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pdf NATO STO CMRE Welcomes Dr Eric Pouliquen as New Director

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NATO STO CMRE is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Eric Pouliquen as its new Director, effective December 1, 2023.NATO STO CMRE is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Eric Pouliquen as its new Director, effective December 1, 2023.A distinguished leader in the field of undersea research and defense technology, Dr Pouliquen brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new role.

As the incoming Director of NATO STO CMRE, Dr Eric Pouliquen brings not only a formidable academic background but also a track record of leadership and innovation. His dedication and vision will undoubtedly propel the organization to new heights, advancing NATO's capabilities in research, technology, and defence. We welcome Dr Pouliquen to his new role and look forward to the continued success and growth of NATO STO CMRE under his leadership.

For more information on Dr Pouliquen’s professional background, we invite you to visit our website under the section “About CMRE” here

For media inquiries, please contact: NATO STO CMRE Public Affairs Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

pdf Media Advisory: CMRE Celebrates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

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On 11 February 2021, the NATO Science and Technology Organization Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) will host a special virtual press conference with Director Dr Catherine Warner to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Founded by the United Nations (UN) in 2015, this event aims to close the gender gap in STEM fields and bring full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. During the press conference, Dr Warner will address her personal experiences as a scientist as well as how NATO encourages students, particularly young women, to participate in research fields such as environmental studies, maritime security, and autonomy and underwater robotics

pdf The CMRE hosts Second JANUS Interoperability Fest on 14-19 November

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The second JANUS Interoperability Fest will take place at the Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), located inside the Italian Naval Experimentation and Support Centre (CSSN) compound, in La Spezia, Italy, from 14 to 19 November. This event brings together over 25 participants from seven companies (Applicon, ATLAS ELEKTRONIK, Evologics, Popoto Modem, Teledyne Benthos, Wärtsilä ELAC and WSense), and several observers from international navies and government institutions.

pdf The Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) celebrates 60th anniversary

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The Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) in La Spezia, Italy, celebrates its 60th anniversary on 03 and 04 October. The Official Commemoration Day on 03 October will include the participation of NATO and Italian dignitaries, civil and military authorities, as well as current staff of the Centre. CMRE staff, alumni and their families will come together at the CMRE Open Day on 04 October. Guests are invited to visit the Coastal Research Vessel (CRV) Leonardo and an exhibition of the technology used for maritime research and experimentation throughout the history of the Centre will be on display during the celebration.

pdf JANUS, the CMRE underwater communication protocol, becomes a NATO standard

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NATO Nations recently agreed that JANUS is the NATO Standard for digital underwater
communications. That is the first time ever for a digital underwater communication protocol
to be recognised at international level.  The protocol opens the way for a standardised Internet of Underwater Things.

Tests of JANUS at sea have been conducted in the last years by CMRE on board the NATO Research Vessel Alliance, and using the innovative CMRE Littoral Ocean Observatory Network (LOON), which facilitates experimentation of marine robots’ mission-base teams by creating a monitoring acoustic network with tripods of underwater communications equipment sitting on the seabed but accessible by users across the world via web.

pdf “Double-Muscled” start for CMRE 2017 scientific campaigns

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On the aft deck of the NATO Research Vessel Alliance, sailing for the first CMRE (Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation) scientific campaign of 2017, there are two very similar robots. One is the MUSCLE vehicle, a very reliable prototype developed by CMRE for seabed mapping with automatic behaviour capabilities. The other is not just a twin: it is a recently engineered underwater robot aimed at testing target (typically simulated naval mines on the seafloor) reacquisition missions.

This vehicle is called CAT, aka Black CAT, which stands for Collaborative Autonomy Testbed. It debuts during the current sea trial GAMEX ‘17, the Greek ARIADNE Mine countermeasure EXperiment 2017, conducted on board NRV Alliance from 28 March to 7 April 2017 in the Gulf of Patras (Greece) and linked to the Greek-led exercise ARIADNE ongoing in the same period.

pdf The 2017 ERL Emergency Grand Challenge will be hosted in Piombino, Tuscany (Italy) on 15-23 September

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Following the success of euRathlon 2015, the European Robotics League has entrusted the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), based in La Spezia (Italy), with the organization of the 2017 event devoted to the field of robots as a first response in emergency situations. Dates and venue of the competition were announced on 22 February during a press conference held by CMRE and Municipality.

ERL Emergency Robots is a civilian, outdoor robotics competition with a focus on realistic, multi-domain emergency response scenarios. For 9 days international teams of university students and industry experts will test their robots’ abilities to tackle more and more complex real-world situations in front of an international jury. For the first time robots will be also required to release autonomously emergency kits to simulate missing workers. Innovative solutions and remarkable levels of autonomy will be rewarded.

The European Robotics League is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research, under the RockEU2 project grant agreement n.688441.

pdf CMRE shows advances in autonomous algorithms for mine countermeasures operations

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Back from the French-led exercise Olives Noires 2016 , the NATO Research Vessel Alliance is now in the Ligurian Sea to continue scientific tests of new robotic solutions for naval mine countermeasures as part of the Multinational AutoNomous Experiment 2016 (MANEX ‘16).


pdf CMRE demonstrates robotic solutions to accelerate mine countermeasures operations

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From 15 to 28 September 2016, the NATO Research Vessel Alliance, operated by the Italian Navy for the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) based in La Spezia (Italy), is taking part for the first time in exercise Olives Noires 2016 in the Mediterranean sea, off the French coast. Olives Noires 2016 (ON16) is a live exercise involving NATO, French, Italian, Spanish, Greek and Slovenian naval units. The aimof the exercise is to enhance operational readiness levels and multinational cooperation training between NATO and French maritime forces in tactics and procedures in the littoral environment.

The primary purpose of the CMRE experiment in Olives Noires 2016 is to test solutions and advance methods for using robotics in mine countermeasures (MCM).

pdf REP16-Atlantic exercise: the perfect international collaboration lab for cutting edge autonomous solutions

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From 5 to 31 July 2016, off the coast of Portugal, the Portuguese Navy, the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation and the University of Porto operate again together in the maritime exercise which also marks the first international at-sea campaign for NRV Alliance under the Italian Flag.

The REP16-Atlantic features and objectives have been presented on 18 July in Lisbon (Portugal), in the presence of Rear Admiral Matthew A. Zirkle (U.S. Navy), Deputy Chief of Staff Submarines – COMSUBNATO, and Portuguese authorities.

pdf CMRE observes considerable water temperature increase in the Ligurian Sea

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Data was collected by gliders during the LOGMEC environmental campaign, which also marked the longest CMRE gliders’ deployment ever in Italian waters (from 1 May to 30 June 2016).

Data from gliders operating during LOGMEC were also integrated for the first time in near real-time in NATO and national command and control (C2) systems at the Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation, eXamination, eXercise (CWIX).

pdf New flag for the NATO Research Vessel Alliance

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The larger of CMRE’s ships is now operated by an Italian military crew under an Italian Navy Flag.

On 9 April 2016, at the Italian Naval Base in La Spezia (Italy), the Raising of the Italian Flag Ceremony was held in the presence of Italian and NATO civilian and military authorities, including Vice Admiral Ignacio J. Horcada Rubio, SACT Representative in Europe, Vice Admiral Filippo Maria Foffi, Commander in Chief of the Italian Naval Fleet, Major General Albert Husniaux, NATO STO (Science and Technology Organization) Chief Scientist, and Rear Admiral (Ret.) Hank Ort, STO CMRE Director.

pdf CMRE and NOAA join forces to monitor Atlantic Ocean dynamics

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NOAA Vice Admiral Michael S. Devany, Deputy Under Secretary for Operations at NOAA, and Rear Admiral (Rtd.) Hank Ort, CMRE Director, signed a five-year framework agreement to facilitate research vessel support from NRV Alliance in particular, with monitoring of meteorological, hydrological, and oceanographic processes, bathymetry, and climate. The collaboration marks a breakthrough in transatlantic cooperation while fostering sharing of assets and capabilities in the North Atlantic.

pdf CMRE at the forefront of LIDAR optical applications

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The NATO Research Vessel Alliance visited Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for the first time and presented to the press the ALOMEx ‘15 (Atlantic Lidar Optical Measurements Experiment 2015 ) trial conducted from 31 October to 12 November 2015 in the Alboran Sea and in the Sahara Upwelling area.

pdf It’s all ready for euRathlon ‘15 - Grand Challenge! The international robotics competition will be held in Piombino (Italy) on 17 - 25 September

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The event, funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), has been presented in Florence by regional and local authorities. The euRathlon consortium has entrusted the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation the local organisation of the competition.
euRathlon ‘15 will also include several world-class side events at Tor del Sale and in Piombino, downtown. On 23 September, at Tor del Sale, two humanoid robots, WALK-MAN and DRC-HUBO, who recently participated in the DARPA Robotics Challenge in Los Angeles (USA), for example will give a demonstration in disaster response scenarios for the first time in Europe.

pdf CMRE listens to the sea to know it better

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The oceanographic campaign GLISTEN ‘15, starting off Elba Island (Italy) at the end of August 2015, will test new sensors and solutions for ocean characterisation using underwater gliders.
Scientists from the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation will operate on board the NATO Research Vessel Alliance along with researchers from nine collaborating institutions.

pdf Robotic Search and Rescue: the new ICARUS system ready for use from 2016

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On 9-10 July 2015, at the Portuguese Navy Base of Alfeite (Almada) in Lisbon, 24 Project Partners from 9 countries demonstrated the ICARUS (Integrated Components for Assisted Rescue and Unmanned Search Operations) system, as final step of the ICARUS European project ( funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP7).

CMRE played a crucial role in developing the maritime component of the ICARUS European project, including enhanced autonomy and integration between Unmanned Surface Vehicles and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

pdf CMRE successfully demonstrates systems for persistent, autonomous and real-time maritime surveillance

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The Centre provided innovative concepts in the field of unmanned passive monitoring as part of the PERSEUS (Protection of European BoRders and Seas through the IntElligent Use of Surveillance) FP7 European project.

CMRE has been the first to demonstrate a complete system for underwater acoustic surveillance with highly persistent mobile robots. In the future, these systems could be used within a network to continuously monitor maritime areas of interest.

pdf CMRE at the forefront of NATO’s interoperability

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From 9 to 25 June 2015, NATO STO CMRE (Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation) scientists and engineers are at the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) in Bydgoszcz (Poland) to take part in the annual NATO-led Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation, eXamination, eXercise (CWIX) for the third time in a row. This year CWIX hosts participants from 15 NATO and 4 Partnership for Peace (PfP) Nations working on system interoperability before operational use to improve the effectiveness of the Alliance.

pdf Multi-robot underwater surveys successfully conducted from the NATO Research Vessel Alliance in the North Sea First results being presented at EGUERMIN during “Ostend at Anchor”

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From 20 to 29 May 2015 CMRE (Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation) scientists, along with colleagues from the Royal Netherlands Navy Defence Diving Group, Naval Mine Warfare Centre of Excellence (EGUERMIN) and UK Royal Navy Maritime Autonomous Systems Trials Team (MASTT), experimented using different underwater robots in a joint scientific mine countermeasures (MCM) sea trial, the NSMEX’15 (North Sea MCM Experiment 2015).