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WiMUST first review meeting

The first review meeting of the WiMUST project took place last Friday in Luxembourg. It was also a great opportunity to discuss in person with the partners the most hot technical aspects. All partners were represented and two members of the Project Advisory Board – Louis Whitcomb and Jens Hovem participated over skype.

IST(IST-ID)/ISR team was represented by Luís Sebastião and Jorge Ribeiro.

The WiMUST team at the review meeting
The WiMUST team at the review meeting

IST – ISR – DSOR Lab present at Oceanology – London

The IST/ISR/DSOR team is represented in the CADDY booth at the Oceanology 2016 show.

Yesterday we setup the booth, including a MEDUSA vehicle suspended from the ceiling “hovering” above the BUDDY vehicle just like it does when they are both operating at sea for the CADDY project, interacting and helping divers.

CADDY team welcomes visitors at our booth
CADDY team welcomes visitors at our booth
The MEDUSA Autonomous Surface Vehicle on display, suspended from the ceiling
The MEDUSA Autonomous Surface Vehicle on display, suspended from the ceiling
MEDUSA DEEP SEA and WiMUST projects are also represented.
MEDUSA DEEP SEA and WiMUST projects are also represented.

We are also disseminating two of our other projects:

MEDUSA DEEP SEA – Opening the deep sea frontier (3000m deep)

WiMUST – Widely scalable Mobile Underwater Sonar Technology

If you are around please pay us a visit (we have gifts for you) at booth P103.

WEST tenta atravessar o Atlântico… WEST set to cross the Atlantic…

O barco não tripulado WEST tenta atravessar o Atlântico… Completou hoje 1000 km!


map 1000km

O IST/ISR/DSOR participou no lançamento do barco não tripulado WEST no passado dia 27 de Janeiro a partir da ilha da MADEIRA.
O evento envolveu 30 alunos de duas escolas locais (EB23 Dr. Horácio Bento de Gouveia e EB23 da Torre) a bordo do NRP Schultz Xavier. Todos desejaram “boa viagem” ao WEST, na expectativa de que siga agora em direção ao continente americano. Embora o local de lançamento e a época do ano tenham sido escolhidos com base nesse objetivo, trata-se de uma viagem não controlada, à deriva e ao sabor dos ventos e correntes; portanto, tudo pode acontecer.

Este lançamento foi coordenado pela EMEPC/Kit do Mar e contou com a participação ativa dos parceiros IST/MARETEC (simulações do modelo MOHID) e IST/ISR/DSOR (preparação, instalação e configuração do tracker GPS/ modem Globalstar). Contou ainda com o apoio e participação do Museu do Funchal, do Departamento de Ciência da Câmara Municipal do Funchal, da Estação de Biologia Marinha do Funchal, do Comando de Zona Marítima da Madeira, da Marinha Portuguesa e do Instituto de Socorros a Náufragos.
A saga do WEST teve início há mais de dois anos no outro lado do Atlântico. Em Portugal, o projeto educativo “WEST Leva Portugal ao Mundo” envolveu seis parceiros ligados ao mar: Agência Ciência Viva, EMEPC/Kit do Mar, IST/ISR, IST/MARETEC, Valuma e Ocean Puzzle; e ainda duas escolas da Nazaré: EB 2,3 Amadeu Gaudêncio e Externato Dom Fuas Roupinho.
Conheça toda a história do WEST no site do Kit do Mar e veja os vídeos no site da Valuma.

Veja a reportagem do lançamento do WEST na RTP aqui:

O WEST pode ser seguido online:

The WEST unmanned boat attempts to cross the Atlantic… completed 1000 km today!

The IST/ISR/DSOR Lab participated in the launching of the unmanned boat WEST from MADEIRA Island on January 27th
The event involved 30 students from two local schools (EB23 Dr. Horácio Bento de Gouveia e EB23 da Torre) on board the NRP Schultz Xavier. All whished a “good trip” to WEST, expecting that it will now sail towards the American continent. The launching point and the season were chosen with this goal in mind. However, because this is a non-controlled trip and the small vessel drifts at the mercy of the winds and currents, the outcome is uncertain.

The launching was coordinated by the EMEPC/Kit do Mar and counted with the active participation of IST/MARETEC (who performed simulations using the MOHID model) and IST/ISR/DSOR (preparation, installation and configuration of the GPS tracker/Globalstar modem). The event witnessed also the participation of and was supported by the Funchal Museum, the Science Department of the Funchal Municipality, the Marine Biology Station of Funchal, Madeira Area Naval Command, the Portuguese Navy, and the Search and Rescue at Sea Institute.

The WEST saga started more than two years ago on the other side of the Atlantic. In Portugal, the educational project “WEST take Portugal to the World” involved six partners with connections to the sea: Agência Ciência Viva, EMEPC/Kit do Mar, IST/ISR, IST/MARETEC, Valuma e Ocean Puzzle; as well as two schools from Nazaré: EB 2,3 Amadeu Gaudêncio and Externato Dom Fuas Roupinho.

Read the complete story about WEST on Kit do Mar webpage, and see the videos on Valuma’s webpage.

See also the coverage of the WEST launching on RTP (national TV) news (Portuguese only):

The WEST can be followed online:

CADDY trials along with “Breaking the Surface” event in Croatia

The 1st joint trials of the CADDY project are starting right now at Biograd na Moru, Croatia. CADDY addresses the challenging problem of human diver /robot interaction in the marine world.

To visit the official CADDY project pages and get information on the parallel Breaking The Surface (BtS) event  please click here:

We are in the kick-off meeting to plan all the details. In the next two weeks we’ll be performing a series of 5 experiments:

Experiment 1 – Video  mosaicing of a given area triggered by commands issued by a human.

Experiment 1

Experiment 2 – Buddy Slave

Experiment 2

Experiment 3 – Buddy Guide

Experiment 3

Experiment 4 – Using single-range positioning

Experiment 4

Experiment 5 – DiverNet: acquisition and transmission to the surface (via an acoustic link) of relevant diver´s motion and physiological parameters.

Experiment 5

More on the CADDY trials soon!