Project name: Unmanned system for maritime security and environmental monitoring
Project acronym: MORUS
Dates: 01.04.2015 - 28.02.2019
Total budget: 834,929.00 EUR
Funding: NATO Science for Peace
Grant Agreement number: 984807

The main goal of the MORUS project is the design and development of a fully operational complex robotic system prototype comprised of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) capable of autonomous and cooperative mission executions related to environmental, border and port security.

The proposed research is part of an internationally competitive field, with the main objective to design and develop an autonomous aerial and marine robotic system which is capable of collective engagement in missions taking place in dynamic and nondeterministic environments.

MORUS objectives are summarised as follows:

  • Design and construction of an UAV with docking and transportation mechanisms,
  • Visual-feedback-based docking and gripping algorithm,
  • Design of an augmented-reality and easy to operate human-machine interface for simultaneous control of aerial and marine robots,
  • Enhancement of the autonomous navigation capabilities and operational supportability in remote locations with little or no local support,
  • Agile UUV redeployment through cooperation with an UAV,
  • Data exchange between the UUV and UAV through cooperative control and estimation.




Project partners:

  1. Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing
  2. University of Limerick
  3. University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Electrical Engineering
  4. Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing
  5. University of Dubrovnik



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[^] Lovro Marković presented his paper at ECC 2019 conference Published 2019-06-30 at 11:15  ( Ivana Mikolić )
[^] Rijeka Nautic Show Published 2018-10-01 at 15:30  ( Alan Vukić )
[^] LARICS' paper presented at IFAC CAMS 2018 Published 2018-09-14 at 15:30  ( Alan Vukić )
[^] MORUS experiments in Udbina Published 2017-11-20 at 15:15  ( Alan Vukić )
[^] EUROC and MORUS presented on DRONEfest Published 2017-03-31 at 15:15  ( Alan Vukić )
[^] MORUS 2nd Workshop and General Assembly at FER Published 2017-02-16 at 15:15  ( Alan Vukić )
[^] LARICS at BTS2016 Published 2016-10-21 at 14:45  ( Alan Vukić )
[^] MORUS internal Workshop Published 2016-07-14 at 14:30  ( Alan Vukić )
[^] LARICS is partner in MORUS – NATO SfP project Published 2015-04-01 at 14:15  ( Alan Vukić )