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The Interuniversity Center of Integrated Systems for the Marine Environment (ISME) has been founded in 1999 with the aim of supporting research activities in the fields of marine technologies and oceanic engineering. Current members are the Universities of Genova, Salento (formerly of Lecce), Pisa, Verona, Politecnica delle Marche (formerly of Ancona), Cassino and Southern Lazio (formerly of Cassino) and Firenze.

The researchers of ISME are all active in oceanic engineering and marine technology research focusing mainly on the following research topics:

Marine robotics - ROV, AUV, GNC systems. Underwater manipulators

Underwater Acoustics - Acoustical Imaging, Sonar Systems, Geoacoustic

Underwater archaelogical and biological sites documentation

Data Analysis - GIS, DSS, classification and pattern recognition

ISME benefits of the research infrastructure of the participating departments (laboratories, workshops, etc.), and has the purpose of exploiting sinergies and collaborative efforts among the participants within an agile and flexible organizational structure.