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The project to further develop INESC TEC’s knowledge in the fields of robotics has started

The goal of the project is to consolidate the knowledge in the ​​robotics area and to promote cooperation ties between INESC TEC and other European research institutions with experience in this field.

24th October 2019

DEEPFIELD is the name of the project that involves INESC TEC’s Centre for Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CRAS), with the intention of making the institute one of the reference research centres in the ​​robotics area, as well as contributing to the development of robotic solutions capable of solving real-life problems with the least human intervention.

For that, until September of 2022, CRAS will benefit from the interaction with four European research institutions with consolidated experience in the robotics area. The kick-off meeting of the project took place on 11 October at the School of Engineering of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto (ISEP).

 

Robotics and Deep Learning

The robotics market has experienced an exponential growth, driven by the need for robots to perform increasingly complex tasks. In this scientific development’s context, the approach of the so-called Deep learning has been playing a prominent role.  Deep learning is a subcategory of Machine Learning that addresses learning through the use of high layered neural networks. This project aims at combining the latest learning techniques with their application in real situations with autonomous robots, addressing perception, navigation and planning issues.

INESC TEC has been working in the blue economy area (environmental monitoring, fisheries and aquaculture), and in the industry area (mines, oil & gas and security/ defence). With the DEEPFIELD project, which was funded by the European Union, the knowledge in Deep learning is expected to be expanded through several exchange of experience activities between the institutions involved, such as training, workshops, summer schools, among others.