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Autonomous Underwater Explorer for Flooded Mines

The goal of the UNEXMIN is to develop a novel robotic system for the autonomous exploration and mapping of Europe’s flooded mines. The Robotic Explorer (UX-1) will use non-invasive methods for autonomous 3D mine mapping, gathering valuable geological and mineralogical information. This will open new exploration scenarios so that strategic decisions on the re-opening of Europe’s abandoned mines could be supported by up-to-date data that cannot be obtained in any other way.  The multi-robot platform will represent a new technology line that is made possible by recent developments in autonomy research. The goal is to develop a completely new class of mine explorer service robots, capable of operating without remote control. Such robots do not exist nowadays and the UX-1 will be the first of its kind.



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  • Start

    01st February 2016
  • Global Budget

    4.869.565,00 €
  • State

  • Effective End

    31st December 2019
  • End

    31st October 2019
  • Responsible

    Eduardo Silva
  • Financing

    1.069.261,00 €
Networked Intelligent Systems

INESC TEC participates in the European Researchers’ Night 2019

On 27 September, INESC TEC will participate in the European Researchers’ Night, with a presentation conducted by Carlos Almeida, researcher of the Centre for Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CRAS), on the European project UNEXMIN – Exploration and mapping of flooded mines with robots. 

24th September 2019

Networked Intelligent Systems

Underwater robots explore mine in the United Kingdom and cave in Budapest

Last May and June, a team of researchers of INESC TEC's Centre for Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CRAS), composed of José Miguel Almeida, Carlos Almeida, Alfredo Martins, Ricardo Pereira, Eduardo Soares and Denys Sytnyk, participated with two underwater robots in two exploration missions, in a flooded mine in Ecton (the United Kingdom) and in a submerged cave of Molnar Janos. 

29th July 2019

Networked Intelligent Systems

UNEXMIN project distinguished in the Exame Informática Awards

The European project UNEXMIN, which was codeveloped by INESC TEC's Centre for Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CRAS), won an honourable mention in the awards of the Portuguese magazine Exame Informática in the “Innovation” category. The award ceremony took place on 9 May.

09th May 2019

Networked Intelligent Systems

Robots for underwater exploration tested in Slovenia and Ireland

A team of INESC TEC’s CRAS was at the mercury mine in Idrija, Slovenia, between 11 and 21 September in order to carry out the second field trials of the UNEXMIN robot.

14th November 2018


Associated Centres



Robotics and Autonomous Systems