At this year’s Breaking the Surface workshop LARICS and LABUST researchers demonstrated the functionality of the underwater heterogeneous swarm developed within project subCULTron. Demonstration gained a lot of attention, and we got many interesting questions and ideas from attendees.
After the BtS workshop, FER part of the subCULTron consortium stayed in Biograd na Moru to conduct further experiments with the swarm. Experiments included aMussel drifting freely in Biograd aquatorium and monitoring the environment, implementing consensus algorithms for underwater system using scheduled acoustic communication, autonomous docking and formation control. Experiments were successful, we gained a lot of insights into the functioning of the swarm and are looking forward to working on the project goals and challenges in the following year.
On 15th September 2017 subCULTron consortium jointly publicly presented subCULTron project as “the world largest diving robot test” in the waters in the Venice lagoon, at the Venice Arsenal. This was the first time that journalists and the public had the opportunity to see our project in action. Journalist from whole Europe participated in the event and transmitted the news about the project. Euro news feature on subCULTron can be found here.
At the end of July 2017 an “Assembly Workshop” for project subCULTron was held at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, with two laboratories from Zagreb participating – LARICS and LABUST. During the assembly workshop the project consortium assembled and tested 20 aMussel platforms and assembled the first aFish robot. This is the first step of the mass production of underwater heterogeneous swarm where the ultimate goal is to develop 150 robot platforms. The workshop was successful and we all enjoyed working on the platforms as well as spending quality time with members of the subCULTron consortium.
LARICS researcher Tamara Petrović participated in the 20th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC 2017 World Congress), which was held in Toulouse, France from 9 to 14 July 2017. Tamara presented a paper entitled “Decentralized Energy Sharing Protocol using TÆMS Framework and Coalition-based Metaheuristic for Heterogeneous Robotic Systems” that was done within subCULTron project together with B. Arbanas, S. Boljunčić and prof. S. Bogdan.
LARICS PhD student Marko Filipović who comes from industry (Croatian company HS product) successfully defended his PhD Thesis at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing on April 11th 2017. Marko’s supervisor was prof. Stjepan Bogdan and the PhD thesis is entitled “Robot Workstation Failure Recovery Strategy based on Treatment Quality and Resource Failure Matrices”. Congratulations Marko!