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I'm Antonio Valente and I was graduated in Electrical Engineering from University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), Portugal in 1994, and in 1999 I've taked a MsC degree in Industrial Electronics from University of Minho, Portugal. I've obtained in 2003 a PhD degree at UTAD, working in the field of micro-systems for agriculture. Presently, I'm an Associate Professor with Habilitation in the Department of Engineering, UTAD, and director of the same department. I'm a senior researcher at Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering - Technology and Science (INESC TEC). I was chairman of ICARSC 2015 and local organizer of Robótica 2015, Vila Real, Portugal. I'm also the organizer of Portuguese Micromouse Contest (robotics competition organized annually). My professional interests are in sensors, MEMS sensors, microcontrollers, and embedded systems, with application focus to agriculture.

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2016

MEMS Devices in Agriculture

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Valente, A;

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Advanced Mechatronics and MEMS Devices II - Microsystems and Nanosystems

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2015

Grigora S: A Low-Cost, High Performance Micromouse Kit

Authors
Valente, A; Salgado, P; Boaventura Cunha, J;

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CONTROLO'2014 - PROCEEDINGS OF THE 11TH PORTUGUESE CONFERENCE ON AUTOMATIC CONTROL

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There is a need to attract students to science and engineering courses. Robotic contests are one of the most promising ways to attract students to the field of robotics and thereby to science and technology. Micromouse contest is one of promising contests where a small autonomous robot has to navigate its way through an unknown 16 x 16 cells maze. Since the design and construction of robots is interesting but difficult, this paper presents a high performance, low-cost robot kit for high school and university students participate on micromouse robot contests. This micromouse kit, developed at University of Tras-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), fits on a 10x8 cm rectangle and uses very small stepper motors allowing a maximum speed of about 4 m/s thus comparing to state-of-the-art micromice. The kit also incorporates a popular microcontroller hardware module (Arduino Leonardo) which facilitates all programming tasks.

2014

Traffic Sign Recognition for Autonomous Driving Robot

Authors
Moura, T; Valente, A; Sousa, A; Filipe, V;

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2014 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AUTONOMOUS ROBOT SYSTEMS AND COMPETITIONS (ICARSC)

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This paper introduces a fast Traffic Sign Recognition system developed for a robot, participant in the Autonomous Driving Competition in the Portuguese Festival of Robotics. The Autonomous Driving Robot performs detection and classification of traffic signs and traffic lights based on the analysis of images acquired by a camera mounted on its chassis. The proposed algorithm is composed of three processing stages: detection, pictogram extraction and classification. After the two firsts processing stages, a binary pattern matrix is obtained by color segmentation. In the classification stage two different neural networks were trained to recognize the traffic signs or the traffic light sign. Experimental results show that the system precision is very close to 100% whereas recall presents values above 90% in most of the signs. The proposed system also proves to be reliable and suitable for real-time processing.

2013

A BLUETOOTH BASED FRONT-END ELECTRONIC DEVICE TOWARDS A SUBCUTANEOUS CONTINUOUS GLUCOSE MONITORING SENSOR

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Silva, S; Soares, S; Valente, A; Ribeiro, V;

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DIABETES TECHNOLOGY & THERAPEUTICS

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2017

Rede de sensores para o auxílio ao idoso dependente no Domicilio

Author
Vítor Manuel Caldeira Afonso

Institution
UTAD

2017

Desenvolvimento de um robô de baixo custo para o concurso Micromouse

Author
Samir Pinto Mehmeti

Institution
UTAD

2016

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Chong liu

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UM