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NOPTILUS

Project reference: 270180
Funded under

autoNomous, self-Learning, OPTImal and compLete Underwater Systems

From 2011-04-01 to 2015-06-30, closed project

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 5 012 055

EU contribution:

EUR 3 779 711

Coordinated in:

Greece

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2009-6See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)
Current multi-AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) systems are far from being capable of fully autonomously taking over real-life complex situation-awareness operations. As such operations require advanced reasoning and decision-making abilities the existing designs have to heavily rely on human operators. But humans can easily be overwhelmed by the information overload, fatigue can act negatively to their performance, properly coordinating vehicles actions is hard and continuous operation is all but impossible. NOPTILUS takes the view that an effective fully-autonomous multi-AUV system is capable of overcoming these shortcomings and replacing human-operated operations. To successfully attain such an objective, significant advances are required in the fields of cooperative/cognitive-based communications, sonars, perceptual sensory-motor, learning motion control and learning/cognitive-based situation understanding.

Objective

Current multi-AUV systems are far from being capable of fully autonomously taking over real-life complex situation-awareness operations. As such operations require advanced reasoning and decision-making abilities the current designs have to heavily rely on human operators. The involvement of humans, however, is by no means a guarantee of performance; humans can easily be overwhelmed by the information overload, fatigue can act detrimentally to their performance, properly coordinating vehicles actions is hard, and continuous operation is all but impossible. Within NOPTILUS we take the view that an effective fully-autonomous multi-AUV concept/system, is capable of overcoming these shortcomings, by replacing human-operated operations by a fully autonomous one. To successfully attain such an objective, significant advances are required, involving cooperative & cognitive-based communications and sonars (low level), Gaussian Process-based estimation as well as perceptual sensory-motor and learning motion control (medium level), and learning/cognitive-based situation understanding and motion strategies (high level).Of paramount importance is the integration of all these advances and the demonstration of the NOPTILUS system in a realistic environment at the Port of Leixões, utilizing a team of 6 AUVs that will be operating continuously on a 24hours/7days-a-week basis. As part of this demonstration another important aspect of the NOPTILUS system that of (near-) optimality will be shown. Evaluation of the performance of the overall NOPTILUS system will be performed with emphasis on its robustness, dependability, adaptability and flexibility especially when it deals with completely unknown underwater environments and situations never taught before as well as its ability to provide with arbitrarily-close-to-the-optimal performance.

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Coordinator

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 727 178


CHARILAOU THERMI ROAD 6th Km
57001 THERMI THESSALONIKI
Greece
Administrative contact: George Giannopoulos
Tel.: +30 2310498210
Fax: +30 2310498110
E-mail

Participants

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZURICH
Participation ended
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 109 966


Raemistrasse 101
8092 ZUERICH
Switzerland
Administrative contact: Cedric Pradalier
Tel.: +41 44 632 04 25
Fax: +41 44 632 11 81
E-mail
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France

EU contribution: EUR 297 892


Rue Michel -Ange 3
75794 PARIS
France
Administrative contact: Nathalie APPEL
Tel.: +33383856085
Fax: +33383352381
E-mail
TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEMS INSTITUTE
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 494 940


Technical University of Crete Campus - Kounoupidiana
73100 CHANIA
Greece
Administrative contact: Nikolaos Sidiropoulos
Tel.: +30 2821037227
Fax: +30 2821037573
E-mail
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 293 931


STEVINWEG 1
2628 CN DELFT
Netherlands
Administrative contact: Pieter J. de Wit
Tel.: +310152781892
Fax: +310152786190
E-mail
APDL - ADMINISTRACAO DOS PORTOS DODOURO E LEIXOES SA
Portugal

EU contribution: EUR 246 210


AVENIDA DA LIBERDADE
4450718 LECA DA PALMEIRA
Portugal
Administrative contact: Elisa Costa
Tel.: +351229990700
Fax: +351229990701
E-mail
UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Portugal

EU contribution: EUR 715 930


PRACA GOMES TEIXEIRA
4099 002 PORTO
Portugal
Administrative contact: Mafalda Marques Moreira Soeiro
Tel.: +351 225082171
Fax: +351 225081440
E-mail
OCEANSCAN - MARINE SYSTEMS & TECHNOLOGY LDA
Portugal

EU contribution: EUR 446 194


AVENIDA DA LIBERDADE POLO DO MAR DO UPTEC
4450 718 MATOSINHOS PORTO
Portugal
Administrative contact: Alexandre Jorge Arada Sousa
Tel.: +351 220301576
Fax: +351 220301511
E-mail
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 447 470


Exhibition Road, South Kensington Campus
SW7 2AZ LONDON
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Shaun Power
Tel.: +44 20 7594 8773
Fax: +44 20 7594 8609
E-mail
GEORGIA TECH LORRAINE ASSOCIATION
France

EU contribution: EUR 0


RUE MARCONI 2
57070 METZ
France
Administrative contact: Brigitte HUBERT
Tel.: +333 87 20 39 46
E-mail
Record Number: 97844 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01