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euRobotics

EU launches world’s largest civilian robotics programme – 240,000 new jobs expected

The European Commission and 180 companies and research organisations (under the umbrella of euRobotics) today launch the world’s largest civilian research and innovation programme in robotics. Covering manufacturing, agriculture, health, transport, civil security and households, the initiative – called SPARC – is the EU’s industrial policy effort to strengthen Europe’s position in the global robotics market (€60 billion a year by 2020). This initiative is expected to create over 240,000 jobs in Europe, and increase Europe’s share of the global market to 42% (a boost of €4 billion per year). The European Commission will invest €700 million and euRobotics €2.1…

VIBOT

VIBOT Erasmus Mundus Master gets “International Master Distinction” from the Catalan Government

A total of 59 official masters taught by different Catalan universities have gained a new distinction of International Master’s Programme (IMP), promoted by the Catalan Government. This accreditation aims to promote studies with a high degree of internationalization taught in the higher education system in Catalonia. The UdG has received this distinction for two programs: Erasmus Mundus European Master’s in Tourism Management (EMTM) and Erasmus Mundus European Master’s in Vision and Robotics (VIBOT).   The Director General of Universities, Luis Jofre, said this new label is a clear action that shows the commitment of Catalonia on “promoting internationalization and international…

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…

SPARUS II AUV

SPARUS II AUV on their way to euRathlon competition

Last week we received the visit of the teams that are going to compete in euRathlon with our SPARUS II AUVs.   We had to say goodbye to our prototyes that are now being tested in their final destinations! Good luck and thanks to euRathlon team for trusting us!   More info about euRathlon: http://www.eurathlon.eu/ More info about SPARUS II AUV: http://cirs.udg.edu/auvs-technology/auvs/sparus-ii-auv/

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TRITON National Funded Project experiments in Girona

From Monday 12th to Friday 16th of May, the TRITON national project experiments where held in Girona. The goal of these experiments was to localize an underwater panel with an acoustic ranging sensor. Once the panel is localized, the AUV homes to it and, once closer, using a vision-based system docks in it and performs an autonomous intervention. This intervention is split in two parts, first the vehicle manipulates a valve (open/close) and then connects and disconnects a hot stab. The first day was dedicated to system integration between the Girona500, the arm brought by the UJI team and the…

Early Stage Researcher (ESR) – Robocademy

( CLOSED ) Robocademy – The Maritime Robotics Research and Training Network  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. In well-defined and well-tutored PhD research projects, the Robocademy fellows will push the state-of-the-art in the area of robust, reliable and...
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Angelos Mallios defends his PhD Thesis “Sonar Scan Matching for Simultaneous Localization and Mapping in Confined Underwater Environments”

This thesis presents the development of a localization and mapping algorithm for an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). It is based on probabilistic scan matching of raw sonar scans within a pose-based simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) framework.   To address the motion-induced distortions affecting the generation of full sector scans, an extended Kalman filter (EKF) is used to estimate the robot motion during that scan. The filter uses a constant velocity model with acceleration noise for motion prediction.Velocities from Doppler velocity log (DVL) and heading measurements from attitude and heading reference system (AHRS) are fed asynchronously and update the state….

El projecte TIC TAC a TV3

L’equip d’Udigital.edu va realitzar el passat dimecres dia 7 de Maig un taller molt especial dins el projecte TIC TAC. Els alumnes, d’escoles amb elevat percentatge d’immigració de les comarques gironines, van entrevistar el director de ViCOROB, en Rafael Garcia. En Rafa, els hi va explicar qui érem i què fèiem als alumnes, que, molt atents, van realitzar tota mena de preguntes.   UdiGital.edu intenta apropar la Universitat a la Societat, i sorgeix del treball interdisciplinar d’uns quants investigadors de la Universitat de Girona, que han unit esforços per dissenyar activitats i tallers per a nens i joves, barrejant la Tecnologia,…