Friday, 1 July 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY: Student Teams Compete at CMRE AUVs They Designed & Built

The following text is directly from official Media Advisory...

SAUC-E 2016 Media Day
8 July 2016, 11 AM 
CMRE (formerly NURC), viale San Bartolomeo 400, La Spezia (Italy)

On 3-8 July 2016, teams from University of Applied Sciences Kiel,  International University of the Canaries, the University of Vigo with ACSM Subsea Services company, ENSTA Bretagne (with two teams), University of Florence, University-Polytechnic of Marche, University of the West England, will participate in the 11th SAUC-Europe (Student Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Challenge – Europe edition at STO-CMRE (Science and Technology Organization – Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation), hosting it for the 7th time in a row.

For one week student teams will compete at CMRE waterfront, in La Spezia, Italy, using autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) that they have designed and built.
The new twist for this edition is the connection with the ROBOCADEMY FP7 EU project, organizing a parallel workshop in the final day of SAUC-E with 13 PhD international students. An exhibit of local and international companies will be also running during the competition. 

Journalists will have the possibility to attend and film the final runs of the competition, interview the participants and meet CMRE representatives. Please note that the final scores and prizes might not be released before 5 PM.

If you are interested in attending this media event at CMRE, or for more information about it, should contact the CMRE Public Affairs Office at +39 0187 527 350 or at Due to security reasons, journalists are asked to sign up by 6 July at 11 AM (local time).  Meeting point: Porta Ferrovia, viale San Bartolomeo 400, La Spezia (Italy), 10.45 AM.

About CMRE. The STO-CMRE (Science and Technology Organization – Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation) is located in La Spezia, Italy.  Formerly NATO Undersea Research Centre (NURC), the Centre focuses on research, innovation and technology in areas such as defence of maritime forces and installations against terrorism and piracy, secure networks, development of the common operational picture, the maritime component of expeditionary operations, mine countermeasures systems, non-lethal protection for ports and harbours, anti-submarine warfare, modelling and simulation, and marine mammal risk mitigation.  CMRE operates two ships, NATO Research Vessel Alliance, a 93-meter 3,180-ton open-ocean research vessel, and Coastal Research Vessel Leonardo, a smaller ship designed for coastal operations.  In addition to its laboratories the Centre is equipped with a fleet of autonomous underwater and surface vehicles and a world-class inventory of seagoing sensors.

CMRE Press office: Francesca Nacini,; +39 335 7809721


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