Underwater Vision



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…


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…


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 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…


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!



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…