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Robotics in Industry and Intelligent Systems

At CRIIS, we work closely with Companies, other Institutes and Universities, following the motto from Research and Development to Innovation, Design, Prototyping and Implementation.

At our Centre, we address the following main research areas: Navigation and Localisation of Mobile Robots, Intelligent Sensors and Control of Dynamical Systems, 2D/3D Industrial Vision and Advanced Sensing, Mobile Manipulators, Special Structures and Architectures for Robots, Human Robot Interfacing and Augmented Reality, Future Industrial Robotics and Collaborative Robots, Vertical Integration, IoT, and Industry 4.0.

Latest News

INESC TEC project among the winners of the BIP PROOF

The SpecTOM project (partnership between INESC TEC and U.Porto) was one of the winners of BIP PROOF 20/21, obtaining €10K of financial support for a proof of concept.

29th March 2021

Industrial and Systems Engineering

INESC TEC develops autonomous robots to spray vines with greater precision

Developing autonomous robots to spray mountain vineyards, without wasting chemicals, and with environmental and economic benefits. This is the main goal of the European project SCORPION - Cost effective robots for smart precision spraying, led by INESC TEC’s Centre for Robotics in Industry and Intelligent Systems (CRIIS).

22nd March 2021

INESC TEC teams qualified in the first stage of an international computer vision competition

A gamified goniometer for posture clinical assessment and a technology for locating robots considering tree trunks as a visual reference are the two INESC TEC's solutions selected for the second phase of OpenCV AI Competition 2020, the largest global competition in AI and computer vision

17th March 2021

Industrial and Systems Engineering

INESC TEC participates in European project to support shipbuilding

INESC TEC, through the Centre for Robotics in Industry and Intelligent Systems (CRIIS), participates in the European project Mari4_YARD.

19th February 2021

Industrial and Systems Engineering

INESC TEC researcher receives ABB Award for his master’s thesis

Ricardo Barbosa, researcher at the Centre for Robotics in Industry and Intelligent Systems (CRIIS), received the "ABB Award", awarded by ABB (Asea Brown Boveri) SA, within the scope of his thesis Odometry and Extrinsic Sensor Calibration on Mobile Robots.

08th February 2021

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Featured Projects

AR4Steel

Sistema de Realidade Aumentada Projetada para a Industria da Construção Metálica

2021-2021

RDH4COVID

Solução Robótica Autónoma com Reboque para a Desinfeção de Superfícies Para

2020-2021

AI_REGIO

Regions and DIHs alliance for AI-driven digital transformation of European Manufacturing SMEs

2020-2023

BetterFactory

Grow your manufacturing business’ — ‘Better Factory'

2020-2024

NOVATERRA

INTEGRATED NOVEL STRATEGIES FOR REDUCING THE USE AND IMPACT OF PESTICIDES, TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE MEDITERRANEAN VINEYARDS AND OLIVE GROVES

2020-2024

PFAI4.0

Programa de Formação Avançada Industria 4.0

2020-2020

iiLab

Ampliação da Infraestrutura Tecnológica do INESC TEC para a Transformação Digital da Indústria

2020-2022

Trilogy

Robotics, Welding and Knowledge, for the future of robotic welding

2020-2021

MetalCut40

Desenvolvimento de sistemas periféricos funcionais a integrar numa célula robotizada para corte por plasma

2020-2022

VINCI7D

Impressão funcional robotizada em peças com geometrias complexas

2020-2023

INCAFO

Identificação de Castas através da folha

2020-2023

XWeld

Planning, Accuracy and 3D sensing for full automation robotic welding

2020-2021

PRODUTECH4SC

PRODUTECH SUSTENTÁVEL & CIRCULAR - Soluções inovadoras, sustentáveis e circulares com impacto na fileira das tecnologias de produção

2020-2023

Replant

Implantação de estratégias colaborativas para a gestão integrada da floresta e do fogo

2020-2023

SMARTFARM40

Soluções inteligentes para uma agricultura sustentável, preditiva e autónoma

2020-2023

PAC

PAC – Portugal AutoCluster for the Future

2020-2023

SMARTAGEING

Sistema de Apoio à Decisão para o Envelhecimento de Vinho do Porto Branco

2020-2023

OptiLog

Otimização do sistema logístico da área Litografia

2020-2020

RADAR

RADAR - Robô Autónomo para Desinfeção em Ambiente hospitalar

2020-2020

PNEUMA

PNEUMA - Sistema de ventilação com recurso a um balão auto-insuflável

2020-2020

Agrobit

Mowing Robot

2020-2021

PRySM

PRecision Sprayer Ground Robot

2020-2021

SAFECoating

Safety Enhanced Collaborative Robotic Coating Cell

2020-2021

CPPS101

Cyber-physical production systems

2020-2020

MirrorLabs

Creating similar learning environment for students all over Europe for human-robot coproduction

2020-2020

CrossLOG

AUTOMATIC MIXED-PALLETIZING FOR CROSS-DOCKING LOGISTICS CENTERS

2019-2022

SMARTPVD

Novas soluções inteligentes para aplicação e utilização de revestimentos em PVD

2019-2021

STEEL40

STEEL40 - Proposta de Prestação de Serviços Consultoria Especializada em Tecnologia Industrial

2019-2019

DEMETER

Building an Interoperable, Data-Driven, Innovative and Sustainable European Agri-Food Sector

2019-2023

T4CDTKC

Training 4 Cotec, Digital Transformation Knowledge Challenge - Elaboração de Programa de Formação “CONHECER E COMPREENDER O DESAFIO DAS TECNOLOGIAS DE TRANSFORMAÇÃO DIGITAL”

2019-2020

PIVOTBOT

PIVOTBOT - Pivot robotizado para realização de operações agrícolas

2019-2021

Jales

TRABALHOS DE INTERFEROMETRIA SAR NA ÁREA MINEIRA DE JALES

2019-2019

AgRoBoFood

agROBOfood: Business-Oriented Support to the European Robotics and Agri-food Sector, towards a network of Digital Innovation Hubs in Robotics

2019-2023

Rosin

Active managed Buildings with Energy performaNce Contracting

2019-2020

Smart-Fertilizers

SMART FERTELIZERS - Espalhadores e Cisternas inteligentes

2019-2021

SAFE

Sistema de Monitorização e Alerta Florestal

2019-2021

ROBOTICA2019

ROBOTICA2019

2019-2019

PBA

Unified Framework for Mobile Robots

2018-2019

HORSE

Collaborative Robotics for Industrial Coating Cells

2018-2020

Refinacao4.0

Serviços de consultoria especializada para desenvolvimento e operacionalização de provas de conceito

2018-2019

MetBots

Metabolomic robots with self-learning artificial intelligence for precision agriculture

2018-2021

SAFER

Safery verification for robotic software

2018-2021

GOTECFOR

Tecnologia para a mobilização e aproveitamento de Biomassa Florestal na agroindústria

2018-2020

COBOTIS

Human-robot interaction for collaborative robotics

2018-2022

COATING4.0

ANALYSIS AND DESIGN OF AN INNOVATIVE REMOTE PROCESS MANAGEMENT AND MONITORING SOLUTION (4.0)

2018-2019

FED

Ferradura, programação intuitiva para aplicações de soldadura robotizada

2018-2019

DIVA

Boosting innovative DIgitech Value chains for Agrofood, forestry and environment

2018-2021

FDControlo

Importância dos hospedeiros alternativos (plantas, insetos, vitis abandonada) na dispersão da doença da flavescência dourada (FD) da vinhda e das populações de scapholdeus titanus nas sub-regiões vitivinículas do Cávado e do Lima

2018-2021

DroneTool

Service to develop a prototype of a drone end-effector for leaf harvesting

2017-2019

Fasten

Flexible and Autonomous Manufacturing Systems for Custom-Designed Products

2017-2021

FAMEST

Footwear, Advanced Materials, Equipment's and Software Technologies

2017-2021

PRODUTECH_SIF

Soluções para a Indústria de Futuro

2017-2021

Water4Ever

Optimizing water use in agriculture to preserve soil and water resources

2017-2020

RIDDIG

Fábrica Digital

2017-2019

SistemaDPA

Sistema DPA para Espalhador de Estrume (sem ISOBUS) e Análise Química (NIR sensor) para Cisterna em Ambiente ISOBUS.

2017-2018

MANUFACTUR4.0

Desenvolvimento e implementação de tecnologias inteligentes e inovadoras nos setores industriais naval e metalomecânico

2017-2020

AGRINUPES

Integrated monitoring and control of water, nutrients and plant protection products towards a sustainable agricultural sector

2017-2020

Palcus

Sistema de Controlo de Máquinas Cénicas

2017-2017

ROMOVI

ROMOVI: Robô Modular e cooperativo para Vinhas de encosta

2017-2019

ScalABLE4.0

Scalable automation for flexible production systems

2017-2020

BIOTECFOR

Bionegócios e Tecnologia para a valorização eficiente dos recursos florestais endógenos no Norte de Portugal e Galiza

2017-2020

UnVirtual

Serviço de engenharia e desenvolvimento de robôs para jogo Unvirtual

2017-2018

DM4Manufacturing

DM4Manufacturing: Aligning Manufacturing Decision Making with Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

2016-2021

SmartFarming

Ferramenta avançada para operacionalização da agricultura de precisão

2016-2018

AdaptPack

Desenvolvimento de sistemas robóticos de paletização adaptativos e modulares de elevada flexibilidade

2016-2019

ATM

Advanced tools management

2016-2018

Inspectum

Sistema de Visão Artificial para Inspeção de Marcações Típicas em Pneus

2016-2017

TRiHo

RDH - Robot de Distribuição Hospitalar

2016-2019

PrecisionCork

PRECISIONcork - Medida e Controlo em Linha de Parâmetros Chave de Processo e de Qualidade de Produto

2016-2018

ColRobot

Collaborative Robotics for Assembly and Kitting in Smart Manufacturing

2016-2019

TEXTILPRINT

Desenvolvimento e programação de um novo sensor de resina, programação de cabeças de impressão, apoio ao desenvolvimento de software de monitorização e diagnóstico remoto a instalar nas máquinas de impressão textil

2016-2018

CoopWeld

Robótica colaborativa para soldadura de componentes em construção metálica

2015-2017

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

iMAN

iMAN - Intelligence for advanced Manufacturing systems

2015-2019

Submarino_Whale

Elaboração do projeto técnico de um dispositivo de controlo pneumático para equilíbrio hidrostático de um submersível

2015-2015

CINMarS

Combining Space and Maritime NetWorks

2015-2017

VAMOS

Viable Alternative Mine Operating System

2015-2019

AutoClassII

Automatic Classification and Quality Control for Car Tires

2015-2018

FOCUS

Advances in FOrestry Control and aUtomation Systems in Europe

2014-2016

CLARISSA

The European Robotics Initiative for Strengthening the Competitiveness of SMEs in Manufacturing by integrating aspects of cognitive systems

2014-2016

SUNNY

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

2014-2018

SCAN

Aquaculture Calibration System

2014-2015

TURTLE

Autonomous Support System for SubSea Operations

2014-2015

STAMINA

Sustainable and reliable robotics for part handling in manufacturing automation

2013-2017

CARLoS

CooperAtive Robot for Large Spaces manufacturing

2013-2015

OCHERA

Optimal Control: Health, Energy and Robotics Applications

2013-2015

ROBARQ

Robotic Technologies for Non-Standard Design and Construction in Architecture

2013-2015

Evologics-CRIIS

Real Time LBL Data Fusion for Acoustic Modems

2013-2015

RoboNoise

Acoustic data acquisition using a glider

2013-2013

SmartManufacturing

Smart Manufacturing and Logistics

2013-2015

Cooperation

Cooperation and Perception for Augmented Autonomy

2013-2015

ICARUS-CRIIS

Integrated Components for Assisted Rescue and Unmanned Search operations

2012-2015

EDA-SAVEWATE-CRIIS

System of Autonomous Vehicles for Water Environments for Defense

2012-2015

SUB.2-CRIIS

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

2012-2015

AutoClass

Automatic Classification and Quality Control for Car Tyres

2012-2014

COGNAT

Underwater Glider Navigation for Acoustic Tomography

2011-2013

PRODUTECH_PTI

Innovative processes and technologies for the manufacturing industry

2011-2014

PACRI

High-level programming for industrial robotic cells: capturing human body motion

2011-2014

Lajeado

Intelligent System for georeferenced monitoring of reservoirs with autonomous vehicles

2010-2014

SIIARI

System to increase the use of Artificial Intelligence in Industrial Robotics

2010-2012

SIIARI-ROB

System to increase the use of Artificial Intelligence in Industrial Robotics

2010-2012

TRIMARES

Underwater vehicle to monitor dams in Brazil

2010-2011

INSTEAD

Intelligent Systems to detect failures in multidimensional processes

2010-2013

CRO

Perception-Driven Coordinated Multi-Robot Motion Control

2010-2012

RobVigil

Collaborative and intelligent surveillance robot for the security area

2010-2012

WWECO

Environmental Assessment and Modeling of Wastewater Discharges using Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Bio-optical Observations

2009-2011

Team
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Laboratories

Laboratory of Industrial Robotics and Automation

Laboratory of Mobile Robotics and Internal Logistics

Laboratory of Robotics and IoT for Smart Precision Agriculture and Forestry

Publications

CRIIS Publications

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2021

Pneuma: entrepreneurial science in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic - a tale of industrialisation and international cooperation

Authors
Mendonça, JM; Cruz, N; Vasconcelos, D; Sá-Couto, C; Moreira, AP; Costa, P; Mendonça, H; Pereira, A; Naimi, Z; Miranda, V;

Publication
Journal of Innovation Management

Abstract
When the COVID-19 pandemic hits Portugal in early March 2020, medical doctors, engineers and researchers, with the encouragement of the Northern Region Health Administration, teamed up to develop and build, locally and in a short time, a ventilator that might eventually be used in extreme emergency situations in the hospitals of northern Portugal. This letter tells you the story of Pneuma, a low-cost emergency ventilator designed and built under harsh isolation constraints, that gave birth to derivative designs in Brazil and Morocco, has been industrialized with 200 units being produced and is now looking forward to the certification as a medical device that will possibly support a go-to-market launch. Open intellectual property (IP), multidisciplinarity teamwork, fast prototyping and product engineering have shortened to a few months an otherwise quite longer idea-to-product route, clearly demonstrating that when scientific and engineering knowledge hold hands great challenges can be successfully faced.

2021

Particle filter refinement based on clustering procedures for high-dimensional localization and mapping systems

Authors
de Aguiar, ASP; dos Santos, FN; Placido Sobreira, HM; Cunha, JB; de Sousa, AJM;

Publication
Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Abstract

2021

Bringing Semantics to the Vineyard: An Approach on Deep Learning-Based Vine Trunk Detection

Authors
Aguiar, AS; Monteiro, NN; dos Santos, FN; Pires, EJS; Silva, D; Sousa, AJ; Boaventura Cunha, J;

Publication
Agriculture

Abstract
The development of robotic solutions in unstructured environments brings several challenges, mainly in developing safe and reliable navigation solutions. Agricultural environments are particularly unstructured and, therefore, challenging to the implementation of robotics. An example of this is the mountain vineyards, built-in steep slope hills, which are characterized by satellite signal blockage, terrain irregularities, harsh ground inclinations, and others. All of these factors impose the implementation of precise and reliable navigation algorithms, so that robots can operate safely. This work proposes the detection of semantic natural landmarks that are to be used in Simultaneous Localization and Mapping algorithms. Thus, Deep Learning models were trained and deployed to detect vine trunks. As significant contributions, we made available a novel vine trunk dataset, called VineSet, which was constituted by more than 9000 images and respective annotations for each trunk. VineSet was used to train state-of-the-art Single Shot Multibox Detector models. Additionally, we deployed these models in an Edge-AI fashion and achieve high frame rate execution. Finally, an assisted annotation tool was proposed to make the process of dataset building easier and improve models incrementally. The experiments show that our trained models can detect trunks with an Average Precision up to 84.16% and our assisted annotation tool facilitates the annotation process, even in other areas of agriculture, such as orchards and forests. Additional experiments were performed, where the impact of the amount of training data and the comparison between using Transfer Learning and training from scratch were evaluated. In these cases, some theoretical assumptions were verified.

2021

Design and Comparison of Image Hashing Methods: A Case Study on Cork Stopper Unique Identification

Authors
Fitas, R; Rocha, B; Costa, V; Sousa, A;

Publication
Journal of Imaging

Abstract
Cork stoppers were shown to have unique characteristics that allow their use for authentication purposes in an anti-counterfeiting effort. This authentication process relies on the comparison between a user’s cork image and all registered cork images in the database of genuine items. With the growth of the database, this one-to-many comparison method becomes lengthier and therefore usefulness decreases. To tackle this problem, the present work designs and compares hashing-assisted image matching methods that can be used in cork stopper authentication. The analyzed approaches are the discrete cosine transform, wavelet transform, Radon transform, and other methods such as difference hash and average hash. The most successful approach uses a 1024-bit hash length and difference hash method providing a 98% accuracy rate. By transforming the image matching into a hash matching problem, the approach presented becomes almost 40 times faster when compared to the literature.

2021

Measuring Canopy Geometric Structure Using Optical Sensors Mounted on Terrestrial Vehicles: A Case Study in Vineyards

Authors
da Silva, DQ; Aguiar, AS; Dos Santos, FN; Sousa, AJ; Rabino, D; Biddoccu, M; Bagagiolo, G; Delmastro, M;

Publication
Agriculture

Abstract
Smart and precision agriculture concepts require that the farmer measures all relevant variables in a continuous way and processes this information in order to build better prescription maps and to predict crop yield. These maps feed machinery with variable rate technology to apply the correct amount of products in the right time and place, to improve farm profitability. One of the most relevant information to estimate the farm yield is the Leaf Area Index. Traditionally, this index can be obtained from manual measurements or from aerial imagery: the former is time consuming and the latter requires the use of drones or aerial services. This work presents an optical sensing-based hardware module that can be attached to existing autonomous or guided terrestrial vehicles. During the normal operation, the module collects periodic geo-referenced monocular images and laser data. With that data a suggested processing pipeline, based on open-source software and composed by Structure from Motion, Multi-View Stereo and point cloud registration stages, can extract Leaf Area Index and other crop-related features. Additionally, in this work, a benchmark of software tools is made. The hardware module and pipeline were validated considering real data acquired in two vineyards—Portugal and Italy. A dataset with sensory data collected by the module was made publicly available. Results demonstrated that: the system provides reliable and precise data on the surrounding environment and the pipeline is capable of computing volume and occupancy area from the acquired data.

Supervised Theses

2020

Multidimensional approach of Organic and Conventional Farming: A Systematic Review

Author
Filipe da Silva Pinto de Sousa

Institution
UP-FCUP

2020

Radio-Frequency Based Location Service

Author
João Filipe Lopes de Carvalho

Institution
UP-FEUP

2020

A Framework for the Runtime Monitoring and Verification of Distributed Automated Cyber-Physical Systems using ROS

Author
Pedro José Santos Oliveira

Institution
UP-FEUP

2020

Artificial intelligence applied to agroforesty

Author
Nuno Leandro Soares de Figueiredo

Institution
UTAD

2020

Multi AGV coordination tolerant to communication failures

Author
Diogo Miguel Rodrigues Matos

Institution
UP-FEUP

Facts & Figures

39Researchers

2016

12Academic Staff

2020

24Senior Researchers

2016