On 27 September 2022, Naval Group and the Indian Institute of Technology Goa (IIT Goa) signed a collaboration agreement to improve the analysis of data collected by underwater sensors, using neural systems and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
As explained, Naval Group and IIT Goa signed an agreement as part of the GOAT (Goa Atlantic cooperation in Marine Science and Engineering) program, initiated during the Indo-French Knowledge summit in 2019. The summit was organized to exchange knowledge in education, research and innovation in the field of marine science and technology.
Within the framework of this cooperation, a specific study by Indian researchers with French technical experts will be conducted to extend the understanding of the technologies. This will be done in order to improve future industrial applications including underwater surveillance, submarine imaging and drones.
Furthermore, the R&D project aims to study the underwater signal-to-noise ratio, by analysing raw data collected by sensors using either neural systems or AI.
The analysis will be conducted to increase the resolution of underwater imagery for the needs of offshore applications or for the installation, maintenance, detection of any submerged structure among others.
“We are excited to cooperate with the Naval Group, which is a big contributor to the technological capabilities of the Indian Navy, on this project. We hope to take our cooperation forward in underwater imaging, communications, and others domains of expertise like materials, to have a multiplicative effect on technological prowess on both the sides,” Professor Barada Kanta Mishra, Director of the IIT GOA said.
François-Régis Boulvert, International scientific cooperation director at Naval Group added that “we are working on concrete research that helps develop new capabilities for both countries. This cooperation started in 2019 and has been growing every year since.”