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15/09/2014 ICARUS successfully completes autonomous UAV and UGV demo field tests in Marche-en-Famenne, Belgium
Representatives of the ICARUS project gathered on the premises of the Camp Roi Albert military base between the 8th and the 12th of September, 2014 in Marche-en-Famenne in Belgium to perform demo field tests on autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and U...
07/08/2014 ICARUS presented at the 3rd Workshop on European Unmanned Maritime Systems
ICARUS partner, INESC (Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Research and Development in Lisbon), organised the 3rd Workshop on European Unmanned Maritime Systems together with the European Defence Agency and the Portuguese Ministry of National Defence. The workshop took pl...
01/08/2014 TIRAMISU and ICARUS release video of joint Bosnia Herzegovina 2014 floods mission.
The TIRAMISU and ICARUS consortia have released a video showcasing their joint contribution to the assessment of the damage caused by the Bosnia-Herzegovina 2014 floods. The mission was deployed at the request of the Belgian First Aid and Support Team (B-FAST), with the...
01/08/2014 ICARUS successfully completes autonomous UAV field tests in Barcelona, Spain
Representatives from the ICARUS project gathered between the 21st and the 25th of July, 2014 in Moiá, Barcelona, on an airfield owned by CATUAV, a local company specialising in remote sensing using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The capabilities of the latest UAVs and sensors de...
30/06/2014 EU-funded project TRADR to organise a summer school on autonomous robots
The TRADR project (www.tradr-project.eu) is organising a summer school at the Czech Technical University in Prague (hosted by the Center for Machine Perception, http://cmp.felk.cvut.cz) from the 29-31 July, 2014. The summer school focuses on robotic perception and reasoning, and is rel...
23/06/2014 EC Vice President Siim Kallas opens the RPAS conference, hosted by RMA in the framework of ICARUS
The Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) conference, which took place in Brussels between the 23rd and the 26th of June 2014, is an international conference which provides participants the latest information on developments in the f
04/06/2014 Bosnia-Herzegovina TV broadcasts a reportage on RMA participation in post-flood demining with a UAV
You can find the original video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oI5YJjsjDE&feature=youtu.be
29/05/2014 TIRAMISU and ICARUS partners deployed to flood hit areas in the Balkans
Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia, as well as parts of Croatia, have been hit by the worst flooding on record following torrential downpours over the last few weeks. The Belgian First Aid and Support Team (B-FAST), one of the ICARUS project partners, has been deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina...
29/05/2014 ICARUS Presented at the Sea Forum in Porto, Portugal
INESC, a ICARUS partner, presented the project during the 3rd Workshop on European Unmanned Maritime Systems. This 3rd Workshop on European Unmanned Maritime Systems has been co-organised by EDA, the Portuguese Ministry of National Defence, and INESC Technology & Science. The workshop took place in th...
20/05/2014 European funded projects team up in response to the worst floods Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia have faced in 100 years
Photo credit: EC/ECHO/EEAS/EU Delegation BiH

Brussels, Belgium - May 19, 2014 - ICARUS and TIRAMISU, two Research and Development projects funded by the European Commission's DG Enterprise and Industry, have joined forces to par...
14/05/2014 Research groups called upon to trial new VI Sensor developed by ICARUS consortium member, Skybotix.
Skybotix, a member of the ICARUS consortium, has announced an Early Adopter Programme for its newly developed Visual-Inertial (VI) sensor that can be used in Unmanned Vehicles and robotic devices to help save lives during crises and emergencies. The sensor wa...
27/02/2014 FP7 projects ARCAS and euRathlon collaborate to deliver training in Robotics
A workshop jointly organised by the euRathlon and ARCAS (Aerial Robotics Cooperative Assembly System) projects will take place from the 15th to the 18th of June 2014  at the Center for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (CATEC) in Seville, Spain. The four-day course is targeted...
27/02/2014 Dates for euRathlon 2014 announced
The euRathlon Robotics competition will take place between the 29th September and the 3rd of October, 2014 at the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) in La Spezia, Italy. The competition is organised as part of the FP7 euRathlon project, funded by the European Commission. Teams of researchers, mast...
21/01/2014 The ICARUS consortium releases video of its UAS test campaign in Zurich
The ICARUS consortium just released the video of its Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) test campaign which took place in Zurich, Switzerland in November 2013. The video of the test is available here.
15/01/2014 Civilian Drones Search and Rescue documentary released on Youtube
This documentary details the bureaucratic challenges faced by search and rescue personnel and their desperate need for civilian drones which are restricted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Countless lives could be saved with this existing and affordable technology, but the govern...
06/01/2014 The Belgian Search and Rescue Team (BFAST) celebrates 10th anniversary.
The Belgian team for immediate emergency relief, B-FAST (Belgian First Aid and Support Team), the ICARUS project reference user for Urban SAR, has recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. To commemorate the ten years since the organisation was established, the most recognisable statue...
18/12/2013 Happy "Autonomous" Holidays from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and ICARUS consortium
The Autonomous Systems lab of the Zurich Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, partner of ICARUS project, has just pubblished a short video to wish everyone Happy Holidays.
Have a look here!
06/12/2013 DARPA Robotics Challenge trials to be held December 20-21
DARPA RoboticsDARPA Robotics Trials will be h. This year's DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Trials will be held in Florida on December 20-21, 2013. These trials are designed to foster the development of robots with capabilities that enable them to operate in hazardous situations, allowing relief agenc...
03/12/2013 ICARUS partner ASCAMM signs agreement with CATUAV for joint UAV development
Mr. Xavier Lopez, Director of ASCAMM, one of the  ICARUS project partners, signed a strategic partnership agreement with Mr. Jordi Santacana, Director of CATUAV, in a bid to promote technological development, UAV systems integration as well as training activities....
12/11/2013 ICARUS Partners active in Philippines cyclone relief efforts
Haiyan, by some accounts the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall ever recorded, hit the Philippines on November 7th 2013 with wind speeds of up to 315 km/h. The cyclone caused devastation in the country, particularly on the islands of Samar and Leyte, where estimates of fatalities ran...
12/11/2013 FAA Unveils Plan For Domestic Drone Take-Off By 2015
ASCAMM UAV flying outdoor. The Federal Aviation Administration has new plans for unmanned aircraft systems, better known as drones.
04/11/2013 Flying insect-like robot Gimball can crash and recover
Insect-like flying rescue robot that can bounce off trees and buildings has been presented by its creators.
03/10/2013 ICARUS presented during the 7th International Workshop on Robotics for Risky Environment in Saint Petersburg, Russia
ICARUS partners participated in the 7th International Workshop on Robotics for Risky Environment. The event took place as part of the biannual St. Petersburg Innovation Forum. During the two-day event stakeholders from across the globe g...
25/09/2013 IMM-IAIR and SpaceApps, partners in the ICARUS project, win third place in Eurathlon 2013 USAR and manipulation challenges
The EURATHLON 2013 Unmanned Ground Robot (UGV) competition took place from 23 to 27 September 2013 in Berchtesgaden, Germany. Engineers, computer scientists and technicians from all over Europe were able to test their Robots in simulate...
19/09/2013 ICARUS Presentation video
The ICARUS consortium has just launched the presentation video for the project. Have a look!
09/09/2013 ICARUS and DARIUS to organize the First European Unmanned Search and Rescue End-Users' Conference
First European Unmanned Search and Rescue End-Users' Conference Why? To discuss how your operational requirements can be fulfilled by the latest technological advances and to participate in live demonstrations. When? 10th - 11th of February 2014. Where? Be...
19/08/2013 New Poll Shows Majority of Americans Support UAS for Search and Rescue and Border Patrol
A poll conducted by Monmouth University shows that the majority of Americans support the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for Search and Rescue and border patrol activities. The poll found that 83 percent of Americans support UAS use for search and rescue and 62 p...
12/08/2013 ICARUS Unmanned Maritime System tested in La Spezia
Several ICARUS partners gathered in La Spezia, on the premises of the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation in order to test the newly developed Unmanned Maritime Systems that are being developed to support Search and Rescue operations in marine environments.
08/08/2013 Search and Rescue drone trial in Cumbria hailed a success
Experts from the University of Central Lancashire teamed up with the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team to test the unmanned remote control drone. It is hoped the project will help save lives in the Lake District by encouraging ‘virtual’ search and rescue assistants to tap into the drone’s live feed onl...
22/07/2013 The ICARUS project provides input to the RPAS regulatory meeting in Spain
The Spanish Aviation Safety Agency (Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aérea - AESA) has organised the first meeting between the public and private sectors to discuss the forthcoming Spanish Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) regulation. The meeting took place on the 30th of May at th...
02/07/2013 ICARUS coordinator RMA hosts the RPAS 2013 conference, where the RPAS roadmap was introduced by representatives of the European Commission
Photographic Review of RPAS2013 In the context of the ICARUS project, an EU initiative which aims to develop robotic tools to assist human crisis intervention teams, the Royal Military Academy of Belgium (RMA),...
02/07/2013 DARPA challenge will focus on developing robots that can operate on rough terrain and in austere conditions
The Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA),within the American Defense Department, organises the competition : DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC).
02/07/2013 A workshop to showcase the integration of Robots and Sensors during rescue missions will take place on the 7th November 2013
The third workshop on integrating Robots and Sensors in future rescue INformation system (ROSIN'13) will take place on the 7th November 2013 at Tokyo Big Sight (Japan) in the framework of the
02/07/2013 Paving the way for the safe integration of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) into the European airspace starting in 2016
The European RPAS Steering Group (ERSG) handed over the Roadmap for the Integration of civil Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems into the European Aviation system to the European Commission on the occasion of the Paris Air Show...
10/06/2013 Chairman of ICARUS End User Board greets Commissioner Georgieva at the EU Civil Protection Forum 2013
The biennial Civil Protection Forum is the largest event of its kind at EU level.
24/05/2013 ICARUS Coordinator RMA hosts a Workshop on European Unmanned Maritime Systems
The objective of the workshop is to facilitate exchange of information on current and recently completed research and technology work-strands in the area of Unmanned Maritime Systems under EDA and related civil applications of UMS under FP7, in particular ICT – driven  proje...
21/05/2013 No unmanned tools used after Oklahoma City Tornado
A deadly tornado impacted Moore, Oklahoma in the USA on May 20th, 2013, killing 24 people. Due the fast availability of other assets, it was not necessary to deploy unmanned tools for immediate crisis response. A thorough analysis on the use of unmanned tools by Robin Murphy of CRASAR (member of ICARUS Scie...
13/05/2013 Team of Belgian Defence deployed after train crash in Wetteren (Belgium)
On May 4th, a train freight crashed in the Belgian municipality Wetteren. The train was transporting dangerous chemical products which exploded, leading to a release of toxic substances in the air. Dozens of people were injured and one person died from the toxic fumes....
03/05/2013 Report on Unmaned Systems in Defense News
A report on Unmaned Systems has been published in the week's digital edition of the DefenseNews. This article hightligths the importance of using unmanned aerial systems to be capable for dropping Search and Rescue supplies in specific areas. This report shows the work carried out by the Royal Canandian Air Force an...
02/05/2013 Troops continue search and epidemic prevention work in Ya'an quake-hit areas
More than 200 killed, 11,000 injured and thousands of homes damaged in a strong 6,6 magnitude earthquake near Ya’an Sichuan province on April 20, 2013. Troops of the Chengdu Military Area Command (MAC) of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) continue the Search and...
12/04/2013 Qube: a remote controlled-device to help improve rescue efforts
It’s called the Qube and it’s a state-of-the-art unmanned aircraft made by the Monrovia, Calif.-based technology company AeroVironment and is intended to be a new high-tech tool for public safety agencies across the U.S. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office wants to bring the Qube to local skies...
09/04/2013 ICARUS Partners Allen Vanguard, INESC and SpaceApplicationsServices compete in Eurathlon2013 challenge
Three partners of the ICARUS project will take part in the upcoming Eurathlon competition (http://www.eurathlon2013.eu/): - Allen-Vanguard Ltd will participate with (a.o.) the Digital Vanguard vehicle, used as an end platform in ICARUS - Space Applications...
15/02/2013 ICARUS Coordinator RMA organises the RPAS 2013 Conference
RPAS 2013 is Europe's annual conference & exhibition for the global Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) community. It's an international conference on civil & military RPAS, covering regulatory matters, operational matters, current & future applications, technical & performa...
15/02/2013 EU FP7 Robot Competition EURATHLON 2013
EURATHLON is a new robot competition supported by the European Commission. The vision of EURATHLON is to provide real-world robotics challenges that will test the intelligence and autonomy of outdoor/off-road robots in demanding mock disaster-response scenarios.
10/01/2013 Save the date for the IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics 2013 (SSRR)
The IEEE International Symposium on Safety Security Rescue Robotics will be organised in the Linkoping University (Sweden) from the next 21st until 26th October 2013. The IEEE International Symposium on Safety Security Rescue Robotics was established by t...
09/01/2013 The World Championship of RoboCup Search & Rescue will be celebrated in Eindhoven (The Netherlands) from 24th through 30th June 2013
  The 17th annual RoboCup International Symposium will be held in conjunction with RoboCup 2013 from Monday 24th through Sunday 30th June 2013 in Eindhoven (The Netherlands).
05/12/2012 ICARUS Coordinator RMA organised the RPAS CivOps 2012 Conference
An international conference focusing on civil Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) operational matters, current & future applications, regulatory matters, current bottlenecks, technical and performance requirements, system & subsystem development s, aerial work customer requir...
08/11/2012 7th IARP workshop on ‘Robotics for Risky Environment and Extreme Robotics’ in Saint Petersburg
The 7th edition of the IARP (International Advanced Robotics Programme) workshop - Robotics for Risky Environment and Extreme Robotics- will be organised, with the support of the Climbing and Walking Robotics Association (CLAWAR), in the Russian State Scientific C...
25/10/2012 The 5th International Workshop on Human-Friendly Robotics was organised by the Belgian Royal Military Academy in Brussels
The Belgian Royal Military Academy hosted and co-organised the 5th International Workshop on Human-Friendly Robotics (HFR 2012) on 18
17/08/2012 The recognition of the European Commission to projects on Robotic research promotes successfully results
The European Commission funds more than 100 robotics research projects supported by around €600 million in the last five years. They address topics such as scene and situation understanding, perceiving the world through artificial senses (computer vision...
27/06/2012 Icarus project took part in the 10th edition of the IEEE International Symposium on Safety Security and Rescue Robotics
The Icarus project took part in the 10th edition of the IEEE International Symposium on Safety Security and Rescue Robotic (SSRR 2012) which took place from 5th till 8th November,2012 in College Station (Texas).
22/06/2012 ICARUS to participate in the IROS'12 ROSIN Workshop
The ICARUS project will participate in the IROS’12 Workshop on Robots and Sensors integration in future rescue Information system (ROSIN '12).
31/05/2012 iRobot Receives U.S. Army Orders Totaling $6 Million
iRobot Corp., a leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, has received two orders from the U.S. Army’s Robotic Systems Joint Program Office (RSJPO) totaling $6 million (nearly 5 million euros). The orders call for the delivery of spares for iRobot 510 PackBot robots, including operator cont...
23/05/2012 Icarus, a project selected to participate in the two-days workshop "Beyond emergency.lu service collaboration and extension" in Luxembourg
  The Administration des Services de Secours (ASS) together with the emergency.lu project and the INSARAG  Working group DACH will organise a workshop entitled “Beyond emergency.lu, service collaborat...
18/05/2012 Participation of ICARUS in the workshop organised by the European Defence Agency on European Unmanned Maritime Systems
The European project ICARUS will be presented in a workshop on European Unmanned Maritime Systems organised by the European Defence Agency (EDA), the management committee of the EDA UMS Programme and the European Commission at the Belgian R...
03/05/2012 Navy’s New Robotics Lab runs experiments on autonomous systems within its facilities that reproduce Earth's ecosystems
Scientists of the Navy's new robotics laboratory, based in the nation's capital are stepping into the desert and rainforest to run experiments on autonomous systems without having to set foot outside the Navy's new robotics...
19/04/2012 ICARUS to take part in the Forum do Mar Event
AEP - Portuguese Entrepreneurial Association and Oceano XXI - Association for the Knowledge and Economy of the Sea, are organising  the 2nd Fórum do Mar, an event open to professionals working in the different sectors that make up the sea economy, the scientific community, and the genera...
15/03/2012 A team of B-Fast, partner of ICARUS project, moved to Brazaville to alleviate the emergency needs after the explotion of a munition depot
Following the explosion of a munitions depot in Brazzaville, resulting in numerous victims and at the request of the Republic of the Congo, Belgium, through a team of the Belgian First Aid & Support Team (B-Fast), sen...
     

ICARUS Presentation video

The ICARUS consortium has just launched the presentation video for the project. Have a look!

Project Objectives

  • Development of a light sensor capable of detecting human beings
  • Development of cooperative Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) tools for unmanned SAR
  • Development of cooperative Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) tools for unmanned SAR
  • Development of cooperative Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) tools for unmanned SAR
  • Heterogeneous robot collaboration between Unmanned Search And Rescue devices
  • Development of a self-organising cognitive wireless communication network, ensuring network interoperability
  • Integration of Unmanned Search And Rescue tools in the C4I systems of the Human Search And Rescue forces
  • Development of a training and support system of the developed Unmanned Search And Rescue for the Human Search And Rescue teams