This has been a very fruitful summer for the IFROS master’s students. More than half of the group decided to continue their formation in July and August by doing internships with some of the master’s associated partners or in one of the university laboratories.
Three students have been working in the underwater computer vision group under the guidance of Dr. Nuno Gracias and Prof. Rafael Garcia. They have been working on machine learning applications related to the EU project DeeperSense, testing new algorithms to be applied in Event-based cameras, and preparing new labs for future promotions with the NVIDIA Jet Bots platform. They have been assisted by PhD students Eduardo Ochoa and Hayat Rajani.
Four other students have joined the Underwater Robotics Laboratory of the Universitat de Girona under the supervision of Prof. Pere Ridao and Dr. Narcís Palomeras. Their work is framed in two projects. The first is the Spanish OptiHROV project where the students have been working on the development of an underwater docking station for the Girona 1000 AUV and a system for AUV detection and optical modem alignment using Deep Learning. The students working on these tasks have been collaborating with PhD students Joan Esteba and Hayat Rajani. The other students have been working in the context of the European ATLANTIS EU project assisting PhD students Roger Pi and Miguel Castellón in developing a SLAM-based navigation system and a planning system using ROS-plan. Two of the students who started their internships in mid-June at the Universitat de Girona will continue working during August with the associated partners EureCAT (Spain) and ROMB technologies (Croatia). EureCAT will host not one but two students working on agricultural robotics and healthcare robotics. The presentation that Dr. Ferran Roure from EureCAT delivered during the IFROS day was a great success!
One other student has joined Coronis Computing and is working on the programming of an interface for a hyperspectral camera for food inspection. Finally, one student has joined the research and development department of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) in Egypt.
We hope that all students can benefit from this experience and enhance their education. We would like to thank the associated partners who have hosted our students.