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Technical University of Cluj-Napoca

CO is one of the four technically oriented universities of Romania classified as “University of Advanced Research and Education”, the highest rank for an institution of higher learning. In 2011, the nine faculties of the University were involved in various research activities, funded from national (PNII, 165 contracts) or international (FP7, 10 contracts) programs, or by national or international companies (73 national and 21 international contracts). The Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Group ( is a highly dynamic and productive research entity within the Computer Science Department of TUCN. Founded in 1998 by prof. Sergiu Nedevschi, the group’s results in the field of real-time stereovision and related applications are published in multiple high-impact peer reviewed journals, and countless conference proceedings papers, and these papers have been cited by well known international scientists, in significant scientific publications. The group has been involved in many research contracts with national and international partners. Besides the scientific contributions, the results of the group were always implemented in real-time working prototypes, which answered concrete needs of real-life applications.
The main tasks attributed to TUCN are: precise camera synchronization across large distances using hardware solutions, automatic camera calibration for long distance observations, detection of target objects using image processing techniques, stereo triangulation-based precise reconstruction of the 3D coordinates of the target objects, and model-based probabilistic tracking of the target’s trajectory using the stereo measurements. The research team proposed by TUCN for this project is well suited to handle the tasks, benefiting from a vast experience in the field of stereo image acquisition and rectification, image processing, camera calibration, stereovision, object recognition and model-based object tracking.



Partner 1 is a small private contract R&D company founded in 1993. Its main expertise is in radio telescopes, surveillance of space sensors and software. Over the years, BITNET CCSS has been involved in many research projects in the field of space applications. Most of these projects have been performed in a public-private partnership. Traditional research project partners for BITNET CCSS are the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, The Romanian Academy / Astronomical Observatory of Cluj and the Romanian Space Agency. A notable example is the GOLIAT project, the first Romanian cubesat mission, where BITNET developed an S-band ground-to-space communication system or the development of an ESA GENSO ground station in Romania, where BITNET is contributing with free of charge technical support and equipments. BITNET is involved several international research projects. The most important is the undergoing NATO RTO HEOSS experiment – a small space-based telescope built by Canada for surveillance of space experiments. Other examples are the Eureka / CELTIC MARCH project (in the field of telecommunications), the NATO SCI 229 (Space Environment Support to NATO Space Situational Awareness) RTG or the Integral Satcom Initiative (a FP7 technological platform). BITNET provides commercial services for international industrial partners, especially in the field of satellite communications and software applications development.


Astronomical Observatory Cluj (AROAC)

Partner 2 is a research collective of the Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy. The Romanian Academy is the highest scientific and cultural forum in Romania, which bring together noteworthy personalities from our country and from abroad, from all fields of science, art and literature. Romanian Academy promotes especially fundamental research, and together with universities and national research and development institutes they are the main actors in research, defined through their scientific output (particularly through internationally monitored publications). Cluj Branch of the Romanian Academy (CBRA) consists of 8 research institutes, 3 research collectives (Astronomical Observatory Cluj included) belonging to some national institutes as well as Romanian Academy Library Branch. In the last two years the research institutes and collectives of CBRA have developed or gained in the last two years: in the frame of PN II 22 grants, 4 POSDRU grants, and 1 POSCCE grant. Among AROAC traditional research domains we can mention: (i) optical observations (through visual, photographic, and CCD techniques) of artificial Earth satellites in order to improve the theory of motion in a resistant medium (the Earth atmosphere), (ii) the use of perturbation theory for determination of space position of satellites, (iii) astronomical photometry through photoelectric and CCD techniques, (iv) image processing, (v) processing of photometric observational data, (vi) the three-body problem, regularization of the equations of motion, study of Roche Model's geometry.
The AROAC main tasks in the project will be: the design and development of the synchronous observing systems in optical domain for satellites on medium and high orbits; performing field observing campaigns; data primary calibration and archiving; development of software solutions for determination of orbital parameters of objects on medium and high orbit around the Earth.