SMaRC is bringing together key industrial and academic partners to develop the underwater systems of tomorrow.

SMaRC will revolutionize ocean and polar research just as satellites did for space exploration in the 1970s.

SMaRC will contribute to the global societal benefits in three key areas of the oceans:
• Ocean production
• Safeguarding society
• Environmental sensing.

Underwater robot from partners of SMaRC at the University of Gothenburg for the first time under Thwaites, one of Antarctica’s most unstable glaciers.

Ivan Stenius, SMaRC (far left), in preparations for testing autonomous sea rescue systems in practice at Gränsö Manor within WARA PS, the WASP arena for public safety. WASP is the largest individual research investment in Sweden in modern time.

Christopher Iliffe Sprague (back left) and Ignacio Torroba Balmori (back right), SMaRC, with PhD students from Southampton, explored a remarkably well preserved Renaissance vessel in the Baltic Sea.
Photo: Deep Sea Productions/MMT

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SMaRC – Swedish Maritime Robotics Centre

SMaRC – Swedish Maritime Robotics Centre – is a national cross-disciplinary industrial research centre for maritime robotics. The main task is to perform research on, and demonstrate, solutions that can contribute to the transition to autonomous intelligent underwater systems.

The centre will focus on four research disciplines – autonomy, endurance, perception and communication – with the aim to develop next-generation maritime robotics for ocean production, safeguarding society and environmental sensing.

The future maritime robots will change the underwater domain the same way that satellites did for space exploration.

The research project is funded by The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research and the participating partners. The project runs from Mars 2017 to December 2024.


29 November, 2019 in News

SMaRC at Digitalize in Stockholm 2019

SMaRC had an exhibition stand at the conference Digitalize in Stockholm in Kistamässan on November 26–27, 2019. The conference addressed industry and society challenges and visions, with speeches, discussions and…
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22 November, 2019 in News

Busy autumn days for the SMaRC robot “LoLo”

SMaRC AUV LoLo and the team out testing on Lidingö, November 2019. Photo: Sebastian Thuné/KTH The Swedish autumn is here and the summer activities begin to cool down. But October…
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15 November, 2019 in News

SMaRC’s doctoral students gathered at academy workshop

SMaRC held an academy workshop with researchers, doctoral students and research engineers in all different SMaRC projects, on November 15, 2019 at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. The purpose of…
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8 November, 2019 in News

Welcome to SMaRC Day on February 5, 2020

Welcome to this year's SMaRC Day on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at the KTH Campus. You'll hear about the frontline of underwater robotics research, and meet the SMaRC people and…
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