Universidad de Sevilla

Universidad de Sevilla

Short description of the organisation

The University of Seville (USE), created in the early 16th century, is one of the most important higher education institutions in Spain, with 75.242 students and 6.924 employees (44.478 professors and 2. 446 administrative and service staff) at the end of 2009. USE will be involved in the project through the GRVC group, at the School of Engineering. This group has 50 researchers and engineers with strong expertise on aerial and ground autonomous systems, cooperative perception and distributed systems. The group participated in 45 projects in the last 5 years, and has a long tradition in the EU Framework Programmes including 4 projects of the FP4, 3 of the FP5, 3 of the FP6 and 2 of FP7. USE will have FIUS (Research Foundation of the University) as a third party for financial issues.

Role in the project and main tasks

Leader of WP4 on Distributed robust estimation and will also contribute significantly to WP5 Safe and reliable real-time cooperative networked control and to the applications WP7 (autonomous landing) and WP8 (Tracking for surveillance).

Relevant previous experience

The GRVC group was the Scientific and Technical Coordinator of the COMETS IST project on Real-time coordination and control of multiple heterogeneous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), the first project in Europe demonstrating experimentally the cooperation of multiple UAVs and its application to forest fires. From June 2006 until August 2009 the group has been the Coordinator of the consortium of the successful AWARE IST project that has designed, developed and validated in field experiments a platform providing the middleware and the functionalities required for the cooperation of UAVs with ground sensor-actuator wireless networks, including 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 on Cooperating Objects. Other recent projects have been the URUS FP6 on network robot systems, and the Spanish projects AEROSENS, on the integration of aerial and ground unmanned systems with Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN), and ATLANTIDA on air traffic management with demonstrations by using aerial robots.