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.


April 24, 2020 in News

The chief of the Swedish Navy visited SMaRC

Rear Admiral Ewa Skoog Haslum, Chief of the Swedish Navy, visted SMaRC on April 23, 2020. She was given a review of ongoing projects by the SMaRC representatives and a…
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March 9, 2020 in News

SMaRC robots tested under ice in Härnösand

In February 2020, the SMaRC teams did under ice-testing with Ran (the large autonomous underwater vehicle, AUV) and SAM (the small AUV) in Härnösand. About the test in the local…
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February 6, 2020 in News

SMaRC Day 2020

About 80 representatives from industry, agencies, universities and others met on SMaRC Day 2020 on February 5 at the KTH Campus. Pontus de Laval (senior advisor at Saab, Knut och…
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December 10, 2019 in News

SMaRC robot tested algae farming at Kristineberg

In December 2019, a team from SMaRC tested navigation and how to operate a SAM (Small & Affordable Maritime Underwater Robot) within a algae farm at Kristineberg center in Fiskebäckskil.…
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