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A European research network on key technologies for intervention autonomous underwater vehicles

A European research network on key technologies for intervention autonomous underwater vehicles

Objective

There are many unresolved scientific questions and equally many major strategic economic and social development needs from an exploration of the seas around Europe.
There is a pressing need for the development of advanced technologies to explore and exploit in a consistent and better manner the vastness of the oceans of the world. Intervention Autonomous Underwater vehicles (I-AUV) have shown their potential for the acquisition of marine data at extremely large scales and for the direct intervention in underwater structures without the need for constant human interaction and supervision. Part of the technology required for their development has proven to be feasible. An increased effort is now needed to further the advances already made in the technology and to make the results more accessible to a wider range of commercial and scientific end users.
To this end it is necessary to create a critical mass of young researchers capable of bridging the gap between marine technology and science. To achieve this FREESUBnet will first explore a set of applications with intervention requirements thus allowing the focus of the research to be in the fields of Marine Science, Inspection of Wrecks & Archaeology, assessment of Energy systems and multi-disciplinary applications in Marine Science. In this context, the network will study novel concepts of IAUV' leading to the identification and the development of the technologies needed to fulfil these tasks.
The techniques for navigation, autonomous underwater tele-manipulation, vehicle control and mission management technologies, will be further explored and developed to close the gap between state-of-the art IAUV technology and its applications. FREESUBnet aims to meet its goals by establishing an international network of technology developers as well as being inter-sectorial and deliver the technology to end-users from different and diverse disciplines.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

Address

University Road, Highfield
Southampton

United Kingdom

Administrative Contact

Philip Alan WILSON (Professor)

Participants (14)

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COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE (CEA)

France

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS)

France

CYBERNETIX S.A.

France

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO

Portugal

COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE

Belgium

NORGES TEKNISK - NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET

Norway

UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER

Germany

UNIVERSITAT DE GIRONA

Spain

UNIVERSITATEA DIN CRAIOVA

Romania

INSTITUTO DO MAR

Portugal

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 36186

  • Start date

    1 November 2006

  • End date

    31 October 2010

Funded under:

FP6-MOBILITY

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom