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Dexterous ROV: effective dexterous ROV operations in presence of communication latencies.

Objective

Underwater operations (e.g. oil industry) are demanding and costly activities for which ROV based setups are often deployed in addition to deep divers – contributing to operations risks and costs cutting.
However the operation of a ROV requires significant off-shore dedicated manpower – such a setup typically requires a crew consisting of: (1) an intendant, (2) an operator, and (3) a navigator. This is a baseline, and extra staffing is often provisioned. Furthermore, customers representatives often wish to be physically present at the off-shore location in order to advise on, or to observe the course of the operations. Associated costs are high.
In order to reduce the burden of operations, DexROV will work out more cost effective and time efficient ROV operations, where manned support is in a large extent delocalized onshore (i.e. from a ROV control center), possibly at a large distance from the actual operations - thus with latencies in the communication. As a main strategy to mitigate them, DexROV will develop a real time simulation environment to accommodate operators’ requests on the onshore side with no delays. The simulated environment will exploit cm accuracy 3D models of the environment built online by the ROV, using data acquired with underwater sensors (3D sonar and vision based). A dedicated cognitive engine will analyse user’s control requests as done in the simulated environment, and will turn them into primitives that the ROV can execute autonomously in the real environment, despite the communication latencies.
Effective user interfaces will be developed for dexterous manipulation, including a double advanced arm and hand force feedback exoskeleton. The ROV will be equipped with a pair of new force sensing capable manipulators and dexterous end-effectors: they will be integrated within a modular skid.
The outcomes of the project will be integrated and evaluated in a series of tests and evaluation campaigns, culminating with a realistic offshore trial.

Call for proposal

H2020-BG-2014-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

SPACE APPLICATIONS SERVICES NV
Address
Leuvensesteenweg 325
1932 Zaventem
Belgium
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 438 437,50

Participants (6)

COMPAGNIE MARITIME D EXPERTISES SA
France
EU contribution
€ 787 125
Address
Boulevard Des Oceans 36
13009 Marseille
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 636 875
Address
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
JACOBS UNIVERSITY BREMEN GGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 652 925
Address
Campus Ring 1
28759 Bremen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FONDATION DE L'INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE IDIAP
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rue Marconi 19
1920 Martigny
Activity type
Research Organisations
GRAAL TECH SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 997 500
Address
Via Egidio Tagliolini 26
16152 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EJR-QUARTZ BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 118 320
Address
3E Binnenvestgracht 23 F
2312 NR Leiden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)