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Ongoing projects

 

  • aPad - smaller, lighter, smarter autonomous marine surface vehicle (H2020 FETOPEN)
  • BLUEMED - Plan/test/coordinate Underwater Museums, Diving Parks and Knowledge Awareness Centres in order to support sustainable and responsible tourism development and promote Blue growth in coastal areas and islands of the Mediterranean (INTERREG Mediteran)
  • Breaking the Surface (US Navy ONRG)
  • CroMarX - Kooperativna robotika u nadzoru i istraživanju mora (Cooperative robotics in marine monitoring and exploration) (HRZZ)
  • CROBOHUB - Feasibility study for Croatian robotics digital innovation hub (I4MS)
  • e-URready4OS - Expanded underwater robotics ready for oil spills (ECHO)
  • EUROFLEETS2 - New operational steps towards and alliance of European research fleets (FP7)
  • EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics (EU H2020)
  • MORUS - Unmanned system for maritime security and environmental monitoring (NATO SPS Programme)
  • PLADYFLEET - A fleet of unmanned surface marine vehicles PlaDyPos (H2020 Fire+)
  • RoboCom++ - Rethinking Robotics for the Robot Companion of the future (FLAG - ERA)
  • SPATEL - Spatial Auditory HMI for UxV Teleoperation (US Navy ONRG)
  • subCULTron - Submarine Cultures Perform Long-Term Robotic Exploration of Unconventional Environmental Niches (H2020 FET)

 

Finished projects

  • Analysis of new potentialities in the synergic management of different underwater robotics devices (Bilateral Italy-Croatia)
  • Autonomous surface platform for diver tracking and navigation (National BICRO)
  • Autonomous Naval MCM Neutralization (NATO-CMRE)
  • CADDY - Cognitive Autonomous Diving Buddy (EU FP7)
  • CART - Cooperative Autonomous Robotic Towing system (EU FP7)
  • CURE - Developing Croatian Underwater Robotics Research Potential (EU FP7)
  • DINARO - Diver navigation using range-only measurements from an autonomous surface vehicle (US Navy ONRG)
  • SEAJUMPER - Bio-inspired Synchronous Jumping Marine Sensor Networks
  • SIOI - Social Inclusion of Immigrants (EU Interreg/Cards)
  • UReady4OS - Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Ready for Oil Spill (EU ECHO)
  • Cooperative control of heterogeneous robotic systems (National)
  • RoboMarSec - Underwater Robotics in sub-sea protection and maritime security (National MZOS)
  • Sy​stems and technologies in sub-sea, coastal zone protection and maritime security (National MZOS)
  • RoboLab - System for Guidance and Control of an Automated Marine Laboratory​ (National MZOS)

INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS

EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics (EU Horizon2020)

Total budget: 1.014.551,00 EUR
Budget for UNIZG-FER: 381.225,00 EUR
Start: 01/01/2016
Duration: 36 months
Coordinator: UNIZG-FER (Croatia)
UNIZG-FER status: coordinator
 
Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies (LABUST) at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (UNIZG-FER) in Croatia positioned itself in the last years as the regional leader in marine robotics. The main goal of EXCELLABUST project is to address networking gaps and deficiencies between UNIZG-FER and internationally leading counterparts at EU level, by significantly strengthening marine robotics research within LABUST through twinning with expert partners.
 

subCULTron - Submarine Cultures Perform Long-Term Robotic Exploration of Unconventional Environmental Niches (EU Horizon2020)

Total budget:  EUR
Budget for UNIZG-FER:  EUR
Start: 01/04/2015
Duration: 48 months
Coordinator: UNIGRAZ (Austria)
UNIZG-FER status: partner
 
subCULTron aims for achieving long-term autonomy in a learning, self-regulating, self-sustaining underwater society/culture of robots in a high-impact application area: Venice, Italy. Using novel sensors (electric sense/electro-communication), novel bio-inspired algorithms (underwater hives) and novel energy harvesting in underwater scenarios, we will improve the world’s record for swarm-size in autonomous collective underwater robotics by almost one order of magnitude.
 

URready4OS - Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Ready for Oil Spill (DG ECHO)

Total budget: 434.226.00 EUR
Budget for UNIZG-FER: 131.320,00 EUR
Start: 01/01/2014
Duration: 24 months
Coordinator: Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena (Spain)
UNIZG-FER status: partner
 
The general aim of this project is to join forces to make available to European Civil Protection a fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) with operational capability to intervene against oil spills in European Seas using new cooperative multivehicle robotic technologies.
 

CADDY - Cognitive Autonomous Diving Buddy (FP7 CADDY 611373)

Total budget: 3.679.931,00 EUR
Budget for UNIZG-FER: 706.210,00 EUR
Start: 01/01/2014
Duration: 36 months
Coordinator: UNIZG-FER (Croatia)
UNIZG-FER status: coordinator
 

The CADDY project replaces a human buddy diver with an autonomous underwater vehicle and adds a new autonomous surface vehicle to improve monitoring, assistance, and safety of the diver’s mission. The resulting system plays a threefold role similar to those that a human buddy diver should have:

  1. the buddy “observer” that continuously monitors the diver;
  2. the buddy “slave” that is the diver's “extended hand” during underwater operations performing tasks such as “do a mosaic of that area”, “take a photo of that” or “illuminate that”; and
  3. the buddy “guide” that leads the diver through the underwater environment.

 

BtS - Breaking the Surface (ONR Global)

Total budget: 180.000,00 USD
Budget for UNIZG-FER: 180.000,00 USD
Start: 01/01/2012
Duration: 36 months
Coordinator: UNIZG-FER (Croatia)
UNIZG-FER status: coordinator
 

The BtS serves as a meeting place of experts and students of marine control engineering and signal processing and the marine robotics application areas in various types of ocean science. We are the world’s first successful, multi-year field training program that combines academic topics in marine robotics and robotics application areas and hands-on working experience in the sea, doing remote sensing and sampling for various ocean sciences. 

The program is organized along four program tracks of the event: marine robotics (MAROB); marine biology and marine nature protection (MARBIO); maritime security, naval and coast guard operations (MARSEC); maritime, nautical and ship archaeology (MARCH). 

 

EUROFLEETS2 - New operational steps towards and alliance of European research fleets (FP7 EUROFLEETS2 312767)

Total budget: 9,000,000.00 EUR
Budget for UNIZG-FER: 174.087,00 EUR
Start: 01/03/2013
Duration: 48 months
Coordinator: IFREMER (France)
UNIZG-FER status: partner
 
Thirty-one research organizations, research fleet managers, universities or industrialists, from 20 Members States or Associated Countries of the European Union, participate to the EUROFLEETS2 project whose main objective is the integration of research fleets, currently essentially managed at national level. "Innovative technologies for hybrid and autonomous underwater systems" is a research type work package in which UNIZG-FER is involved.
 

CART - Cooperative Autonomous Robotic Towing system (FP7 CART 285878)

Total budget: 658,400.00 EUR
Budget for UNIZG-FER: 212,394.00 EUR
Start: 01/11/2011
Duration: 21 months
Coordinator: Posidonia s.r.l., Genova, Italy
UNIZG-FER status: partner
 
CART is a project with the aim to develop a cooperative autonomous robotic towing system which consists of two robotic marine vehicles that are used for bringing the messanger line, connected with a ship's tug, to a tugboat that can then tug ship in distress.
 

CURE – Developing Croatian Underwater Robotics Research Potential (FP7 CURE 229553)

Total budget: 959,049.00 EUR
Budget for UNIZG-FER: 959,049.00 EUR
Start: 01/04/2009
Duration: 36 months
Coordinator: UNIZG-FER (prof. dr. sc. Zoran Vukić)
website: cure.fer.hr
 
CURE is a Coordination and Support Action type of project supported by European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme: SP-4 Capacities (call FP7-REGPOT-2008-1). Grant Agreement Number: 229553.
 

Autonomous Naval MCM Neutralization (NATO-NURC project)

Duration: 2009-2012
Coordinator: NATO Undersea Research Centre (NURC), La Spezia, Italy
Croatian coordinator: prof. dr. sc. Zoran Vukić
 
NURC's mine reacquisition and neutralization efforts focus on Autonomous Surface Vehicle carrying and guiding an automated ROV (aROV) close to the mine target utilizing advances in sonar image processing and target tracking, autonomous navigation and control, and collaborative autonomous systems mission planning. NURC's approach is to use modified COTS equipment to test new concepts inexpensively. In the presented concept of operations, an ASV reacquires a previously identified target (in the mine hunting phase) using its imaging sonar.
 

Analysis of new potentialities in the synergic management of different underwater robotics devices (bilateral Croatian - Italian project)

Total budget: 6,000.00 EUR
Budget for UNIZG-FER: 3,000.00 EUR
Duration: 2009-2010
Croatian coordinator: prof. dr. sc. Zoran Vukić
Italian coordinator: DIIGA-Faculty of Engineering-Univ. Politecnica delle Marche (Ancona, Italija) – Assist.Prof. Silvia M. Zanoli.
website:
 
This is a bilateral research project between Croatia and Italy.
 

SIOI - Social Inclusion of Immigrants (INTERREG/CARDS)

Total budget: 635,715.00 EUR
Budget for UNIZG-FER: 10,500.00 EUR
Start: 2007
Duration: 24 months
Coordinator: Universita del Marche, Ancona, Italy
UNIZG-FER status: partner
website:
 
SIOI is an INTERREG/CARDS project. 

 


NATIONAL PROJECTS

Cooperative control of heterogeneous robotic systems

Total budget: 70,000.00 HRK
Budget for UNIZG-FER: 70,000.00 HRK
Start: 01/12/2013
Duration: 7 months
Coordinator: doc. dr. sc. Nikola Mišković
 

Autonomous surface platform for diver tracking and navigation

Total budget: 200,800.00 HRK
Budget for UNIZG-FER: 200,800.00 HRK
Start: 01/12/2012
Duration: 12 months
Coordinator: doc. dr. sc. Nikola Mišković
 
The project proposes testing of an autonomous surface marine platform for diver tracking and underwater navigation which significantly increases safety during underwater activities. The link between the diver and the platform is established through an acoustic channel used to transmit GPS coordinates of the diver (usually unavailable underwater) to the underwater interface. Enabling diver absolute navigation in the underwater environment is the main innovative aspect of the project. During the project execution, real life experiments with divers will be performed in order to evaluate the system performance – this activity will initiate commercialization of project results.
This project is financed by BICRO through the "Proof of Concept" programme.

Sy​stems and technologies in sub-sea, coastal zone protection and maritime security (MZOŠ 0362975)

Duration: 2007 - 2011
Coordinator: prof. dr. sc. Zoran Vukić
 
This programme is financed by the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports. It consists of five (since 2010 four) interdisciplinary projects.
 

RoboMarSec - Underwater Robotics in sub-sea protection and maritime security (MZOŠ 036-0362975-2999)

Total budget: 132,000.00 HRK per year
 
Duration: 2007 - 2010
Coordinator: prof. dr. sc. Zoran Vukić
 
RoboMarSec was a research project financed by the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports. It explores new concepts of guidance and control suitable for application on unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). UUVs were primarily  used for coastal protection and marine security missions.
 

RoboLab - System for Guidance and Control of an Automated Marine Laboratory (MZOŠ 036010)

Total budget: 50,000.00 HRK per year
Duration: 2002 - 2006
Coordinator: prof. dr. sc. Zoran Vukić
 
RoboLab was a research project financed by the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports.

 


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