The main part of expected activities to develop by MIR students are depending of facilities of the two groups of Robotics working at UJI: IRS-Lab and RobInLab. Summarizing, IRS-Lab is devoted to underwater robotics activities, as principal line of research, meanwhile RobinLab is more focused on other robotics application domains (land and air). Both groups are injecting AI technology for improving the robot capabilities in real domains.
In particular, the experience developed by the IRS-Lab in the context of underwater robotics would focus on: Wireless underwater communications, both acoustic and radio frequency; Image compression algorithms; HRI systems including immersive methods based on Virtual and Augmented Reality; Development of the UWSim underwater simulator; Supervised control of teleoperated systems. In relation to these aspects and in addition, that of robotic manipulation, the following resources are available on the UJ Campus: an underwater manipulator and a significant number of different sensors (eg cameras, lasers, tactile and force sensors, etc.), as well as a “water tank” for real tests under controlled conditions. As for vehicles, the SeaBotix ROV is available with umbilical capable of accessing 200 m deep, equipped with vision and manipulator, as well as other vehicles with lower performance (e.g. OpenROV, BlueROV). On the other hand, with respect to the investigation in immersive techniques of Virtual and Augmented Reality, in addition to the UWSim simulator, HTC and Oculus systems are available, among other resources. Regarding wireless communications, acoustic and radio frequency modems are available.
Finally, it is noticeable that during 2018, the IRS-Lab has won a call for infrastructure of the regional government (GVA) financed with FEDER funds (IDIFEDER / 2018/013). Fruit of which, a consortium called CIRTESU (RESEARCH CENTER IN ROBOTICS AND UNDERWATER TECHNOLOGIES) has been launched. This project works with two years of equipment financing (2018 and 2020) and one year (2019) with infrastructure financing. Thus, at the end of this year the research center building (on a plot of 500 m2) will be completed, which will contain, among other things, a 12x8x5 m water tank, which allows 480 m3 of capacity and, thanks to the glass armored from one of the walls of the base, the evolution of the experiments of underwater interventions to be implemented with the available equipment can be monitored in real time. Moreover, a “Girona-500” AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) from Iqua Robotics SL has been acquired during 2018, thanks to this call.