subCULTron

Project name: Submarine Cultures Perform Long-Term Robotic Exploration of Unconventional Environmental Niches
Project acronym: subCULTron
Dates: 01.04.2015 - 30.04.2019
Total budget: 3 987 651 EUR
Funding: EU Horizon 2020, FET Proactive
Grant Agreement number: 640967
website: www.subcultron.eu


subCULTron aims for achieving long-term autonomy in a learning, self-regulating, self-sustaining underwater society/culture of robots in a high-impact application area: Venice, Italy.

One of the envisioned goals of the subCULTron project is to develop an underwater multi-robot system for intelligent long-term monitoring of underwater ecosystems. The underwater system is comprised of 3 different types of robots. Artificial mussels (aMussels) are sensor hubs attached to the sea-ground, which monitor the natural habitat, including biological agents like algae, bacterial incrustation, and fish. They serve as the collective long-term memory of the system, allowing information to persist beyond the runtime of other agents, enabling the system to continue developing from previously learned states. On the water surface, artificial lily pads (aPads) interface with the human society, delivering energy and information influx from ship traffic or satellite data. Between those two layers, artificial fish (aFish) move, monitor and explore the environment and exchange information with aMussels and aPads.

 

 

aPad

aFish

aMussel

 

This project is developed by:

  1. University of Graz – Artificial Life Lab (AT)
  2. Université Libre de Bruxelles (BE)
  3. CYBERTRONICA RESEARCH - Research Center of Advanced Robotics and Environmental Science (CH)
  4. ARMINES: Co-leader of Artificial systems and Bioinspired behaviours (FR)
  5. SSSA Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (IT)
  6. UNIZG-FER University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (HR)
  7. CORILA: Consortium for coordination of research activities concerning the Venice lagoon system (IT)

subCULTron project “throw in”...

LARICS members Tamara Petrović, Goran Vasiljević, Stjepan Bogdan and Barbara Arbanas participated in a “throw in” workshop for the subCULTron project, which was held in Italy. The workshop consisted of two parts, aiming to integrate, assemble and test the developed hardware and software.

The first part of the workshop, which included the hardware and software integration, took place at the BioRobotics Institute of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pontedera from the 4th to the 8th of April. The workshop was concluded with field tests in the lagoons of Venice on the 11th of April. During the workshop, one aPad and several aMussel robots were assembled and tested. The workshop was a success and our team has already started the redesigning phase, where we will make the hardware better for the upcoming review.

Author: Alan Vukić
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