Even though around 70 percent of our planet is covered in water, the world’s oceans continue to pose riddles to us and, with their harsh nature, prove to be a major challenge to any technology. However, when it comes to obtaining energy and food, they are essential and even unavoidable in areas like infrastructure and logistics. Fraunhofer IGD’s technology uses machine learning to help in quality assurance and testing for offshore installations and deep-sea cables, in the processing of underwater images, in the detection of unexploded ordnance, in the captive breeding of fish and much more. Find out more about our applied underwater research in the sections below.
We are driving underwater research forward with the goal of making our actions as sustainable as possible. To find out to what extent high-tech research and ecological challenges are interdependent, read more:
Cavitation effects on ship propellers are disruptive. We are helping to understand this physically complex effect, and make it mathematically comprehensible and predictable in order to factor it into design and operation.
Monitoring environmental parameters is extremely useful for gaining deeper insight or noticing changes quickly. The automation of these processes as well as machine learning lighten the workload, and help with planning and sustainability.
Our Digital Ocean Lab is the heart of the Ocean Technology Campus going up in Rostock. We are working with our partners in a state-of-the-art environment to come up with new ideas for underwater research.
Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) make dives for inspecting underwater structures safer and more efficient where they are not replacing them completely. We are part of a network making effective, affordable day-to-day work possible.