Underwater Vision

FP7 European Project MORPH: next generation of underwater robotics for ocean exploration tested in the Azores

From 8 to 18 September 2014, the Center of IMAR of the University of the Azores is hosting the sea trials 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 3D environments. The tests are being performed in the scope 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 partly funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme with a budget of 8,5 million Euros….

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MORPH FP7 TRIALS IN SANT FELIU DE GUÍXOLS (GIRONA)

From Wednesday 9th to Friday 18th of July, several MORPH European project experiments were held in Girona. Their goal was to prepare for the upcoming trials in the Azores islands next September. The Variable Geometry Range Only Navigation (VG-ROF) algorithm was tested with the IST Medusas, the UdG SparusII and Girona500, and the ATLAS SEACAT. The first three days were devoted to software integration, at CIRS facilities, to have everything ready for the trials carried out in Sant Feliu’s harbor. During the second week multiple missions with different vehicle configurations were tested. The main purpose was to grab images and…

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PRESENTING PANDORA FP7 AND MORPH FP7 PROJECTS AT EMRA 2014

Our researchers Pere Ridao and Marc Carreras are currently in Rome in the Workshop on EU Funded Marine Robotics and Applications (EMRA 2014). Researchers and users of marine robotic technology are invited to EMRA2014. The workshop shall summarize current EU FP7 marine robotics research, and provide a platform for marine stakeholders to share their current technological challenges. For researchers, EMRA2014 will offer dissemination opportunities for existing work, and highlight new application areas for consideration in future work. For marine research stakeholders, EMRA2014 will offer novel approaches to solve marine challenges, and a platform for directing future research threads. MORPH project will…

3D mapping

Ricard Campos defends his PhD thesis “Surface Reconstruction Methods for Seafloor Modelling”

Underwater maps are an important source of information for the scientific community, since mapping the seafloor is the starting point for underwater exploration. The advance of range scanning methodologies, both using acoustic and optical techniques, enables the mapping of the seabed to attain increasingly larger resolutions. However, all these techniques sample the surface to reconstruct in the form of a point cloud. For the case of areas containing non-trivial 3D relief, achieving a continuous representation from this discrete sampling is a complex task.   Surface reconstruction methods try to tackle this problem by recovering a continuous surface representing the object…

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El grup de recerca Vicorob participa en la postproducció de la gigafoto de la Via Catalana

Vicorob, el grup de recerca en Visió per Computador i Robòtica, ha participat en el procés de realització de la gigafoto de la Via Catalana que l’Assemblea Nacional Catalana (ANC) ha presentat el dimarts 1 d’abril. A causa de la seva expertesa i coneixements en la tecnologia de mosaics, Vicorob es va incorporar al procés de postproducció el mes de desembre de 2013, després de les primeres proves fetes per l’ANC. Per al grup Vicorob, l’encàrrec va esdevenir una oportunitat per continuar experimentant i desenvolupant la tecnologia de mosaics que ja ha emprat en altres projectes. En el procés de…

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PANDORA FP7 2nd annual review in Girona

Next thursday the 6th of March it will take the 2nd annual review of the PANDORA FP7 project funded on the Cognitive Robotics topic.   Researchers from the 5 participating entities will gather in Girona to present to the EC officer and reviewers the work done in the last year. On friday, an advisory board from industrial world will give advise to the consortium regarding the commercial possibilities of the created technologies.   More info about PANDORA  

euRathlon

euRathlon competition offers SPARUS II AUV to its participants

euRathlon is a new outdoor robotics competition which invites teams to test the intelligence and autonomy of their robots in realistic mock emergency-response scenarios. Inspired by the 2011 Fukushima accident, the euRathlon competition will require a team of land, underwater and flying robots to work together to survey the scene, collect environmental data, and identify critical hazards. Leading up to this ‘grand challenge’ in 2015, will be directly related land and underwater robot competitions in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The euRathlon competitions will be supported by annual workshops for competitors. In parallel, there will be an open process of developing benchmarks to allow comparison of…