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pdf CMRE brings the future of maritime technology at CWIX

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PR_CWIX14_ENG.pdf

From 2 to 19 June 2014, the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), part of the NATO Science and Technology Organization, will be taking part, for the second time, in the 2014 NATO Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation, eXamination, eXercise (CWIX) at the Joint Forces Training Centre, in Bydgoszcz (Poland). CWIX is a unique NATO event that allows systems and network engineers to come together to solve existing interoperability issues and explore shared solutions.
This year CWIX will be hosting fifteen NATO Nations, four partner Nations and twelve NATO commands which are bringing 175 capability configurations to conduct more than 3000 interoperability tests in the 13-day period. During the event, CMRE scientists will be testing capabilities developed in data fusion, maritime asset allocation and underwater communications.

pdf CMRE, a key element in hosting sea challenges, prepares for two intense weeks of competitions

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PR_SAUCE&euRathlon14_ENG_13052014.pdf

The NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (part of the NATO Science and Technology Organization) confirms and increases its commitment to foster a new generation of robotic engineers.
In September 2014, in addition to the Student Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Challenge - Europe (SAUC-E) hosted for the fifth year in a row in CMRE's sheltered harbour, the first euRathlon sea robotic competition will be held the following week.
SAUC-E (9th edition) will be held from 20 to 26 September 2014. euRathlon sea robotic challenge will be hosted from 29 September to 3 October 2014.

pdf Autonomous, interconnected, rapid and non-lethal: featuring the future of port protection at CMRE

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PR_TALON13_21112013_ENG.pdf

On 21 and 22 November 2013 the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation hosts the TALON 13 demonstration, part of the NATO Defence Against Terrorism (DAT) programme.
TALON 13 is an international demonstration organized in collaboration with the Italian Navy COMFORDRAG (Mine Countermeasures Maritime Command) and aimed at security professionals.
It gathers experience from the integration of multiple types of sensor networks and non-lethal warning devices, in order to implement the "rapid contact designation and warning" concept.
During the demonstration a series of possible threats from small boats, underwater vehicles and swimmers/divers are simulated. TALON shows how it can automatically detect them and react to the tentative intrusion of a unit with hostile intent, by escalating its reaction capabilities from a simple audible warning to the use of non-lethal effectors.

pdf Cooperative fleet of underwater vehicles being successfully tested by CMRE and eight research partners

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PR_MORPH_05082013_EN.pdf

From 22 to 27 July 2013, the NATO CMRE participated in the 2013 sea trials of the MORPH (Marine Robotic System of Self-Organising, logically Linked Physical Nodes) European Commission project, which aims to test multiple-vehicle coordination and formation flying based on echo-location. The trial occurred off the coast of Toulon (France) at the European Centre of Underwater Technologies, part of the French Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer).
CMRE's contribution to the 2013 sea trials was instrumental in the success of the test as the coordination algorithms developed by the project partners rely on the ability to exchange data and estimate relative positions of the vehicles. With this core capability the Consortium (32 scientists from five countries and other eight research organizations) successfully demonstrated coordinated manoeuvres between four autonomous vehicles (two underwater and two surface) in a diamond-shaped formation.

pdf The University of Cambridge wins SAUC-Europe ‘13 at CMRE, the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles challenge for university students

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SAUCE13 winners press release_05072013_1.pdf

 The University of Cambridge triumphed over 7 other teams to win the SAUC-E '13, the 8th Student Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Challenge - Europe.  The team's AUV named "Barracuda" obtained the highest score performing a number of mission tasks. The 2nd prize went to the University of the West England with its AUV "Phoenix", while the "FeelHippo" team from the University of Florence took home the 3rd prize, both awarded for the overall effort and the high quality performance even out of the water.
The competition was held 28 June to 5 July 2013 was hosted for the 4th time in a row by the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), formerly known as the NATO Undersea Research Centre (NURC) at its waterfront, in La Spezia, Italy. 

pdf CMRE pursues future solutions to protect the “Internet of Underwater Things”

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PR_Cybersecurity_12042013_EN_1.pdf

The NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), the Science & Technology Organization (STO) executive body in charge of scientific research and technology development in the maritime domain, showcased future solutions to address defence and security needs of the Alliance by using unmanned vehicles connected through the "Internet of Underwater Things". It happened during the eighth meeting of STO Task Group IST-096 focused on maturity models, scenario definition and prototyping environments in cyber defence.

pdf Submarine Officers from the Italian Naval Academy in Livorno Visit the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation

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PR_Collaboration CMRE and Italian Navy Accademy_10042013_EN.pdf

A group of student officers from the Italian Naval Academy in Livorno visited the Italian Navy San Bartolomeo military compound where the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) is located on 10 April 2013. The focus of the visit was to deepen practical knowledge in the most recent cutting-edge scientific innovations in the maritime domain.

The initiative is part of a broader educational project built on the successful long-time collaboration between CMRE and Italian Naval Academy in Livorno. The new edition will also include a set of lectures at the Naval Academy on: operations research (asset path planning, decision support, sonar performance modelling), the use of underwater robotic vehicles in anti-submarine warfare, the CMRE multi-static tactical planning aid software and communications and networks in the maritime environment.

pdf The NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation tests Wave Glider technology for the first time in a NATO ASW exercise

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PR_CMRE POMA 13_22022012 EN.pdf

The Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW) Exercise Proud Manta ‘13 (POMA ‘13), which includes participating ships and aircraft from ten NATO nations, will be held from 23 February to 6 March off the coast of Sicily.

As in 2012, the 2013 Proud Manta includes again major scientific tests during the exercise: scientists from the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) are testing technologies and software that they have been developed for detection and tracking of submarines in the marine environment. In particular CMRE performs experimentation with an autonomous ASW barrier to protect a shoreline asset using autonomous underwater and surface vehicles (AUVs and ASVs), with the Ocean Explorer AUV performing detections as in POMA ‘12, and the Wave Glider, a new wave-powered unmanned surface vehicle debuting here for the first time in a NATO ASW exercise, acting as a communications gateway.

pdf The NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation Challenges Robots to Compete in Sea, Land and Air Venues

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CMRE in euRathlon_15022012_EN_2.pdf

CMRE is part of the consortium of the new EU project euRathlon which expands on the well-established SAUC-Europe underwater competition with land and airborne contests.

The new European Union initiative will create an exciting new Grand Challenge for intelligent search and rescue robots. The euRathlon project is a three-year effort, funded by the European Commission. It is led by the University of the West of England (UWE) with seven partners, including CMRE. Three competitions will see robots and their teams of designers go head to head in a series of demanding outdoor scenarios that mimic the real challenges of a disaster situation. The adoption of common standards for communication and shared concepts will facilitate integration and collaboration.

pdf Proud Manta '13 Media Day (22 February 2013) - Media Advisory

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POMA13_Media Advisory_EN.pdf

As part of PROUD MANTA (POMA) 2013, the world's largest annual Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) live exercise hosted by NATO, off southeast coast of Sicily, the Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE, ex NURC) will present to media an overview of the scientific programme of tests that will be conducted during the Exercise, and in particular the Wave Glider, a new wave-power operated unmanned surface vehicle debuting here for the first time in a POMA exercise.

The Media Day will be held at the Augusta Naval Base Officers Club from 9 AM to 11.30 AM. 

If you are interested in participating, or for more information about CMRE, please contact the CMRE Public Affairs Office at +39 0187 527 369 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Accreditations requests are due by 19 February 2013.

pdf The NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation participates for the first time in the Science Festival 2012

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CMRE at Festival della Scienza 2012_24092012 EN.pdf

How can science help fighting piracy? How are intelligent robots and cooperative networks  taking over the underwater world? What's next in ocean exploration? Three scientists from the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (STO-CMRE) will share these concept and more at Science Festival in Genoa from 31 October to 2 November 2012.

pdf École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) du Quebec wins SAUC-Europe ‘12 at CMRE, the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles challenge for university students

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SAUCE12_winners press release_13072012_1.pdf

École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) du Quebec triumphed over 14 other teams to win the SAUC-E '12, the 7th Student Autonomous Underwater Challenge - Europe. The team's AUV named "SONIA" obtained the highest score successfully completing a number of mission tasks. The 2nd prize went to University of Luebeck from Germany (2011 Champion) with its AUV "Hanse", while ENSTA Bretagne – team Sauc'isse and Sardine from France took home the 3rd prize, closely followed by team AVALON from University of Bremen who entered the final phase as "best qualifier".

The competition was hosted for the third time, from 6 to 13 July 2012, by the Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), formerly known as the NATO Undersea Research Centre (NURC) at its waterfront, in La Spezia, Italy

pdf SAUC-E 2012 Media Day (13 July 2012) - Media Advisory

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SAUC-E Media Advisory EN_CMRE.pdf

From 6 to 13 July École Polytechnique, École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) du Quebec, ENSTA Bretagne with two teams, ESIEA Paris with two teams, Heriot-Watt University, University of Bremen, University of Cambridge, University of Florence, University of Genoa, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria - AVORA, University of Luebeck with two teams, University of West England, participate in the 2012 SAUC-Europe (Student Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Challenge – Europe www.sauc-europe.com) edition at STO-CMRE (Science and Technology Organization – Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation, formerly NURC), hosting it for the third time.

For one week, 15 teams of students, coming from 12 Universities, compete and test their autonomous underwater vehicles at the CMRE waterfront in La Spezia (Italy).

On 13 July 2012, journalists have the possibility to attend the final runs of the competition, interview the participants and meet CMRE representatives.

pdf Serious Gaming Debuts at NURC as Maritime Security Tool for Defence against Terrorism programme

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PR_HPT2E_BIL.pdf

The NATO Undersea Research Centre (NURC) is hosting a serious gaming event called the Harbour Protection Table-Top Exercise (HPT2E) which aims to significantly advance interoperability and capabilities in maritime security. Sponsored by NATO’s Emerging Security Challenges Division Defence Against Terrorism programme of work, the exercise, held 20-23 March at La Spezia, Italy, focuses on the protection of military forces, shipments, and critical civilian infrastructure in ports and harbours during times of high threat alert.

pdf NATO Mediterranean Exercise Features New NURC Technologies

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POMA12_NURC_PR.pdf

Exercise Proud Manta 12 (POMA 12), which includes participating ships and aircraft from nine NATO nations, will be held from 14 to 26 February off the coast of Sicily. POMA 12 will include major scientific tests during the exercise. Scientists from the NATO Undersea Research Centre (NURC) will be testing technologies and software that have been developed at the Centre to study detection and tracking of objects in the marine environment using sonar.

pdf Oceanographic vessel Alliance rescues pleasure craft in the Ligurian Sea - 6 people saved uninjured

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PS_NURC_Alliance_rescues_pleasure_craft_20110802.pdf

On Monday 1st August, at 8.40 AM, the NATO Undersea Research Centre (NURC) oceanographic vessel Alliance came to the rescue of an 18 metre pleasure craft in Italian international waters, near the port of Savona in the Ligurian Sea. The bridge watchkeepers noticed a motor yacht on fire at about 5 miles distance. The NURC crew promptly raised the alarm with the Italian Coastguard and launched a Delta Fast Rescue Boat. Six people were saved uninjured, but visibly shocked: an Italian family of five and an Ecuadorian woman.

pdf University of Luebeck wins SAUC-Europe ’11 at NURC, the AUV challenge for university students

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NURC_SAUCE_11_winners_10072011.pdf

University of Luebeck from Germany, triumphed over 9 other teams to win the SAUC-E ’11, the 6th Student Autonomous Underwater Challenge Europe. The team’s AUV called “Hanse” got the highest score successfully completing a number of mission tasks assigned. The 2nd prize went to University of Girona (2010 Champions) from Spain with its AUV “Sparus”, while DFKI Bremen from Germany took home the 3rd prize, closely followed by ENSTA Bretagne (4th). Heriot-Watt University entered the final phase and got the “Cooperation Award”

pdf SAUC-Europe (2011) returns to NURC. University students compete in AUV challenge

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ps NURC_SAUCE 11_08072011.pdf

From 4 to 10 July, 10 teams coming from 10 prestigious universities and 4 different countries are participating in the event in La Spezia (Italy).
After the success of the 2010 edition, SAUC-E (Student Autonomous Underwater vehicle Challenge - Europe) returns for the second time to NURC (NATO Undersea Research Centre), the event organizer. In this 6-year-old challenge, university students compete using autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) that they have designed and built.

pdf First test at sea of the European project ARGOMARINE successfully completed by NURC in La Spezia

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Press_release_ ARGOMARINE_en_20110507.pdf

The early stage of the European project ARGOMARINE (Automatic Oil Spill Recognition and Geopositioning integrated in a Marine Monitoring Network – www.argomarine.eu) has come to an end on May 6 at NURC in La Spezia, with the completion of the first at-sea test. This 3 year project aims at creating an integrated system dedicated to the monitoring of the marine environment for oil spills

pdf Gliders successfully used for the first time during an anti-submarine warfare exercise, Proud Manta 11

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Press_release_Proud_Manta_Feb_2011.pdf

From 24 January to 11 February, in the Ionian Sea to the southeast of Sicily, three gliders participated for the first time in an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise. During Proud Manta 11, NURC--a NATO Research Centre in La Spezia--successfully used the gliders to collect in situ, three-dimensional environmental data to support improved operational planning and decision-making tools.