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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.

Latest News
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

Networked Intelligent Systems

INESC TEC contributes to the innovation of the Sea Cluster

The cycle «Portuguese economy and industry 4.0 – A journey to a new industrialisation» was organised by Grupo Editorial Vida Económica in cooperation with INESC TEC, organised his fourth conference about Sea Cluster. It took place on 21 February at Aveiro Exhibition Centre.

01st March 2018

Computer Science

Researcher issues new book on methodologies and strategies to support online learning

Ricardo Queirós, collaborator at the Centre for Research in Advanced Computing System (CRACS) of INESC TEC, issued a new book of IGI Global, entitled “Emerging Trends, Techniques, and Tools for Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Management”.

14th February 2018

Networked Intelligent Systems

INESC TEC team assessed to advance to the final round of the Shell Global Competition

As part of the Shell Ocean Discovery XPrize international competition, which has a group of researchers from INESC TEC as the only Portuguese semi-finalists, a delegation from the competition was in Porto to evaluate the performance of this national team.

10th January 2018

Networked Intelligent Systems

Project tests prototype for underwater exploration

A team of researchers from the Centre for Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CRAS) of INESC TEC was in Lee Moor (Devon, United Kingdom) testing the prototype created under European project ¡VAMOS! (Viable Alternative Mine Operating).

12th December 2017

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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
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Laboratories

Robotics and Autonomous Systems Laboratory

Publications

CRAS Publications

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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, J; 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

2016

Verilog implementation of the VESA DSC compression algorithm

Author
Carlos Alberto Pereira Ferreira

Institution
UP-FEUP

2016

Projeto e Desenvolvimento de um Veículo Submarino Autónomo

Author
Carlos Filipe Silva Gonçalves

Institution
UP-FEUP

2016

RTL Guidelines for Static Power Reduction

Author
Ciro de Moura Monteiro

Institution
UP-FEUP

2016

Real-Time Passive Acoustic Tracking of Underwater Vehicles

Author
José Francisco Ramos Valente

Institution
UP-FEUP

2016

Sistema de Triangulação Laser para Medição de Estruturas Submersas com Alta Definição

Author
João Miguel Pesqueira Gaspar Pombo

Institution
UP-FEUP

Facts & Figures

40Researchers

2016

5R&D Employees

2016

1Concluded PhD theses

2016

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