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EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST 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 (Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies, an integral part of University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing). EXCELLABUST twinning will enhance S&T capacity, and help raise staff's research profile in marine robotics of linked institutions: UNIZG-FER, Consiglio Nazionalle delle Ricerche, University of Girona, and University of Limerick. In order to achieve the main goal, there are two main objectives (with sub-objectives) in the project:

Objective 1
  • ● Increase UNIZG-FER marine robotics scientific excellence and innovation capacity, and raise staff's research profile within three strategic research domains: 1) mapping and perception, 2) advanced navigation, guidance, and control (NGC), and 3) autonomy and cognition, by implementing strategic measures in the form of staff exchanges, expert visits, on-site trainings and innovation management trainings that will:
    • provide S&T knowledge transfer from internationally leading partners to UNIZG-FER (staff exchanges and expert visits),
    • provide hands-on S&T experience by internationally-leading partners (on-site trainings), and
    • provide knowledge on innovation management to all involved research institutions (innovation management training).
Objective 2
  • ● Increase UNIZG-FER scientific involvement and visibility by implementing strategic measures in the form of organizing wide networking, knowledge and experience transfer events (workshops and summer schools) that will:
    • strengthen links to marine robotics industry through the organization of research-industry workshops (""EU-funded projects in marine robotics and applications workshop - EMRA") in collaboration with euRobotics aisbl, and
    • strengthen links to marine robotics end-users in the areas of marine biology, marine archaeology, oceanography, marine security (navies, coast guards, search and rescue units) by joint organization of summer schools ("Breaking the Surface – BtS Summer School") with strong emphasis on application of marine robotics.

To accomplish the stated objectives the partners will participate in staff exchanges, expert visits and trainings to increase scientific excellence and innovation capacity; and in EMRA workshops, BTS summer schools, conferences and industrial fairs, as well as in 'open-door' events to increase scientific involvement and visibility.

EXCELLABUST partners

As MMRRC is one of the three internationally leading institutions and experts in marine robotics, our main role is to transfer knowledge to LABUST. We are in charge of the dissemination and outreach activities, as well as organising one of the EMRA workshops and helping in the organisation of the BTS summer schools together with the rest of the partners. Furthermore, MMRRC will host LABUST staff members, and send their own expert members to teach and train in the events organised under the EXCELLABUST project.

For more information, visit EXCELLABUST website and LABUST website.


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