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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.

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Networked Intelligent Systems

INESC TEC welcomed Admiral Gouveia e Melo and presented roadmaps on training and research in Ocean Technologies

Admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo, the Chief of Naval Staff (CEMA), visited INESC TEC on April 7. This visit focused on presenting the Institute’s contribution to the sustainable growth of Ocean Economy, namely research, development, testing, and validation of Ocean Technologies, as well as on exploring potential cooperation opportunities. The agenda also included a visit to “Mar Profundo”, INESC TEC’s multidisciplinary research vessel. 

28th April 2022

Networked Intelligent Systems

INESC TEC joins international partnership for space exploration

The Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science (INESC TEC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Institute of Astronautical Sciences (IIAS) to establish a partnership covering six areas of intervention: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, education, and space research.

28th March 2022

Networked Intelligent Systems

INESC TEC participates in Aquaculture Europe 2021

For the first time, INESC TEC participated in Aquaculture Europe 2021, an internationally acknowledged event in the Aquaculture sector, which took place between October 4 and 6 at the Pestana Casino Hotel, in Funchal (Madeira).  

28th October 2021

Networked Intelligent Systems

INESC TEC and IPMA develop technology for autonomous deep-sea exploration

INESC TEC’s Centre for Telecommunications and Multimedia (CTM) and Centre for Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CRAS) – in partnership with the Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) – developed a new long-range and broadband underwater communications solution to support autonomous deep-sea exploration.

26th October 2021

Networked Intelligent Systems

INESC TEC researchers develop innovative hybrid imaging system for underwater robotic solutions

INESC TEC researchers developed an innovative hybrid imaging system, capable of improving the three-dimensional perception of underwater robotic solutions. MARESye 2.0 is one of the projects supported within the scope of INESC TEC’s internal funding programme, the Internal Seed Projects.  

30th September 2021

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Featured Projects

TIMREX

T-Shaped Master Programme for Innovative Mineral Resource Exploration

2022-2024

FIRELOGUE

Cross-sector dialogue for Wildfire Risk Management

2021-2025

MAGPIE

sMArt Green Ports as Integrated Efficient multimodal hubs

2021-2026

EUSCORES

EUropean - Scalable and Complementary Offshore Renewable Energy Sources

2021-2025

KRISO 2021

Underwater 3D Environment Perception – VAMOS the case study

2021-2021

Connect2Oceans

Connecting Atlantic and Arctic Oceans to Decipher Climate Change Impact on Plankton Microbiome Functions

2021-2024

AECUD

Automatic environmental control using eDNA

2021-2022

PORT XXI

Space Enabled Sustainable Port Services

2020-2022

NoduleMiner6k

Conceptual design of a Polymetallic Nodule Miner

2020-2021

SHIELD

Safeguard Heritage in Endangered Looted Districts

2020-2023

KRISO 2020

Underwater 3D Environment Perception, Awareness, Reasoning for CPOS (Cyber-Physical Operation System) of Underwater Robots

2020-2020

K2D

Knowledge and Data from the Deep to Space

2020-2023

REV@CONSTRUCTION

Digital construction revolution

2020-2023

FLY_PT

Mobilizar a indústria aeronáutica nacional para a disrupção no transporte aéreo urbano do futuro

2020-2023

NEWSAT

Development of a compact integrated sensor and satellite for earth observation

2020-2023

inSITE

inSITE. Insitu ore grading system using LIBS in harsh environments

2020-2022

ATLANTIS

The Atlantic Testing Platform for Maritime Robotics: New Frontiers for Inspection and Maintenance of Offshore Energy Infrastructures

2020-2023

UNEXUP

UNEXMIN Upscaling

2020-2022

QuALTOS

Quality Assurance in Long Term Observation Systems

2020-2022

Sail2020

Space-Atmosphere-Ocean Interactions in the marine boundary Layer

2020-2020

RHAQ

Contratação de Recursos Humanos Altamente Qualificados

2020-2023

DEEPFIELD

DeepField- Deep Learning in Field Robotics: from conceptualization towards implementation

2019-2023

ESAPlastics

De-risk assessment: spectrometer for marine litter

2019-2021

SPRING

Strategic planning for water resources and implementation of novel biotechnical treatment solutions and good practices

2019-2023

SensiTermo_1

Estudo técnico de tecnologias e componentes eletrónicos para a monitorização da passagem de água em termoacumuladores de forma não intrusiva

2019-2019

SantoAntonio

ROV de inspeção e apoio à limpeza para Santo António Energia

2019-2021

SVManagement

Apoio à constituição de uma equipa de investigação e desenvolvimeto da Clínica Saúde Viável

2019-2019

MetroRec

Avaliação do sistema gravação vídeo do Metro do Porto

2019-2019

Nettag

Tagging fishing gears and enhancing on board best-practices to promote waste free fisheries

2019-2021

Mine_Heritage

Historical Mining – tracing and learning from ancient materials and mining technology

2019-2021

NESSIE

moNitoring offshorE StructureS with robotIc systems intEgration

2019-2022

Prince

Preparedness Response for CBRNE INCidEnts

2019-2022

GROW

Long-range broadband underwater wireless communications

2018-2021

DIIUS

Distributed perceptIon for inspectIon of aqUatic Structures

2018-2022

ENDURANCE

Underwater wireless energy and communications enabling long-term deep-sea presence

2018-2020

HiperSea

Sistema Hiperbárico para Recolha e Manutenção de Organismos do Mar Profundo

2018-2022

BIOREM

Bioremediation of hydrocarbon pollutants by autochthonous microorganisms in aquatic environment

2018-2021

INTENDU

Integrated Technologies Longterm Deployment of Robotic Underwater platforms

2018-2021

FEEDFIRST

Desenvolvimento de uma nova tecnologia para cultivo de larvas de peixes à primeira alimentação

2018-2021

PROTOATLANTIC

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

2017-2023

ROSM

Sistema robótico de mitigação de derrame de crude

2017-2019

AutoMon

MMonitorização automatizada de Recursos Hídricos

2017-2021

TEC4Sea

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

2017-2022

EMSO-PT

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

2017-2022

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-CRAS

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

2016-2019

EDA-SAVEWATE-CRAS

System of Autonomous Vehicles for Water Environments for Defense

2016-2018

Fmanagement

Fmanagement

2016-2017

DeepFloat

Sistema de variação de flutuação para aplicações submarinas

2016-2018

UNEXMIN-CRAS

Autonomous Underwater Explorer for Flooded Mines

2016-2019

CORAL-SENSORS

CORAL – Sustainable Ocean Exploitation: Tools and Sensors

2016-2018

CORAL-TOOLS

CORAL – Sustainable Ocean Exploitation: Tools and Sensors

2016-2018

STRONGMAR-CRAS

STRengthening MARritime Technology Research Center

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

2015-2019

SUNNY

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

2014-2018

Evologics-CRAS

Real Time LBL Data Fusion for Acoustic Modems

2013-2019

ICARUS-CRAS

Integrated Components for Assisted Rescue and Unmanned Search operations

2012-2016

SUB.2-CRAS

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

2012-2015

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Laboratories

Robotics and Autonomous Systems Laboratory

Publications

CRAS Publications

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2022

Active Learning Strategies for Sustainable Engineering

Authors
Duarte, AJ; Malheiro, B; Silva, MF; Ferreira, PD; Guedes, PB;

Publication
Handbook of Research on Improving Engineering Education with the European Project Semester - Advances in Higher Education and Professional Development

Abstract
Engineering aims to improve the quality of daily life on a planet with limited resources. This chapter describes how the European Project Semester offered by the School of Engineering of the Porto Polytechnic contributes to make engineering undergraduates conscious of their environmental and societal impact. The program is a project-based active learning framework where problem-solving is supported by intercultural communication and creativity, ethical and sustainable reasoning, and global contextual analysis. This analysis shows that it fosters scientific, technical, and interpersonal competencies, emphasizing ethical and sustainable design as recommended by several reference institutions through the testimonials left on the project reports and the evolution perceived by the participants during the semester. These findings are supported by a sample of 45 projects conducted by 228 students from 23 countries and 65 degrees. All projects aimed to have a lasting impact on the future engineering practice of participants and, somehow, transform the world positively.

2022

Learning Engineering Ethics

Authors
Nylund, R; Malheiro, B;

Publication
Handbook of Research on Improving Engineering Education with the European Project Semester - Advances in Higher Education and Professional Development

Abstract
Ethics promotes collective respect, well-being, and development. Its values drive individual, social, and environmental conduct and apply to all human activities. Professional ethics or deontology refers to the moral obligations binding professionals to society in the work sphere. These moral obligations are fundamental in professions that, like engineering, are behind technological innovation, given its current daily and worldwide impact. As such, it is essential to train engineers for holistic problem-solving, that is, driven by ethical, sustainability, technical, and economic constraints. This chapter analyses engineering ethics and how it is addressed within the European Project Semester, an undergraduate one-semester international exchange program, focusing on this aspect of engineering education. European Project Semester relies on multicultural teamwork, project-based learning, ethics, and sustainability-oriented design to motivate and prepare global engineers committed to protecting and improving life on the planet.

2022

European Project Semester

Authors
Budzinska, G; Hansen, J; Malheiro, B; Fuentes-Durá, P;

Publication
Handbook of Research on Improving Engineering Education with the European Project Semester - Advances in Higher Education and Professional Development

Abstract
This chapter aims to introduce the European Project Semester concept and the network of providers together with historical and current data on participants and providers. EPS is a one-semester international exchange program designed for engineering, product designers, and business undergraduates. It embraces student-centered project-based learning and multicultural and transdisciplinary teamwork to help students develop the competencies and skills required for the 21st century. It was created in 1995 in Denmark to prepare future engineers for global challenges, and it combines scientific and technical education, ethical and sustainability-driven problem-solving, intercultural communication, and teamwork. EPS has since been adopted by 19 European higher education institutions, establishing a network of EPS providers across Europe. The network offers international students a wide range of European study locations and cultural insights and, above all, the opportunity to enjoy the EPS learning experience. The number of alumni shows the program's attractiveness, range, and vitality.

2022

Handbook of Research on Improving Engineering Education with the European Project Semester

Authors
Malheiro, B; Fuentes-Durá, P;

Publication
Advances in Higher Education and Professional Development

Abstract

2022

Floating Trash Collector - An EPS@ISEP 2020 Project

Authors
Serafia, AB; Santos, A; Caddia, D; Zeeman, E; Castaner, L; Malheiro, B; Ribeiro, C; Justo, J; Silva, MF; Ferreira, P; Guedes, P;

Publication
Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems

Abstract
Each year millions of tons of plastic end up in the oceans, lakes and rivers. In the spring of 2020, an European Project Semester team, composed of multicultural and multidisciplinary undergraduate students, decided to tackle this problem. This was achieved by designing, modelling and simulating a floating trash collector named Soaksy. The collector is expected to operate continuously and automatically on lakes at the view of everybody, becoming an educational and an environmental tool. This paper reports the team’s journey from the initial studies, through the design, till the final simulation and tests.

Supervised Theses

2021

A mediação do Laboratório Físico nos processos de Ensino e de Aprendizagem do curso de Redes de Computadores

Author
Jaildo Tavares Pequeno

Institution
UTAD

2021

Efficient Deep Neural Architectures for Disease Detection

Author
Mafalda Falcão Torres Veiga de Ferreira

Institution
UP-FEUP

2021

Recomendações adaptativas em ambientes on-line

Author
Rogério Xavier de Azambuja

Institution

2021

Self-adaptive electromagnetic energy harvesting system

Author
Pedro Miguel Rocha Carneiro

Institution
IES_Outra

2021

Authoring framework for interactive and immersive virtual reality training

Author
Hugo Rafael Mendes Coelho

Institution
UTAD

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1Book Chapters

2020

8Papers in indexed journals

2020

7R&D Employees

2020

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