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UL CRIS Team Shines at MaREI Symposium with Cutting-Edge Robotics Research


The annual MaREI Symposium held in Cork from 20-21 June was a remarkable event this year, and the UL CRIS team was thrilled to be a part of it. Led by Prof. Gerard Dooly and Senior Research Fellow Edin Omerdic, the team showcased the latest advancements in aerial and underwater robotics, highlighting the new projects on marine plastic (Blue Point) and offshore wind inspection (SEAI Robots for Wind Farms).

The symposium provided an excellent platform for knowledge exchange and innovation, with our PhD students, Luke Fitzgerald, Cillan Fahy, Sagar Dalai, and Marco Moreno, presenting their research in the poster sessions. Their work was featured under the Policy and Industry support success stories, reflecting the practical impact and relevance of their research.

PhD Posters Highlighted:

Towards the Normalisation of Underwater Ship Hull Inspection and Repair using Robotics. Luke Fitzgerald’s work is paving the way for underwater ship hull inspections and repairs, utilising advanced robotics to enhance efficiency and safety.

Development of Mixed Aerial-Marine Robotics Survey Techniques to Perform Inspection of Floating Offshore Windfarms, Cillan Fahy’s innovative approach combines aerial and marine robotics to improve the inspection processes for floating offshore wind farms, ensuring cost-effective and efficient assessments.

Monitoring Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in Marine Ecosystems, Sagar Dalai’s research focuses on tracking and understanding harmful algal blooms, a crucial aspect of maintaining the health of marine ecosystems.

Marine and Coastal Environmental Monitoring Using Drone and Aerial Hyperspectral Imaging Sensor. Marco Moreno is developing sophisticated techniques for environmental monitoring, utilizing drones and hyperspectral imaging to gather detailed data on marine and coastal environments.

A special congratulations to Cillan Fahy for winning the distinguished award in the MaREI Thesis in 3 competition.

The UL CRIS team extends their gratitude to the MaREI organisers for hosting such a successful and hospitable event. The symposium not only highlighted the significant MaREI research in Climate, Marine and Energy but also fostered collaboration and inspiration among the participants.

We look forward to continuing our contributions to this vibrant field and sharing our future innovations at upcoming events.

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