Research Infrastructure Usage

Access to the Optical and Electronic Technologies laboratory

Supervised access to equipment that enables:

  • S parameter characterization of optoelectronic devices up to 20 GHz and electronic devices up to 50 GHz;
  • Bit error rate testing up to 13 Gbps;
  • Modulation / demodulation of RF signals using digital/analog modulations;
  • Modulation and detection of optical signals;
  • Antenna characterization;
  • Access to numerical simulation software Matlab;
  • Access to electromagnetic simulation software COMSOL Multiphysics;
  • Laboratory monitoring and support

Access to the Optoelectronics laboratory for Sensing Technologies:

Supervised access to equipment that enables fabrication, test and characterization of optical fibre sensors for detecting physical, chemical and biological parameters:

  • Fabrication: Fiber Bragg / Long Period Gratings, Interferometers;
  • Characterization: Spectrosocopy, Interferometry, sensor test and calibration;
  • Types of optical sensors: Physical (strain, temperature, vibration, salinity, electric current); chemical (O2, Methane, CO2, pH, heavy metal); Biological (toxin, bacteria).

Access to the Optoelectronics laboratory for imaging technologies

Supervised access to equipment for advanced imaging systems for structural and spectral analysis (functional and analytical characterization):

  • Optical Coherence Tomography systems;
  • Hyperspectral systems based on compressive sensing technologies.

Access to the robotics laboratories for scientific and technological testing, acquisition of data sets, experimental runs and evaluation

Supervised access to a test tank (Length, Width, Depth in metres: tank 1, 10L x 6W x 5.2D; tank 2, 4L x 4W x 2D) with vision ground truth equipment for:

  • Evaluation of underwater electronic equipment;
  • Evaluation of underwater navigation systems;
  • Evaluation of control strategies;
  • Underwater sensor integration and evaluation;
  • Underwater communications;
  • Developments in advanced perception systems for localization and mapping;
  • Teleoperation training.

Access to the field robotics mobile laboratory in open sea for scientific and technological testing, acquisition of data sets, experimental runs and evaluation

Supervised access to sea area, equipped with acoustic ground truth system for non GPS positioning, underwater communication system, surface Wi-Fi infrastructure, physical and chemical sensors for probe calibration and support vessels for evaluation of:

  • Electronic equipment;
  • Navigation systems;
  • Control strategies;
  • Sensor response;
  • Communications;
  • Advanced perceptions systems for localization and mapping;
  • Behavioral modeling and evaluation of marine systems.

Mission support services

  • Mooring/recovering planning and execution;
  • Assembly of demonstrators in controlled and/or real environments to conduct custom experiments and tests, requiring customized set up and configuration;
  • Logistics support;
  • Possibility of conducting experiments related to:
    • Underwater acoustics tomography, communications and sediment characterisation;
    • AUV Control Strategies;
    • Environment perception methodologies;
    • ROV operational evaluation;
    • SLAM experiments;
    • Bathymetric operational methodologies.

Sub-contracted services

Possibility to request R&D contracts in the areas covered by the research infrastructure to achieve specific results or to perform certain tasks. This might include the support and experimental testing of:

  • Underwater positioning and navigation;
  • Wireless control of ROVs;
  • Autonomous inspection/intervention;
  • Smart data sampling;
  • Long term deployments;
  • Electronic and optical devices and antennas;
  • Smart structures (instrumented with sensors);
  • Imaging systems for analytical monitoring.