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MORPH

Project reference: 288704
Funded under

Marine robotic system of self-organizing, logically linked physical nodes

From 2012-02-01 to 2016-01-31, closed project

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 8 521 744

EU contribution:

EUR 6 284 371

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2011-7See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)
The MORPH project advances the novel concept of an underwater robotic system composed of a number of spatially separated mobile robot-modules, carrying distinct and yet complementary resources. Instead of being physically coupled, the modules are connected via virtual links that rely on the flow of information among them. Without rigid links, the MORPH supra-vehicle (MSV) can reconfigure itself and adapt in response to the shape of the terrain. The possible applications of the MSV cover a wide range of scientific and commercial areas such as monitoring of cold water coral reefs, oil and gas pipeline inspection, or harbor and dam protection.

Objective

The MORPH project advances the novel concept of an underwater robotic system composed of a number of spatially separated mobile robot-modules, carrying distinct and yet complementary resources. Instead of being physically coupled, the modules are connected via virtual links that rely on the flow of information among them, i. e. inter-module interactions are allowed by underwater communication networks at distant and close ranges and supported by visual perception at very close range. The MORPH supra-vehicle (MSV) is thus in sharp contrast to classical monolithic vehicles or even cooperative groups of marine vehicles that operate safely away from each other. These lack the capability of mutual support and multi-sensor interaction.Without rigid links, the MSV can reconfigure itself and adapt in response to the shape of the terrain. This capability provides the foundation for efficient methods to map the underwater environment with great accuracy especially in situations that defy existing technology: namely, underwater surveys over rugged terrain and structures with full 3D complexity. This includes walls with a negative slope, where precise localization of a single vehicle is not possible.The possible applications of the MSV cover a wide range of scientific and commercial areas such as monitoring of cold water coral reefs, oil and gas pipeline inspection, or harbor and dam protection. The common characteristic of these areas is the need for operating multiple, complementary instruments at very close range to unstructured underwater terrain while accomplishing proper geo-referencing at the same time.The MORPH concept requires qualitatively new behaviors such as adaptive sensor placement for perception and navigation, as well as environmental modeling in complex environments. On site view planning will lead to a solution well beyond the operational state of the art for underwater cliff surveys and other similar missions. A final demonstration on a vertical cliff, unfeasible automatically with today's technology, will validate the efficacy of the methods developed.

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Coordinator

ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 671 062


SEBALDSBRUCKER HEERSTRASSE 235
28305 BREMEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Lena Panek
Tel.: +494214573897
Fax: +494214573525
E-mail

Participants

NATO SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION
Belgium

EU contribution: EUR 836 472


BOULEVARD LEOPOLD III
1110 BRUXELLES
Belgium
Administrative contact: Edoardo Bovio
Tel.: +39 0187 527321
Fax: +39 0187 527700
E-mail
JACOBS UNIVERSITY BREMEN GGMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 938 172


Campus Ring 1
28759 BREMEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Ronald Kieschnick
Tel.: +49 421 200 4515
E-mail
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET ILMENAU
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 798 097


EHRENBERGSTRASSE 29
98693 ILMENAU
Germany
Administrative contact: Christoph AMENT
Tel.: +493677692815
Fax: +493677691434
E-mail
UNIVERSITAT DE GIRONA
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 667 520


PLACA SANT DOMENEC 9 EDIFICI LES ALIGUES
17071 GIRONA
Spain
Administrative contact: Jordi Castañer
Tel.: +34972419532
E-mail
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France

EU contribution: EUR 668 590


155 rue Jean Jacques Rousseau
92138 ISSY-LES-MOULINEAUX
France
Administrative contact: Martine MORVAN
Tel.: +33298224593
Fax: +33298224366
E-mail
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 398 040


PIAZZALE ALDO MORO 7
00185 ROMA
Italy
Administrative contact: Massimo Caccia
Tel.: +39 010 6475612
Fax: +39 010 6475600
E-mail
NATO SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY ORGANIZATION - CENTRE FOR MARITIME RESEARCH & EXPERIMENTATION
Participation ended
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 0


Viale San Bartolomeo 400
19126 La Spezia
Italy
Administrative contact: Edoardo Bovio
Tel.: +39 0187 527321
Fax: +39 0187 527700
E-mail
IMAR- INSTITUTO DO MAR
Portugal

EU contribution: EUR 318 613


DEP. CIENCIAS DA VIDA, UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA
3004-517 COIMBRA
Portugal
Administrative contact: Ricardo Serrão Santos
Tel.: +351292207800
Fax: +351292207811
E-mail
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal

EU contribution: EUR 987 805


Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
1049-001 LISBOA
Portugal
Administrative contact: TERESA MALHOA
Tel.: +351 21 8417000
Fax: +351 21 8499242
E-mail
ATLAS HYDROGRAPHICS GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 0


KURFURSTENALLEE 130
28211 BREMEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Stefan Könnecke
Tel.: +49 421 457 1175
E-mail
Record Number: 101726 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01