Research Facilities / Equipment

The labs world class research infrastructure, covers needs from fundamental knowledge creation to technology deployment in the field, supporting on the water or simulator based pilots and demonstrators of beyond state of the art equipment and technologies.

The labs ideal location on the island of Syros in the Aegean Sea, offers close proximity to open sea testing grounds.

In cooperation with a worldwide network of industrial and scientific partners, the developed solutions can be evaluated in a continuous chain reaching from the application concept simulation in lab trials to in the field testing in no time, supporting transforming the Aegean Sea into an Innovation Valley for the blue economy. For example in the context of “Ro-Boat Races”, sea trials under realistic conditions guarantee an application-related real world assessment. This unique combination of laboratory infrastructure and realistic missions to examine and evaluate technology readiness enables the development of robust and reliable systems. Additionally, the lab supports “remote” missions, where researchers across the globe can conduct “on the water testing” remotely, collaborating with colleagues on the field.

Research Vessels

A number of remotely operated vessels (ROVs), autonomous surface/underwater vessels (AUVs) equipped with complimentary and competitive sensor equipment.

photo of Aerosea 1, a DPSD autonomous sea vessel

AeroSea 1

Autonomous Exploration & Reconnaissance

  • Length: 2.5m
  • Width: 1.8m
  • Height :(overall) 1.2m
  • Weight: 205kg
  • Max Speed: +5Kn
  • Optimal Survey Speed: 1.5-4kn
  • Equipment: Payload 300kg
  • Propulsion: Dual Electric Outboards 100lbs
  • Battery Configuration: 60000mAh total
  • Endurance: ~4hr
  • RC range: 20km(*)
  • Video transmission range: 2km
  • Telemetry range: 10-15km
  • Multilayer fiberglass & kevlar
  • Gelcoat black & orange
  • Aluminium frames
  • Waterproof inspection hatches
  • CUAV X7+ PRO Flight
  • NEO 3 GPS
  • ADS-B Carrier & Power Module
  • 2 x ESC 900A High Voltage
  • 2 x Thruster 100lbs
  • RC Transmitter, Receiver, HD Camera
  • Base Station Tablet 10”
  • RDF9000 High Range Telemetry
  • UBEC 10A HV
  • Battery 60000mAh 12V Pack
  • 2 x Dual Band High Gain WiFi Antenna 2.4-5GHz
  • Navigation Lights & Led Flasher Warning Lights
  • Battery Charges
με120 autonomous vessel


Hydrographic Unmanned Surface Vehicle

  • Length: 2.5m
  • Width: 1.4m
  • Height: (overall) 0.75m
  • Weight: 150kg
  • Max Speed: ~8Kn
  • Optimal Survey Speed: ~3.5kn
  • Payload: 45kg
  • Endurance: ~8hr at 3.5kn
  • Telemetry Range: 2km RC / 5km Auto
  • Singlebeam echo sounder
  • Multibeam echo sounder
  • ADCP
  • 3D LiDAR scanner
  • Side-scan sonar
  • Forward-looking sonar
  • Water quality sonde

C.U.A.K. Autonomous Sea Vessel

Student Project (RoBoat Race 1 winner)

  • Length: ~1m
  • Width: 0.45m
  • Height: 0.5m
  • Weight: ~7kg
  • Max Speed: 7Kn
  • Optimal Survey Speed: ~3.5kn
  • Payload: up to 3-4kg
  • Endurance: ~6hr at 3.5kn
  • Battery Configuration: 3x9000mAh
  • Endurance: ~6hr at 3.5kn
  • Propulsion: 2x Blue Robotics T200 100N (50+50)
  • Polyethylene Marine Plastic (main hull)
  • ABS/PLA 3D-printed (sensor mounts)
  • Marine wood (thruster pivots)
  • GPS waypoint navigation
  • Rugged GPS/INS
  • Charging system
  • Short range radio
  • Encrypted wireless network
  • ROCS
  • 180° FOV camera
  • Navigation lights

AegeaNET: Vessel and Aircraft Tracking Sensor Network

The AegeaNET is an open sensor network of Automatic Identification System (AIS) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) receivers, distributed across the Aegean Sea. This provides access to real time ship and aircraft positions for vessel and flight tracking.

The data is then collected and processed on premises, in the Labs distributed computing cluster, available for further analysis. It is owned and operated by the Smart Move Lab and is an important tracking tool for deciphering traffic patterns.

Testbed Area & Historical data

Our testbed covers sea and land utilizing 100% WiFi coverage and is capable to host and deploy several types of UVs: air, land, sea and subsurface.

Multisensor data archives from previous sea trials and experiments are available for analysis.