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In a European Defence Agency framework, MRN16/Burmin aims at contributing to the definition of the future European Unmanned Maritime System, in order to detect and neutralize sea mines. RMA’s involvement resides in the inversion algorithms for the gradiometer and in the development of the fusion algorithms in order to combine the data from different sensors based on different technologies.


  1. Eric Mersch, Xavier Neyt, and Pascal Druyts. Probability maps for sea mine risk assessment. In URSI 2017 Benelux Forum, Brussels, Belgium, April 2017.
  2. Olga Lucia Lopera Tellez, Alexander Borghgraef, and Eric Mersch. The special case of sea mines. In Charles Beumier, Damien Closson, Vinciane Lacroix, Nada Milisavljevic, and Yann Yvinec, editors, Mine Action - The Research Experience of the Royal Military Academy of Belgium, chapter 11. InTech, Rijeka, 2017.
  3. Eric Mersch, Pascal Druyts, and Xavier Neyt. Bayesian map fusion for target detection and localization. In URSI 2015 Benelux Forum, Enschede, the Netherlands, December 2015.
  4. Eric Mersch, Pascal Druyts, and Xavier Neyt. Sea mine detection using a magnetic gradiometer. In URSI 2014 Benelux Forum, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, November 2014.
  5. Eric Mersch, Yann Yvinec, Yves Dupont, Xavier Neyt, and Pascal Druyts. Underwater magnetic target localization and characterization using a three-axis gradiometer. In OCEANS'14 MTS/IEEE, Taipei, Taiwan, April 2014.
  6. Eric Mersch. Etude de grains et de matière granulaire sous champs électriques. PhD thesis, Université de Liège,​ Liège,​​ Belgique, 2013.
  7. Eric Mersch, Yann Yvinec, Pascal Druyts, Xavier Neyt, and Yves Dupont. Marine buried mines detection using magnetic gradiometry. In Proceedings of the 8th International Marine Electromagnetics Conference (MARELEC 2013), Hamburg, Germany, July 2013.
  8. Julien Schockmel, Eric Mersch, Nicolas Vandewalle, and Geoffroy Lumay. Melting of a confined monolayer of magnetized beads. Physical Review E, 87(6):062201, 2013.
  9. Nicolas Vandewalle, Lionel Clermont, Denis Terwagne, Stéphane Dorbolo, Eric Mersch, and Geoffroy Lumay. Symmetry breaking in a few-body system with magnetocapillary interactions. Physical Review E, 85(4):041402, 2012.
  10. Eric Mersch and Nicolas Vandewalle. Antiphase synchronization of electrically shaken conducting beads. Physical Review E, 84(6):061301, 2011.
  11. N Vandewalle, M Noirhomme, J Schockmel, E Mersch, G Lumay, D Terwagne, and S Dorbolo. Focus: Soap film has memory. Phys. Rev Phys Rev Focus, 27:7, 2011.
  12. Nicolas Vandewalle, M Noirhomme, J Schockmel, E Mersch, G Lumay, D Terwagne, and S Dorbolo. Hysteretic behavior in three-dimensional soap film rearrangements. Physical Review E, 83(2):021403, 2011.
  13. E Mersch, G Lumay, F Boschini, and N Vandewalle. Effect of an electric field on an intermittent granular flow. Physical Review E, 81(4):041309, 2010.