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Marine INspection rObotic Assistant System

Objective

The increasing competitiveness in marine operations creates a need for new system concepts that introduce high technology value added products, facilitate the processes involved and minimize the downtimes. The need, thus, lies not only in incorporating the technological means so far available, but in changing the way the corresponding authorities stand against the challenges at hand.
MINOAS project proposes reengineering of the overall vessel-inspection methodology, by introducing an innovative system concept that incorporates state of the art technologies, but at the same time formulating a new standardization of the overall inspection process. Through holistic approach, MINOAS proposes the development of a new infrastructure that substitutes human personnel by high locomotion enabled robots and ‘teleports’ the human inspector from the vessel’s hold to a control room with virtual reality properties. The human’s perceptual abilities are enhanced through the utilization of high resolution tools (eg sensors) and are augmented through the parallel processing property provided by MINOAS. Following the centralized control scheme adopted in similar distributed control methodologies (SCADA), the number and the sequence of the tasks required is rearranged and the overall inspection procedure is brought in alignment with the current tendency adopted in similar inspection, exploration and surveillance tasks.
The proposed innovative system concept, considers the assembly of a robot fleet with advanced locomotion abilities and sets of tools that are dedicated to the tasks attached to the inspection process, the development of control techniques and algorithms that provide a semi-autonomous nature to the operation of the robot-fleet and a hierarchical controller that realize the virtual environment for the human inspector and adds newly developed toolboxes enabling on-line processing of the harvested data and operate as a Decision Support System in the aid of the inspector.

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2008-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

RINA SERVICES SPA
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Via Corsica 12
16128 Genova
Italy
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 261 838
Administrative Contact
Alessia Vergine (Ms.)

Participants (9)

DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUR KUNSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 380 826,50
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Trippstadter Strasse 122
67663 Kaiserslautern
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Olthoff (Dr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 273 625,50
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Arcangelo Distante (Prof.)
GLAFCOS MARINE EPE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 373 455
Address
Fragiadon Str 45
18537 Piraeus
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Leonidas Drikos (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAT DE LES ILLES BALEARS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 193 928
Address
Carretera De Valldemossa Km 7.5
07122 Palma De Mallorca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Xavier Garcias (Dr.)
Rigel Engineering S.r.l.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 128 107
Address
Via Tosco Romagnola 1950
56023 Cascina (Pisa)
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Francesco Spadoni (Mr.)
HORAMA, MARKETING & ENGINEERING SERVICES S.A.
Greece
EU contribution
€ 169 620
Address
Fiikis Etaireias 22
18120 Athens
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vassiliki Apostolopoulou (Ms.)
LLOYD'S REGISTER EMEA IPS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 237 571,50
Address
Fenchurch Street 71
EC3M 4BS London
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Fai Cheng (Dr.)
MARINE TECHNICAL GROUP - DOLPHIN PLC
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 34 620
Address
Drazki Str. 8
9000 Varna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vesela Andonova (Ms.)
NAFPHGIKES & VIOMIHANIKES EPIXEIRISEIS SYROU
Greece
EU contribution
€ 48 443,50
Address
Neoriou 1
84100 Ermoupolis, Syros
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ioanis Gaviotis (Dr.)