The University of Seville (USE) created in the early 16th century is one of the most important higher education institutions in Spain, with 70,000 students, 4,400 professors, and 2,400 administrative and service staff. USE will have as third party AICIA for the administrative and financial management of costs USE will be involved in the project through the “Robotics, Vision and Control” (GRVC) group which has 75 researchers and engineers with strong expertise on robotics and particularly on aerial roboticsThe GRVC researchers participated in 23 projects and contracts in 2018, all of them on aerial robotics, including 13 European H2020 and FP7 projects and one Advanced Grant of the European Research Council. GRVC has a long tradition in the EU Framework Programmes leading or participating in 32 projects: 5 projects of the FP4, 4 of the FP5, 4 of the FP6 ,8 of FP7, 11 of H2020 calls, leading one of them and one Advanced Grant.

University of Seville (USE)

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Role in the project and main tasks

USE will be the leader of WP4 (Advanced autonomous robotic functionalities) providing expertise in GNSS-free and safe navigation and robust contact control functionalities for aerial robotic systems. USE will also develop the sUGV ground platform and collaborate in the adaptation of the HYBRID and AERO-PRISM platforms. Finally, they will also support integration and pilot experiments, being responsible of the viaduct scenario.

Relevant previous experience

The GRVC group was the Scientific and Technical Coordinator of the FP5 COMETS IST project on the coordination and control of multiple heterogeneous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), the first project in Europe demonstrating experimentally the cooperation of multiple UAVs with application to forest fires. GRVC coordinated the successful FP7 AWARE IST that developed and validated in field experiments a platform providing the functionalities required for the cooperation of UAVs with ground wireless networks, and joint load transportation by means of three coupled helicopters. GRVC is also the Associated Coordinator of the FP7 CONET Network of Excellence and the FP7 PLANET project. The head of the GRVC is the coordinator of ARCAS that is playing a main role in the emergence of the aerial manipulation developing aerial robots arms that can be considered the firsts in the world, and also the coordinator of the EC-SAFEMOBIL developing new techniques to increase the safety of aerial robots.Other projects have been the URUS FP6 on network robot systems, and the Spanish projects CLEAR onlong endurance aerial robots, ROBAIR on the safety of aerial robots, AEROSENS on the integration ofaerial and ground robots with WSN, and CROMAT on the cooperation of aerial and ground robots.