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Mobile & Marine Robotics Research Centre


Established in 2000 by Director Dr. Daniel Toal, the Mobile & Marine Robotics Research Centre (MMRRC) in the University of Limerick (UL) is the only research centre focused on the application and development of marine robotics within the island of Ireland. This research centre consists of a mix of postdoctoral researchers and PhD students from various disciplines including electronic, computer, mechanical and aeronautical engineering backgrounds, and is an important part of Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland Research Centre - MaREI. The research centre brings together a highly capable engineering group focused on developing practical and industrial relevant marine technologies. From marine robotics to navigation, sensor development, emergency response planning, remote operated vehicle (ROV) and unmanned aerial (UAS) technologies, they are actively involved in developing a diverse range of practical technologies in national funded, European funded and industry collaborative projects. The core research activities of the research centre are listed below:

  1. Remotely operated vehicles (ROV LATIS) smart systems- fault tolerant control, auto tuning, one-click auto survey, augmented reality visualisations (transparent ocean).

  2. Remote & auto flight control of tethered parafoil kites for airborne wind energy & aerial sensor/comms platforms.

  3. Sensored telemetry streaming from fixed wing aircraft, system identification, controller design.

  4. Emergency response exercise planning & coordination. UAVs deployed in segregated airspace over three day exercise. Key partners: Irish Aviation Authority, Irish Naval Service, Irish Coast Guard, Commissioner of Irish Lights.

  5. Long Range High Bandwidth comms- remote presence, live interaction with distant robotic vehicles independent of existing infrastructure.

  6. Ocean sensing platforms with daughter mini ROVs- for persistent remote presence offshore with global satellite comms (controlled & monitored anywhere in world independent of existing infrastructure).

Over the last ten years the MMRRC research centre has developed OceanRINGS - a suite of smart technologies for subsea operations, designed to be integrated with any ROV – support vessel combination. It includes advanced control solutions for full range of ROVs – from mini ROVs used for remote monitoring & inspection to full-size work-class ROVs. Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) LATIS is a 1000 m depth-rated underwater robot developed at MMRRC to test and validate OceanRINGS. System validation and technology demonstration has been performed over the last six years through a series of test trials with different support vessels off the north, south and west coast of Ireland, in Donegal, Bantry Bay, Cork Harbour, Galway Bay, Shannon Estuary and La Spezia, Italy.