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Academic coordinator´s mission:

  • to detect strategic needs for knowledge development and ensure solid foundations
  • to build partnerships with best academic institutions
  • to produce innovative and attractive student projects
  • to collect, publish and share the research findings to the largest audience
Contact <Etienne - Academic coordinator>

Open projects: Protei research packages

We´re welcoming propositions for research projects at the bachelor to master level on the following:

Protei vessel

  • Energy efficient body articulation
  • Sailing performance of an articulated hull
  • Artificial Intelligence for autonomous sailing
  • Construction and material for low environmental foot print, full life cycle perspective
  • + you´re welcome to propose additional topics!

Overview of the briefs available

Protei missions

  • Plastic collection: acoustic detection, swarm organization
  • Oil spill clean up: infra red detection, absorbing material
  • Radioactivity mapping: open source DIY geiger counter, radioactive waste management
  • Coastal water monitoring: sensors for nitrates, phosphates
  • Protected Marine Areas monitoring: high definition video transmission
  • + you´re welcome to propose additional topics!

What the Protei team can provide you with

  • weekly video discussion
  • connection with our experts in design, data visualization, electronics, oceanography,+
  • workshops and access to Protei exhibitions 

Past projects April 2011 - June 2012

VPP for Protei 6.0, Gonzalo Tampier and Javier Henríquez Quezada, Universidad Austral de Chilewith many thanks for the support from Solidworks and Futureship.

Qualification Basis for Protei as Oil Recovery system, François de la Taste, Paris Mine X Tech

Marketing strategy for Protei, Elika Madhavi and Chun Kai Phang, Global Entrepreneurship and Marketing Program, Stanford University

Open-H2O, the community for Oceanic Innovation, Allen Jiang, Congyi Tan, Swetha Bolagond, Ken Bach Ngoc Thanh Cong, Global Entrepreneurship and Marketing Program, Stanford University

Protei Wild Robots, 10 students from TU/e Eindhoven, NextNature Program
Final reports:

On going projects from September 2012

Open hardware for the Environment, Phd thesis in development, Cesar Harada, Goldsmiths University of LondonDesign & Environment department, under the supervision of Prof Jennifer Gabrys.

Protei Wild Robots #2, 10 students from TU/e Eindhoven, NextNature Program
Project briefs and live updates (students blog)
Project report Tim Huiberts: Foundations for swarm behaviour of autonomous sailing drones
Project report Willem Rabsztyn: A community web platform for Protei >> see the prototype of the community web platform here

TU/e Delft, Ship Hydrodynamics
Inge Kamp, Niels Kleijweg, Arthur Schout and Jon Tromp: Measurement of the resistance of an oil boom (mini paper, in Dutch)


Etienne Gernez, Cesar Minoru Harada, Rik Bootsman, Zenon Chaczko, Gabriella Levine, Peter Keen, Protei open source sailing drones: A platform for education in ocean exploration and conservation, International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training (ITHET), 21-23 June 2012, Istanbul, Turkey >> see it on

The Open-H2O community is developing ocean technology with the aim of co-designing the technology; licensing under the Open Source Software and Hardware protocols; and gathering ocean data from its different technology users and developers. Protei is a fleet of autonomous, shape-shifting, sailing vessels for ocean exploration and conservation, created by the Open-H2O community. This paper presents the tools and learning environments used during the development of Protei, and the opportunities created in terms of education and engagement of the Public, Scientific and Industrial sectors. Three case studies are presented, concluding with the challenges and education perspectives lying in the growth of the Open-H2O community.

Chaczko, Z. Klempous, R. ;  Nikodem, J. ;  Aslanzadeh, S. Group-work teaching and learning involving 3 Time Zones (3TZ) model of collaboration in the global workspace International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training (ITHET), 21-23 June 2012, Istanbul, Turkey >> see it on

This paper discusses concepts of group-work teaching and learning of practice based subjects within ICT engineering programs using 3 Time Zones (3TZ) collaborative, global workspace environment. The methodology intends to explore and evaluate a new collaborative framework for teaching system analysis and design, as well as software engineering in higher education, using new convergent technologies. The project is compatible with a model of teaching and learning that involves a blend of three interrelated features: an integrated exposure to professional practice and multidisciplinary skills, a practice situated in a global environment, as well as a research inspired and integrated learning.
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Cesar Harada,
Aug 14, 2012, 4:53 AM