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Published: 20. 11. 2017. at 09:00
Zoran Vukić and Antonio Vasilijević...

LABUST members once again organized the special session “Intelligent underwater systems and technologies” at 7th Conference on Marine Technology in memoriam of the academician Zlatko Winkler, held in Rijeka on November 17th 2017. Papers at the special session were presented by Zoran Vukić and Antonio Vasilijević. Among other projects, the PlaDyFleet project and its recent results have been presented. The Conference is organised by Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Maritime studies - University of Rijeka, Croatia, and Association for Research and Development of Maritime Industries.

Alan Vukić
Published: 4. 11. 2017. at 09:54
Professor Nikola Mišković attended...

Deputy head of LABUST assoc. prof. Nikola Mišković participated in Economic Conference Montenegro 2017 - Challenges on the path to the European Union”. The conference took place in Hotel Splendid, Budva, Montenegro, from 2nd November until 3rd November 2017.  The conference “Challenges on the path to the European Union” gathered around 500 representatives of governments, business community, scientific and expert public from the Balkans and wider.

The Conference has been organised  by Chamber of Economy of Montenegro and Ministry of Science of Montenegro. It was opened by President to the Chamber of Commerce of Montenegro Velimir Miljušković, and as the panel guest the conference was addressed by EBRD President Pierre Heilbronn.

Alan Vukić
Published: 6. 10. 2017. at 12:29
SeaFest 2017: Marine Trade Show,...

As a part of SeaFest 2017, UL research team (Daniel Toal, Edin Omerdić and Romano Capocci) attended a two-day Marine Trade Show, the Digital Ocean Conference and Our Ocean Wealth Summit at NUI Galway. The Marine Trade Show showcased some of the highly innovative products and services emerging from more than 60 companies and organisations across all sectors of the marine economy. The Digital Ocean – Ireland’s Marine Engineering and Technology Conference featured a selection of international marine technology companies, innovative Irish Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Ireland's technology and research centres, focusing on specific opportunities for technology innovations to drive the global blue economy. Our Ocean Wealth Summit forms a key part of the Government’s integrated plan for Ireland’s marine sector, Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth, and brings together world renowned speakers, industry experts, business development agencies and the Irish business and marine research community for focused discussions on this year’s theme of ‘Rethinking Boundaries and Innovation for a Sustainable Marine Economy’.

In addition to discussion about ongoing research activities and possible collaboration, UL team invited participants to register their institutions to EXCELLABUST Marine Robotics Database (http://excellabust.mmrrc.ul.ie).


Alan Vukić
Published: 14. 9. 2017. at 18:30
UNIZG-FER LABUST spin-off project H2O...

UNIZG-FER LABUST members Marin Bek and Milan Marković will represent our spin-off project H2O Robotics on European Robotics League (ERL) Robots Major Tournament in Piombino, Italy next week. H2O Robotics is part of H2020 aPad project, which proposes transformation of Autonomous Unmanned Marine Surface vehicle into commercially attractive, sustainable and innovative products that both address societal challenges and is highly competitive in global markets.

UNIZG-FER LABUST is actual developer of the aPad, responsible for all project activities while Research Support Centre (CePI) participating in development of the business plan and exploration of an exploitation path.

ERL Emergency Robots Major Tournamet  2017 in Piombino, Italy, September 15th-23rd is a civilian, outdoor robotics competition, with a focus on realistic, multi-domain emergency response scenarios. It’s open to the public and anyone interested can attend as spectator. Spectators do not need to register and the entrance is free.

Nadir Kapetanović
Published: 17. 7. 2017. at 18:30
Nadir Kapetanović participated at the...

UNIZG-FER LABUST member Nadir Kapetanović participated at the IFAC 2017 World congress. The congress was held in Toulouse, France on 9-14.07 2017. Nadir presented the paper named "Real-time model predictive line following control for underactuated marine vehicles", which is the result of his expert exchange at CNR, Genova, Italy, as a part of EXCELLABUST project


Among other activities, he promoted LABUST and Breaking the Surface annual workshop, which is organized by LABUST for the 9th time this year, and will be held on 1-8.10.2017. in Biograd na Moru.

Nadir Kapetanović
Published: 29. 6. 2017. at 18:30
Nikola Mišković participated in...

Nikola Mišković attended the International Workshop on Underwater and Nautical Archaeology organized as a part of AdriaS - Archaeology of Adriatic Shipbuilding and Seafaring project. This project is concerned with technological development of Adriatic shipbuilding and seafaring from Prehistory to the Early Modern Age.

The workshop was held from 3rd until 10th June 2017 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.


This course had a goal to bring together experts in maritime and nautical archaeology, as well as specialists in related scientific fields, to discuss with course participants the full spectrum of maritime and nautical archaeology in the Mediterranean. The course was divided into four thematic units:

  • The ship and its environment: technology and navigation;
  • The ship as a reflection of society;
  • Nautical heritage and its value to today’s world;
  • Nautical archaeology and ethnography in the digital era.
Nadir Kapetanović
Published: 26. 6. 2017. at 18:30
UNIZG-FER LABUST participates in...

UNIZG-FER LABUST members Nadir Kapetanović and Đula Nađ participated in OCEANS '17 MTS/IEEE conference. Technical programme lasted for three days, from Tuesday, 20.6., until Thursday, 22.6. There were close to 40 exibitors showcasing their companies, as well as research laboratories and universities related to marine robotics research.


Nadir Kapetanović presented early results of his PhD thesis in a paper "Development of model predictive guidance for underactuated marine vehicles: From simulations to experiments", and Đula Nađ presented the final validation results of CADDY project in a paper named "CADDY Project, Year 3: The Final Validation Trials". They used this occasion to discuss about marine robotics topics from their research fields with world-renowned experts from both academia and industry. They also promoted Breaking the Surface workshop organized by LABUST, which attracted much attention among conference attendees.

Nadir Kapetanović
Published: 1. 6. 2017. at 18:30
LABUST presented H2020 PLADYFLEET...

LABUST presented H2020 PLADYFLEET project at the International Convention on Information and Communication Technology, Electronics and Microelectronics - MIPRO as part of the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing poster exhibition. The conference was held from 22 to 26 May 2017 in Opatija, Croatia.


The poster is available here.

Nadir Kapetanović
Published: 14. 3. 2017. at 16:00
UL showcased at Drone & Tech Expo...

The Drone & Tech Expo Ireland took place in Dublin, 10-12 March 2017. UL has spent those three exciting days showcasing their latest research and technologies, and meeting interesting and interested individuals and company representatives from Ireland and beyond.

The Drone & Tech Expo, supported by the Unmanned Aircraft Association of Ireland (UAAI) and IAA, is not only one of the two main drone events in Ireland, but also the only one targeting both professionals and general public. The event only grew more popular after its first edition in 2016, which attracted over 50 exhibitors, and 2000 visitors. Both the drone community and the general public made this event a great success, and we are looking forward to the next edition!

Ivana Mikolić
Published: 12. 12. 2016. at 16:15
Invited talk "What are...

Nikola Mišković gave an invited talk "What are underwater robots used for?" at the Zagreb Energy Conference on 9th December 2016 at the Faculty of Electrical engineering and Computing, Croatia.

Zagreb Energy Conference - ZEC is a three days international conference organized by Power and energy society (PES) of the IEEE Student Branch Zagreb held from 8th to 10th December in Zagreb, Croatia.

Ivana Mikolić
Published: 17. 11. 2016. at 15:45
UL researcher Dr Edin Omerdić...

Dr Edin Omerdić from the University of Limerick attended the 14th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision - ICARCV 2016. The conference took place in Phuket, Thailand from 13th till 15th November 2016.

Edin presented a paper User Interface for Interaction with Heterogeneous Vehicles for Cyber-Physical Systems. ICARCV 2016 conference, organized by Nanyang Technological University and technically co-sponsored by IEEE Control Systems Society, was focused on both theory and applications, covering control, automation, robotics, vision and emerging technologies, including cyber-physical systems. The paper provides a brief overview of research activities about development of user interfaces for interaction with heterogeneous vehicles in smart cyber-physical systems.

Ivana Mikolić
Published: 11. 11. 2016. at 16:15
Invited talk "How to get and...

Project Manager Ivana Mikolić from UNIZG FER held an invited talk "How to get and implement successful EU project" at Project Management Forum organized by Croatian chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI Hrvatska) on 10th November 2016.

Through the lecture she presented LABUST research activities and projects in front of the business representatives. They discussed what are the main project management characteristics and challanges at the public institution in comperasment to bussines sector.

Ivana Mikolić
Published: 10. 11. 2016. at 13:00
UdG researcher Dr Marc Carreras...

Dr Marc Carreras from the University of Girona attended the IEEE/OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) workshop in Tokyo (Japan) on November 6-9th, 2016. The presented work was entitled “Online motion planning for underwater inspection” and proposed the use of path planning algorithms for AUVs in applications where the robot needs to adapt online its trajectory for inspection or safety purposes. These algorithms generate trajectories under motion constraints, which can be followed without deviations, to ensure the safety even when passing close to obstacles. View planning algorithms are also combined to decide the movements to be executed to discover the unexplored seabed or target and to cover it with a camera or sonar. The workshop was attended for a wide international audience which presented other interesting advancements related to AUVs.

Ivana Mikolić
Published: 15. 10. 2016. at 13:00
UdG researcher Juan David Hernández...

Juan David Hernández from the University of Girona attended the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2016) in Daejeon (Korea) on October 9-14, 2016. The presented work was entitled “Planning Feasible and Safe Paths Online for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles in Unknown Environments”. It proposed an AUV framework for mapping unexplored environments while planning feasible paths. The presentation included simulation and in-water trials, which were conducted over natural and artificial marine environments. The proposed framework not only calculates paths that are more likely to be followed by an AUV, but also takes into consideration the risk associated with such paths. This allows the vehicle to safely navigate through unexplored environment while moving close to nearby obstacles. The conference in which this work was presented is one of the most important events for the robotics community in the world.

Ivana Mikolić
Published: 26. 9. 2016. at 16:30
Edited: 8. 11. 2016. at 18:05
LABUST won an Innovation Award at...

Members of the Laboratory for underwater systems and technologies (LABUST) Filip Mandić, Ivana Mikolić and Zoran Vukić have presented laboratory achievements and equipment at booth at the Rijeka Nautic Show 2016. LABUST has presented its own products: autonomous surface vehicle PlaDyPos and underwater tablet casing. Rijeka Nautic Show was held from 23rd until 25th September 2016 in Rijeka, Croatia.

Rijeka Nautic Show judges awarded LABUST with an Innovation Award for its showcased products!

Photos are available in the Gallery.

Ivana Mikolić
Published: 25. 9. 2016. at 01:23
Edited: 25. 9. 2016. at 01:46
LABUST participated in the Conference...

Nikola Mišković presented a paper at the Conference on Underwater Communications and Networking (UCOMMS'16) that took place on 30 August - 1 September 2016 in Lerici, Italy. The conference series is focussed on working towards an adequate physics-based understanding of the propagation of communication signals underwater and the performance of necessary higher-level protocols with the objective of supporting the intelligent choice of standards, as a foundation for interoperability.

Nikola Mišković
Published: 19. 9. 2016. at 01:15
Edited: 25. 9. 2016. at 02:07

Zoran Vukić, Nikola Mišković and Đula Nađ participated in the 10th IFAC Conference on Control Applications in Marine Systems (CAMS'16) that took place from 13-16 September 2016 in Trondheim, Norway. LABUST research activities were presented in a form of 7 scientific papers. Prof. Vukić gave a plenary talk entitled "State and Perspectives of Underwater Robotics". The next CAMS'18 will be organized by LABUST in Croatia!

Nikola Mišković
Published: 11. 7. 2016. at 01:15
Edited: 25. 9. 2016. at 02:12
LABUST presented at student AUV...

LABUST members Nikola Mišković and Marin Stipanov presented LABUST activities and projects during the Student Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Challenge Europe (SAUC-E'16) that took place in NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation, La Spezia, Italy from 3 - 8 July 2016. We organized a promotional booth and Nikola Mišković gave a talk "Humans and robots - buddies in the underwater". The most successful teams during the competition were awarded with free registrations for "Breaking the Surface 2016"!

Nikola Mišković
Published: 12. 5. 2016. at 16:30
Edited: 14. 4. 2017. at 17:37

Marco Bibuli from CNR attended the International Conference on Computer Applications and Information Technology in the Maritime Industries - 15th COMPIT conference presenting robotics related research, development and results towards bridging the gap in the employment of advanced technologies in Maritime Industry.

15th COMPIT was held from 9th till 11th May 2016 in Lecce, Italy.

Ivana Mikolić
Published: 9. 5. 2016. at 16:00
Edited: 16. 5. 2016. at 16:11
MMRRC UL team participated in MaREI...

Members of MMRRC UL research team participated in the MaREI Symposium held 5th - 6th May 2016 at National University of Ireland, Galway where they promoted EXCELLABUST project and its Breaking the Surface 2016 event.

MaREI is a marine and energy-based research, development and innovation hub based in Ireland.  The aim of Symposium was to showcase the breadth of research activity and to enhance collaboration between centres.

Ivana Mikolić
Published: 24. 3. 2016. at 18:00
LABUST presents itself as part of...

Alongside the Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems - LARICS and the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems and Mobile Robots - LAMOR, LABUST presented robotics research at UNIZG-FER (robotics@fer.hr) at European Robotics Forum - ERF 2016 in front of more than 650 visitors. ERF2016 was held from 21st until 23rd March 2016 in Ljubljana (Slovenia). All three laboratories represented the equipment they developed and research conducted by their members.

Read more about robotics@fer.hr affiliation here and check photos from ERF2016 in our Gallery.

Nikola Mišković
Published: 18. 3. 2016. at 18:00
LABUST with CADDY project at...

Alongside more than 520 exhibiting companies LABUST presented its project FP7 CADDY - Cognitive Autonomous Diving Buddy at the world's premier event for marine science and ocean technology Oceanology International which was held from 15 - 17 March in London, UK.

In front of more than 8,400 industry professionals CADDY partners presented equipment they developed  in the scope of the project.

Oceanology International visitors were first ones that got the chance to see the newest and improved version of LABUST surface platform PlayDyPos 2.0. We also exhibited our autonomous underwater vehicle BUDDY.

Check how it was on photos published in our Gallery and in CADDY project gallery.

Nikola Mišković
Published: 3. 2. 2016. at 16:00
Edited: 3. 10. 2016. at 16:08
UL at 'Robotics in Space,...

Daniel Toal, of the MMRRC at the University of Limerick, gave a talk during the 'Robotics in space, Underwater, Industry and the Law' event on the 2nd February 2016. The event was jointly organised Engineers Ireland, Mechanical and Manufacturing Division, and Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Daniel spoke of underwater systems and discussed the importance of remote presence as offshore operations are often prohibitively expensive and remotely controlled robots could be used for monitoring, repairing and maintaining the future of marine renewable energy farms.

The talk can be accessed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-esDnR8yZpA#t=21m07s

Nikola Mišković

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