Which are the organisation's thematic competences and experiences relevant for the project?

The Intelligent Mobile Platform (IMP) group is a multi-disciplinary and multi-campus research group from the KU Leuven with a focus on inland waterway vessels, i.e. ranging from the low level motion control of a vessel to the transloading of cargo - as it is their vision that the most industrially competitive solutions will lie in the complete integration of all the aforementioned topics within the logistical chain.


What is the benefit for the organisation from participating in the project?

A vital research domain of IMP consists of investigating and integrating the required instrumentation to automate its assets; however, its research is currently mainly focused on one vessel type (a Watertruck+ scale model). To this end. AVATAR will be a critical enabler for extending this research, i.e. linking technologies from various vessel types; investingating scalability and transferrability; and by extension, research on urban vessels able to carry loads that can induce a modal shift.


What is the main role in the project?

KUL will be leading WP3 (engineering) and be involved in WP5 and WP2, focusing on

  • integrating instrumentation and increase automation for a 1T research vessel (Maverick);
  • performing real life trials and demonstrations with this vessel to optimize:
    • general low-level control algorithms
    • remote control reliability and integration
    • perception based motion control
    • scalabiltiy of the investigated technologies (scaling up to larger, more viable urban vessels)
  • engage in dissemination by means of paper(s), ...