About TEC4SEA

The TEC4SEA research infrastructure (RI) is a unique and pioneer platform in Europe to support research, development, and test of marine robotics, telecommunications, and sensing technologies for monitoring and operating in the ocean environment. Its characteristics, geographic location allowing fast access to deep sea, and support of multidisciplinary research, enable full validation and evaluation of technological solutions designed for the ocean environment, allowing researchers to evolve from simulation/lab experiment to field trial.

Description

The research infrastructure brings together a set of laboratories, testbeds, equipments, and support facilities for experiments in controlled and real environments, including:

  • Laboratories of:
    • Robotics with test tanks;
    • Optical/radio communications with access to an anechoic camera;
    • Acoustic submarine signal processing and instrumentation development for submarine exploration;
    • Optical and image sensors, with access to infrastructure for fabrication of fiber optic based devices, microfabrication (clean room), and optoelectronics instrumentation.

  • Maritime wireless networks testbed with fixed stations and sea nodes deployed in fishing ships;

  • Support facilities at Leixões sea port;

Robotic platforms capable of supporting different payloads, including buoys and aerial, surface, and underwater vehicles.

Objectives

The scientific objectives of the TEC4SEA are:

To become a reference on experimentally-driven, multidisciplinary research on technology for the ocean. TEC4SEA represents a unique and pioneer research infrastructure, located in a geostrategic region, that enables full validation and evaluation of technological solutions designed for the ocean environment, allowing researchers to evolve from simulation/lab experiment to field trial;

  • To support research, development, and testing of new technologies along 4 major research lines:
    • Marine robotics, addressing the development of solutions for long term deployments, deep water operations, autonomous inspection and intervention, intelligent data harvesting, and safe operation of unmanned platforms;
    • Technologies and systems for underwater monitoring, namely fiber optic sensors and imaging systems for measuring physical, chemical and biological parameters and enabling smart infrastructures;
    • Broadband wireless communications systems for ocean environments, including radio systems for overwater communications and acoustic, optical, and radio systems for underwater communications;
    • Acoustic systems for ocean monitoring and exploration.

  • To support the specification and testing of draft standard technologies for the ocean environment;
  • To support research in other scientific areas. Although devoted to support ocean technology, TEC4SEA is an asset for supporting research in other scientific areas;
  • To integrate with international infrastructures. TEC4SEA aims at integrating with related and complementary RIs benefiting from setting up new partnerships and attracting new users;
  • To support technical training of human resources as well as advanced education programmes. TEC4SEA is a unique environment that fosters the strict articulation, definition and dissemination of new technical training as well as education programmes.

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