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Marine robotics research infrastructure network

Project description

Setting sail for oceanic robotic infrastructure

Our oceans remain largely unexplored, posing significant challenges for their protection and sustainable development. The lack of an integrated and coordinated oceanic robotic infrastructure hinders Europe's leadership in maritime activities. In this context, the EU-funded EUMarineRobots project aims to address this issue by proposing an access-infrastructure for a comprehensive range of marine robotic assets. By combining the expertise and resources of 15 partners from 10 countries, EUMR enables transnational collaboration and lays the foundation for a strong community of practice in marine robotics and exploration. With access to significant national marine robotics R&D assets across Europe, EUMR facilitates transnational collaboration and lays the foundation for a strong community of practice in marine robotics and exploration.

Objective

Our oceans are the least-explored region of planet Earth. Protection and sustainable development of ocean resources presents formidable challenges. Robots will play an increasingly key role in the near future and this role will expand and become more challenging as we extend into deeper, remote and hostile marine environments. Europe leads in many aspects of maritime, but lacks well integrated and coordinated oceanic robotic infrastructure or presence.
The marine-robotics industry is growing rapidly. It is a crucial high-value/high-cost sector with considerable entry-barriers to R&D. The full growth potential of this industry will be greatly enhanced with access to shared robotic research infrastructure.
EUMarineRobots (EUMR) proposes an access-infrastructure for the deployment of a full-range of aerial, surface and sub-surface marine robotic assets, the combined value of which is far greater than the sum of their parts. EUMR will open transnational access to significant national marine robotics R&D assets across Europe.
The EUMR consortium comprises 15 partners from 10 countries who, collectively, can deploy a comprehensive portfolio of marine robotic assets with required associated support assets and expertise. The network is a strong and balanced grouping of globally distinguished key players with diverse, track-record of excellence across marine / robotic sectors. Partners are members of a wide variety of existing networks, and research infrastructure collaborations both formal and informal across Europe and the world. EUMR is a first stage in aggregating these networks and assets as world-leading for support and growth of a strong community of practice in marine robotics and marine.

Call for proposal

H2020-INFRAIA-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-INFRAIA-2017-1-two-stage

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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Net EU contribution
€ 441 578,11
Address
Praca gomes teixeira
4099-002 Porto
Portugal

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Region
Continente Norte Área Metropolitana do Porto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (26)