How do we innovate?
So far, collection efforts have focused mostly on surface waste, with only a few local efforts to gather underwater waste, always using human divers. No solution exists that exploits autonomous robots for underwater litter collection; the SeaClear project will develop the first. Our platform for search, identification, and collection of sea litter using UAVs and autonomous UUVs will innovate in the following technical directions:
online identification of debris versus marine life from underwater sensors
integrated underwater and surface mapping
underwater collection of small and larger-size litter
cooperative control of the robotic team
Who are we?
The SeaClear consortium consists of 8 European partners. It includes the two end-users mentioned above, an SME supplying proven hardware for our platform; an experienced marine system integrator; and four academic institutions with complementary expertise in underwater and aerial robotics, sensing, mapping, and control.