Project

Introduction

The POSEIDON proposal is focused on PA(Priority Area)3: “Sensors, automation, monitoring and observation”.

Sea pollution is an issue that has attracted the attention of researchers worldwide in the last decades. The amount of pollution is increasing in the last few years, posing a serious threat for marine life as well as affecting boats and the coastal ecosystem. Deliberate or accidental disposal of man-made waste, such as fishing nets and plastic bags among others, as well as oil spills from large vessels, are two of the main sources of marine pollution.

POSEIDON aims to contribute with the provision of an efficient, innovative and expertly designed response for the alarming rise of marine pollution and its consequences.

More About The Project

The POSEIDON solution is a compact multisensor system carried on small UAVs that integrates radar sensors jointly operating with EO/IR cameras to monitor marine areas and detect sea debris and oil spills. The main novelties of the proposed system are:

  1. Use of a Ku band polarimetric radar to offer a solution for 24/7, all weather surveillance with enhanced capability of detecting floating debris and oil spills thanks to polarimetry and high spatial resolution. Radar polarimetric processing can be used for SCR (Signal-to Clutter Ratio) improvement, in order to enhance detection performance also in case of adverse sea conditions.
  2. Use of EO/IR sensors for a better identification of the type of debris and the extension of the oil spill to help the coordination of a prompt response for the mitigation of the problem. To this end, recent advances in deep neural networks for object detection, segmentation, and classification will be explored.
  3. Application and development of ad-hoc fusion techniques for the two sensors to jointly operate in the same platform.