The LIBS system was tested as part of an excursion with the research ship LITTORINA from GEOMAR on the Baltic Sea. Here it should be examined whether the salt water and the natural water turbidity have an influence on the measurements. The tests showed that the relevant emission lines of zinc and copper could be detected under water. An influence of the salt water and the water turbidity could not be determined during the measurements
ROBUST Animation Video
Remote Vehicles in Mining
James Essien from TWI presented the ROBUST project in the “Remote Vehicles in Mining” workshop organized by the European Commission’s EASME and DG Research and Innovation on Wednesday 18 September 2019 in Brussels at the Covent Garden building.
AUV Sea trials Sardegna
Successful ROBUST final AUV experiment in Sardegna.
ROBUST Seventh Semester Meeting
The ROBUST seventh semester meeting was held in Girona on 3-4 September 2019 by Coronis Computing with the participation of all the partners involved in the project.
Initiative Bildverarbeitung e.V.
Rafael Garcia from Coronis Computing SL presented the ROBUST project at Initiative Bildverarbeitung e.V. at the GEOMAR in Kiel on the 6.6.2019
Experiments in La Spezia
First sea trials with the FOLAGA AUV.
First integration week done for ROBUST project in Genova. GRAAL TECH S.R.L., ISME, Coronis Computing S.L. and GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel integrated AUV, stereo visual system, laser scanning system, multibeam and robot manipulator.
LIBS system ready for its journey to the Pacific Ocean
Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V (LZH) prepared the journey for the LIBS system and submitted all components to the GEOMAR. The GEOMAR is now taking care of the further transport to the port of destination, from which the research trip (SO268) will start next year.
Successful integration of the LIBS system into the pressure housing
Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V (LZH) has successful integrated the LIBS system into the pressure housing from ALS Marine Consultants. After the integration, first tests in a small water tank have been performed at the LZH. Furthermore the power supply and data communication with the ROV Kiel 6000 from the GEOMAR has been validated successfully. (Figure: LZH)
Pressure housing successful test up to 600 bar
LIBS pressure housing has been successfully tested under monitored conditions up to its mission depth in a high-pressure test tank. Its journey continues, leak free.. (Figure: LZH)
LIBS Housing ready for new endeavors
The LIBS pressure housing after a long period of designing and manufacturing has started its journey for integration and preliminary testing. Kicking off its journey from the premises of ALS Marine Consultants, the LIBS pressure housing is making its first stop to Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V (LZH) for incorporating and validating the LIBS system. There, the LIBS equipment will be mounted on the housing’s chassis, the appropriate connections with all ealslectronics and the connectors will be established and thereafter, all housing components will come into one piece. In addition, validation testing of the viewport endcap and its sapphire glass will be performed. The next stop will be GEOMAR, in Kiel and their pressure chamber whereas the pressure test will be carried out. During this test, the pressure housing itself, without the LIBS system, will be tested to an operating pressure of 600 bar (X Safety factor) whereas it’s structural response and integrity, will be accessed. Ultimately, the pressure housing will continue its journey to the final destination of deep waters in the Pacific Ocean within the next months to come.
LZH Press Release
Exploring the deep sea – first-time LIBS measurement at 600 bar
LZH created a press release after acquiring the first LIBS measurements at 600 bars.
Josep Quintana from Coronis and Daniele Di Vito presented their works at OCEANS Conference in Charleston.
Josep Quintana Plana from Coronis Computing S.L. presented “Towards automatic recognition of mining targets using an autonomous robot” at OCEANS Conference in Charleston. Results from ROBUST H2020 Project WP3.
ROBUST Fifth Semester Meeting
The ROBUST fifth semester meeting was held in Athens on 26-27 September 2018 by ALS MARINE Consultants with the participation of all the partners involved in the project.
Fifth ROBUST Newsletter Available
The fifth issue of the ROBUST project newsletter is now available to download from the project website newsletter.
ROBUST Project presented at EMRA 2018
Josep Quintana from Coronis Computing presented the ROBUST project at EMRA’18 (Workshop on EU-Funded Marine Robotics and Applications) held in Limerick (Ireland).
ROBUST Forth Semester Meeting
The ROBUST forth semester meeting was held at ISME Headquarters in Genova on 27-28 February 2018 with the participation of all the partners involved in the project. The participants planned the last 23 project months.
Forth ROBUST Newsletter Available
The forth issue of the ROBUST project newsletter is now available to download from the project website newsletter.
Carlotta Sartore starts working at ISME – Genova
Carlotta Sartore received the B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano in 2015 and the M.S. double degree in Robotics Engineering from the University of Genoa and from the École Centrale de Nantes in 2017, within the European Master in Advanced Robotics (EMARO) program. During such master, she spent one semester at Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) in order to work on her final thesis project.
She is currently working as research assistant at the Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics and System Engineering (DIBRIS) of the University of Genoa.
Her main research interest are the development and control of robotic systems and human robot collaboration and interaction, with main focus on the software development aspect.
Haifa Conference on Mediterranean Sea Research
Kevin Köser from Geomar presented “Robotic Seafloor Mapping Opportunities for Deep Sea Mining (Impact) Assessment” in Haifa Conference on Mediterranean Sea Research: Marine Technologies. University of Haifa, Israel, November 16th, 2017
WP3 Automatic recognition of mining targets
MS4 from WP3 is achieved by Geomar and Coronis, they performed detection of Manganese Nodules using Deep Learning with Darknet Yolo on Pangaea Dataset*.
*Greinert, Jens; Schoening, Timm; Köser, Kevin; Rothenbeck, Marcel (2017): Seafloor images and raw context data along AUV tracks during SONNE cruises SO239 and SO242/1. GEOMAR – Helmholtz
Daniela De Palma starts working at ISME
Daniela De Palma received the Bachelor Degree in Automation Engineering and the Master Degree in Automation Engineering from the University of Salento, Lecce, Italy, in 2005 and 2008, respectively. She worked as Instrumentation and Control Engineer (2009-2012) at the engineering company Maire Tecnimont S.p.A., and as Analyst Developer at United Nations (2012-2013).
From 2013 she was with the Department of Innovation Engineering at University of Salento, Lecce, Italy, as a Ph.D student, and she received the Ph.D. degree in Information Engineering in April 2017.
In October 2014 she has been at the Institute for Systems and Robotics, Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal for a research visit.
From 2016 she is a research collaborator of the Interuniversity Center of Integrated Systems for the Marine Environment (ISME). She is currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher with the Department of Innovation Engineering at University of Salento, Lecce, Italy.
Her research interests include modeling, control, navigation, and guidance of autonomous robotic vehicles, parametric identification, observers and estimation theory, nonlinear control and marine robotics.
ROBUST Third Semester Meeting / First Review
The ROBUST third semester meeting and firs review was held at TWI Headquarters in Cambridge on 6-8 September 2017 with the participation of all the partners involved in the project. The participants obtained the project feedback from the project officer Veronique Woule Ebongue and the tecnical reviewer Dr. Joerg-Thomas VÖGELE.
Third ROBUST Newsletter Available
The third issue of the ROBUST project newsletter is now available to download from the project website newsletter.
ROBUST Project presented at EMRA
Graham Edwards from TWI presented the ROBUST project at EMRA’17 (Workshop on EU-Funded Marine Robotics and Applications) held in Girona (Spain).
Second ROBUST Newsletter Available
The second issue of the ROBUST project newsletter is now available to download from the project website newsletter.
ROBUST Second Semester Meeting
The ROBUST second semester meeting was held at Laser Zentrum Hannover Headquarters in Hannover on 1-2 March 2017 with the participation of all the partners involved in the project. The participants also visited NeoLase Headquarters.
First ROBUST Newsletter Available
The first issue of the ROBUST project newsletter is now available to download from the project website newsletter.
ROBUST First Semester Meeting
The ROBUST first semester meeting was held at GEOMAR Headquarters in Kiel on 5-6 July 2016 with the participation of all the partners involved in the project.
The first semester meeting tackled the following points:
- Creation of 2 discussions groups about LIBS development and AUV development
- Management presentation (TWI)
- Dissemination presentation (CORONIS)
- Technical discussion based on the conclusions of both LIBS and AUV development groups
ROBUST Kick-Off Meeting
The ROBUST project Kick-Off meeting was held at TWI Ltd Headquarters in Cambridge on 3 February 2016 with the participation of all the partners involved in the project.
The Kick-Off meeting tackled the following points:
1- Overall Presentation of the Project (by Dr. Elias Chatzidouros – ALS Marine)
2- Presentation of the partner companies
3- Technical presentations about the partner capabilities and the developments they are carrying out over the duration of the project
4- Financial presentation (by TWI)
5- The rest of the meeting was devoted to a high level discussion about the scenario of the deep sea bed exploration of manganese nodules as well as the development of the AUV and the LIBS system.