Today, João Sousa and Kanna Rajan are at the " Seminário do Mar - The New Challenges of the Atlantic" Conference.

This conference, organized by “Centro de Estudos Estratégicos do Atlântico”,  is part of the project "Extension of the Continental Shelf: Implications for Strategic Decision Making", funded by FCT, in partnership with the Navy and the ESRI Portugal, as part of the Center for Business and Public Policy Institute of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lisbon.

The Technical Unconscious is a program that relates culture and research, exploring the relation between the technique associated with gesture and the unconscious knowledge.
As a result of this research, the Faculty of Fine Arts, of University of Porto brings to us an exhibit that invites us to reflect about art and science in a post-industrial space and city.

Taking place in Cooperativa dos Pedreiros do Porto (loosely translated as Cooperative of Stonemasons of Port) this is an opportunity to visit the former industrial site where the stone used in the construction of most emblematic buildings of Porto was quarried and crafted.


During the last week a team from LSTS went to Galicia and Corunna to take part in the second demo of the project NETMAR, that happened at 1st October at A Pobra do Caramiñal.

The scenario created for this exercise, involved a ship that suffered damage to the hull during a storm and was leaking fuel causing a spill. An UAV would then be deployed to assess the contaminated area. Drifters would also be deployed to accurately understand the way the fuel was spreading and an UAV would make a survey to acquire a more precise image of the contaminated area. During this operation containment measure would be put in place and a ROV would make a hull inspection to evaluate the damage.

After the demonstration a smaller part of the team headed further north for the seminar "New scenarios of maritime safety in the European Union. Reflections after the Erika and Prestige disasters” at Oleiros.


Another story on project Sunrise, this time in Portuguese.

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URready4OS is a project that aims to join forces to make available to European Civil Protection a fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) with operational capability to intervene against oil spills in European Seas using new cooperative multivehicle robotic technologies.


Last September 19, Professor John Sousa, traveled to Russia to present a lecture on the creation and use of robotic devices in marine systems of the Ural Federal University.
(in Russian)

This event is the follow-on workshop from the  Workshop on Navigation, Guidance and Control of Underwater Vehicles (NGCUV’2012), which was held in Porto, Portugal in April 2012.


It is where we all came from and it is vital to our future, but the earth’s oceans, seas and waterways remain a mystery to us – a final frontier. The Sunrise project is at the forefront of a revolution in communications, creating an underwater ‘internet of things’, that will mobilise robots to work in groups, interacting together and passing back information to us on life underwater.


As refered in a previous post   REP14 - Atlantic  stands for Recognized Environmental Picture (REP) Atlantic 2014, and was a joint exercise of the Portuguese Navy, the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), and the University of Porto, through the Laboratório de Sistemas e Tecnologia Subaquática (LSTS). 
This exercise was conducted at the Lisbon naval base and of the coasts of Sesimbra and Sines, Portugal. The exercise was focused on evaluating, testing, and demonstrating tools and technologies for persistent operations of collaborative underwater, surface and air vehicles in mine hunting, oceanography, expeditionary hydrography, search and rescue, environmental knowledge, maritime security and harbour protection. 

Check the numbers and highlights of this exercise.


From 7 to 28 July, four naval units and ten international partners conduct collaborative experimentation off the coast of Portugal.

Multi-domain cooperative robotics could significantly improve current capabilities of Navies at sea. The Portuguese Navy and the Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto (FEUP), along with the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), based in La Spezia (Italy), are at sea off the coast of Portugal, from 7 to 28 of July 2014, to test networks of unmanned maritime vehicles (surface, underwater and aerial) and develop new solutions in the fields of underwater communications and autonomy in operational scenarios.