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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-2014-2015

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Sub call

H2020-BG-2014-2

Coordinator

SPACE APPLICATIONS SERVICES NV
Net EU contribution
€ 1 438 437,50
Address
Leuvensesteenweg 325
1932 Zaventem
Belgium

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Halle-Vilvoorde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 1 438 437,50

Participants (8)

COMPAGNIE MARITIME D EXPERTISES SA
France
Net EU contribution
€ 787 125,00
Address
Boulevard Des Oceans 36
13009 Marseille

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Bouches-du-Rhône
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 787 125,00
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 184 375,00
Address
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova

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Region
Nord-Ovest Liguria Genova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 184 375,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CASSINO E DEL LAZIO MERIDIONALE
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 268 125,00
Address
Viale Dell Universita Campus Folcara
03043 Cassino

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Region
Centro (IT) Lazio Frosinone
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 268 125,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

UNIVERSITA DEL SALENTO
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 184 375,00
Address
Piazza Tancredi 7
73100 Lecce

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Region
Sud Puglia Lecce
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 184 375,00
JACOBS UNIVERSITY BREMEN GGMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 652 925,00
Address
Campus Ring 1
28725 Bremen

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Region
Bremen Bremen Bremen, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 652 925,00
FONDATION DE L'INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE IDIAP
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Rue Marconi 19
1920 Martigny

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Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Région lémanique Valais / Wallis
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
GRAAL TECH SRL
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 997 500,00
Address
Via Egidio Tagliolini 26
16152 Genova

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Nord-Ovest Liguria Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 997 500,00
EJR-QUARTZ BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 118 320,00
Address
Legewerfsteeg 8
2312 GW Leiden

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Agglomeratie Leiden en Bollenstreek
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 118 320,00