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University Of Girona Center for Research Underwater Robotics


CIRS - Centre d'Investgacio en Robotica Submarina
Parc Cientific (Technologic de la Universitat de Girona
Pic de Peguera (la Creueta)
17003 Girona

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PANDORA pursues maximum autonomy of underwater robots

This European project manage VICOROB research group at the University of Girona (Girona) over the next three years to develop marine vehicle inspection and intervention that are better adapted to the environment and possible failures.

The underwater robots are not very good in terms of autonomy. When operating in real environments, where they jam easily, usually ask for help, although, in general, typically work properly when it is a simple task in well known situations. PANDORA is a three-year project duration and budget of 2,800,000 euros which will focus on developing and evaluating new computational methods to construct underwater robots that persist in autonomy, and therefore to reduce significantly the frequency of single request help. The key to all is the ability to recognize and respond to failure at all levels of abstraction while maintaining a reasonable response time.

The PANDORA project (Persistent Autonomy Through Learning, Adaptation, Re-Observation and Planning) has been awarded the Research Group on Computer Vision and Robotics VICOROB, a group of network TECNIO the Generalitat of Catalonia has the Center for Research Underwater Robotics (CIRS) to Science Park, University of Girona (Girona). The project will focus on three areas of research.


'Describing the world' will investigate how best to describe the representations of the environment in which the robot moves and the status of implementation of tasks to improve the detection of failure. For their part, "directed and adapted intentions' investigate the planning and plan adaptation under constrained resources and uncertainty in response to targets fixed within a changing environment. Finally, 'Acting robustly' investigate the relationship between learning methods and robust control for the implementation of actions in uncertain environments and interferences.


After the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, contractors are developing autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) for underwater inspection and intervention. The goal of cars that get PANDORA will persist in self adapting to the environment and possible failures. Under the leadership of BP, and Subsea7 SeeByte, validation tasks will be tested with the AUV project partners in Edinburgh (Nessie) and Girona (Girona-500), with Quim Salvi as principal investigator and with the participation of Researchers Marc Carreras, Peter Ridao, Rafael Garcia, Xavier Llado, Nuno Gracias Cufí and Xavier, among other group members VICOROB. The partners in this project are Heriot-Watt, the Italian Institute of Technology Foundation, the University of Strathclyde, National Technical University of Athens and the University of Girona.

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