Cookies Policy
We use cookies to improve our site and your experience. By continuing to browse our site you accept our cookie policy. Find out More
Close
  • Menu
Facts & Numbers
000
Presentation

Robotics and Autonomous Systems

At CRAS, our mission is to develop innovative robotic solutions for complex environments and multiple operations, including data gathering, inspection, mapping, surveillance, and intervention.

We work in four main areas of research: autonomous navigation; long-term deployments; sensing, mapping, and intervention; multiple platform operations.

Latest News
Networked Intelligent Systems

SpilLess Project in tests in Port of Leixões

The SPILLESS project, which has INESC TEC as partner, carried out several tests on 24 April at the Marina Porto Atlântico.

21st May 2018

Networked Intelligent Systems

CORAL project presents deep sea challenges in Portugal

Within the framework of CORAL - Sustainable Ocean Exploitation: Tools and Sensors, the workshop “Scientific, technical and legal challenges of deep sea mining. A vision for Portugal” was held on 16 April at the Engineer António de Almeida Foundation. It was organised by the Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR).

08th May 2018

Networked Intelligent Systems

INESC TEC team wins award of the Portuguese Robotics Society

A team of INESC TEC’s Centre for Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CRAS) won the Innovation and Technology Transfer Award of the Portuguese Robotics Society 2017 with the Project of Drone with rotary wings that inspects and monitors assets of EDP.

04th May 2018

Networked Intelligent Systems

INESC TEC team in tests in Greece

Within the framework of SUNNY, a team of five INESC TEC’s researchers was present in Chania, Greece between 25 and 30 March in a practical exercise that allowed to test the level of integration of the on-board sensory data processing systems and communications developed at INESC TEC in some of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that are part of project SUNNY. 

02nd May 2018

Networked Intelligent Systems

INESC TEC reaches the international competition final to explore the deep sea

An INESC TEC research team advanced to the final round of the Shell Ocean Discovery XPrize’s international competition.

29th March 2018

Interest Topics
029

Featured Projects

ROSM

Sistema robótico de mitigação de derrame de crude

2017-2019

TEC4SEA

Modular Platform for Research, Test and Validation of Technologies supporting a Sustainable Blue Economy

2017-2020

PROTOATLANTIC

Development and validation of a program for the prototyping and exploitation of innovative ideas

2017-2019

EMSO-PT

Observatório Europeu Multidisciplinar do Fundo do Mar e Coluna de Água - Portugal

2017-2020

AutoMon

Monitorização automatizada de albufeiras - NeoEnergia

2017-2019

SpilLess

First line response to oil spills based on native microorganisms cooperation (SpilLess)

2017-2019

SIDENAV

Smart infrastructure for deep sea navigation

2016-2018

RAWFIE

Road-, Air- and Water-based Future Internet Experimentation

2016-2019

HAIFA

Buoys for marine equipment

2016-2017

MyTag

Integrating natural and artificial tags to reconstruct fish migrations and ontogenetic niche shifts

2016-2019

Fmanagement

Fmanagement

2016-2017

DeepFloat

Sistema de variação de flutuação para aplicações submarinas

2016-2018

UNEXMIN

Autonomous Underwater Explorer for Flooded Mines

2016-2019

CORAL-TOOLS-1

CORAL – Sustainable Ocean Exploitation: Tools and Sensors

2016-2018

CORAL-SENSORS

CORAL – Sustainable Ocean Exploitation: Tools and Sensors

2016-2018

STRONGMAR

STRengthening MARritime Technology Research Center

2016-2018

CORAL-TOOLS

CORAL – Sustainable Ocean Exploitation: Tools and Sensors

2016-2018

EMSODEV

EMSO implementation and operation: DEVelopment of instrument module

2015-2018

MarineEye

MarinEye - A prototype for multitrophic oceanic monitoring

2015-2017

BLUECOM+

Connecting Humans and Systems at Remote Ocean Areas using Cost-effective Broadband Communications

2015-2017

ENDURE

Enabling Long-Term Deployments of Underwater Robotic Platforms in Remote Oceanic Locations

2015-2017

Demo_Drone

Demonstração de capacidades de utilização de Drones para inspeção detalhada de ativos de rede

2015-2018

CINMarS

Combining Space and Maritime NetWorks

2015-2017

VAMOS

Viable Alternative Mine Operating System

2015-2018

SUNNY

Smart UNmanned aerial vehicle sensor Network for detection of border crossing and illegal entrY

2014-2018

Evologics

Real Time LBL Data Fusion for Acoustic Modems

2013-2018

ICARUS

Integrated Components for Assisted Rescue and Unmanned Search operations

2012-2016

EDA-SAVEWATE

System of Autonomous Vehicles for Water Environments for Defense

2012-2018

SUB.2

Propelled underwater vehicle carrying energy, electronic and computing systems on board, capable of operating autonomously without being connected to the operator

2012-2015

Team
001

Laboratories

Robotics and Autonomous Systems Laboratory

Publications

CRAS Publications

View all Publications

2018

The last frontier: Coupling technological developments with scientific challenges to improve hazard assessment of deep-sea mining

Authors
Santos, MM; Jorge, PAS; Coimbra, J; Vale, C; Caetano, M; Bastos, L; Iglesias, I; Guimarães, L; Reis Henriques, MA; Teles, LO; Vieira, MN; Raimundo, J; Pinheiro, M; Nogueira, V; Pereira, R; Neuparth, T; Ribeiro, MC; Silva, E; Castro, LFC;

Publication
Science of the Total Environment

Abstract
The growing economic interest in the exploitation of mineral resources on deep-ocean beds, including those in the vicinity of sensitive-rich habitats such as hydrothermal vents, raise a mounting concern about the damage that such actions might originate to these poorly-know ecosystems, which represent millions of years of evolution and adaptations to extreme environmental conditions. It has been suggested that mining may cause a major impact on vent ecosystems and other deep-sea areas. Yet, the scale and the nature of such impacts are unknown at present. Hence, building upon currently available scientific information it is crucial to develop new cost-effective technologies embedded into rigorous operating frameworks. The forward-thinking provided here will assist in the development of new technologies and tools to address the major challenges associated with deep sea-mining; technologies for in situ and ex situ observation and data acquisition, biogeochemical processes, hazard assessment of deep-sea mining to marine organisms and development of modeling tools in support of risk assessment scenarios. These technological developments are vital to validate a responsible and sustainable exploitation of the deep-sea mineral resources, based on the precautionary principle. © 2018 Elsevier B.V.

2018

APASail—An Agent-Based Platform for Autonomous Sailing Research and Competition

Authors
Alves, B; Veloso, B; Malheiro, B;

Publication
Robotic Sailing 2017

Abstract

2018

Personalised Dynamic Viewer Profiling for Streamed Data

Authors
Veloso, B; Malheiro, B; Burguillo, JC; Foss, JD; Gama, J;

Publication
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing - Trends and Advances in Information Systems and Technologies

Abstract

2018

Trust and Reputation Modelling for Tourism Recommendations Supported by Crowdsourcing

Authors
Leal, F; Malheiro, B; Burguillo, JC;

Publication
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing - Trends and Advances in Information Systems and Technologies

Abstract

2018

Comparative Study of Visual Odometry and SLAM Techniques

Authors
Gaspar, AR; Nunes, A; Pinto, A; Matos, A;

Publication
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing

Abstract
The use of the odometry and SLAM visual methods in autonomous vehicles has been growing. Optical sensors provide valuable information from the scenario that enhance the navigation of autonomous vehicles. Although several visual techniques are already available in the literature, their performance could be significantly affected by the scene captured by the optical sensor. In this context, this paper presents a comparative analysis of three monocular visual odometry methods and three stereo SLAM techniques. The advantages, particularities and performance of each technique are discussed, to provide information that is relevant for the development of new research and novel robotic applications. © Springer International Publishing AG 2018.

Supervised Theses

2017

Physical Design Implementation and Engineering Change Order Flow

Author
Afonso Ferreira Pinto Gomes Moreira

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Mapeamento e odometria visual em ambiente subáquatico

Author
Alexandra Pereira Nunes

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Navegação e mapeamento subaquáticos simultâneos

Author
Ana Rita da Silva Gaspar

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Integração de um Manipulador numa Embarcação Robótica

Author
André Filipe Sousa Pinto

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Implementação em Verilog de Codificador/Descodificador Reed-Solomon FEC.

Author
Artur Jorge Alves Antunes

Institution
UP-FEUP

Facts & Figures

7PhDs

2016

19Other Funding Programmes (k€)

2016

2Papers in indexed journals

2016

Contacts