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ARchaeological RObot systems for the World's Seas

Objective

ARROWS proposes to adapt and develop low cost autonomous underwater vehicle technologies to significantly reduce the cost of archaeological operations, covering the full extent of archaeological campaign.
Benefiting from the significant investments already made for military security and offshore oil and gas applications, the project aims to demonstrate an illustrative portfolio of mapping, diagnosis and excavation tasks.
ARROWS approach is to identify the archaeologists’ requirements in all phases of the campaign, identify problems and propose technological solutions with the technological readiness levels that predict their maturation for exploitation within 3-5 years.
The individual technologies are then developed during the course of the project using agile development method comprising rapid cycles of testing and comparison against the end user requirements.
To ensure the wide exploitability of the results the requirements are defined and the solutions are tested in two historically significant but environmentally very different contexts, in The Mediterranean Sea and in The Baltic Sea.
Both immediate, low risk and long term, high risk developments will be pursued. In particular:
• Fast a low cost horizontal surveys of large areas using customised AUVs with multimodal sensing.
• Fast and low cost semi-automated data analysing tools for site and object relocation
• High quality maps from better image reconstruction methods and better localization abilities of AUVs.
• Shipwreck penetration and internal mapping using small low cost vehicles localising using fixed pingers.
• Soft excavation tool for diagnosis and excavation of fragile objects.
• Mixed reality environments for virtual exploration of archaeological sites.
• Monitoring of changes via back-to-the-site missions.

The ARROWS consortium comprises expertise from underwater archaeology, underwater engineering, robotics, image processing and recognition from academia and industry.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/automotive engineering/autonomous vehicle
  • /humanities/history and archaeology/archaeology/ethnoarchaeology
  • /humanities/history and archaeology/archaeology/underwater archaeology

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2012-one-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Address
Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Florence
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 460 452
Administrative Contact
Paolo Toni (Prof.)

Participants (9)

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 352 400
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Claudio Montani (Dr.)
TALLINNA TEHNIKAÜLIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 283 804
Address
Ehitajate Tee 5
12616 Tallinn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liina Kotkas (Ms.)
HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 305 200
Address
Riccarton
EH14 4AS Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eva Olszewska-Day (Dr.)
EDGELAB SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 348 220
Address
Via Degli Altiforni 3
CAP 57037 Portoferraio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michele Cocco (Dr.)
ALBATROS MARINE TECHNOLOGIES SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 327 450
Address
Calle Gremi Ferrers 30 Local 4
07009 Palma De Mallorca
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Roig (Mr.)
NESNE ELEKTRONIK TASARIM-DANISMANLIK SANAYI VE TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 342 600
Address
Erzene Mahallesi Ankara Cad 172/67 Ege Unv Sit Ideege Tek Gel Bola S Apt
35100 Bornova Izmir
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hilal Tolasa Gundogdu (Ms.)
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 192 000
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nadine Zimmermann (Ms.)
Regione Sicilia
Italy
EU contribution
€ 237 600
Address
Piazza Indipendenza 21
90129 Palermo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Riccardo Guazzelli (Dr.)
EESTI MEREMUUSEUM
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 128 000
Address
Pikk 70
10133 Tallinn
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Raissa Tross (Ms.)