DexROV: 2017 trials results and perspectives
DexROV is a EC Horizon 2020 funded project addressing the development of under-sea robotic intervention capabilities, with a focus on (1) far distance teleoperation – involving communication latency to mitigate, and (2) dexterous manipulation capabilities benefiting from context specific human skills and know-how. DexROV intends to develop cost-effective technologies and methods that will enable subsea operations with fewer off-shore personnel while increasing the range, flexibility and complexity of operations that are possible. The consortium consists of 9 European organizations, coordinated by Space Applications Services. Academic partners include the Universities of Genova, Cassino and Salento, Jacobs University Bremen, and IDIAP research laboratory (affiliated to EPFL). Industrial partners include COMEX, Graal Tech and EJR Quartz (Netherlands). The lecture will give an overview of the results and lessons learnt of trials carried out over two weeks between Marseille and Zaventem, in June/July 2017. Additionally, emphasis will be put on the future of offshore underwater interventions.