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UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK - UL

Role:

UL 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 WP4 devoted to dissemination and outreach activities. 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.


Partner description:

Since its foundation in 1972, the University of Limerick - UL (http://www.ul.ie) has an established reputation for being Ireland’s leading university in industry-led research. The UL was awarded prestigious 5-star rankings for graduate employability, innovation and knowledge transfer, teaching, engagement, internationalisation and infrastructure by QS Stars independent assessors. With close to 12,000 students, including more than 2,000 international students each year, UL is a young and enterprising university with a proud record of innovation in education and scholarship. UL offers more than 70 undergraduate programmes across Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Education and Health Sciences, Science and Engineering and the Kemmy Business School. UL also delivers a strong postgraduate offering with more than 100 taught postgraduate programmes to Doctoral and Post-doctoral level. With strong links to business and industry, UL excels at translational research which aims to accelerate the practical application of academic research to benefit society. UL houses some of the most innovative and successful research centres in Ireland.

Mobile & Marine Robotics Research Centre - MMRRC (http://www.mmrrc.ul.ie) is one of nine research centres within the Electronic & Computer Engineering Department, College of Science and Engineering. Established in 2000 by Director Dr. Daniel Toal, the MMRRC has been engaged in numerous national, European funded and industry collaborative projects in the field of marine robotics, smart technology development for subsea operations, planning and execution of offshore operations, surveys and marine accidents incident responses, development of advanced control systems for underwater vehicles, marine sensor system development and integration.

Over the last eight years MMRRC team has developed OceanRINGS - a suite of smart technologies for subsea operations, which 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 smart, 6 DoF controllable robotic platform developed at MMRRC to test and validate OceanRINGS.

System validation and technology demonstration was performed over last five 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. Results of sea trials demonstrated superior performance of ROV LATIS control system compared to traditional ones used in commercial ROVs.

Other research projects at MMRRC, aligned with Smart Ocean Research and Innovation Strategy, include “Smart Event Triggered Ocean Monitoring Platform” and development of control systems for the flight control of tethered parafoils with application in sensors aloft, extended horizon marine communications and airborne wind energy.


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FUNDING:
 

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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