LABUST has taken part in many scientific research projects relating to underwater systems and technologies in various roles. This includes numerous international (FP7, H2020, ONRG, INTERREG,...) as well as national projects.
In the framework of the MONUSEN project, two LABUST members Dr. Barbara Arbanas Ferreira and Asst. Prof. Fausto Ferreira, performed an expert visit on November 16-17, 2023, at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Montenegro. The primary aim of this visit was to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and experience in the fields of marine robotics and multi-robot systems, emphasizing their applications in marine environments.
Dr. Barbara Arbanas Ferreira delivered three lectures on “Distributed mission planning of multi-robot systems”, “Consensus-based environmental monitoring for underwater sensor networks,” and “Multi-robot systems for maritime security scenarios”. The first lecture was centered on effectively controlling groups of robots working together to solve complex tasks. The lecture highlighted various methods, such as logic-based controllers, game theory, and swarm intelligence, for guiding robot behavior. Practical applications in automated construction and realistic simulation results were presented, demonstrating the effectiveness and efficiency of the discussed approaches. In the second lesson, participants had the opportunity to explore the application of graphs in modeling communication in underwater sensor networks and the fundamentals of consensus-based algorithms. Subsequently, examples illustrating the application of consensus-based algorithms in environmental underwater monitoring and the formation control of surface vehicles were presented. In the last lecture, Dr. Arbanas Ferreira demonstrated how a team of aerial and ground robots collaborates efficiently, showcasing their effective utilization in addressing maritime security scenarios.
Assist. Prof. Fausto Ferreira delivered two informative lectures on “Multi-domain maritime robotics” and “Legal issues surrounding robot operations at sea.” In the former, he explained diverse application domains of marine robotics, showcasing how technological solutions developed by UNIZG-FER can be harnessed effectively to address a multitude of challenges in the maritime industry. In the latter lecture, prof. Ferreira emphasized the significance of regulating robot operations in maritime environments and provided insights into the current status of regulatory development. He presented proposed mechanisms for autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) collision avoidance through signaling broadcasts, underlining the importance of safety measures in underwater systems.