August 26 - 29:
SCOOT goes all in!

You are invited to Lysekil!

Do you want to learn and test what/where/how autonomous platforms can measure in the ocean? Do you already have experience and want to meet other experts? This is the workshop for you!
  • Dates: 26th – 29th of August (NB! Rescheduled from earlier announcement.)
  • Place: The venue is Institute of Marine Research (Havsfiskelaboratoriet) in Lysekil, at the 118 m deep Gullmar Fjord on the West Coast of Sweden.
  • Cost: There will be no cost for the workshop, but it is likely that the there will be a fee for accommodation and meals.
SCOOT’s fleet of autonomous vessels and robots will be available, together with support vessels, technicians and experts. Specifically this includes SCOOT’s flagrobot, the AUV Ran. SCOOT is proud of the coverage Ran’s achievements has got in media, e.g. in Roling StonePublic Radio International and Swedish public service television.

Our host for this workshop is Institute of Marine Research, belonging to

Please contact us if you interested in participating, specifying:

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Our flagrobot, first to go under the Thwaites “doomsday” glacier and making it back! Ran is a large project in herself. The project leader professor Anna Wåhlin (on the SCOOT board) together with technical experts from MMT will be available at the workshop. This hyper-advanced platform has an extensive sensor suite. Perhaps even more interesting for some might be the open compartment in the payload. What do you want to put inside Ran?  More details.

SG Semla

Buoyancy driven gliders are true workhorses in modern ocean observations, our director Seb Swart and his group has brought expertise in these extremely endurable platforms to SCOOT. Month after month they monitor the ocean from surface down to 1000 m depth, receiving commands and sending data back via satellite after each dive. Semla can be fitted with a limited external payload/sensor, similar in size to the black echo-sounder visible in the image.  What do you want to put on top of Semla?  More details.

SB Kringla

In 2018 SCOOT director Seb Swart and his group became the first to deploy a Sailbuoy on the Southern hemisphere. Relentlessly she monitors the surface of the Southern Ocean, only depending on wind and a bit of sunlight, receiving commands and sending data back via satellite. This platform is also characterised by extreme robustness (confirmed by SCOOT) and ease of use. From end of July SB Kringla will be on her second mission in the Southern Ocean. No serious loss, given the ridiculously easy handling. During the workshop everyone can test live remote operation via satellite.  Kringla can be fitted with a limited external payload/sensor and also has an open chamber in the keel. It is easy, anyone can operate Kringla!  More details.

ASV SeaCat

This potent beast is the result of the first SCOOT innovation project “Marine Drones”. ASV SeaCat build on the competence and experience of SP Marine Tech AB, together with the automation skills of Chalmers Revere lab. In May the project was completed with a demonstration of drone-drone interaction together with SB Kringla and Chalmers Explorer. How do you want to use the power of the SeaCat?  More details.

ASV SunChallenger II

Inventor and serial entrepreneur Jonas Blanck got tired of listening to Big Companies talking about their achievements in ocean automation and of their expensive products. With experience from Silicon Valley, some friends and interested sponsors he built the SunChallenger II in one week. This summer she is sailing around Sweden, demonstrating that autonomy is easy!  Do you have the SunChallenger attitude?  More details.

Moorings and sensors

The SMHI buoy group brings a selection of their instruments to the workshop, including accustic doppler current profiler, buoys and moorings. How do you want to design your measurements in the ocean? More details.

R/V Skagerak

Traditional ships are still needed, even in these days of accelerating automation. We are assisted by the old R/V Skagerak, still going strong. More details.


Preliminary and flexible depending on requests from participants!


  • Morning, arrival from 9 am, presentation and demonstration of AUV Ran,
  • Afternoon, AUV Ran mission planning and execution, in Gullmarn Fjord.
  • Evening, presentation and remote operation of SB Kringla (Sailbuoy), presentation of SG Semla (Seaglider) and SMHI’s moored systems (e.g. Waverider).


  • Morning, more AUV Ran mission planning and execution, participants experimenting.
  • Afternoon, SG Semla mission planning and execution, in Gullmarn Fjord.
  • Evening, testing and deploying moored systems, in Gullmarn Fjord.


  • Morning, presentation and demonstration of experimental surface platforms (ASV SeaCat and ASV SunChallenger).
  • Afternoon, more testing and deploying moored systems.
  • Evening, activities depending on participants requests!


  • Morning, activities depending on participants requests!
  • Afternoon, wrapping up, lessons learned, outlook, departure before 6 pm.