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Widely scalable Mobile Underwater Sonar Technology

Objective

The WiMUST (Widely scalable Mobile Underwater Sonar Technology) project aims at expanding and improving the functionalities of current cooperative marine robotic systems, effectively enabling distributed acoustic array technologies for geophysical surveying with a view to exploration and geotechnical applications. Recent developments have shown that there is vast potential for groups of marine robots acting in cooperation to drastically improve the methods available for ocean exploration and exploitation. Traditionally, seismic reflection surveying is performed by vessel towed streamers of hydrophones acquiring reflected acoustic signals generated by acoustic sources (either towed or onboard a vessel). In this context, geotechnical surveying for civil and commercial applications (e.g. underwater construction, infrastructure monitoring, mapping for natural hazard assessment, environmental mapping, etc.) aims at seafloor and sub-bottom characterization using towed streamers of fixed length that are extremely cumbersome to operate. The vision underlying the WiMUST proposal is that of developing advanced cooperative and networked control / navigation systems to enable a large number (tens) of marine robots (both on the surface and submerged) to interact by sharing information as a coordinated team (not only in pairs). The WiMUST system may be envisioned as an adaptive variable geometry acoustic array. By allowing the group of surface and submerged vehicles to change their geometrical configuration, an end-user can seamlessly change the geometry of the ”virtual streamer” trailing the emitter, something that has not been achieved in practice and holds potential to drastically improve ocean surveying. The project brings together a group of research institutions, geophysical surveying companies and SMEs with a proven track record in autonomous adaptive and robust systems, communications, networked cooperative control and navigation, and marine robot design and fabrication.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014-1
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Address
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 753 500

Participants (8)

ASSOCIACAO DO INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO PARA A INVESTIGACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 505 800
Address
Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
1049 001 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
CINTAL - CENTRO INVESTIGACAO TECNOLOGICA DO ALGARVE
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 469 375
Address
Quinta Da Penha
8005-139 Faro
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 435 468,75
Address
College Lane
AL10 9AB Hatfield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EVOLOGICS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 586 437,50
Address
Ackerstrasse 76
13355 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GRAAL TECH SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 425 000
Address
Via Egidio Tagliolini 26
16152 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CGG SERVICES SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 104 000
Address
27 Avenue Carnot
91341 Massy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GEO MARINE SURVEY SYSTEMS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 444 750
Address
Sheffieldstraat 8
3047 AP Rotterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GEOSURVEYS-CONSULTORES EM GEOFISICALDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 245 750
Address
Edificio Tabpark Zona Industrial De Taboeira Lote 27 B1
3800 055 Aveiro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)