Workshop UMV's (Sunday, October 23th)

Live Broadcast!

Workshop Agenda

Part 1, Introduction section

Live streaming available in this link

  • 14:00 Welcome
  • 14:10 Survey of Use of UMVs for Disasters - introductory talk by Dr. Robin Murphy, Texas A&M University
  • 1440 Marine Robotics for Search and Rescue: Role of Acoustic-based Methods Dr. Behzad Bayat, EPFL
  • 15:00 Invited short talks:
    • Multi-Robot Path Planning for Search and Rescue in Marine Environments- Sandeep Manjanna, McGill University Canada
    • Underwater Snake Robots - Subsea Operations, Dr. Eleni Kelasidi, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    • Visual Navigation of USV from UAV to Save Drowning Victims - Jan Dufek, Texas A&M University
  • 15:30 Live streaming ends

Part 2, Coffee Break and Poster Session

  • 15:30 coffee break with posters

Creating a Research Roadmap

  • 16:00 Break out groups to determine research challenges and roadmap:
    • For types of  vehicles, manipulators (scribe: Wilde)
    • For Human-robot interaction (scribe: Schofield)
    • For sensors, sensing, data visualization (scribe: Dufek)
  • 16:45 Presentation of break outs and discussion
  • 17:15 Prioritization of research/research roadmap
  • 17:30 end

Unmanned Marine Vehicles for Marine Disasters

This half-day workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners addressing how unmanned marine vehicles can address marine disasters. Marine disasters can pose immediate threats to life and the environment, but also threaten economic stability of large regions and populations.

Unmanned marine vehicles can be used for:

  • Search and rescue
  • Environmental response, including identification of spills and mitigation
  • Firefighting on ships and oil platforms
  • Reopening ports and waterways
  • Salvage and recovery of property
  • Forensic investigation and documentation of marine disasters
  • Prevention of disasters such as bridge collapses or pipeline spills

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together the community in order to:

  • Learn about research initiatives on UMVs or UMVs for marine disasters
  • Discuss lessons learned from case studies actual disasters and high fidelity exercises
  • Create a readings list in UMVs for disasters
  • Review and expand roadmaps on UMV opportunities and gaps for different types of disasters

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Novel types of UMVs
  • Sensors and sensing for above and below the waterline
  • Underwater SLAM
  • Communications
  • Data visualization
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Interaction with other assets such as unmanned aerial systems and satellites

The workshop will be a mixture of invited talks and presentations with the aim of fostering conversations and discussions. It is sponsored in part by the National Science Foundation. To participate, please submit a 1 page statement of interest (or relevant paper) to by September 20, 2016.

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Image courtesy of CRASAR (taken from here.)

This workshop is supported in part through funding by the National Science Foundation under Grant OISE-1637214. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this workshop are those of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation

Prof. Robin Murphy, Texas A&M, USA

Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue.

Prof. Nikola Mišković, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Project Coordinator CADDY.

Prof. Milt Statheropoulos, National Technical University of Athens, Grece

Director European Center for Forest Fires.


This workshop is going to take place in the auditorium Adrien Palaz (MED 0 1418) of the new EPFL's ME building.

The schedule will be updated soon.