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Nurturing young talents in underwater robotics

Robocademy kickoff 400

The Robocademy project, supported by the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network fund, started in Bremen on 29-31 January 2014. CMRE is part of the partners' consortium and will host for three years a PhD candidate on Optical Mapping & Disturbance Rejection.

The Robocademy project aims at establishing a European training and research network to develop key skills and enabling technologies in underwater robotics for the scientific and economic exploration of the oceans (e.g. offshore oilfield of the future). Through the close collaboration of leading research institutes, academia, industry, and SMEs in robotics, marine technology, marine science, and offshore industry, Robocademy will provide first-class training and research opportunities for Early Stage Researchers (ESR).

In well-defined and well-tutored PhD research projects, the Robocademy fellows will push the state-of-the-art in the area of robust, reliable and autonomous underwater robots. Specialized scientific training modules will enable the fellows to obtain both a sound basis in robotics and an introduction to topics that are specific to their research areas. This will be complemented by a high quality soft-skills training programme and by the opportunity to gain extensive on-site hands-on experience through secondments to maritime industry and oceanographic research institutes. Thus the Robocademy network, comprising 16 European research institutes and companies led by DFKI, Germany, will foster the education of young professionals that are able to meet the urgent demand for highly qualified researchers and engineers in the growing field of underwater systems and robotics. For the ESRs, the Robocademy training will open up excellent career opportunities in both academia and industry.

CMRE will welcome one PhD candidate working on the topics of Optical Mapping & Disturbance Rejection to develop new algorithms for optical mapping in dynamic environments. A call for candidates will be opened in Summer 2014. Updates will be posted on CMRE website.

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