PLOME Consortium Highlights Innovations at Oceans 2023 Conference

From June 5 to 8, Limerick, Ireland hosted the highly anticipated Oceans 2023 conference, attracting ocean enthusiasts from around the world. The event provided an exceptional platform for members of the PLOME consortium, including UdG, UIB, UPC, UPM, ICM, and Iqua, to showcase their remarkable works related to the project. Not only did the conference offer an opportunity to present the latest advancements of the PLOME project, but it also served as a gateway to explore cutting-edge oceanic technologies and forge stronger connections within the community.

During the conference, several noteworthy papers were published, underscoring the significance of the PLOME project. Some of the remarkable contributions included:

Inertial navigation framework for multimodal underwater Graph SLAM: 

Pau Vial et al., from the VICOROB Institute, Universitat de Girona, presented an intriguing framework that facilitates inertial navigation for underwater Graph SLAM. Their research opens new avenues for efficient underwater mapping and exploration.

Underwater Acoustic Localization using pose-graph SLAM:

Marta Real Vial et al., hailing from the Universitat de Girona, showcased their research on underwater acoustic localization utilizing pose-graph SLAM. Their work promises enhanced localization capabilities in underwater environments.

Platform-portable reinforcement learning methods to localize underwater targets:

Ivan Masmitjà et al., from the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC), Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, introduced innovative reinforcement learning methods to localize underwater targets. This groundbreaking approach has the potential to revolutionize target localization techniques.

Expanding the Underwater Communication Capabilities of Seafloor Ecosystem Monitoring Stand-Alone Platforms using Pop-Up Buoys:

Matias Carandell et al., from UPC, Universitat de Girona, and Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, presented their research on expanding underwater communication capabilities through the use of pop-up buoys. Their work addresses the challenges of underwater communication, enabling enhanced monitoring of seafloor ecosystems.

Multiparametric benthic landers for monitoring fishing-impacted deep-sea ecosystems:

Daniel Toma et al., representing Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and Instituto de Ciencias del Mar, introduced multiparametric benthic landers for monitoring fishing-impacted deep-sea ecosystems. This advancement contributes to the understanding and preservation of delicate marine ecosystems affected by fishing activities.

An e-Infrastructure for FAIR Data Management of Underwater Observatories:

Enoc Martínez et al., from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, presented an e-infrastructure solution for FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data management of underwater observatories. Their work establishes a robust data management system to ensure the accessibility and usability of crucial underwater observatory data.

The Oceans 2023 conference in Limerick was a resounding success for the PLOME consortium, as they showcased groundbreaking works and fostered collaborations within the oceanic research community. The presented papers highlighted significant advancements in underwater navigation, communication, monitoring, and data management, pushing the boundaries of ocean technology. By participating in this prestigious event, the PLOME consortium has reinforced its commitment to advancing knowledge and innovation in the field of marine sciences.

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