MINOAS
MARINE INSPECTION ROBOTIC ASSISTANT SYSTEM
Minoas
Minoas
MINOAS PROJECT - PARTICIPANTS ROLES

Rina

RINA is the coordinating company within the MINOAS project and is responsible for the keeping up of the project progress against the planned schedule and ensuring the information flow among the participants of the project and the European Commission.
RINA is a regulatory body and consequently its expertise lies in ship classification and certification. It thus plays a major role in the extraction of requirements and provides feedback on the test validation activities. RINA also focus in the safety considerations adjoining the operation of the project. At specific areas of the project RINA leads the tasks adjoining issues of:

  • Analysis of the tasks during a vessel inspection
  • Inspection procedure reengineering
  • Financial management and project reporting
  • Exploitation planning
  • The contribution of RINA is critical to the execution of the MINOAS project and pro-actively safeguards the success of the project.

DFKI

DFKI plays a critical role in the development of the robotic platforms and the localization techniques incorporated for the platforms utilized within the project. DFKI’s experience in the development and control of robots (proven through its continuous participation in corresponding projects) guarantees the proper adaptation of existing technology to the maritime field and to the specific application needs.
DFKI also assumes lead role in the development of the algorithms and the strategies utilized for the development of the post-processing tools and the methodologies realized within the hierarchical controller. The mechanisms interfacing the communication between the human and the robot fleet are also being developed under the coordination of DFKI providing the valuable experience gained through their previous involvement in similar areas in the past.
The scientific and academic background of DFKI additionally proves valuable in the dissemination activities realized within the framework of MINOAS.

CNR-ISSIA

CNR-ISSIA is basically in charge of robot task allocation, formation control supervision and path-planning, making available its experience in the development and integration of complex robotic systems for coordinating the implementation of mission control and robot planning, navigation, communication, fault analysis and reconfiguration modules.

Glafcos Marine

Through the experience and know-how in all field surveys related to shipping (including Class Surveys) as well as the twofold nature of a maritime system integrator in the area of monitoring and control, Glafcos keeps a lead role in the overall project execution. Glafcos’ role is mainly exercised – but not limited – to the following areas:

  • Project Technical Coordination and Management
  • Lead role in the evaluation of the existing inspection techniques and methodologies
  • Lead role in the requirements and the constrain analysis of MINOAS
  • Lead role in the specification of MINOAS architecture
  • Participation in the formulation of user groups
  • Participation in the extraction and evaluation of users’ requirements
  • Significant role in platforms’ and integration work package, where GLAFCOS is involved in all the tasks of this WP
  • Lead role in the specification of emergency management response module
  • Implementation of the hybrid platform

SRV group

The main contribution of the SRV group to the project is in the development of image processing (image filtering, pattern recognition, edge detection, particle analysis) and statistical analysis algorithms to identify areas susceptible to corrosion or pitting, in order to provide a specific quantitative measure. The SRV group participates in all the tasks adjoining issues of the specification extraction for the operation of the robots, the development of the algorithms that control the robotic operation and the final stage of integrating the aforementioned tools to the robotic agents developed within the MINOAS project. SRV also leads the task of the experimental validation – in laboratory environment- of the robotic platforms

RIGEL engineering

RIGEL contributes primarily in the tasks dealing with the specification extraction tasks of the networking means utilized under the MINOAS project for the coverage of the communication needs between the robot and the hierarchical controller and the robot – robot interaction (wherever desirable). RIGEL leads the tasks responsible for the construction of the communication protocols, but also participates in the entity of the tasks attached to the development of the robotic platforms.

Horama Marketing & Engineering Services S.A

Horama is responsible for the operational management of the project (under WP8) and leads the business analysis and dissemination work-packages of the project. The company also contributes to the requirements analysis (WP1) and MINOAS platform cost estimation under WP5

Lloyd's Register

Lloyd's Register is a regulatory body and consequently its expertise lies in ship classification and certification. Drawing from this knowledge, Lloyd's Register leads the tasks of introducing existing technology – as is – to the maritime inspection field and plays a critical role – from the experience gained – to the extraction of the specification that provide the guidelines for the operation and the effectiveness of the MINOAS project. Lloyd's Register follows up the control and test validation activities and leads the tasks that provide the outcomes of the inspection leveraging and the extraction of recommendations. Additionally, Lloyd’s Register also assumes a lead role in the dissemination activities and focuses in the safety considerations adjoining the operation of the project.

MTG DOLPHIN PLC

DOLPHIN as an experienced shipyard with significant presence in the maritime of Black Sea gives to the consortium the required filed expertise for adapting the new techniques and methodologies to be introduced. The most critical role of the shipyard is the tasks related to pilot testing and evaluation. Additionally, valuable contributions are expected in the areas of:

  • the identification of existing architectures and parameters
  • the development of representative user groups
  • establishment and consultancies of expert groups
  • in the dissemination plans in the area of it specialization

NEORION GROUP OF COMPANIES

NEORION as an experienced shipyard with significant presence in the maritime of Mediterranean gives to the consortium the required filed expertise for adapting the new techniques and methodologies to be introduced. The most critical role of the shipyard is the tasks related to pilot testing and evaluation. Additionally, valuable contributions are in the areas of:

  • the identification of existing architectures and parameters
  • the development of representative user groups
  • establishment and consultancies of expert groups
  • in the dissemination plans in the area of it specialization

COMPANIES & INSTITUTES

<a href=http://www.dfki.de>DFKI</a>

<a href=http://www.cnr.it/>ARSC</a>

<a href=http://www.glafcos-marine.com>Glafcos Marine Ltd. </a>

<a href=http://dmi.uib.es/~srv/>SRV group</a>

<a href=http://www.rigel.li.it>Rigel Engineering</a>

<a href=http://www.horama.com>Horama Marketing & Engineering Services S.A</a>

 <a href=http://www.lr.org>Lloyd's Register </a>

<a href=http://www.dolphin1.bg/>MTG DOLPHIN PLC</a>

<a href=http://www.neorion-shipyards.gr/>NEORION GROUP OF COMPANIES</a>

<a href=http://www.rina.org>RINA S.p.A.</a>

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