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
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.