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Published: 2017-01-10 at 14:00
Edited: 2017-02-01 at 10:30
Invited talk "Bringing Smart...

The H2020 project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics", Centre of Excellence ACROSS  and IEEE Croatia Section, Robotics and Automation Chapter organized the lecture

"Bringing Smart Underwater Manipulators & Vision to Work-Class ROVs: Recent Field Trials" 

given by Dr. Gerard Dooly, Mobile & Marine Robotics Research Centre, University of Limerick, Ireland. 

The lecture took place on Wednesday, 18th January 2017, starting at 09:00 in Grey Hall at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. 

More about the speaker and the talk can be found in the detailed news content and here.


The MMRRC has recently completed ROV operations using a work-class SMD Quasar in a flooded quarry in North Tipperary, Ireland. The ROV ops were the first in-water trailing of new systems for close quarter underwater automated manipulator tasks. The ROV Ops contained three ocean engineering/technology objectives which are particularly relevant to UL research within the SFI Research Centre, Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI). The MMRRC research team is specifically addressing the need for ROV systems capable of performing Inspection, Repair & Maintenance (IRM) on subsea infrastructure in harsh sea conditions. The engineering objectives included:

·        Advanced Manipulator Controls

·        Smart Navigation & Pose Estimation

·        Pressure and Motion Reference Sensor

The trials were carried out in depths of 35m in collaboration with the Marine Institute in November 2016. The invited talk will describe the operations from inception to execution and will detail the various tasks completed over the 3 days of in-water trials.

Figure: ROV ops site setup




Gerard Dooly has worked extensively in the optical fibre sensors and marine robotics research centres at UL since the completion of hisPh.D.D in 2008. His research interests include optical fibre sensors, differential optical absorption spectroscopy, advanced control systems, underwater robotic engineering and advanced sonar operations and processing. He is focused on the design and development of underwater robotics and has engaged in numerous offshore maritime operations and survey missions both here in Ireland and on the continent. Some of his recent research topics include environmental monitoring, subsea event triggered sensing platforms, miniature daughter-ROV’s, anti-mine countermeasure ops and remote vehicles for incident response.  He also has a keen interest in underwater shipwreck discovery, survey and identification and has participated in many deep water diving expeditions worldwide. He is a qualified closed circuit trimix rebreather diver and has successfully dived and identified newly discovered shipwrecks to depths of up to 135 metres.

Nikola Mišković
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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.