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TUS Expo

21 april 2017

The third edition of The Unmanned Systems (TUS) Expo and RoboBusiness Europe will take place from April 19-21 at World Forum The Hague. During the First International Robotics Week, these two popular business events join forces and become one, fully integrated, multi-layered event – in fact one of the largest b2b drones and robotics events in Europe. Over 4,000 visitors from all around the world are expected, including two hundred companies, research institutes and governmental organizations will display their latest innovations and products in the fields of robotics and unmanned vehicles, such as UAV’s, submersible drones and autonomous systems. One of the side events takes place at RDM Rotterdam, on Friday the 21st.

Autonomous Harbour
In collaboration with multiple partners, in 2014 RDM Centre of Expertise launched the multi-year program Aquabots, with a central role for robotic boats (aquatic drones) with a hull length of 1.5 m. The use of robots and autonomous and unmanned vessels in combination with sensors is an important development for the maritime sector. The Aquabots can be used for:

  • measurements of water depth and quality
  • sailing in formation with multiple Aquabots
  • autonomous quay and riverbed inspections
  • security applications such as detection of drowning persons

The Aquabots have two locations for testing at RDM Rotterdam: the Aqualab hydrological engineering laboratory inside the Innovation Dock building, which is paired to a bridge simulator, and the Drone Harbour outside; a unique experimental site in open water for aquatic drones. This part of the Rotterdam port is closed to regular shipping and provides space to businesses and educational organizations for conducting research and performing tests with aquatic drones and autonomous sailing.


  • Welcome and introduction by Christoph Maria Ravesloot, applied research professor Sustainable Process Innovation and BIM at the Research Centre for Sustainable Port Cities of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
  • Tour of the RDM Rotterdam facility and various demonstrations with aquatic drones
  • Keynote by Kees Pieters, applied research professor Mainport and Maritime Information at the Research Centre for Sustainable Port Cities of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, on the near future of unmanned vessels

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Binnen RDM Centre of Expertise (RDM CoE) werken onderwijsinstituten, onderzoekscentra en bedrijven samen aan beter techniekonderwijs, nieuwe kennis en duurzame innovaties die nodig zijn voor de haven en stad Rotterdam. Deze samenwerking vindt plaats in Communities of Practice op het gebied van maritiem & offshore, logistiek & mobiliteit, energie & procestechnologie, nieuwe maakindustrie en circulair & drijvend bouwen. RDM CoE is een door het ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap (OCW) erkend en ondersteund expertisecentrum van Hogeschool Rotterdam, dat in een publiek-private samenwerking met het Havenbedrijf Rotterdam, de gemeente Rotterdam en partners uit het bedrijfsleven wordt vormgegeven op de campus van RDM Rotterdam, midden in de haven. RDM CoE is dé innovatiemotor voor haven en stad.
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