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A Holistic Opto-Acoustic System for Monitoring Marine Biodiversities

Objective

We present the SYMBIOSIS project to provide a mature, cost effective autonomous optco-acoustic prototype for the characterization, classification, and biomass evaluation of six target pelagic fish that are important to the fishery industry and that reflect on the health of the environment. The processing will be made in a real-time fashion onsite, and the results will be sent to a shore station. The system will be completely autonomous and will withstand three month deployment without recharging. We will demonstrate the capabilities of the system and its readiness to a TRL6 stage over three sea and ocean mooring sites.
SYMBIOSIS is devised as a blend of acoustic and optical components. The acoustic unit will include an active underwater acoustic array of 2X3 elements, to detect, classify, evaluate the biomass, and localize the predefined pelagic fish in the far field of 500m. The optical component will comprise of a fixed frame of six underwater optical cameras, and will perform machine learning-based classification and biomass evaluation in the near field of 2-3 attenuation lengths in low-light conditions. To conserve power the optical unit will be triggered upon detection from the acoustic unit, and will use the results from the acoustic localization. The system will be modular, both in term of performance and in terms of composition, and will adapt to different scenarios and cost requirements.
SYMBIOSIS will involve the university of Haifa, Israel (four groups); IMDEA Networks, Spain (two groups); Wireless and More, Italy; and EvoLogics, Germany. The academic partners have already developed all the technical components of the system, and have demonstrated preliminary results in multiple sea experiments. The industry partners have substantial experience with integrating acoustic and optical components for long-term sea development, and is a leading firm for the development of realtime underwater signal processing.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/wireless
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/fisheries
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/signal processing
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass

Call for proposal

H2020-BG-2017-1
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA
Address
Abba Khushy Blvd Mount Carmel
31905 Haifa
Israel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 693 738

Participants (3)

FUNDACION IMDEA NETWORKS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 233 722
Address
Avenida Del Mar Mediterraneo 22
28918 Leganes (Madrid)
Activity type
Research Organisations
EVOLOGICS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 402 500
Address
Ackerstrasse 76
13355 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WIRELESS AND MORE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 70 000
Address
Via Croce Rossa 112
35129 Padova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)