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The overall goal of the SWARMs project is to expand the use of AUVs/ROVs and facilitate the creation, planning and execution of maritime and offshore operations.

Concluded

Start

2015-07-01

Conclusion

2018-06-30

Main financing

Artemis

Collaboration partners

Instituto de Telecomunicações, NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU, OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES, Sabancı Üniversitesi, SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO SANT'ANNA, Tecnalia, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Universidade de Aveiro, ACCIONA INFRAESTRUCTURAS S.A., DeepVision AB, DESISTEK ROBOTIK ELEKTRONIK YAZILIM AR-GE UR.DAN.ITH.IHR. TIC.LTD.STI, ECA Robotics, GS LDA, HI IBERIA INGENIERIA Y PROYECTOS SL, Inventas, Trondheim AS, IXION INDUSTRY & AEROSPACE SL, Maritime Robotics AS, Robert Bosch GmbH, SC Autonomous Systems SRL, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY B.V, SINTEF, TeamNet World Professional Services SRL, Thales Group, TNO, TTI NORTE, S.L., WATER LINKED AS, WHITEHEAD ALENIA SISTEMI SUBACQUEI, EVOLOGICS GMBH, Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands

Research group

Project manager at MDH

Professor

Mikael Ekström

+4621101671

mikael.ekstrom@mdh.se

Nowadays, the major part of offshore operations is done by divers in dangerous missions. Since their number is limited, the dependency on their work represents a real threat to the offshore industry. The extended use of unmanned underwater vehicles (AUVs/ROVs) could solve this problem but since they are usually tailormade for a specific task and difficult to operate their deployment is very expensive. The overall goal of the SWARMs project is to expand the use of AUVs/ROVs and facilitate the creation, planning and execution of maritime and offshore operations. This will reduce the operational cost and increase the safety of tasks assigned to divers. The SWARMs project aims to make AUVs/ROVs accessible to more users by:

- Enabling AUVs/ROVs to work in a cooperative mesh thus opening up new applications and

ensuring re-usability as no specialized vehicles are needed but heterogeneous standard vehicles can

combine their capabilities,

- Increasing the autonomy of AUVs and improving the usability of ROVs The approach is to design and develop an integrated platform (a set of Software/Hardware components),incorporated into the current generation of underwater vehicles in order to improve autonomy, cooperation, robustness, cost-effectiveness, and reliability of the offshore operations. SWARMs’ achievements will be demonstrated in two field tests in different scenarios:

*Inspection, maintenance and repair of offshore infrastructure
*Pollution monitoring

*Offshore construction operations

SWARMs is an industry-led project: big technology companies will collaborate with SMEs specialized inthe subsea, robotics and communication sectors and universities and research institutions to ensure that the newest innovations in subsea robotics