|Full project title:||Montenegrin Centre for Underwater Sensor Networks|
|Type of action:||HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ACCESS-02 – Twinning|
|Total budget:||€ 1,499,666.25 (EU contribution € 1,131,346.25 + UKRI contribution € 368,320)|
|Coordinator:||University of Montenegro|
|Partners:||National Research Council of Italy, University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University Newcastle|
|Project web site||www.monusen.ucg.ac.me|
|Cordis site link:||https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101060395|
Underwater Sensor Networks (USNs) are becoming increasingly popular due to their advanced capabilities in oceanographic data collection, pollution monitoring, exploration of natural undersea resources, disaster prevention, assisted navigation and tactical surveillance applications. The MONUSEN project will increase research and innovation capabilities of the University of Montenegro Faculty of Electrical Engineering (UoM-FEE) via links with the internationally leading EU research institutions: Institute of Marine Engineering of the Italian National Research Council (CNR-INM), University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (UNIZG-FER) and Newcastle University (UNEW). The project will reduce the gaps and deficiencies between the UoM-FEE and its EU research counterparts and improve staff research profiles in the USN field. It will strive for scientific excellence based on the transfer of knowledge and expertise, improved creativity, strong partnerships with the leading research institutions and industry, and improved research management and administration at the UoM.
These objectives will be reached through a set of strategic measures: staff exchanges and expert visits for providing knowledge transfer, on-site trainings for providing hands-on experience, joint research actions. research and innovation management trainings, research-industry workshops for strengthening links to marine robotics industry; jointly organized hackathons on topics dictated by industry needs within the scope of the joint research actions, summer schools with strong emphasis on strengthening links to USN end-users from marine biology, marine archaeology, oceanography, marine security, etc.
This project will open a new research avenue, and will develop new communication and control techniques with the potential to revolutionize USN technologies and devices. In the next period, in cooperation with colleagues from UNIZG, UNEW and CNR, UoM team will start research in the field USN communication protocols, control of underwater mobile robot swarms and USN security. The vision of the priority areas of research in the next period of UNS team are as follows.