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I’m an Associate Professor in the Computer Engineering Department of the University of Girona. I carry out my research within the Computer Vision and Robotics Research Group where I head the Underwater Robotics Research Center (CIRS).

Interview in Girona Local TV

posted 11 Sep 2013, 00:23 by Pere Ridao Rodríguez   [ updated 5 Oct 2013, 23:59 ]



Interview in the local TV of Girona related to the MORPH FP7 European project. The interview begins at minut 6:30.

Toulon'13 MORPH Field Trials

posted 26 Jul 2013, 06:42 by Pere Ridao Rodríguez


During the July the 21th to the 27th CIRS-VICOROB team has been participating in the Toulon'13 MORPH Field Trials.

The major goal of the MORPH Toulon field trials consist on demonstrating the "Simplified Horizontal Survey Configuration" of the MORPH supra-vehicle.

The MORPH supra-vehicle is a underwater robotic system composed of multiple, heterogeneous marine robots which cooperate in a tighly way behaving as a unique distributed entity.

Our team has contributed with 2 AUVs (GIRONA500 and SPARUS) and 10 people.


Participation in the Workshop In Marine Robotics 2013

posted 5 Apr 2013, 01:28 by Pere Ridao Rodríguez   [ updated 26 Jul 2013, 06:32 ]


Workshop on Marine Robotics: Looking into the Crystal Ball: 20 years hence in Marine Robotics, Eurocast 2013, Gran Canaria, Spain February 11th to 13th, 2013.

From Survey to Intervention- The challenges of 3D Mapping for Multipurpose Intervention

P. Ridao, N. Gracias, M. Carreras, R. Garcia
CIRS-VICOROB-UdG, Scientific and Technological Park, University of Girona, Spain download



Recent advances in sensing, localization, and control for underwater robotics

posted 5 Apr 2013, 01:24 by Pere Ridao Rodríguez   [ updated 26 Jul 2013, 06:35 ]

I was invited to present our last results of the TRIDENT project in the "Recent advances in sensing, localization, and control for underwater robotics" which was held in lyon within the 2013 Eurobotics Forum.

Field Results in Multipurpose Autonomous UnderwaterIntervention

P. Ridao, P. Sanz, G. Oliver, G. Cassalino, A. Turetta Y. Petillot, C. Silvestre, C. Melchori

While commercially available AUVs are routinely used in survey missions, a new set of applications exists which clearly demand intervention capabilities. The maintenance of: permanent observatories underwater; submerged oil wells; cabled sensor networks; pipes; and the deployment and recovery of benthic stations are but a few of them. These tasks are addressed nowadays using manned submersibles, work-class ROVs and/or HROVs equipped with tele-operated arms under human supervision. This work presents recent results of the TRIDENT FP7 project to demonstrate the concept of multipurpose autonomous underwater intervention. The proposed methodology is divided in two phases. First (Survey Phase) an optical survey of the area is carried out autonomously. The outcome is a photomosaic, which is used by the user to select a target object. Next (Intervention Phase) the I-AUV is sent back to the region of interest to establish visual contact with the target. At this point, a multipurpose grasping strategy is launched in order to autonomously grasp the object. During this strategy, the object is detected and identified, and the grasping is computed. Next the arm-vehicle system executes a coordinated motion to perform the grasping while keeping the target in the camera field of view. In this paper, the last experimental results will be reported and the future trends of research will be pointed out.

 

Ponencia en el Curso "Robótica Asistencial y de Servicios" durantes las Jornadas de Automática 2013

posted 5 Apr 2013, 01:14 by Pere Ridao Rodríguez   [ updated 5 Aug 2013, 09:15 ]

GIRONA500 I-AUV, un robot para la exploración y la intervención autónoma submarina

Mientras los AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) disponibles comercialmente se utilizan de forma rutinaria para tareas de exploración, existen un conjunto de aplicaciones que van más allá, requiriendo capacidades de intervención. Algunos ejemplos de estas aplicaciones incluyen el mantenimiento de:  observatorios permanentes ; pozos petrolíferos, redes de cableado; tuberías, la instalación y recuperación de equipos del lecho marino o la localización y recuperación de objetos de interés (por ejemplo cajas negras). Este tipo de tareas las realizan hoy en día  buzos profesionales y, cuando la profundidad no lo permite, se recurre al uso de submarinos tripulados o ROVs (Remote Operated Vehicle) equipados con manipuladores que son teleoperados. En ambos casos los costes son significativos. Recientemente, la comunidad científica ha empezado ha sentar las bases para el desarrollo de los futuros I-AUVs (Intervention AUVs). No obstante, existe un largo camino que recorrer antes de poder llevar acabo este tipo de tareas de manera totalmente autónoma. Las investigaciones que se están llevando a cabo actualmente en el CIRS (Centro de Investigación en Robótica Submarina) de la Universidad de Girona, se dirigen a cubrir este vacío. En esta presentación, se reportará la evolución tecnológica de los I-AUVs principalmente durante la última década. Seguidamente se presentará el diseño y concepto del AUV GIRONA500 diseñado y construido en nuestro laboratorio. Que tengamos constancia, el GIRONA500 es el I-AUV más ligero que existe en la actualidad, y está siendo utilizado como plataforma básica de investigación en 3 proyectos europeos (TRIDENT, MORPH y PANDORA). Se presentarán resultados operativos de este vehículos en las campañas CALDERA 2012 (exploración del cráter de un volcán submarino a 380 [m] de profundidad) y La-Lune-2012 (exploración arqueológica de un pecio del siglo XVII a 90 [m] de profundidad). Seguidamente se presentarán resultados de intervención autónoma en el contexto de la búsqueda y recuperación de una caja negra. En este último caso se trata de pruebas de concepto y demostraciones validación tecnológica en ambientes marinos reales pero controlados (puertos).

Interview at "LaXarxa" Radio Station

posted 30 Jan 2013, 00:49 by Pere Ridao Rodríguez   [ updated 30 Jan 2013, 00:53 ]


  





Interview at "LaXarxa" Local Radio Station with Eduard Cid.

5th AUTOMAR Spanish Marine Robotics Workshop held in Girona

posted 26 Jan 2013, 01:25 by Pere Ridao Rodríguez   [ updated 26 Jan 2013, 01:27 ]

During December the 19th-21th the 5th Spanish Workshop in Marine robotics was held in the Scientific and Tecnological Parc of the university of Girona. The workshop grouped the principal spanish team working in marine automation and robotics. The major activities of the workshop included: 1) A tutorial taught by Bill Kirkwood (MBARI), 2) A Plenary lectured by Joao Tasso (FEUP), 3) a plenary lectured by Antonio Pascoal (IST), and 4) a session of research works and a round table about applications and challenges of marine robotics in Spain. 

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