The Mobile & Marine Robotics Research Centre (MMRRC), operating at the University of Limerick, is the only research centre focused on the application and development of marine robotics within the island of Ireland. From marine robotics to navigation, sensor development, emergency response planning, remote operated vehicle (ROV) and unmanned aerial (UAS) technologies, we are actively involved in developing a diverse range of practical technologies in national funded, European funded and industry collaborative projects.
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LABUST - Excelling at education, research and innovation.
Laboratory serves as the focal point for applied research and development
activities in unmanned marine systems and technologies for end-users. We exist to create new knowledge, educate students, provide advice for end-users, innovate and implement solutions for our customers. We contribute to innovation in sustainable exploitation of ocean resources. LABUST sets itself apart from others in its mission and values to inspire and seek challenging tasks.
LABUST is at present the only research laboratory with R&D and innovation capabilities for underwater systems and technologies on the east coast of the Adriatic Sea ! We are proud to be able to maintain expertise in this domain in Croatia and in the region!
Since 1992, the Underwater Vision and Robotics Lab of the University of Girona (UdG) is devoted to the research related to the areas of computer vision, opto/acoustic image processing, intelligent control architectures and underwater robotics. The UdG team works in the research and development of autonomous underwater robots for field operations, where imagery (both optical and acoustic) plays an important role. Several prototypes have been developed: GARBI, URIS, ICTINEU, SPARUS, GIRONA 500 and SPARUS II, the latter two being currently operative and commercialised by the recently created UdG Spin-Off company Iqua Robotics. Map-based navigation, advanced image processing techniques for 2D and 3D optical mapping of the seafloor, SLAM with underwater robots using both acoustic and/or video images, and online motion planning are currently active research lines of UdG with promising results. The group has a strong experience in Intervention AUVs, being GIRONA 500 one of the few available AUVs in the world with the possibility of integrating an underwater manipulator. Also, UdG has participated 3 times in the Underwater Robotics Competition (SAUCE), winning 2 of the editions. It has also participated and won the last 2 editions of EURATHLON being the winner of the 2014 edition of the AUV competition and member of the winner team of the EURATHLON grand challenge. UdG has participated in many research projects on underwater robotics at national level and European level.
Founded in 2016, IQUA Robotics is devoted to the commercialization of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and the creation of innovative tailor-made solutions according to customer needs in underwater robotics.
IQUA Robotics is a start-up company emerged from the Girona Underwater Vision and Robotics Lab. Therefore, R&D is a priority for IQUA and its close collaboration with the University gives it the possibility to implement in its products state-of-the-art technologies in underwater robotics.
It is located in the Science and Technology Park of the city of Girona, in the region of Catalonia (Spain), close to the Mediterranean sea.
The company is currently commercializing in exclusivity the following technologies:
SPARUS II AUV: a reconfigurable, lightweight, ROS driven, with hoovering capabilities and medium-sized payload area Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) with capacity to navigate down to 200m deep. Its features make it ideal for research and exploration of the seafloor, specially for missions where it is necessary to acquire high resolution images in a short period of time. The reduced size and weight of the SPARUS II makes possible the deployment and recovery of the vehicle from small boats, or even from the shore.
GIRONA 500 AUV: a reconfigurable, lightweight, ROS driven, with hoovering capabilities and large payload area Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) with capacity to navigate down to 500m deep. Its features make it ideal for research and exploration of the seafloor, specially for missions where stability is a must.
IQUA Robotics also develops custom solutions in underwater robotics and equipment for their customer’s special needs.
The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) is the agency that promotes and assists the development of Irish shipping and Irish shipping services. The IMDO advises the Minister of Transport on the development and co-ordination of policy in the shipping and shipping services sector so as to protect and create employment.
The IMDO releases statistical analysis of the Irish maritime freight and is also responsible for the promotion of the Irish tonnage tax regime. The IMDO operates under the auspices of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and is part of the Marine Institute which is the national agency responsible for Marine Research, Technology Development and Innovation. More information is available on www.imdo.ie.
The Marine Institute was set up under the Marine Institute Act 1991: “to undertake, to coordinate, to promote and to assist in marine research and development and to provide such services related to research and development, that in the opinion of the Institute, will promote economic development and create employment and protect the marine environment.”
We are the State agency responsible for marine research, technology development and innovation in Ireland. We provide scientific and technical advice to Government to help inform policy and to support the sustainable development of Ireland’s marine resource.
The Autonomous Marine Systems (AMS) Research Group is a focal point for inter disciplinary studies and inter-school collaborations particularly with the Robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory within Plymouth University, as well as externally with other universities and several industrial partners within the UK and globally.
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The Systems, Robotics and Vision group (SRV) of the University of the Balearic Islands works on Mobile Robotics and Robot Vision, focusing on aerial, land and marine robots prototyping and applications. Recent research covers control architectures, collaborative and learning capabilities, localization and mapping, image processing, target detection and 3D reconstruction. Updated information can be found at http://srv.uib.es/
SmartBay is Ireland's national marine test facility for the development of innovative products and services for the global maritime sector. This includes the trial and validation of novel marine sensors, prototype equipment and the collection and dissemination of marine data to national and international users of the facility. Facilities include surface platforms and a sub-sea cabled observatory for demonstrating and validating of new technologies and solutions. Users can access the SmartBay information and communication technology
environment to validate innovative solutions for marine and
The Interuniversity Center of Integrated Systems for the Marine Environment (ISME) has been founded in 1999 with the aim of supporting research activities in the fields of marine technologies and oceanic engineering. Current members are the Universities of Genova, Salento (formerly of Lecce), Pisa, Politecnica delle Marche (formerly of Ancona), Cassino and Southern Lazio (formerly of Cassino), Firenze, Rome La Sapienza, Calabria and Bologna.
The researchers of ISME are all active in oceanic engineering and marine technology research focusing mainly on the following research topics:
Marine robotics - ROV, AUV, GNC systems, Underwater manipulators
Underwater Acoustics - Acoustical Imaging, Sonar Systems, Geoacoustic
Underwater archaeological and biological sites documentation
Data Analysis - GIS, DSS, classification and pattern recognition
ISME benefits of the research infrastructure of the participating departments (laboratories, workshops, etc.), and has the purpose of exploiting synergies and collaborative efforts among the participants within an agile and flexible organizational structure.