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!.