Autonomous Robotics Ltd (ARL) is collaborating with Robert Gordon University (RGU) on swarm technology research (Swarm Technology) of a simultaneous, distributed and scalable localisation system for a swarm of autonomous underwater sensor flying nodes. The purpose of this research is to further enhance the capability of the flying node system and further reduce the cost and time for ocean bottom seismic surveys.RGU is a leading Scottish university in Aberdeen, the oil capital of Europe, and its School of Engineering has an outstanding track record of working in collaboration with industry. The Swarm Technology research will be performed by Dr Wai-keung Fung and Mr Adham Sabra, who are with the Communications and Autonomous Systems Group within the School of Engineering, with results of the research expected within 12 months.Dave Grant (ARL Chairman) said, “ARL are working with RGU to research and create a practical localisation system for the flying node system which will allow the flying nodes to operate in a swarm and move from their initial seabed position to a new seabed location. This Swarm Technology will be used to enhance the capability of the flying node system and provide even greater savings in cost and time for the offshore energy operators performing ocean bottom seismic surveys. I would also like to thank the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) for their support of this project. OGIC assists companies to find academic partners and provides funding for innovative projects which benefit the oil & gas industry.”Dr Wai-keung Fung, Group lead of the Communications and Autonomous Systems Group at RGU, added: “This great opportunity enables our research group to apply AI algorithms for large scale underwater swarm localisation, which is one of the core research problems in underwater robotics and sensor networks. Localisation accuracy can be greatly improved by fusing estimates from multiple localisation methods. This can enhance autonomous deployment and retrieval of underwater flying nodes for various subsea missions, including marine seismic surveys.”Ian Phillips, Chief Executive of OGIC, added: “These examples highlight the exciting technology which can be developed when we work with the expertise and knowledge that exists within Scottish universities. Supporting these university-introduced projects is just another way we are continuing to invest in the future of the industry.”
When the football left Tajh Boyd’s hand from just outside the Clemson goal line, Sammy Watkins was still 2 yards behind Ri’Shard Anderson.As the ball soared over the 35-yard line, Watkins passed Anderson. And by the time he caught it at the 45, he was long gone.The 91-yard touchdown gave Clemson a 28-point lead with 40 seconds left in the third quarter, and broke the back of SU’s comeback attempt before it ever really started.“When our receivers get on these guys’ toes they get an opportunity to run away from them,” Boyd said, “and that’s just what he did.”Boyd threw for 455 yards, breaking his own school record, and five touchdowns as the Tigers ran away from Syracuse (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) 49-14 in SU’s ACC debut on Saturday. The 48,961 that filled the Carrier Dome watched No. 3 Clemson (5-0, 3-0) burn the slower Syracuse secondary time and time again, racking up 624 yards of total offense, despite Boyd and Watkins both battling injuries and the starters being sidelined for the fourth quarter.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd even when the defense did hold its own — halting the Tigers on six straight drives spanning the second and third quarters — SU was unable to capitalize.“There was a time and a place where we had them. We had them right where we wanted,” H-back Ashton Broyld said. “We just didn’t execute.”The secondary, which was playing without cornerback Brandon Reddish, was plagued by frequent miscommunications as Clemson mesmerized the Orange with its up-tempo motion offense.“You could have one guy and when the guy motions they snap the ball so fast your head be spinning,” safety Durell Eskridge said.The dizzying afternoon began on Clemson’s first drive. Three plays, 82 yards, 38 seconds.Boyd capped it with a 60-yard scoring strike to a wide-open Adam Humphries, and continued to obliterate the Orange defensive backs, finishing the opening frame on pace for 880 passing yards and eight touchdowns.A 42-yard touchdown to Humphries with 15 seconds left in the first quarter made it 21-0 Clemson, a lead SU head coach Scott Shafer called almost insurmountable.On that play, SU cornerback Julian Whigham left Humphries near the 35-yard line, but no one picked him up. After Humphries spun out of an Eskridge tackle at the 2 and stepped into the end zone, Eskridge jumped up and ran over to Whigham.He slapped both hands against his helmet twice, jerking his neck in frustration before raising his hands toward Whigham’s face and appearing to plead with the sophomore.“We could’ve played with them into the fourth quarter, all the way down to the end of the game, we could’ve played with them,” Eskridge said. “I feel like they ain’t earned everything they got. I feel like we gave them a lot of stuff.”As the Tigers offense scored, the Orange offense sputtered, registering just one first down on its first three drives. An 18-yard out route to Watkins set up a Zac Brooks 1-yard score with 4:07 left in the first quarter.Lined up wide left, Watkins worked on SU cornerback Keon Lyn. Lyn stayed close until the break, but when Watkins turned his hips back to the sideline, Lyn was caught with his weight back. Watkins was just too quick.But that athletic advantage disappeared after two more second-quarter scores.The Orange held Clemson scoreless on six straight drives.A Ritchy Desir interception and a lengthy Devante McFarlane fake-punt run gave SU possession in Tigers field position twice in the third quarter.Twice Syracuse couldn’t convert.“We tried to pull every wrinkle out of the book that we could to try to make it exciting and try to get back in this thing,” Shafer said, “and for a minute there I thought we had a shot.”But once Boyd launched his high-arcing 91-yard bomb to Watkins with 40 seconds left in the third quarter, the Orange’s window of opportunity closed.Said Watkins: “I made the biggest play of the game.” Comments Published on October 5, 2013 at 7:06 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+
However, Guardiola has dismissed that tag, claiming City need to win the Champions League to earn that title, while praising the Italian.”Thank you [Sarri], but we are not the best. We have to win the titles and we didn’t win the title to be best team in Europe. The job he is doing is excellent. People don’t know how hard it is to create a style,” he added. Manchester City will be without star striker Sergio Aguero for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Chelsea, Pep Guardiola has confirmed. The striker picked up an injury in training and missed the 2-1 victory at Watford and now is set to be unavailable once again for the trip to Stamford Bridge. Former Blues midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has also been ruled out of the clash in a significant blow to City’s hopes of maintaining their unbeaten start to the league campaign.Guardiola’s side currently top the table by two points but will be keenly aware that Liverpool – unbeaten themselves – are waiting to pounce on any points dropped by the defending champions.And the trip to fourth-placed Chelsea represents a significant test for City without their all-time leading goalscorer. Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus is likely to lead the line in his absence, but the 21-year-old has just one goal in 12 appearances so far this season, although the majority of those have been from the bench.De Bruyne has suffered with injury problems for much of this season, but the form of Bernardo Silva so far has cushioned the blow of the Belgian’s absence.Chelsea have just suffered their second defeat of the campaign in a shock 2-1 reverse against Wolves, and City will hope that confidence will be low in Maurizio Sarri’s camp. “It is another huge demanding test for us,” Guardiola said at Friday’s press conference.”How we play against one of the best teams on one of the biggest stages. How will they react after losing? I can imagine how intense, committed they will be.”Sarri has attempted to play down his side’s chances against the champions, having failed to beat his Spanish counterpart in their three previous meetings and claiming their opponents are possibly the best team in Europe.