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Winter School on Underwater System and Communications Science

The Winter School on Underwater System and Communications Science was held from 04 to 07 December 2017 at La Spezia (Italy). Our partners from the Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE – NATO STO) organized it. The programme focused on Underwater communications and networking. These themes were explored through lectures; lab demonstrations; research lab visits.

INESC TEC is strongly committed to become a centre of excellence in maritime technology and, in particular, deep sea technology. It is strategically located, with fast access to deep sea, it has been steadily building up its skills, capabilities and resources, and is presently in the process of implementing an open research infrastructure (TEC4SEA), thus preparing itself to become capable of providing services and open access to the European academic and industrial communities and, thus, become a recognized European maritime research asset. The STRONGMAR project aims at creating solid and productive links in the global field of marine science and technology between INESC TEC and established leading research European institutions, capable of enhancing the scientific and technological capacity of INESC TEC and linked institutions (as well as the capacity of partnering institutions involved in the twinning action), helping raising its staff’s research profile and its recognition as a European maritime research centre of excellence. These objectives will be fulfilled through a set of measures: summer schools, winter schools, short-term scientific meetings, long-term staff visits, networking meetings, workshops, conferences, technology transfer workshops with stakeholders, and other dissemination activities. Therefore, the STRONGMAR project places INESC TEC as the pivot of a network of excellence, involving four European partners which are international leaders in deep sea technology. The STRONGMAR project is coordinated by INESC TEC (Portugal), and the consortium comprises CINTAL (Portugal), the Heriot-Watt University (Scotland, United Kingdom), the NATO Science & Technology Organization (Belgium), the Universitat de Girona (Spain) and the University of Aberdeen (Scotland, United Kingdom). The training strategy is based on sessions touching multidisciplinary aspects, followed by sessions focused on specific fields of expertise, allowing researchers to improve their knowledge and preparing them for the research and implementation challenges in the sea harsh environment. The Winter School on Underwater System and Communications Science was held from 04 to 07 December 2017 at La Spezia (Italy) organized by our partners from the Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE – NATO STO). It included the following lectures and lab demonstrations: The programme comprised the following lectures from speakers of the CMRE. • Autonomous Vehicles at CMRE, Per Arne Sletner • Standard Payload Prototype, Dr. Stefano Fioravanti • Multi Domain Control Station and Multi Vehicle Interoperability, Dr. Francesco Baralli • Middleware for AUV operations: MOOS and other standards, Dr. Alberto Grati • Underwater Communications at CMRE, Dr. Joao Alves • Underwater Networking at CMRE, Dr. Roberto Petroccia • Vehicle Recharging Technologies, Dr. Vittorio Grandi • Modelling & Simulation at CMRE, Dr. Alberto Tremori • Cooperative Antisubmarine Warfare at CMRE, Dr. Gabriele Ferri The programme also included live demonstrations: • Live demonstration of AUV Docking • Live demonstration of UW comms (using the LOON infrastructure) • Live demonstration of AUV mission simulation The school participants were all students and researchers from INESC TEC, 12 from the Centre for Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CRAS) and 2 from Centre for Telecommunications and Multimedia (CTM). More information at


winter school, training, learning, twinning, R&D, cooperation, data processing, research, development, testing, field trials, robotics, underwater technology, underwater robotics, underwater communication, underwater vision, underwater mission planning, underwater networking, simullation, modelling, AUV


Italy, Portugal