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Research Projects

We are delivering cutting-edge technology for several research project. Currently joining the Attica Technology Park Lefkippos.

SOUP (SOilless culture UPgrade)

Research – Creation -Innovation PA (Partnership Agreement for the Development Framework) 2014-2020

January 2018 – December 2020

Utilizing Robotic Systems and Computational Intelligence Technologies to Reduce Costs and Inputs in Hydroponic Cultures.

Greenhouse cultivations represent one of the most significant production sectors of Greece, with an estimated annual turnover of 900m Euros. Despite their economic importance, greenhouse cultivations are still a labour-intensive activity, with workforce and pest-management expenses making up a large percentage of the production costs. Additional problems associated with greenhouse cultivations relate to personnel health and safety issues, as well as increased environmental footprint, both arising from the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, and the need for product quality assurance. In this context, project SOUP aims to modernize Greek greenhouse cultivations, by reducing their dependence on manual labour and agrochemicals, through the following technologies:

1. Automated monitoring systems that analyze the plants’ growth through the use of sensor networks, advanced image processing and state-of-the-art deep learning techniques.

2. Robotic mechanisms to automate labor-intensive tasks such as pest management and harvesting. The combined use of the above technologies can potentially allow the individualized management of the plants, as opposed to the current practice of indiscriminate plantation-wide interventions, which leads to resource wastage and often excessive use of agrochemicals. In addition, robotics can reduce the need for human presence and manual interventions, and allow for round-the-clock operation of the greenhouse. Hydroponic tomato production, representing one of the country’s main exported greenhouse products, has been selected as the pilot cultivation to develop these technologies within SOUP. Initially, a series of independent hydroponic chambers will be set up, containing tomato plants of different growth stages, and with the ability to inflict insect pest infestations. This facility will be the main testing ground in the development of a plant monitoring system, based on a sensor network and advanced algorithms employing neural networks and deep learning techniques, which will allow identification of pest inflictions and assessment of fruit ripeness. In parallel, a series of robotic mechanisms will be developed, which will be capable of carrying out tasks such as targeted pesticide application and automated harvesting of ripe fruits. These two core technologies will subsequently be combined with conventional automation systems, to form an innovative and eco-efficient greenhouse unit, operating under an intelligent management system. Data from this pilot unit, collected over a period of one year, will be analyzed to asses the economic and environmental impact of the proposed cultivation method, in comparison to the current paradigm, and to draw up a comprehensive results’ commercialization plan.

The SOUP consortium is formed by Glafcos Marine Ltd, a company with considerable experience in managing funded research projects, the Laboratory of Agricultural Production ,Florist Section, T.E.I. of Crete with extensive know-how regarding greenhouse and hydroponic cultivations, the Signal Processing & Communications Laboratory of the University of Patras with expertise in image processing and machine learning, the Control Systems & Robotics Laboratory of the T.E.I. of Crete with significant experience in developing robotic systems for primary agricultural production, and up2metric PC, a company specializing in applications of 3d imaging data acquisition and modelling. The combined expertise of the consortium, along with the blending of academic and commercial partners, are important elements for the success of the project.

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VirtualDiver

Research – Creation -Innovation PA (Partnership Agreement for the Development Framework) 2014-2020

January 2018 – December 2020

Development of an integrated interactive platform providing virtual underwater experiences for the culture and tourism industries.

Although, the underwater environment in Greece is of great scientific interest in all fields of marine research, it has not been exploited yet for cultural and tourism purposes. At the same time, technology in the fields of virtual and augmented reality has undergone considerable development by providing technical solutions for environments that their modelling has been problematic or non-operational for a variety of spatial scales. In this context, business and investment opportunities are currently being created which the VirtualDIVER research proposal strives to exploit. In particular, the goal in VirtualDIVER is to develop an integrated interactive platform for exploring natural (augmented reality) and virtual (virtual reality) environments in areas of touristic and environmental interest (eg unique geomorphological structures, shipwrecks, sunken harbors and parks, marine parks, NATURA areas, etc.) in order to enrich travel experience and promote specific and diverse forms of tourism. Significant, multi-temporal, validated knowledge, information and data from the university partners will guarantee a detailed, high-resolution mapping of the marine and terrestrial relief, which will be carried out with state-of-the-art technologies (swath mapping systems, underwater vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles) to create a synthetic topographic relief basemap and to analyze all its particular geomorphological and ecological structures as well as anthropogenic interventions. Through a set of special designed tools for multimedia content management by the involved industrial partners, it will be possible to write narrative scenarios and produce interactive experiences in virtual reality. In this way, users will be able to assimilate to real (or even imaginary) environments through different media (e.g., tablets, virtual reality glasses, etc.).

VirtualDIVER is targeting to timely address this particular market and investment opportunity with regard to the relative current industrial competition in Greece and Europe and at the same time to invest in the development of new knowledge and skills. In particular, the integration of research knowledge into interactive narrative systems will lead to the development of innovative tourism products to promote the complex, challenging, magnificent underwater environment and to attract tourists of general or special interest. The platform will be piloted for the submarine area of the Santorini caldera but also for the Mediterranean underwater volcano, Kolumbo, and will enable users to navigate virtually in environments accessible only by underwater vehicles and in cost-intensive, research and scientific missions. We are strategically targeting Santorini as one of the most touristic destinations in the world, while the Minoan eruption, which has formed the current caldera 3600 years before, has been screened in international documentaries. The unique geomorphological scenery of the inner slopes of the caldera, which continues on the seabed, the particular settlement development as well as the geological history and evolution of the volcano will be the themes of the interactive narrative of the platform. Finally, the research results will be interpreted in a popular way through the developed platform while the systematic data collection methodology and the virtual representation will be scalable and applicable to any other coastal environment of touristic and/or cultural interest.

Partners

Travel Tycoon Greece

Research – Creation -Innovation PA (Partnership Agreement for the Development Framework) 2014-2020

January 2018 – December 2020

Build your own travel agency empire from the ground up. Become a tourism mastermind and provide your clients with the services they deserve. Your playground is Greece, one of the most beautiful places in the world where tourism booms. An opportunity in the market is waiting for you.

INCASS (Inspection Capabilities for Enhanced Ship Safety)

FP7-TRANSPORT

Generation of photorealistic 3D models of  high visual and geometric accuracy. Our Company has worked in WP2 and WP3 of the project as subcontractor of Glafcos-Marine Ship Inspection Company.

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