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Marine Robotics for Environmental Monitoring and Preservation

Track: Specific operating environments

Date and Time: 14 Mar 2023 14:30-15:50

Organisers: Gabriele Ferri, Enrico Simetti

Main questions to be answered: How marine robotics can help in environmental monitoring and preservation applications?

Additional questions: Which are the barriers to the use of robotics in such applications?,

Additional questions 2: How new technologies (new sensors, AI, cloud robotics, etc.) can help in these applications?

Workshop Description: The need for water quality monitoring and preservation in freshwater systems and oceans has become pressing. Traditionally, field operations have been performed using dedicated vessels. The traditional approaches do not guarantee the spatial and temporal scales of the monitoring process needed by experts for a full understanding of the environment. Advancements in the last two decades in sensing technology, microelectronics, and marine robotics have made possible the development of new systems for sampling the oceans in a sustained way, with increased spatio–temporal resolution and at lower costs. This workshop will present examples of robots (surface and underwater) used for monitoring and for cleaning the waters. A final roundtable will discuss current barriers to the use of such robots in real-world scenarios and the opportunities that the new technological breakthroughs can provide.

Intended Outcome: Workshop covering material new to ERF that the Robotics community should engage with, Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc

Approach: 0-10: presentation by TG coordinators 10-20: presentation by Joao Sousa (University of Porto, Portugal) 20-30: presentation by Massimo Caccia (CNR, Italy) 30-40: presentation by Bart De Schutter (University of Twente, NDL) 40-75: round table 75-80: conclusions by TG coordinators

Contributors: Dr. Gabriele Ferri, CMRE – Marine Robotics TG coordinator – WS organizer Prof. Enrico Simetti, University of Genova TG coordinator – WS co-organizer Lucrezia Bernacchi, University of Porto, Portugal – speaker/round table Dr. Massimo Caccia, CNR, Italy – speaker/round table Prof. Ivana Palunko, University of Dubrovnik, Croatia – speaker/round table Prof. Cristina Panti, University of Siena, Italy – round table Prof. Gianluca Antonelli – University of Cassino, Italy – round table Prof. Alfredo Martins – INESC TEC, Portugal – round table Prof. Gabriele Oliver – University de les Illes Balears, Spain – round table

Further Information: https://eu-robotics.net/marine-robotics-topic-group/