Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Robot assists with deep-sea archaeology


Livorno, August 27 - A robot that can research
archaeological sites deep beneath the ocean waters has been
completed in a joint project between the universities of
Florence and Pisa, designers announced Tuesday.
The autonomous underwater robot, dubbed Typhoon, is
expected to assess, monitor, and ultimately help protect Italy's
historical heritage lying at the base of the seas which surround
the peninsula.
Three versions of the sophisticated Typhoon robot have been
developed, equipped with systems that can collect and process
photographic and sonar images of significant archaeological
artifacts which the robot is designed to recognize.
These images will subsequently be used to create 3-D
reconstructions by experts on land.
The 1.8-million-euro project, which involved 50
researchers, has already been sent on its first mission:
locating and documenting Second World War wreckage located about
1.5 kilometres off the port of Livorno, at a depth of 20 meters.
The robots will help to pinpoint significant sites for
researchers, said Andrea Caiti, deputy director of the Enrico
Piaggio research centre at the University of Pisa, which
specializes in automation, bioengineering, and robotics.
It will also help researchers ward off divers who raid
undersea sites including shipwrecks, and may have applications
in environmental protection, he added.

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