BTS 2017

International interdisciplinary field workshop of maritime robotics and applications

CNR-ISSIA Marine Robotics Team Is Attending in Biograd Na Moru, Croatia

During the Breaking the Surface (BtS 2017) workshop, CNR-ISSIA will present a hands-on tutorial to prove the effectiveness of modular robotics by exploiting an unmanned hybrid and reconfigurable vehicle.
During the tutorial the development and experimental activities carried out during the last years will be described. The practical approaches coming from field experience used to design the new hybrid vehicles like e-URoPe and Proteus will be shown. BTS students will take part to a more practical activity with demonstration and hands-on exploitation of the CNR-ISSIA robotic platforms. In particular, modular assembly and robot reconfiguration, deployment at sea, execution of a short mission will be part of the tutorial.

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TWIN USV with landing platform

Welcome to

a new concept of marine robotics

reconfigurable robots



Our Team

Massimo Caccia

ISSIA CNR Director

Director of the Institute of Intelligent Systems for Automation of the Italian National Research Council from October 2013. He received the degree in Electronic Engineering (summa cum laude) from the University of Genova in 1991, and joined the the Institute for Ship Automation of CNR in 1993. He was responsible of the research group “Autonomous robotic systems and control” from 2005 and of the Support Operating Unit of Genova of CNR- ISSIA from 2008.

Gabriele Bruzzone

Principal Investigator

Gabriele Bruzzone is a research scientist at the Institute of Intelligent Automation Systems of the Italian National Research Council and Head of the ``Field and Interaction Robotics`` research group. In the past 20 years, his research activity has focused on design, development and field testing of autonomous robotic vehicles. He led/ participated in numerous research projects and scientific campaigns performed in Polar Regions.

Marco Bibuli

Robot pilot and control system engineer

Marco Bibuli received his Master degree in Information Technology engineering at the University of Genova (Italy) in 2005. Since the same year, he joined the National Research Council of Italy, focusing his research activity on the design and development of navigation, guidance and control algorithms for marine surface vehicles and software architectures for supervision and mission control. In 2010 he obtained the PhD degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering, Robotics and Telecommunications. He is co-author of about sixty international journal and conference publications. He is responsible of various national and European research projects and he participated in many experimental missions and campaigns.

Roberta Ferretti

Physicist and robot perception expert

Since 2013 her research activity focused on the characterization of seabed through the analysis of data acquired by acoustic and optical sensors mounted on Unmanned Marine Vehicles.
In particular, she developed algorithms for automatic detection of posidonia meadows from optical images and echo-sounder signals. She gained also a good experience in software acquisition and integration of optical and acoustic sensors as well as in organising and executing field trials for data collection.
Moreover, she supported last CNR Arctic campaign with Unmanned Marine Vehicles in Svalbard islands managing the acquisition and processing of a thermal camera mounted on an Unmanned Air Vehicle.

Angelo Odetti

Marine Engineer and Naval Architect (MSc)

From 2014 he started working on the development of new marine autonomous vehicles. Together with Giorgio Bruzzone he is the designer for the general layout, structure, mechanics and the propulsion units of Proteus, the modular and reconfigurable unmanned vehicle that will be used during the campaign at Svalbard.
During the mission, he is in charge of managing the general layout of the vehicle in all its configurations: ROV, AUV, USSV.
He will take part to the mission thanks to a Short Term Scientific Mission funded by RECAMP flagship.

Edoardo Spirandelli

Robot/Paylod Engineer

Giorgio Bruzzone

Robot/Paylod Engineer

Research assistant since 1982, Giorgio Bruzzone is a marine robotics designer specializing in underwater technology, specifically research vehicles and sensors deployed in extreme enviroments such as polar areas and deep water thermal vents. In cooperation with Angelo Odetti, Bruzzone produced most of the mechanical and hyperbaric modules of PROTEUS and EUROPE, the latest underwater/surface (hybrid) vehicles produced by ISSIA-CNR's marine robotics lab.
He is responsible for designing, implementing, developing and operating the mechanical structures used in the Data and Testing Campaign to be conducted at Ny-Ålesund (Svalbard Islands) from 11 to 26 June 2017 at the Arctic Italian Base ``Dirigibile Italia``. He will also be responsible on site for workplace safety during the campaign.``

Pierpaolo Soria

Pilot and Head of Communication for Expedition

Pilot certified by E.n.a.c. to carry out specialized operations in critical areas with multi rotor R.P.A.S. authorized by Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Kings Bay AS ' to pilot multi-rotor unmanned aircraft for the National Research Council at the Arctic Base Dirigibile Italia, As Head of Communication at Issia-CNR, Pierpaolo Soria will be responsible for audio-video reporting throughout the Svalbard scientific expedition.