FREESUBNET a collaborative research program

Wilson, P.A. (2012) FREESUBNET a collaborative research program. In, 4th International Conference on Underwater System Technology: Theory and Applications 2012 (USYS'12), Kuala Lumpur, MY, 04 - 06 Dec 2012. 8pp.


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The purpose of FREESUBNET was to provide a European-wide excellence in quality training to young and experienced researchers in the emerging field of Cooperative Autonomous Intervention Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) which are steadily becoming the tool par excellence to carry out missions at sea without tight human supervision. Free from the burden of an umbilical cable connecting them to the support ship, they are a quantum leap from widely used cable operated Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). Equipped with actuators and devices for manipulation and interaction with the environment (i.e., for Intervention), they become I-AUV’s, a new breed of marine vehicles that has only recently come to the fore and holds great considerable potential for challenging scientific and commercial missions at sea. Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) with intervention capabilities are the successors of already widely used Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV). An intersectorial consortium (higher education, research laboratories, and industry) with expertise in different but complimentary disciplines (engineering, marine science, physics and informatics) carried out outstanding research in the context of four strategic application fields (underwater archaeology, maritime security, marine science and energy assessment). FREESUBNET research network established an interdisciplinary, intersectorial and international network of researchers and end-users that developed and designed the technological bricks needed to allow for new applications and to assure the training of skilled researchers for the future. It was the intention that this network is a primary bridge between academia and industry as well as promoting the integration of a fragmentation of research groups throughout Europe. Interdisciplinarity is a need: A dialog is needed between the potential end-users from different disciplines and the technology developers in order to assure that the result will target the practical need. To achieve its goal, the FREESUBNET brings to the core of its research and development efforts an intersectorial team of fifteen recognised entities with a well proven track record in theoretical and practical issues that are at the root of I-AUV development for operations.

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Keywords: AUV’s, robotics, vision, collaboration
Subjects: V Naval Science > VM Naval architecture. Shipbuilding. Marine engineering
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and the Environment > Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering and Science > Fluid / Structure Interactions Research
ePrint ID: 343743
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December 2012Delivered
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2012 15:56
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:35
A European research network on key technologies for intervention autonomous underwater vehicles (FREESUBNET)
Funded by: European Commission - FP6 (36186)
1 November 2006 to 31 October 2010

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