs). HROVs are already under development within the consortium between IFREMER and MARUM in another project, in link with the exploitation of the EUROFLEETS1 results (3D HDTV smart camera and smart optical electronics). Our main...


The workshop was organized by the Universitat de Girona and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and took place in Girona on October 9th -11th 2013.  The main goal of the workshop was to show the latest investigations and exchange of information and points of view on current research in MARine TECHnology. 55 contributions were presented in the workshop, as extended abstracts, from 10 different topics. The attendance was around 80 people including researchers, students and professionals from industry, most of them from Spain, but also from Germany, UK, Italy, Ireland and Sweden. The technical program was completed with three invited…