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André Bianchi Figueiredo, born on 18 April 1971 in Porto, Portugal, holds a M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering (IST/UTL) and a PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (FEUP/UP). Co-founder and CEO (2007-2010) of OMNITA S.A., a Portuguese company which develops autonomous systems for remote monitoring and observation. He also worked in the chemicals industry for 8 years developing automated manufacturing processes. He works as a researcher at INESC TEC since 2009 and he is focused on the improvement of the relative navigation capabilities of autonomous vehicles based on artificial vision. Actually, he is a researcher at Laboratory of Robotics and IoT for Smart Precision Agriculture and Forestry/ CRIIS Unit in INESC TEC.

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2020

MViDO: A high performance monocular vision-based system for docking a hovering AUV

Authors
Figueiredo, AB; Matos, AC;

Publication
Applied Sciences (Switzerland)

Abstract
This paper presents a high performance (low computationally demanding) monocular vision-based system for a hovering Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) in the context of autonomous docking process-MViDO system: Monocular Vision-based Docking Operation aid. The MViDO consists of three sub-modules: a pose estimator, a tracker and a guidance sub-module. The system is based on a single camera and a three spherical color markers target that signal the docking station. The MViDO system allows the pose estimation of the three color markers even in situations of temporary occlusions, being also a system that rejects outliers and false detections. This paper also describes the design and implementation of the MViDO guidance module for the docking manoeuvres. We address the problem of driving the AUV to a docking station with the help of the visual markers detected by the on-board camera, and show that by adequately choosing the references for the linear degrees of freedom of the AUV, the AUV is conducted to the dock while keeping those markers in the field of view of the on-board camera. The main concepts behind the MViDO are provided and a complete characterization of the developed system is presented from the formal and experimental point of view. To test and evaluate the MViDO detector and pose an estimator module, we created a ground truth setup. To test and evaluate the tracker module we used the MARES AUV and the designed target in a four-meter tank. The performance of the proposed guidance law was tested on simulink/Matlab. © 2020 by the authors.

2016

Multiple robot operations for maritime search and rescue in euRathlon 2015 competition

Authors
Matos, A; Martins, A; Dias, A; Ferreira, B; Almeida, JM; Ferreira, H; Amaral, G; Figueiredo, A; Almeida, R; Silva, F;

Publication
OCEANS 2016 - SHANGHAI

Abstract
This paper presents results of the INESC TEC participation in the maritime environment (both at surface and underwater) integrated in the ICARUS team in the euRathlon 2015 robotics search and rescue competition. These relate to the marine robots from INESC TEC, surface (ROAZ USV) and underwater (MARES AUV) autonomous vehicles participation in multiple tasks such as situation assessment, underwater mapping, leak detection or victim localization. This participation was integrated in the ICARUS Team resulting of the EU funded project aimed to develop robotic tools for large scale disasters. The coordinated search and rescue missions were performed with an initial surface survey providing data for AUV mission planning and execution. A situation assessment bathymetry map, sidescan sonar imaging and location of structures, underwater leaks and victims were achieved, with the global ICARUS team (involving sea, air and land coordinated robots) participating in the final grand Challenge and achieving the second place.

2016

Vision-based Localization and Positioning of an AUV

Authors
Figueiredo, AB; Ferreira, BM; Matos, AC;

Publication
OCEANS 2016 - SHANGHAI

Abstract
This paper presents the last developments towards vision-based target tracking by an AUV. The main concepts behind the visual relative localization are provided and the results from a statistical analysis for the relative localization algorithm are presented. The purpose of this analysis is to ensure properness of data used to feed controllers that are responsible for governing the AUV motion. A new set of controllers enabling the AUV to track a visual target is given. Experimental data from obtained from tests in tank are presented, validating both the visual relative localization and control of the AUV.

2014

Tracking of an underwater visual target with an autonomous surface vehicle

Authors
Figueiredo, AB; Ferreira, BM; Matos, AC;

Publication
2014 Oceans - St. John's, OCEANS 2014

Abstract
This paper presents the development of a first approach to a vision-based target detection. The ultimate objective of this work is to position an autonomous surface vehicle relative to a target. Experiments in a controlled indoor environment were conducted to test the developed system. The experimental results are analyzed and show that the tracking performances achieve errors in the order of a few centimetres. © 2014 IEEE.