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Miniature Underwater Gliders with Autonomous Deployment and Recovery Capabilities

Naturvetenskap & IT

Marine robotic systems such as Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and underwater gliders, are revolutionizing the way we obtain data from the Ocean. However, the majority of existing ocean observing systems still rely on manned support vessels for launch, recovery, and battery charging. There is still an urgent need in improving the amount of data available, increasing spatial and temporal diversity, which can only be met with the development of innovative solutions that are autonomous and scalable by nature. Alex Alcocer will talk about the OASYS research project which is developing a proof of concept for a swarm of low cost Miniature Underwater Gliders.

20 maj 2021
13:00 - 14:00
Zoom webinar
Sista anmälningsdag
20 maj 2021
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Alex Alcocer, professor of robotics and control, Oslo Metropolitan University
Ocean Data Factory Sweden
Alex Alcocer, professor of robotics and control at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet).
Alex Alcocer, professor of robotics and control at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet).


Alex Alcocer is professor of robotics and control at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet). He has been working with marine robotics research and development for almost 20 years, and is passionate about developing new technologies that enable an easier access and understanding of our oceans. He is the leader of the new OsloMet Ocean Lab, and co-founder of marine robotics startup uSEA. He is the project coordinator of OASYS research project in collaboration with NTNU, Norwegian Polar Institute and TriOS gmbh.

About the project

The OASYS research project is developing a proof of concept for a swarm of low cost Miniature Underwater Gliders (MUGs) that can operate autonomously with the support of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs) for deployment, recovery, battery charging, and communication relay. The project is a cooperation between OsloMet, NTNU, Norwegian Polar Institute and TriOS gmbh.  

Ocean Data Factory Sweden's webinar series

According to National Geographic, an estimated 97 % of the world’s water is found in the ocean, and as a result, the ocean has a considerable impact on the weather, temperature, and food supply of humans and other organisms. To take care of the ocean for a sustainable future, we need collaboration, learning, and the exchange of ideas across organizations and disciplines. To achieve this, Ocean Data Factory Sweden has started a webinar series, through which experts from ocean-relevant domains or data-driven innovation relevant domains share their experiences and learning and encourage knowledge sharing and innovation. 

About Ocean Data Factory Sweden

The goal of the Ocean Data Factory - Sweden (ODFSweden) is to enable Sweden to be a global leader in sustainability and data-driven innovation in the digital blue economy. ODFSweden will enable the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to many different types of marine data from Swedish to international data sources. The number of use cases for marine data-driven innovation is enormous and includes areas such as environmental monitoring and conservation, transportation and logistics, energy, food, and healthcare, to name a few.

ODF Sweden was established through Vinnova funding and is a consortium of actors from academia, research institutes, public sector, and industry. Professor Robin Teigland from Chalmers University of Tech is the Director of ODF while Torsten Linders from University of Gothenburg  is the Coordinator.