Robust is a Project founded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme for research and innovation under the grant no, 690416.

The project is coordinated by TWI Limited and deals with the need to develop an autonomous, reliable, cost effective technology to map vast terrains, in terms of mineral and raw material contents which will aid in reducing the cost of mineral exploration, currently performed by ROVs and dedicated SSVs and crew. Robust started on December 2015 and finished in January 2020.

The main task of Coronis in this project is on the automatic recognition of mining targets and on sea bed mapping and volume measurement of manganese nodules. Both technologies would be integrated on the AUV system, allowing them to be used on real time.