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FILOSE

Project reference: 231495
Funded under: FP7-ICT

Artificial Fish Locomotion and Sensing [Print to PDF] [Print to RTF]

From 2009-02-01 to 2012-05-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 2 473 534

EU contribution:

EUR 1 829 000

Coordinated in:

Estonia

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2007-3

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

New technologies for underwater robotics

FIsh LOcomotion and SEnsing ( FILOSE ) is addressing the bottlenecks of underwater robotics, namely the problems of how fish do and robots could sense the underwater environment and how they achieve high adaptability and reliability in these very unstable surroundings. Solving these problems will lead to new underwater technologies that serve people better. The overall aim of FILOSE is to acquire a deeper understanding of the principles underlying fish locomotion and sensing, in order to develop new technologies for underwater vehicles on the basis of biological evidence. The FILOSE project results can be applied and used in the following fields: underwater humanitarian demining, environmental monitoring, search and rescue, anti-terrorist activities, surveillance of harbors, coast security, entertainment, edutainment and fishery.

Objective

The overall aim of FILOSE is acquiring a deeper understanding of the principles underlying fish locomotion and sensing, in order to develop new technologies for underwater vehicles on the basis of biological evidence. More specifically, FILOSE focuses on shedding light on how fish exploit lateral line sensing in underwater environments. The lateral line provides fish with the ability to detect hydrodynamic patterns in the surrounding environment, thereby playing a key role in adapting to environmental changes. FILOSEs main goals are captured by the following objectives: 1. investigate fish locomotion in a controlled hydrodynamic environment, in particular addressing the issue of how fish react to changes in hydrodynamic patterns; 2. develop a novel mechanical design of an underwater fish robot, characterized by high maneuverability and low complexity; 3. develop a MEMS-based artificial lateral line; 4. develop a control method for the artificial fish, aimed at reproducing locomotion patterns found in biological fish and based on a central pattern generator (CPG); 5. develop a method to characterize and classify hydrodynamic images, making use of a mechanosensory array; 6. develop a classification method to couple detected hydrodynamic events with locomotion patterns found in biological fish; 7. conduct comparative experiments in a controlled hydrodynamic environment to assess behaviour of an artificial fish equipped with artificial lateral line sensing with respect to the behaviour of a biological fish. We believe that the proposed investigations are key to building underwater robots that improve on the existing by exhibiting a greater degree of autonomy, adaptability to environmental changes, maneuverability, stability and overall lower complexity, as well as moving more efficiently and quietly.

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Coordinator contact

Maarja KRUUSMAA
Tel.: +3725183074
Fax: +372 620 2020
E-mail

Coordinator

TALLINNA TEHNIKAULIKOOL
Estonia
Akadeemia tee 15A-111
Tallinn, Estonia
Administrative contact: Maarja Kruusmaa
Tel.: +3725183074
Fax: +372 620 2020
E-mail

Participants

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI VERONA
Italy
VIA DELL' ARTIGLIERE 8
VERONA, Italy
Administrative contact: Giacomina Bruttomesso
Tel.: +390458097071
Fax: +390458027068
E-mail
FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Italy
VIA MOREGO
GENOVA, Italy
Administrative contact: Jean-Guy Fontaine
Tel.: +393346532955
Fax: +39 010 7170817
E-mail
RIGAS TEHNISKA UNIVERSITATE
Latvia
KALKU IELA
RIGA, Latvia
Administrative contact: Janis Viba
Tel.: +37167089473
Fax: +37167089746
E-mail
UNIVERSITY OF BATH
United Kingdom
CLAVERTON DOWN
BATH, United Kingdom
Administrative contact: William M Megill
Tel.: +44 1225 386588
Fax: +44 1225 386928
E-mail
Record Number: 89451 / Last updated on: 2014-10-06