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Workshop on deep sea challenges organised by INESC TEC

«In the Black - Deep Sea Mining Challenges» was the name given to the workshop organised by INESC TEC’s Centre for Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CRAS), which took place on 5 and 6 July in the School of Engineering of Porto (ISEP). 

11th July 2018

The event was attended by some of the world’s leading experts in the field, from all over Europe, Japan, Singapore, South Africa and USA, representatives of the only sea mining scenarios, from the commercial exploitation of diamonds off the coast of Namibia for example, to the pilot mining in the Red Sea or in the Sea of Japan. 

This initiative, promoted under the project STRONGMAR and supported by EIT Raw Materials, was an opportunity to understand the next challenges of the mining in the deep sea, namely the importance of autonomous systems and robotics, big data, new information technology infrastructures, as well as the presentation of proposals for innovative solutions and discussions on the next steps.

Filipe Castro, researcher of CIIMAR, was responsible for the last round table discussion about the theme “The Next Frontier for Mining in the Deep Sea”. Eduardo Silva, coordinator of CRAS was responsible for closing the workshop.

The event was attended by Stef Kapusniak, the Business Development Manager of Soil Machine Dynamics and chairman in the opening session and was organized by Ana Paula Silva and Ana Cristina Pires collaborators of CRAS.

Project STRONGMAR, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme, started in 2016 and it is led by INESC TEC. Its goal is to train researchers in the fields of marine sciences and marine technologies and has the collaboration of top-notch external partners, thus helping Portugal facing the challenges posed by the maritime influence.

INESC TEC is already considered a national leader in robotics in the deep sea, as well as an international technological player in deep sea and in particular in underwater mining (ex. participation in VAMOS and UNXEMIN).



The researchers mentioned in this news piece are associated with INESC TEC and P.Porto-ISEP.