Croatian robots are set to aid marine research.
As Morski writes on the 28th of September, 2018, Croatian-made robots from LAPOST will be presented at the tenth edition of the International Breaking the Surface (BTS) workshop, which will be taking place in Biograd na Moru in the Zadar region from September the 30th to October the 7th, 2018.
The workshop is a totally unique gathering of 200 Croatian and foreign experts from numerous different professions and the aim of it is to combine exploratory work when it comes to the strange world of marine robotics. The seven-day workshop will take place under the organisation of LAPOST, (The Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies) of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER) in Zagreb.
Of the vehicles present at this year’s workshop, there will be a total of three Croatian products, among which there are the LAPOST-made robots under the names of aMussels and aPad, and their use and possibilities for studying the seabed will be presented by young scientists as part of practical exercises.
Ivana Mikolić, Manager of LAPOST’s projects, added: “aMussels and aPad are two of the three vehicles which together make up the interwoven autonomous system developed within the subCULTron project, in which our lab, LAPOST also participates, along with many other European partners. The Breaking the Surface Workshop is a unique event that enables us to present our achievements and engage in an exchange of knowledge with our colleagues in this field, as well as [to engage in] highly valuable field experiences with our research partners. “
This year, Biograd na Moru will host experts, students, scientists and entrepreneurs from across the word, including China, the United States, the Netherlands, Japan, Switzerland, Singapore, Spain, Israel, and other countries who are experts in the field of robotics and archeology, biology, geology and other sciences relying on the use of robotics for maritime research. This particular field workshop is of a unique nature because of the combination of professional and research lectures together with field exercises and robot presentations which will also include practical work.
The importance of the Breaking the Surface workshop has also been recognised at an international level with support from the United States Embassy in Croatia as a strategic project for strengthening inter-state and inter-institutional cooperation. Representatives of the aforementioned embassy plan to visit Biograd na Moru and attend the workshop program of the upcoming event.