Underwater Robotics

ViCOROB team at IROS Madrid 2018

IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2018) took place from the 1st to the 5th of October in Madrid (Spain). It is the most important scientific event on robotics worldwide. The event counted on the participation of more than 4,000 people and was organized by Universidad Carlos III.   ViCOROB participated in the event with the keynote speech of Pere Ridao (PI of the underwater robotics lab) on “Underwater 3D Mapping and Intervention“, the presentations of scientific work of the MSCA Postdoctoral fellow Patryk Cieslak and the PhD student Dina Youakim and the presentation of a poster…

Breaking the Surface -10th year celebration

By Guillem Vallicrosa Photos: BTS organization   We attended the 10th International interdisciplinary field workshop of maritime robotics and applications – Breaking the Surface – BTS 2018. The conference was held on 30 Sep – 7 Oct, in Biograd na Moru, Croatia.   “BTS is a conference not only focused on marine robotics, but also in its applications like marine biology, marine geology, and underwater archaeology.   It was the second time I attended BTS, first time was back in 2014. Since it was the 10th year celebration we could find many pictures remembering all the different editions where we…

Plenary meeting of the EUMarineRobots project in Croatia

EU Marine Robots (EUMR) is an H2020 infrastructures project coordinated by the University of Porto. The main objective of the EUMR project is to open up key national and regional marine robotics research infrastructures (RIs) to all European researchers, from both academia and industry, ensuring their optimal use and joint development to establish a world-­class marine robotics integrated infrastructure.   The EUMR team gathered in a plenary meeting in Biograd Na Moru, Croatia, on the eve of Breaking the Surface Workshop. The main goal of the reunion was the approval of the Trans National Access (TNA) first call, launched on…

We attended the 11th IFAC – CAMS 2018

We attended 11th IFAC Conference on Control Applications in Marine Systems, Robotics, and Vehicles – CAMS 2018   Khadidja Himri had the opportunity to attend The 11th IFAC Conference on Control Applications in Marine Systems, Robotics, and Vehicles – CAMS 2018, that was held on 10th-12th September 2018, in Opatija, Croatia; a Mediterranean town reflecting Central European charm.   “CAMS 2018 is the 11th Conference on Control Applications in Marine Systems, Robotics, and Vehicles, the conference was all about the latest achievements in the field of automatic control applied to marine systems, marine robotics, and marine vehicles. It was the…

EU Research and Industry meet at EMRA Limerick

EU workshop on EU-funded Marine Robotics and Applications (EMRA) has taken place in Limerick (Ireland). Organized on the framework of EXCELLABUST and EUMR H2020 projects, the event is a perfect occasion to put together researchers and industry and establish and enhance relations between them. EMRA has been organized by the University of Limerick Center of Robotics and Intelligent Systems.   The two-day single-track conference program included more than twenty speakers with plenty of time for discussions and networking. Presentations from ongoing EU-funded research projects mixed with presentations from industry, policy makers and end-users. A dedicated space was provided for exhibits…

Learning about the climate change: effects on the Arctic

We set sail for Ny-Aalesund, an island situated on Spitsbergen, north-west of Longyearbyen, in Oscar II land. One of the northernmost city in the world. Now deemed, as an international research center in the Arctic. Ny-Aalesund,  counting 11 institutions from 10 countries.   As we had an opportunity to be part of training program organized by the Italian station support the CNR‘s studies on climatic changes. where the aim of their research focuses on environmental and climatic studies of ice and marine sediments, that plays a mandatory role to avoid the disappearance of the glaciers covering some areas of the…

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.  …