Underwater Robotics

L’equip de la Universitat de Girona guanya el Grand Challenge de la competició europea de robòtica euRathlon 2015

L’equip integrat per la Universitat de Girona (UdG) en la part marina, Cobham d’Ostfildern (Alemanya) en la terrestre i ISEP/INESC TEC Aerial Robotics de Porto (Portugal) en la aèria, van guanyar el Grand Challenge de la competició de robòtica europea euRathlon.   L’euRathlon és la primera competició de robòtica internacional on robots terrestres, aeris i marins cooperen en un escenari realista per tal de desenvolupar i testejar la tecnologia enfocada a la preparació per a fer front a una situació catastròfica (terratrèmol, explosió,…). La competició, inspirada en l’actuació de rescat que es va fer després del desastre de Fukushima, aquest…

morph project

FP7 European Project MORPH: Demonstration of Cutting Edge Co-operative Underwater Robotics System in the Azores

From 31 August to 11 September 2015, the Center of IMAR of the University of the Azores is hosting the final demonstration of a new type of robotics-based distributed sensor system, aimed at affording marine scientists and commercial operators a revolutionary tool for marine habitat mapping in complex underwater 3D environments. The trials form the ultimate project demonstration of the EC research project MORPH, entitled Marine Robotic System of Self-Organising, Logically Linked Physical Nodes.   Launched in February 2012, the 4-year research project MORPH is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme and Industry with a budget of 8,5…

International Experience: Juan David Hernández

“Four months in the United States. Working with motion planning experts” In 2013, I started evaluating different alternatives for planning collision-free paths for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). During such review, I decided to use the Open Motion Planning Library (OMPL), a C++ programming library that consists of many of state-of-the-art sampling-base planning algorithms, which is developed at Rice University, in Houston, Texas. For more than one year, I focused on understanding the most relevant methods and integrating them to our vehicles’ control architecture in Girona. As a result, GIRONA500 and, specially, SPARUS-II AUVs were able to conduct missions that required…

IFAC NGCUV 2015

Underwater Vision and Robotics team organize IFAC NGCUV 2015 in Girona

From 28-30th of April 2015, Girona Underwater Vision and Robotics team moved to Hotel Carlemany to organize IFAC NGCUV 2015 conference. The event took place in the nice city of Girona and counted on more than 90 attendees from 22 different countries.   NGCUV goal is to show the latest investigations in Unmanned Underwater Vehicles as well as to promote the exchange of information and perspectives on the field’s current research. The Workshop brings together a diverse set of researchers who are jointly committed to foster the research and innovation in underwater robotics. The event series was initiated in 2003…

ERF2015

WE ATTEND THE EUROPEAN ROBOTICS FORUM IN VIENNA

Last week we participated actively in European Robotics Forum that took place in the beautiful city of Vienna (Austria). There, besides meeting with researchers in robotics field in Europe, we had the chance to participate in the Entrepreneurial Workshop (in the framework of ROCKeu project) and to attend presentations on various projects on our field.   In the event, the main representatives of euRobotics platform where chosen. They will be the team that might contribute to the definition of H2020 robotics policies along 2015. Next year, the meeting point will be Ljubjana in Slovenia.   The University of Girona, together…

Robocademy project

ROBOCADEMY PROJECT MEETING IN GIRONA

During the last days of January (28-30.1.2015) Girona was the venue of the project meeting as well as the first workshop of the ROBOCADEMY – “European Academy for Marine and Underwater Robotics”, FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN, project. Starting with the project meeting on the 28th, which was first of a kind for the vast majority of the fellows, gave all involved a good opportunity to get acquainted and the fellows the opportunity to present their projects and current progress to the rest of the peers and their supervisors. Additionally, future scientific trainings and minor organizational questions were addressed rounding a successful meeting. [/vc_column][/vc_row]

Inventors4change

UdigitalEdu participa en un projecte de Cooperació de la UdG a l’Índia

Inventors4Change (http://www.inventors4change.org) vol proporcionar als nens les eines, les tècniques i els coneixements que els permetin dissenyar els canvis que volen veure en el món. Consisteix en una xarxa d’escoles i organitzacions que utilitzen les tecnologies d’aprenentatge creatiu i eines digitals per fomentar la invenció basada en l’aprenentatge col·laboratiu entre els nens de diferents països. El projecte es centra especialment en els nens de les comunitats més desafavorides, que proposen invencions inspirades en els desafiaments de desenvolupament humà. Des del 30 d’octubre i fins el 16 de desembre l’Eduard Muntaner està portant a terme un  nombre molt important de tallers…

Tali Hurtós

Tali Hurtós defends her PhD thesis: “Forward-Looking Sonar Mosaicing for Underwater Environments”

Vehicle operations in underwater environments are frequently compromised by poor visibility conditions. The perception range of optical devices is heavily constrained in turbid waters, thus often complicating navigation and mapping tasks in environments such as harbors, bays, or rivers. A new generation of high-frequency forward-looking sonars that provide acoustic imagery at near-video frame rates have recently emerged as a promising alternative for working under these challenging conditions. In this thesis, we propose an end-to-end mosaicing framework tailored to the characteristics of forward-looking sonar imagery in order to build consistent overviews of planar underwater areas regardless of water visibility. Our solution…