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Post Doctoral and PhD positions available at CRIS

A PhD position available in our centre. The application area: Composite Sensing.

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Oceans2019, 17-20 June, Marseille, France

20th  June  2019

At this year European edition of the IEEE Oceans conference our Edin Omerdic conducting a tutorial on ROV modelling, simulation and control using blended learning, he also gave a talk on Multi-Modal Supervision Interface Concept for Marine Systems at today's technical session on Remotely operated vehicles. OCEANS is the bi-annual event for global marine technologists, engineers, students, government officials, lawyers, and advocates. These industries thought leaders gather for four days to highlight relevant topics and current trends, while creating a community of learners and influencers who consistently advance research, practices, and policies for the marine field. Next OCEANS is in Seattle from 27-31 October 2019.

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Ocean Wealth Summit and Enterprise Ireland industry show, 10-11 June, Cork

11th  June  2019

Political representatives from over 30 small island nations, global leaders and more than 750 delegates attended Ocean Wealth Summit 2019 from 9-10 June at City Hall, Cork. The central theme of this year’s summit ‘shared voices from small island nations’ focused on the importance of protecting the world’s oceans from the impacts of climate change, for island nations, in particular, to ensure a sustainable long term future for the marine economy as a whole. A range of international experts participated at the summit, including: Former US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and Vice-President of the European Parliament, Mairead McGuinness, MEP, UN Permanent Representatives from a number of countries including Jamaica, Vanuatu, Antigua and Barbuda, Marshall Islands and Palau. In conjunction with OWS, Enterprise Ireland hosted a marine industry show/networking event to promote Irish capabilities in the marine sector. Twenty-two Irish companies showcased their wares in to a mix of nearshore and offshore industry buyers from the UK, Norway, France and the Middle East. Among the exhibitors was the CRIS team featuring our latest aerial remote operated vehicle UAV and ROVs.

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Go Atlantic Blue to celebrate our Atlantic Ocean on World Oceans Day (8 June)

10th  June  2019

Famous buildings and landmarks across Ireland went 'Go Atlantic Blue' over the weekend 7-10 June to celebrate the connection to the Atlantic Ocean, as part of World Oceans Day. In Ireland, more than 40 different landmarks participated in the day by lighting up their buildings. The initiative highlighted the strong connection that people in Ireland have with the Atlantic Ocean and the multiple ways that it affects and enriches our daily lives. 'Go Atlantic Blue' is being spearheaded in Ireland by the Marine Institute-led AORA-CSA (Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Co-ordination & Support Action) against the backdrop of SeaFest 2019 (7-9 June) and Ocean Wealth Summit (9-10 June), both taking place in Cork. In CRIS we were delighted to be part of the UL support for #GoAtlanticBlue. It was great to see our campus in blue — more on UL involvement here.

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CRIS PhD students gave a talk at this year's Paint of Science event

24th  May  2019

Andrew O’Riordan and James Coady (both PhD researchers with CRIS and Confirm Research Centre) presented together at the Pint of Science. The event was held at JJ Bowles Pub, Limerick, last Wednesday May 22nd. Their topic focused on Collaborative Robots (i.e. Cobots) and how versatile a tool these robots can be, allowing them to be utilised not only in the manufacturing industry but also in a wide variety of applications (such as a replacement for bar staff for mixing cocktails!). Throughout their presentation they spoke of the capabilities and limitations of cobots, the kinematics that drive the robotic movements, while also adding some humour to their talk to make it not only informative, but both engaging and fun for all involved. An added value to this presentation was the use of the cobot arm to pour and mix all of the ingredients to make a long island iced-tea in which a few members of the audience even got involved and tasted the drink. How Andrew and James performed can be found here.

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Luke Robinson – one of the finalists of Thesis in Three challenge

22nd  May  2019

Our PhD student Luke Robinson delivered his "Thesis in 3" presentation on "Using the evaporation duct to extend marine communications beyond the horizon". Luke was one of the 18 finalists who were selected from Faculty heats that were held with students from University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College and Limerick Institute of Technology who are members of the Federated Limerick Graduate School (FLGS). Luke Robinson’s research involves using a phenomenon known as the evaporation duct to enable radio signals at sea to travel far beyond the horizon. This technology can be used to enable communications to ships, buoys, offshore renewable energy sites and other remote locations. Luke has been developing his research in the framework of the OM-MaREI project. Thesis in Three competition challenge Masters and Doctoral research students to present their research in three minutes, using three slides, to a non-specialist audience. Entrants must refine their niche subjects and in-depth research into bite-sized presentations that will engage and inform their fellow students, the wider UL community and the general public. More on Luke presentation here.

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We were at Analog Devices Technology Day, 21st May

21st  May  2019

The CRIS team was delighted to take part in Analog Devices Inc. Technology day, representing the MaREI centre and showcasing our research. The event featured some great guest speakers, including Zoran Zvonar (Director of ADI University Programme), Mark Ferguson (SFI Director General), and Colette Moloney (head DG Unit, European Commission). Our team presented the OceanRINGS+ demo and our recent trials carried out off the west coast of Ireland (MaREI and OM-MaREI projects). It was a great opportunity for discussion with many industry stakeholders and academia representatives.

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EMRA19 held in Toulon from 15-16th May

17th  May  2019

The 6th edition of the EMRA – EU WORKSHOP ON EU-FUNDED MARINE ROBOTICS AND APPLICATIONS took place in Toulon from 15th - 16th of May 2019. The event was hosted by IFREMER, a leading French Institute in marine science and technology. The workshop brought together a diverse range of speakers, from ongoing H2020 projects, industry, end-users and stakeholders. EMRA 2019 provided an excellent opportunity for networking and dissemination of research projects and cross-fertilisation of ideas in marine robotics. Our centre was represented by Gerard Dooly who gave a presentation on RoboVaas project and Edin Omerdic whose talk was focused on OceanRINGS software and recent trials we carried out off the west coast of Ireland. EMRA 2020 will be hosted by the ISME at the University of Pisa. Dates and more details will be posted on the workshop website.

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Prof. Daniel Toal received UL President's Excellence Awards for Staff

4th  May  2019

Congratulations to our Director Daniel Toal on his recently obtained award for excellence in research leadership. The President’s Excellence Awards for Staff recognise outstanding contributions by staff (academic/research/support) to the overall goals of the University and to the campus community. These awards provide an opportunity to publicly acknowledge and thank staff members for their exceptional commitment and the part they play in the further development of the University of Limerick.

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2019 IEEE 5th World Forum on Internet of Things

20th  April  2019

Our team members took part in the 2019 IEEE 5th World Forum on Internet of Things, hosted at the University of Limerick from 15th to18th of April. The IEEE World Forum is one of the premier conferences for the IEEE IoT Initiative and consists of the most outstanding participants from the research community, the public sector, and industry. This year's programme included papers and presentations on the latest technology developments and innovations in the many fields and disciplines that drive the utility and vitality of IoT solutions and applications. Hundreds of participants gathered to present research results, share visions and ideas, obtain updates on latest technologies and expand professional and social networking. The CRIS team was actively involved in the Maritime Internet of Things session. Our director Daniel Toal chaired the session, and we also had two presentations from Edin Omerdic and PhD student Luke Robinson (OM-MaREI project). Thomas Newe chaired the IEEE forum poster sessions, where our PhD student Aoife Hegarty also presented her poster on "A low-Cost Remote Solar Energy Monitoring System for a Buyoed IoT Ocean Observation platform"). We also run a few demos during the exhibition show as part of the CONFIRM (Center for Smart manufacturing) stand.Save

Soon a new UAV in our lab - A-techsyn's CGT50 SLT

19th April  2019

In CRIS, we have been preparing to receive our new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), CGT50 SLT. The vehicle was manufactured by A-techsyn, a company who is specialised in UAVs technology. This UAV model has vertical take-off and landing with a wingspan of 4.5m, an endurance of 6 hours and a payload capacity of 4 kg. It is one of the first UAVs to use electric engines for take-off and landing and a combustion engine during fixed-wing flight. The CRIS researchers, Ger Dooly, Oran Dolphin-Murray, and Anthony Weir, attended this week the UAVs’ training at A-techsyn's facilities in Turkey. The training included vertical take-offs and extended endurance flights operations, survey operations targeting coastal monitoring, SAR and offshore infrastructure inspection. It is expected that the new vehicle will be in our lab at the end of May when we will also be able to carry out the first tests over the Irish sky. More movies about our UAV training on our FB page.Save

Transition Year Students Work Placements Programme

8th  March  2019

We were delighted to be a part of the Transition Year Students Work Placements programme organised by CONFIRM (Centre for Smart Manufacturing). A great pleasure was sharing our research achievements with these young people. The students had an opportunity to hear about our research, visit the labs and to test our VR system. We hope some of them will choose to study engineering at UL in the near future.Save

Limerick4Engineering Show, Shannon Airport

8th  March  2019

As part of 2019 Engineering week activities, the CRIS team participated in the Limerick4Engineering showcase held on the 7th of March at Shannon Airport. The event targeted secondary school pupils, parents, teachers and those interested in engineering as a career. It was an excellent opportunity to meet local companies and colleges to find out about the various engineering courses and exciting careers available. Forty-eight of the region’s leading-edge companies along with UL, LIT, Government, local agencies and Engineers Ireland had come together again to showcase engineering career opportunities in the Mid-West region. The event was well attended and an excellent way to encourage young people to study Engineering and Science. Save

Director of CRIS Daniel Toal gave a lecture on Smart Remotely Operated Vehicles , 28th Feb at UL

28th February   2019

Professor Daniel Toal, Director, CRIS – Centre for Robotics & Intelligent Systems and Chair of Electrical Engineering and Robotics, Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering, gave a lecture on “Smart Remotely Operated Vehicles (subsea and airborne) for work on Marine energy infrastructure”. The talk focused on the engineering challenges to be addressed in operations support of Marine Renewable Energy through all stages from scoping out the resources, selecting best sites, construction/installation of MRE infrastructure, cable laying, inspection, repair maintenance, ongoing monitoring, etc. The lecture was organised by IET (Ireland Network) as a part of their programme of public talks. More on IET here. Link to lecture.

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CRIS at Wind Energy Science Conference from 17th-20th of June

22nd February   2019

The Wind Energy Science Conference will be held in Cork from 17th-20th of June. WESC will provide a multi-disciplinary open forum for discussion where delegates can explore the latest developments in wind energy science, spot emerging trends and identify future collaborators. The programme will also include the Mini-symposia (MS) on topics which are important to the future development of the wind energy research community. CRIS team members Gerard Dooly and Joseph Coleman will chair and organise Mini-symposia for Theme 3: Wind to Wire Power Systems & Theme 5: Turbine Lifecycle Considerations. Those who are interested in speaking at our MS should contact the relevant Chair and discuss. If your topic is accepted, you will be invited to submit a 1-page abstract directly to the MS Chair for review.
More on the WESC conference and Mini-symposia here.

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We supported the SFPC ‘COMPASS’ competition on Alternative Energy Opportunities

11th  February  2019

Shannon Foynes Port Company ‘COMPASS’ competition was established to raise awareness of the potential of the Shannon Estuary and SFPC as an economic driver of national importance. This year’s Compass TY competition was based on the theme ‘Transforming the Waves of the Shannon Estuary – Developing Alternative Energy Opportunities’. Five schools were shortlisted from a record number of entries for the competition from schools across Clare, Kerry and Limerick.The Awards Ceremony of the competition was held at the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum on Friday, February 8th. The winners were presented with their awards by Minister of State at the Department of Finance Patrick O’Donovan. Alsp present were Limerick’s All-Ireland winning manager John Kiely, MEP Sean Kelly among other invitees from social, educational and political life in the region. CRIS team member Joseph Coleman was one of the judges together with Committee Chairman and SFPC Harbour Master Mick Kennelly; Helen Downes, CEO of Shannon Chamber; Anne Morris, Skillnet Manager Limerick Chamber; and Lindsay Sharpe, Strategic Marketing Specialist, ESB Networks.

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CRIS team Investigates historical WWI ship wrecks

15th January  2019

The CRIS team has investigated a series of unknown shipwrecks off the west coast of Ireland during the last ship-time operations. The survey cruise was carried out using the MRE ROV Etain, funded through SFI and piloted using University of Limerick’s advanced control software known as OceanRINGS. The ROV uses machine vision for autonomous controls unlocking a high level  autonomy and enabling the scientists to operate in more challenging  weather conditions and deepwater shipwrecks sites. The ship time cruise had a number of scientific and technical goals, which included the mapping of unknown shipwrecks between 200m and 80m of water and the investigation of the habitats which have formed on these wrecks over the past 100+ years. In recent years, technical scuba divers have explored some of these wrecks located as deep as 150 metres. Invariably, the divers report that wrecks aggregate fish and in some cases provide a substrate for corals and other species of epifauna. As such, the wrecks act as artificial reefs and given the number of shipwrecks in Irish waters, may make an important contribution to maintaining coral and other species by providing refuge and stepping stones for colonisation. Profiting from favourable weather conditions for this time of year, the survey aboard the Research Vessel Celtic Explorer, successfully located and surveyed three unknown shipwreck sites between 80 and 200 metres of water. The shipwrecks, two of which are longer than 100 metres are believed to be a German U-boat, an Ocean Liner and an armed cargo vessel. A high definition TV survey of one of the wrecks revealed that intact parts of the ship were colonised by various colourful epifauna: anemones, solitary corals, oysters and brachiopods. The biggest surprise was finding a colony of the coral reef forming Lophelia pertusa, a stony coral species usually found below 500 metres or deeper in Irish waters. The colony was hanging from the apex of two plates where it was likely protected from fishing but still received a plentiful food supply.The discovery and high detailed survey of these shipwreck sites were possible for the first time through the technological innovations that the CRIS team have been trialling. The survey was carried out through the Marine Institute’s Shiptime Program, under the SFI research centre MaREI and in collaboration with scientists from National University of Ireland Galway and Ulster University, Coleraine.

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Radio Wave Experimentation Survey

10th  December  2018

The member of our team Luke Robinson was on board of the RV Celtic Explorer from the 30th November to the 2nd December 2018, running the survey on Radio Wave Experimentation. Most wireless signals can’t go any further than line of sight, but the idea for this experiment was to use a weather condition known as the “evaporation duct” to bend the signals over the horizon. To find out more on these sea trials visit the blog that Luke wrote during the shiptime.

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OCEANS2018 Charlston, USA (22-25th October)

2rd  November  2018

The OCEANS 2018 Charleston conference was held from 22-25th October, bringing together 1,500 of the world’s leading marine professionals to network, collaborate, and learn about cutting-edge research, innovations, technologies, and applications in the marine technology and engineering fields. Petar Trslic of CRIS took part in the conference Technical Sessions programme, presenting two papers: “Long-term, inspection class ROV deployment approach for remote monitoring and inspection” (main author Petar Trslic) and “Voxel map based collision detection for underwater manipulators” (main author Matija Rossi). Petar also used this occasion to promote the EXCELLABUST Marine Robotics database. The next IEEE/MST OCEANS conference is in Marseilles from 17-20th of June 2019.

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UL Open Days, 18-19th October 2018

22th  October 2018

The University of Limerick (UL) Open Days were held on the 18th and 19th October. We had more than 12,000 visitors to our campus, the biggest UL Open Days ever. The event is aimed at prospective students, their parents and teachers to learn about the UL experience, to become familiar with available courses, research facilities and to talk to the current students, lecturers and researchers. The CRIS team presented ongoing research activities including EXCELLABUST and MaREI projects as well as the UL-made inspection class remotely operated vehicle (ROV Éad) designed for operations in challenging conditions,. ROV Éad has an advanced human-machine interface (HMI) (mixed reality) for interaction with heterogeneous robotic vehicles and real-time reconstruction of subsea structures.   See you at the next Open days in January 2019.

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EMRA '18 Workshop on EU-funded Marine Robotics and Applications

15th June 2018

The 5th Workshop on EU-funded Marine Robotics and Applications (EMRA '18 ) was organised and hosted by the Centre for Robotics & Intelligent Systems at the University of Limerick on 12th to 13th June 2018. Following the success of previous EMRA workshops, EMRA’18 brought together the researchers across ongoing EU-funded projects in the marine robotics area and provided a vibrant platform for sharing and discussing marine technological challenges and achievements. The event proved an excellent opportunity for networking, dissemination of ongoing work and cross-fertilisation of ideas between marine science and enabling technologies and applications.

90 researchers and industry representatives from 15 countries and 52 different institutions took part in EMRA'18. The programme included presentations on AUVs, ROV systems, underwater vision, positioning, acoustics, etc. Leading industry and research experts came from Fugro, FORUM Technologies, iXblue, Nortek, Seebyte, NTNU and Universities of Zagreb, Girona, Genova, Madrid, Marine Institute Galway, the Centre for National Research Italy and others. The single track, two-day workshop programme included a mix of presentations on EU-funded marine robotics projects, industry and end-users talks focusing on commercial applications. It also included two plenary sessions given by Kristin Pettersen, the leading scientist behind the snake robot project from NTNU, Norway and Fergal Brennan, an expert in underwater vision from Cathx Ocean Ltd, Ireland.

EMRA'18 had two additional training activities which ran before and after the main workshop:• Innovation management training, focusing on technology transfer, innovation, and entrepreneurship (11th of June).• On-site training for young researchers and end-users on state-of-the-art smart, work-class, UL-based, Remotely Operated Vehicle for marine renewable operations & interventions (ROV Étaín, supported by SFI Infrastructures). Space was provided for exhibits and demonstrations during coffee and lunchtime breaks.

The main features of the Ocean Rings+ have been demonstrated in both environments – virtual environment and real-world environment. The Ocean Rings+ is a suite of smart technologies for marine and sub-sea operations, developed by Dr Edin Omerdic, member of the CRIS team, and the live demonstration generated significant interest among the attendees.

EMRA'18 was organised within the framework of the EU-funded projects EXCELLABUST and EUMarineRobots, and supported by SFI, the Marine Institute and Failte Ireland. The workshop programme and photo gallery are available on the EMRA '18 site.The next EMRA will take place in Toulon from 15-16 May 2019 and will be hosted by IFREMER. See you in France!.

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