The University of Limerick Joins MTS as Institutional Partner

December 20, 2019

The University of Limerick, Centre for Robotics & Intelligent Systems – CRIS ( ), is a new institutional member of MTS. Established in 2000 by Centre Director Prof Daniel Toal (chair of Electrical Engineering and Robotics at UL), CRIS is the only research centre focused on the application and development of marine robotics in Ireland. From marine platforms to navigation, sensor development, emergency response planning, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technologies, CRIS researchers are actively involved in developing a diverse range of robotic systems.

The centre is focused on developing practical and industrial relevant marine technologies. CRIS is also an integral part of MaREI, the SFI Centre for Energy, Climate & Marine with a particular focus on Marine Renewable Energy, and it is involved across national, European and direct industry collaborative projects. The centre has established strong collaboration with other Irish agencies including Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Marine Institute, Commissions of Irish Lights, Enterprise Ireland etc., as well as many international linkages in Europe, North America and further afield.

It has been recently announced that the Oceans 2023 Conference will be held at the University of Limerick hosted by CRIS and UL Conference & Sports Campus as the main local organisers. The conference will be jointly organised with Marine Institute, a state agency responsible for marine research, technology development and innovation in Ireland. The Oceans 2023 will be a great opportunity to support the UN Decade of Ocean, an initiative that gathers ocean stakeholders worldwide behind a common framework that will ensure ocean science can fully support countries in creating improved conditions for sustainable development of the Ocean.

UL has been successfully running and managing large Academic Conferences for the past 25 years. It is renowned for its conference facilities, which include a 1,000 seat Concert Hall, large adjoining lecture theatres, and over 100 further meeting rooms. The University is situated on a superb parkland campus of over 130 hectares, located 4kms outside Limerick City. The River Shannon, which traverses the campus, is a unifying focal point. Outstanding recreational, cultural and sporting facilities further enhance this exceptional learning and working environment.

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