The University of Seville (USE) created in the early 16th century is one of the most important higher education institutions in Spain, with some 70,000 students, 4,400 professors, and 2,400 administrative and service staff. USE will be involved in the project through the “Robotics, Vision and Control” (GRVC) group which has 50 researchers and engineers with strong expertise on aerial and ground robotics systems and autonomous vehicles, cooperative perception and distributed systems. The group participated in 45 projects in the last 5 years, and has a long tradition in the EU Framework Programmes including 4 projects of the FP4, 3 of the FP5, 3 of the FP6 and 2 of FP7.
USE will contribute mainly to WP3 (cooperative perception, range-only SLAM and scene recognition) and WP6 (safe coordinated trajectories, assembly planning).
The GRVC group was the Scientific and Technical Coordinator of the COMETS IST project on real-time coordination and control of multiple heterogeneous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the first project in Europe demonstrating experimentally the cooperation of multiple UAVs and its application to forest fires. From June 2006 until August 2009 the group has been the Coordinator of the consortium of the AWARE IST project that has designed, developed and validated in field experiments a platform providing the middleware and the functionalities required for the cooperation of UAVs with ground sensor-actuator wireless networks, including joint load transportation by means of three coupled helicopters. GRVC is also the Associated Coordinator of the FP7 CONET Network of Excellence and the FP7 PLANET project on Cooperating Objects. Other recent projects have been the URUS FP6 on network robot systems, and the Spanish projects AEROSENS, on the integration of aerial and ground robots with Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN), CROMAT on the cooperation of aerial and ground robots, and ATLANTIDA on air traffic management with demonstrations by using aerial robots.