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Autonomous Underwater Explorer for Flooded Mines

Objective

This project will develop a novel robotic system for the autonomous exploration and mapping of Europe’s flooded mines. The Robotic Explorer (UX-1) will use non-invasive methods for autonomous 3D mine mapping for gathering valuable geological and mineralogical information. This will open new exploration scenarios so that strategic decisions on the re-opening of Europe’s abandoned mines could be supported by actualised data that can not be obtained by any other ways. The Multi-robot Platform will represent a new technology line that is made possible by recent developments in autonomy research that allows the development of a completely new class of mine explorer service robots, capable of operating without remote control. Such robots do not exist nowadays; UX-1 will be the first of its kind. Research challenges are related to miniaturisation and adaptation of deep sea robotic technology to this new application environment and to the interpretation of geoscientific data. Work will start with component validation and simulations to understand the behavior of technology components and instruments to the application environment. This will then be followed by the construction of the first Prototype. Post processing and data analysis tools will be developed in parallel, and pre-operational trials are launched in real life conditions. In the final stage of the project extensive pilots will take place during which UX-1 will be iteratively improved after each trial session, which will be increasingly demanding. The final, most ambitious demonstration will take place in the UK with the resurveying of the entire Ecton mine (UK) that nobody has seen for over 150 years. This final pilot will demonstrate the Platform’s scalability from small missions to the largest ones by increasing the number of deployed autonomous drones, and supporting multi-robot cooperation in confined 3D spaces with realtime sensor and data fusion for reliable navigation and communications.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data analysis
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2015-one-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

MISKOLCI EGYETEM
Address
Egyetemvaros
3515 Miskolc
Hungary
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 523 437,50

Participants (12)

GEOLOSKI ZAVOD SLOVENIJE
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 166 143,84
Address
Dimiceva 14
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
TAMPEREEN KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
EU contribution
€ 958 312,50
Address
Kalevantie 4
33100 Tampere
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 638 541,25
Address
Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LA PALMA RESEARCH CENTRE FOR FUTURE STUDIES SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 430 772,40
Address
Calle El Castillo El Fronton 37
38787 Santa Cruz De La Palma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INESC TEC - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIADE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, TECNOLOGIA E CIENCIA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 1 069 261,15
Address
Rua Dr Roberto Frias Campus Da Feup
4200 465 Porto
Activity type
Research Organisations
RESOURCES COMPUTING INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 356 854,80
Address
Brine Croft 185 Starkholmes Road
DE4 5JA Matlock
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GEOPLANO CONSULTORES SA

Participation ended

Portugal
EU contribution
€ 16 640,30
Address
Rua Do Alto Da Terrugem 2
2770 012 Paco De Arcos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ECTON MINE EDUCATIONAL TRUST
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 210 056,21
Address
The Hillocks Ecton Wetton
DE6 2AH Ashbourne
Activity type
Other
FEDERATION EUROPEENNE DES GEOLOGUES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 301 055,05
Address
Rue Jenner 13
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
GEO-MONTAN GEOLOGUS, KORNYEZETVEDOMEGUJULO ENERGETIKAI TOLMACSFORDITOKFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 61 625
Address
Kazmer Lejto 12
1121 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EMPRESA DE DESENVOLVIMENTO MINEIRO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 64 750
Address
Rua Sampaio E Pina Nº 1 - 3º Dto
1070-248 Lisboa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTER ZA UPRAVLJANJE Z DEDISCINO ZIVEGA SREBRA IDRIJA
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 65 415
Address
Bazoviska 2
5280 Idrija
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)