The research projects just started to collect data. Thus, we expect the first publications in 2021.

Dec 2020: The start-up Hydromea makes it to the final of a deep tech startup competition

The Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge is an international startup competition that is being held virtually this year where over 5’000 deep tech startups participated. Hydromea is one of six finalists in the mobility track with their tether-less underwater drone equipped with an optical underwater modem. This novel modem was tested on LéXPLORE in September 2020. The finalist teams will have three minutes to pitch their business ideas to a panel of experts: investors, corporates, other startups, researchers and specialized journalists. Congratulation to Hydromea and we wish you good luck for the final. Read the full article.

Sept 2020: A promising new optical underwater modem

The start-up Hydromea has developed a miniature optical modem, which allows underwater communications. It is sensitive enough to collect data at very high speeds from sources more than 50 meters away. Within the submule project, the scientists successfully tested their modem in-situ from the platform. This new technology can help limnologists to collect their data directly underwater, without bringing the sensors back to the surface. It could also help to verify that the measurement instruments are working properly. Read the full article.

© 2020 EPFL Alain Herzog, a robot lowers the underwater modem in the lake water


Nov 2019: First annual workshop

On 13th November 2019, the steering committee organized the first workshop around LéXPLORE at UNIL in Géopolis building. A great success with over 50 participants! The day was divided between presentations of the first results and presentation of new projects for 2020, each were followed by answers to questions. Three discussion groups came up with propositions on data management, education and use of new technology.

The 13 projects showed a large multidisciplinarity, ranging from ecology, physics, biogeochemistry, robotics and micro-engineering. A least 3 projects will develop and test new technologies. This conference allowed great networking opportunities for researchers and promoted future collaborations.