Participants

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BMT Group Ltd., an international contract research and technology organization. BMT’s most important asset is its people. Over 80% of all staff are qualified to at least first degree standard. To ensure all work is relevant, BMT encourages its people to play an active part in the industries they serve and to participate fully in their professional institutes. As a result many members of the staff regularly publish professional papers. BMT’s outstanding ability in computer technology, AI and system integration and its extensive network of computer facilities has become a key feature in its development and the reason why BMT today is well-known internationally as an established Software House, registered under AQAP 1 and 13, BS5750 and ISO9000.

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The Tyndall National Institute (Tyndall) was created in 2004 at the initiative of the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment and University College Cork (UCC) to bring together complementary activities in photonics, electronics and networking research at the National Microelectronics Research Centre (NMRC), several UCC academic departments and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT). The objective is to create a research institute, which would become a focal point of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Ireland, to support industry and academia nationally and to increase the number of qualified graduate students for the knowledge economy

The Molecular Microsystems Group at Tyndall looks at novel micro-nanotechnology for environmental, biological and medical applications. The aims of the group are the investigation and application of electrochemical and surface behaviour in molecular detection systems, and harnessing electrochemical behaviour in combination with dedicated instrumentation hardware and software. Current areas of work within the group include micro and nano-electrochemical systems for detection of compounds of biological relevance in health, environment and food arenas.

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Thales Safare SA is 100% owned subsidiary of Thales S.A., counting on roughly a hundred trained staff, specialised in special acoustic and communication products, and linked to the Naval Division of the Group.

Thales Safare located in the Sophia Antipolis in the South-East of France, delivers its equipment to primes, system integrators or shipyards worldwide, in full respect of applicable export rules.

Beyond its own product range, thanks to a development team including experts in acoustic, electronics, software and mechanics, Thales Safare can fully design and develop special equipment in accordance with a specific customer specification. Since 1950 Thales Safare has developed an expertise in underwater voice communications for civil and military markets. Since 1999, according to Thales strategy, Thales Safare has been designated as the leader in all activities related to Underwater Communication (UComm) for the group. This includes Research and Development of systems and equipment for divers, AUUV, submarines and surface ships. Investment in new communication technologies is one of the highest priorities.

Thales Safare is now offering underwater data transmission capabilities with data rate from 100 up to 2400 bit/s. These modems have been successfully tested in real operational conditions. The development of undersea applications has driven the need of reliable wireless communications. Digital communication solutions in underwater communication systems is considered as a major step in UComm.

However, the very complex underwater environment causes many problems especially in shallow waters. This means that the performance of acoustic sensors has to be improved drastically compared to classical analogue transmissions. The knowledge and simulation capability of physical processes in underwater environment are also fundamental for evaluating the performances of active and passive transducers.

University of Essex - Robotic Development

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The School of Computer Science & Electronic Engineering is the largest in the University of Essex, with over 60 academic staff and a further 70 support, research and technical staff. It is also one of the largest computing and electronics departments in the UK. Its particular strengths include autonomous robotics, computer networking, telecommunications, human-computer interfacing, computational finance, intelligent environments, and multimedia & video. The University invested multi-million pounds to build research facility: two new laboratories for robotics research, including a huge Robot Arena for indoor flying robots, as well as over 50 mobile robots. More details can be seen from the school website

The Human Centred Robotics group at Essex is to develop various kinds of embedded systems and intelligent robots that are used in unstructured environments in order to improve the quality of life and security for everyone. The research activities and previous experience include distributed control architectures, data fusion algorithms, navigation and localisation, SLAM, multi-robot collaboration, human-robot interaction, Flying/underwater robots, GA, Fuzzy and NN for robot control, swam robotics, AI and expert systems. More details can be seen from the group website www.essex.ac.uk

In this project, Prof. Huosheng Hu will lead the Essex team to design and build a team of robotic fish. In doing so they will play an important part in all stages of development, working with other technical partners to advise what will be possible and also how best to design other components in order to facilitate the integration effort.

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The Ship Stability Research Centre (SSRC) of the University of Strathclyde is the world leading centre of excellence on Ship Safety. Established on 22 January 1997 in response to demand from the international maritime industry to adopt scientific approaches in dealing with ship safety, SSRC today comprises 35 researchers from 15 countries, including a number of world-renowned experts, dealing with wide-ranging aspects of safety performance prediction in extreme environments and conditions using first-principles. SSRC has had a profound influence on the maritime industry, establishing itself as the acknowledged pace setter on ship safety in all its various forms ranging from philosophical to research, regulatory, design and operational aspects.

In the FP6 IP project VIRTUE, bringing the top EU CFD capability to address all aspects of ship hydrodynamic performance, the Centre is a member of the Steering Group and leader of the work package on “The Virtual Manoeuvring Basin�. Its main contribution focuses on seakeeping and manoeuvring performance, reflecting the prime areas of expertise in the Centre.

Port Authority of Gijón - Testing Port

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The Port Authority of Gijón (PAG) is one of the 28 Spanish Public port authorities, framed both in the National Development Ministry and the Regional Transport Administration. The city of Gijón has 300.000 inhabitants; it’s an industrial and commercial place, with numerous manufacturing centres

The PAG is a public entity, an administrative body which holds several industrial,, commercial and educational entities such as the Port of Gijón, Marina of Gijón, EBHI (European Bulk Handling Installation) Terminal for minerals handling, Lonja Gijón-Musel for fishing markets ,and the Gijón Port Institute, focused to promote quality, environment, safety & security and research issues inside the port community.

The Port of Gijón is an industrial installation distributed alongside of more than 10 km of coast and docks in the Bay of Gijón. It has 160 direct workers, sales for about € 40 million and in 2007 it moved 21 million tons of industrial products, mainly steam coal, iron ore, steel products, chemicals, cement, clinker, oil, fertilizers, fish and others, for their main customers : ARCELOR-MITTAL, DUPONT, SARAS, HC-Energía, Union Fenosa, ENDESA, Cementos Tudela-Veguin,

There is an on-going port expansion project 2004-2010 with an investment portfolio of € 3,300m to create a new 150 Ha terminal to duplicate the cargo handling capacity, related to the new cargoes : LNG, bio diesel and bio ethanol and an energetic pole of combined cycle electrical power plants.