Underwater Robotics

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.  …

EU Marine Robots Kick Off meeting takes place in Porto

The EUMR Kick Off Meeting was successfully completed in Porto, Portugal on the 1st and 2nd of March, 2018. The meeting facilitated partner introductions and allowed a detailed examination of all project future activities and goals.   During the two day meeting, partners had the opportunity to discuss various topics, including project objectives, the governance structure, milestones, management processes and tools, project roadmap and partners responsibilities.   This meeting was a great chance to consolidate the consortium, project management key points and to map the road ahead!   Text: EU Marine Robots   More about the project

Successful participation of our team at European Robotics League competition 2017

ERL Emergency 2017 occurred in Piombino from 15th to 23rd of September, it’s a European Robotics League competition or, what researchers call, Champions League of Robotics, instigated by the catastrophic nuclear accidents that touched Fukushima, Japan, in 2011. The challenge collecting among 130 participants from 16 universities and companies, came from 8 European countries. In the competition, robots from different domain: air, land and sea cooperate in order to complete a task within a set period. These experience also provide great opportunity to broadcasting technologies and improving relations with researchers with similar interests. where the main goal remaind to advance…

Klemen Istenic wins Student Poster Award to 60th MTS/IEEE OCEANS Conference

The 60th MTS/IEEE OCEANS Conference took place from the 19th to 22nd of June 2017 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Covering all aspects of ocean science, technology and engineering, the conference provides a nice venue for interaction among engineers, researchers, and marine scientists.   Girona Underwater Vision and Robotics team together participated in all aspects of the conference, with the showcase of the Sparus II AUV in the exhibition hall, presentation on our work on Real-time Fish Detection in the main program as well as with two PhD students (Eduard Vidal and Klemen Istenic selected for the student poster competition.   During…

Girona acull la quarta edició del Congrés de Robotica Submarina EMRA

Els passats dies 15 i 16 de Maig de 2017 va tenir lloc la conferència EMRA (4th Workshop on EU-funded Marine Robotics and Applications) al Parc Científic i Tecnològic de la Universitat de Girona. L’objectiu de l’esdeveniment és la posta en comú dels resultats dels projectes europeus que han estat finançats per la Comissió Europea dins la comunitat científica i la comunitat empresarial, fomentant la creació de xarxes de col·laboració i, sobretot, esperant la creació de sinèrgies per a nous projectes.   L’esdeveniment, que fou organitzat per l’Institut de Recerca ViCOROB de la Universitat de Girona conjuntament amb la Universitat…

7th workshop on maritime automation

From May 4th-5th the seventh conference on maritime automation ”AUTOMAR” took place in Castelló de la Plana, where the conference was hosted by the university of Jaume I.   The conference with participants and speakers from Spain, France and Italy, was met by research process and scientific interest. During the two days, the conference was divided  into several main themes, based on challenges and opportunities in underwater robotic that lay on ocean science, technology and industry, allowing the attendees to exchange ideas and issues.   The conference by itself was a nice experience, where I met new and interesting researchers…

STRONGMAR winter school takes place in Girona

Last week, from 17 to 21st of October, took place in Girona the STRONGMAR winter school on “Underwater Vision and Robotics”. In the framework of this twinning action, EC funded, that aims to enhance the scientific and technological capacity of INESC TEC and linked institutions in research, such training activities are a key for success.   Our team shared its knowledge on the topics of underwater vision and path planning. Further training is planned in the future, both in Porto and in Girona again.   Around 20 students attended the event together with engineers, professors and postdoctoral fellows.   More…