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2020

Teaching robotics with a simulator environment developed for the autonomous driving competition

Authors
Fernandes, D; Pinheiro, F; Dias, A; Martins, A; Almeida, J; Silva, E;

Publication
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing

Abstract
Teaching robotics based on challenge of our daily lives is always more motivating for students and teachers. Several competitions of self-driving have emerged recently, challenging students and researchers to develop solutions addressing the autonomous driving systems. The Portuguese Festival Nacional de Robótica (FNR) Autonomous Driving Competition is one of those examples. Even though the competition is an exciting challenger, it requires the development of real robots, which implies several limitations that may discourage the students and compromise a fluid teaching process. The simulation can contribute to overcome this limitation and can assume an important role as a tool, providing an effortless and costless solution, allowing students and researchers to keep their focus on the main issues. This paper presents a simulation environment for FNR, providing an overall framework able to support the exploration of robotics topics like perception, navigation, data fusion and deep learning based on the autonomous driving competition. © Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020.

2020

Deep Learning for Underwater Visual Odometry Estimation

Authors
Teixeira, B; Silva, H; Matos, A; Silva, E;

Publication
IEEE Access

Abstract

2020

Evaluation of Lightweight Convolutional Neural Networks for Real-Time Electrical Assets Detection

Authors
Barbosa, J; Dias, A; Almeida, J; Silva, E;

Publication
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing

Abstract
The big growth of electrical demand by the countries required larger and more complex power systems, which have led to a greater need for monitoring and maintenance of these systems. To overcome this problem, UAVs equipped with appropriated sensors have emerged, allowing the reduction of the costs and risks when compared with traditional methods. The development of UAVs together with the great advance of the deep learning technologies, more precisely in the detection of objects, allowed to increase the level of automation in the process of inspection. This work presents an electrical assets monitoring system for detection of insulators and structures (poles and pylons) from images captured through a UAV. The proposed detection system is based on lightweight Convolutional Neural Networks and it is able to run on a portable device, aiming for a low cost, accurate and modular system, capable of running in real time. © 2020, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

2020

Real-time GNSS precise positioning: RTKLIB for ROS

Authors
Ferreira, A; Matias, B; Almeida, J; Silva, E;

Publication
International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems

Abstract
The global navigation satellite system (GNSS) constitutes an effective and affordable solution to the outdoor positioning problem. When combined with precise positioning techniques, such as the real time kinematic (RTK), centimeter-level positioning accuracy becomes a reality. Such performance is suitable for a whole new range of demanding applications, including high-accuracy field robotics operations. The RTKRCV, part of the RTKLIB package, is one of the most popular open-source solutions for real-time GNSS precise positioning. Yet the lack of integration with the robot operating system (ROS), constitutes a limitation on its adoption by the robotics community. This article addresses this limitation, reporting a new implementation which brings the RTKRCV capabilities into ROS. New features, including ROS publishing and control over a ROS service, were introduced seamlessly, to ensure full compatibility with all original options. Additionally, a new observation synchronization scheme improves solution consistency, particularly relevant for the moving-baseline positioning mode. Real application examples are presented to demonstrate the advantages of our rtkrcv_ros package. For community benefit, the software was released as an open-source package.

2019

ISEP/INESC TEC Aerial Robotics Team for Search and Rescue Operations at the euRathlon 2015

Authors
Sousa, P; Ferreira, A; Moreira, M; Santos, T; Martins, A; Dias, A; Almeida, J; Silva, E;

Publication
Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems: Theory and Applications

Abstract
This paper presents the results from search and rescue missions performed with the aerial robot OTUS in the the context of the ISEP/INESC TEC aerial robotics team participation on the euRathlon 2015 robotics competition. The multi-domain (land, sea and air) search and rescue scenario is described and technical solution adopted is presented with emphasis on the perception system. The calibration of the image based system is addressed. Results from the operational missions performed are also discussed. The aerial autonomous vehicle was able to successfully perform multiple tasks from the aerial reconnaissance and 3D mapping to the identification of leaking pipes, obstructed passages and missing workers. The system was validated a realistic operational scenario and won the Grand Challenge in cooperation with land and marine robotics partner teams. This challenge was the first time that a real time collaborative team of aerial, land and marine robots was deployed successfully in a search and rescue mission. © 2018 Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature

Supervised
thesis

2019

Tratamento de Imagem e detecção de objectos

Author
JOÃO DAVID GUIMARÃES FIGUEIREDO DIAS

Institution
IPP-ISEP

2018

Sistema de Parametrização Automática e Mapeamento em Tempo Real com Recurso a Sonares Multi-feixe

Author
RICARDO DANIEL CARNEIRO PEREIRA

Institution
IPP-ISEP

2018

Multi-Robot 3D Target Estimation Under Uncertainty

Author
André Miguel Pinheiro Dias

Institution
Outra

2015

Método de correspondência para sistemas de visão multi-câmara

Author
JOÃO PEDRO MENDES PEREIRA RIBEIRO

Institution
IPP-ISEP