EU Project BugWright2 (Horizon 2020)

Autonomous Robotic Inspection and Maintenance on Ship Hulls and Storage Tanks

Interdisciplinary EU research project for the development of an autonomous robotic system for the inspection and maintenance of ship hulls and storage tanks using Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).

Our specific contributions to BugWright2 include:

  • Conducting work analyses of the current maintenance and inspection processes
  • Ensuring a participatory and employee-oriented design process
  • Evaluating human-robot interfaces (VR/AR)
  • Developing customized measures for technology introduction (change process) as well as personnel selection and development


Project Team University of Trier

Business Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction

Prof. Dr. Thomas Ellwart

Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Benjamin Weyers

Nathalie Schauffel, M.Sc


Project Funding by European Union’s Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
Robotics in Application Areas (ICT-09-2019-2020)

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Project Coordination

Prof. Dr. Cédric Pradalier
National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS, France)
Georgia Institute of Technology Lorraine


Further international and interdisciplinary Project Partners

CNRS, France:

Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique

CETIM, France:

Technical Centre for the Mechanical Industry

UPORTO, Portugal:

Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto

UIB, Spain:

Universitat de les Illes Balears 

INSA, France:

National Institute of Applied Science

RWTH, Germany:

RWTH Aachen University

UNI-KLU, Austria:

Universitaet Klagenfurt

NTNU, Norway: 

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

WMU, Sweden:

World Maritime University

LSL, Austria: 

Lakeside Labs

RBP, France:


BEYE, Norway:

Blueye Robotics AS

RINA, Italy:

Registro Italiano Navale 

GLM, Greece:

Glafcos Marine Ltd.

APDL, Protugal: 

Administração dos Portos do Douro, Leixões e Viana do Castelo

AASA, Portugal:

Arsenal do Alfeite

IEIC, France: 

In Extenso Innovation Croissance

DANAOS, Cyprus:

Danaos Shipping Co. Ltd.

SBK, Cyprus:

Starbulk Shipmanagement Co. Ltd.