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Dates: 1st - 8th October 2017

Location: Biograd na Moru, Croatia          

URL: bts.fer.hr


Breaking the Surface 2017 summer school was held from 1st until 8th October in Biograd na Moru (Croatia) in the scope of H2020 "EXCELLABUST- Excelling LABUST in a marine robotics" project.

BtS2017 gathered more than 190 participants from marine robotics field and its applications - marine biology, archaeology, security, oceanology, geology etc.

Following successes from last year, we organized again Innovation Tuesday, a day dedicated to lectures about the creation of corporate spin-offs, on how to attract investments and tips and tricks in starting such a company in the form of Innovation Management Training.



BtS program is comprised of academic lectures, hands-on tutorials, presentation of projects and equipment and company demonstrations. This year, the following programme was presented:


Lectures by experts in the domains of Marine robotics (MAROB), Marine biology (MARBIO), Maritime archaeology (MARCH), Maritime security (MARSEC) and Innovations (INNOVA).


List of speakers:

Marine robotics (MAROB):

  • Nikola Mišković, University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Croatia: Human-robot interaction under water
  • Jeremi Gancet, Space Applications Services, Belgium: DexROV: 2017 trials results and perspectives
  • Eduardo Silva, INESC TEC / ISEP, Portugal: Localization and mapping in dynamic underwater enviroments
  • William Kirkwood, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, USA: FOCE- Long term in situ ocean acidification instrumentation
  • Kimon P. Valavanis, University of Denver, USA: Navigation and control of unmanned vehicles: a fuzzy logic perspective

Marine biology (MARBIO):

  • Draško Holcer, Croatian Natural History Museum / Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation, Croatia: Cetaceans and sea turtles of the Adriatic- the next step
  • Craig Smith, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA: Extreme seafloor ecology: use of ROV’s and AUV’s to evaluate biodiversity and ecosystem function in the world’s most remote ecosystems
  • Renee E. Bishop, Pennsylvania State University, USA: Subterranean groundwater discharge and marine ecosystems

Marine archaeology (MARCH):

  • A.Harun Özdaş, Dokuz Eylul University Institute of Marine Science and Technology, Turkey: Shipwreck discovered along the western coast of Turkey
  • Kotaro Yamafune, A.P.P.A.R.A.T.U.S. LLC, Japan and Matko Čvrljak, The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark: A Methodology for Accurate and Quick Photogrammetric Recording of Underwater Cultural Heritage
  • Andreas Kallmeyer Bloch, The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark: Technology, archeology and student challenges: Finding a best practice for presenting maritime archaeology
  • Irena Radić Rossi, University of Zadar, The Wonder of the Shipwreck of Gnalić
  • Augusto Salgado, CINAV - Centro de Investigação Naval, Portugal: Contemporary Underwater Archaeology in Portugal. New challenges, new ideas

Maritime security (MARSEC):

  • Richard J. Nagle, Naval Sea Systems Command/PMS-408; Navy EOD Program Support Senior Program Analyst, G2 Software Systems, Inc, USA: Relevance of UMS for below the surface (BTS) tasks
  • John Potter, NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), Italy: Ex machina- Integrating maritime robots into human endeavours

Marine geology (MARGEO):

  • Slobodan Miko, Croatian Geological Survey, Croatia: Late Quaternary and Holocene submerged landscapes of the Eastern Adriatic Sea.
  • Javier Escartin, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France: Breaking the surface of the seafloor: Studying the traces if earthquakes underwater

Innovation Tuesday (INNOVA):

  • Vladimir de Franceschi, Founder Institute, Inc., USA: Startup how to
  • Thomas Curtin, Applied Physics Laboratory, USA: The scaling of innovation tools
  • Tom Runge, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence DFKI, Robotics InnovationCenter, Germany: Rich & famous with underwater robotics? Attempt of an objective assessment
  • Vlatka Petrović, University of Zagreb, Croatia: Paths to market- getting university innovation into the right hands
  • Marin Bek, University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing / H2O Robotics, Croatia: Breaking the corporate
  • Alexander Alspach, Toyota Research Institute, USA:  Soft sensing and simulation
  • Cesare Fantuzzi, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy: Bridging the gap between academic research and commercially viable technology
  • Fabio Bruno, University of Calabria, Italy: From research to business: some experiences at the University of Calabria
  • Nuno Gracias, Ricard Campos, Computer Vision and Robotics Institute of the Universitat de Girona, Spain: Omnidirectional vision for underwater robots
  • Matija Rossi, University of Limerick, Ireland: Parallel Computing with CUDA made (almost) simple
  • Andreas Birk, Tomasz Łuczyński, Jacobs University Bremen, Robotics group, Germany: H2020 project DexROV: Underwater camera calibration with the Pinax model: a new camera model allowing accurate in-air calibration of cameras in flat pane underwater housings
  • Gianluca Antonelli, ISME- University of Cassino, Italy: H2020 project DexROV: Teleoperation of a simulated ROV and arm
  • Marco Bibuli, Gabriele Bruzzone , Angelo Odetti, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Instituto di Studei sui Sisetmi Intelligenti per l’Automazione, Italy: POP ART (Portable Pelagic Autonomous Robotic Technology) concept & field demonstration
  • Tamara Petrović, Barbara Arbanas, Anja Babić, Ivan Lončar, Milan Marković, Goran Vasiljević, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Croatia: H2020 subCULTron project-first swarm tests
  • Alessio Turetta, Graal Tech S.r.I., Italy, DexRov- Dexterous manipulation
  • Jeremi Gancet, Space Applications Services, Belgium: DexROV- Experiencing and mitigating latency in remote ROV operations
  • Christine Spiten, Erik Dyrkoren, Martin Ludvigsen, Norway: BLUEYE ROBOTICS
  • Thomas Rygh, Norway: NORBIT
  • Konstantin Kebkal, Oleksiy Kebkal, Germany: EVOLOGICS GMBH- Scalable hybrid acoustic localization approach for AUV formation control
  • Robin Sharphouse, United Kingdom: BLUEPRINT SUBSEA


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