Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena

Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT) is a Spanish academic and public institution, also involved in Research and Development processes. The Underwater Vehicles Lab (LVS) is part of UPCT and is made of an interdisciplinary cluster of research groups (electronics, naval architecture, ocean modeling, physical oceanography, computer sciences) focused on technology and application of underwater vehicles for oceanography. The lab has now operating three vehicles and has experience organizing events managing fleets of AUVs. The UPCT has been awarded as Campus of International Excellence by the Spanish Ministry of Education and is part of the CEI.MARNET grouping three different campuses focusses on marine sciences. The European Project Office of UPCT has a wide experience in EU projects: they coordinate one Collaborative Project and one directorate-General for environment project (and participates in several FP7 Collaborative Projects and Network of Excellence)

Universidade do Porto

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Universidade do Porto (ЕСЕ) – DEEC, according to the Portuguese acronym – is one of the 8 departments of FEUP and the home of the about 80 faculty members that teach and pursue research and development in its areas. The teaching activities of DEEC are mostly concentrated in the Integrated Master Program in ЕСЕ (MIEEC) – that combines, in 5 years, the 1 st and 2nd cycles of Bologna -, as well as in the 4 year Doctoral Program in ЕСЕ (PDEEC).

In addition, through the on-going cooperation with CMU, a new Doctoral Program in Engineering and Public Policy (PDEPP) has been launched in which DEEC has been an early promoter and administrative support. Finally, DEEC has been giving a strong incentive to extra-curricular activities involving its students and often led by DEEC staff, like DELTA program, uElectronics Student’s Group, STRAPLEX, BioStar, FEUP Autonomous Sailboat (FASt), 5dpo Robotic Soccer. Grupo de interesse em sistemas digitais (NiSDiC) and Núcleo estudantil do IEEE. It’s our firm belief that this is a powerful way to enhance their technical knowledge and handson capabilities as well as their autonomy, group work and entrepreneurial skills.

University of Zagreb

The University of Zagreb ( Est.1669) is the oldest and biggest in South-Eastern Europe. With its comprehensive programmes and over 50,000 fulltime undergraduate and postgraduate students the University is the strongest teaching institution in Croatia, it offers a wide range of academic degree courses leading to Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees. It is also a strongly research-oriented institution, contributing with over 50 percent to the total research output of the country.

Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (Est. 1919) is the largest technical faculty and leading educational and R&D institution in the fields of electrical engineering, information and communication technology and computing in the Republic of Croatia. The Faculty offers today substantial educational and R&D facilities including 35 lecture halls, more than 60 laboratories, Congress centre, tele-conference centre, central library and 12 department libraries, student restaurant, sport and recreation facilities on 43308 m2. The Faculty is organised in 12 departments which represent the focal points of education, research and development in various fields. The present research and educational staff comprises more than 135 professors and 220 teaching and research assistants and around 3000 students at the bachelor level, 1300 students at the master level and 470 PhD students. The number of international projects in the academic years 2011/2012 reached 32 projects, 10 of which are FP7 projects, which makes Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing one of the most internationally active institutions in Croatia.

Oceanography Center – University of Cyprus

The University of Cyprus (UCY)  is a Cyprus academic and public institution, also involved in Research and Development processes. The Oceanography Center is a Research Unit in the School of Pure and Applied Sciences. The Center participates in EuroGOOS, MedGOOS, MedGLOSS, and MOON initiatives on operational oceanography in Europe and the Mediterranean, as well as in ESEAS and CIESM. It has been an active partner in EU-funded projects, such as MyOCEAN, ECOOP, MERSEA IP, MFSTEP, MERSEA-STRAND 1, MAMA, and MFSPP. Within the framework of the above research projects and national programs, the UCY-OC has developed and operates CYCOFOS (Cyprus Coastal Ocean Forecasting and Observing System). Since 2002, the system provides operational forecasts for sea currents, sea state, near real time information on satellite remote sensing SST, surface chlorophyll-a, light attenuation, oil slick detections, remote in-situ sea level, and temperature, salinity, and oxygen profiles. Moreover, the MEDSLIK – the Mediterranean oil spill, trajectory and dispersion model, is integrated with the CYCOFOS products, as well with the SKIRON and ECMWF weather forecasting systems.


Spanish Maritime Safety Agency (SASEMAR)


SASEMAR, the Spanish Maritime Safety Agency is a State executive agency attached to the Ministry of Transport and Public Works, and established in 1992 by the Ports and Merchant Navy Act.

His role includes search and rescue services, pollution prevention and response, maritime traffic control, maritime safety, emergency towing and provision of assistance to vessels at sea. The main objective of our organisation is to provide reliable, efficient and high quality services. Our major challenge is to protect life at sea and the marine environment, ensuring cleaner and safer seas. The Spanish Maritime Safety Agency, through excellence, aims to be recognized as a leader in maritime services and safety.


Irish Coast Guard

irish coast guardThe Department of Transport Tourism and Sport is a government organisation which was established in 2011. It has a key role in delivering highly critical aspects of Ireland’s economy. The Irish Coast Guard is a section within the Department tasked with the reduction of loss of life on Ireland’s Sea, to provide assistance to ship casualties and persons in danger at sea and to prevent and/or minimise damage to the marine environment.


The Scotish Association for Marine Science

scotish association for marine scienceThe Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) (http://www.sams.ac.uk/) is a research institute, based on the west coast of Scotland, UK. Founded in 1884, SAMS is one of the UK’s leading marine laboratories. lt employs about 150 staff members and students, and is a multidisciplinary research institute and a collaborative centre of the UK NERC. lt runs an undergraduate honours degree course in Marine Science and trains PhD students as an academic partner of the University of the Highlands and lslands. SAMS has been a partner in about 70 EU projects and coordinated at least six. SAMS’ Physics and Technology Department employs 18 people and fosters strong links with the UK Oil and Gas sector, developing methodologies to support routine monitoring protocols and oil spill response. SAMS hosts three new Research lnnovation Centres in the areas of Marine Biotechnology, Aquaculture and Science & Society, and specialise in the areas of Marine Physics & Oceanography, Marine Technology, Marine Ecology, Biogeochemistry and Microbial and Molecular Biology. SAMS has developed an international reputation for long endurance autonomous glider missions in the northern North Atlantic, is a partner in the EU GROOM glider infrastructure project; EU AtlantOS programme and hosts the NERC North Atlantic Glider Base in Oban.
SAMS hosts the Scottish Marine Robotics Facility (Scot-MRF) {http://www.sams.ac.uk/scottish­marine-robotics-facility/), bringing together our expertise and knowledge-of autonomous platforms and sensors to develop new and innovative methods for acquisition and streaming of environmental data. The facility operates two AUVs, a suite of Remote Piloted Aircraft, seven long endurance autonomous Seagliders, two ROVs and bespoke drifting platforms. Scot-MRF also specialises in developing, deploying and managing long-term moorings across the North Atlantic.


Tallinn University of Technology

Tallinn university of technologyThe Faculty of Information Technology plays a decisive role in the Estonian economy providing education and training for software, system, computer, electronics and telecommunication engineers as well as information management engineers. Different research groups perform their activities for a wide range of Estonian and foreign enterprises and public authorities.
Department of Computer Science has a research track that is focussed on the reliability of robotic systems: fault detection in autonomous vehicles and rigorous testing of the software of robotic systems with the goal of enhancing the reliability of autonomous platforms. One of the platforms of demonstrating the approaches is the AUV platform Iver-2. The Iver-2 AUV is operated with applications in the field of environmental monitoring in collaboration with the Marine Systems Instittute of TUT. The experience in the deployment of AUV systems is based on a previous collaboration of the team members with the Autosub 6000 development team at NOC, Southamton, UK.


Universitat de Girona

Universitat de gironaUdG is a public institution devoted to excellence in teaching and research and to participating in the progress and development of society through the creation, transmission, dissemination and criticism of knowledge related to the sciences, technology, the humanities, the social sciences and the arts.
The research at UdG is carried out in more than 100 research groups associated to 22 departments and 12 research institutes. In the last 10 years, the UdG has participated into more than 160 European grants, having received more than 13 million euros from European funding Programmes.


Universitat de les Illes Balears

Universitat de les illes balearsThe Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB; http://www.uib.es ) was created in 1978 and has more than 900 researchers, 18 departments and 3 research institutes. UIB is the main higher education institution in the Balearic Islands, contributing to 90% of the research in the region. The UIB’s team for the present project are members of the Systems, Robotics and Vision group (SRV) (http://srv.uib.es). The group has participated in more than ten Spanish research projects and 3 FP7 European Commission: MINOAS, TRIDENT and INCASS. The SRV has contributed to the development of underwater and aerial vehicles. This research experience also includes new methods for visual navigation and guidance of mobile robots, subsea infrastructure inspection, sonar based localization and mapping, among others. At present, twenty researchers and technologist, nine of them PhDs, develop their task at the SRV. Facilities include two laboratories, one of them specifically devoted to marine robotics research, and three underwater vehicles.


Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Norwegian University of Science and TechnologyNTNU has the main responsibility for higher education in technology in Norway, and it is the country’s premier institution for the education of engineers. The university offers several programmes of professional study and a broad academic curriculum in the natural sciences, social sciences, teacher education, humanities, medicine and health sciences, economics, finance and administration, as well as architecture and the arts.