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UNIVERSITAT DE GIRONA - UDG

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UdG is one of the three internationally leading institutions, experts in marine robotics, with the main role in transferring knowledge to UNIZG-FER LABUST. They are work leaders of WP2 devoted to know-how exchange events. They are also in charge of organization of one of EMRA workshops. They will participate in hosting LABUST staff, expert exchange activities and trainings. Together with other partners, they will participate in organization of BtS summer schools. They will be involved in dissemination activities.


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The University of Girona is a public institution devoted to excellence in teaching and research and to participating in the progress and development of society through the creation, transmission, diffusion and criticism of knowledge related to sciences, technology, humanities, social sciences and arts.

 

The Computer Vision and Robotics Research Group (VICOROB) is devoted to the research related to the areas of computer vision, image processing and robotics. VICOROB is composed of 75 members (22 PhDs) and in the period 2007-2014 has participated in 25 European and Spanish Research Projects (5M€) and 23 Industry Contracts (1M€), has supervised 55 PhD/MSc theses and published 97 articles in journals, 47 book chapters and 180 conference attendances.

VICOROB research team of the University of Girona has a strong experience in the design and development of hovering AUV prototypes with high-resolution image mapping capabilities. 5 AUV prototypes have been designed during the last 10 years, all of them having a different conceptual design. During the last years the team has worked on the development of advanced image processing techniques for the 2D and 3D mapping of the seafloor, as well as with the fusion of these techniques with navigation data coming from state of the art navigation sensors (DVL, gyros, USBL) together with global optimization techniques to face large-scale maps. Map based navigation and Simultaneous Localization and Mapping of underwater robots using both acoustics and/or video images is currently one of the main topics of research. VICOROB has also a long experience in intelligent control architectures and has contributed in mission control systems, behaviour-based architectures, robot learning and path planning for AUVs. Finally, the group has expertise in mechatronics and software integration. Recently, 4 Sparus II AUVs have been developed to be delivered to external research institutions, three of them participating in the EU-funded euRathlon underwater competition. UdG has consistently shown in the past that it can afford young and senior researchers the proper intellectual setting for training in the interdisciplinary field of cooperative autonomous robotics.


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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 691980.


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