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Germano Veiga is a Mechanical Engineer with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Robotics and Automation) (2010) by the University of Coimbra.
In 2005 he was an invited researcher at the University of Lund, Sweden, and was a researcher (2002-2011) and Invited Professor (2007-2011) at the University of Coimbra.
He is now Senior Researcher at INESC TEC, in Porto, and from 2016 is Auxiliar Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto.
His research interests are mostly focused on future industrial robotics including, plug-and-produce technologies,
robot programming, mobile manipulators and Human Robot Interfacing. During his PhD studies Germano was part of the FP6 SMErobot team (2005-2009) and later became member of the Exec. Committee of the FP7 ECHORD project (2009-2012)
More recently Germano became the coordinator of the INESC-TEC team participating in the projects FP7-CARLoS, FP7-STAMINA, FP7-SMErobotics, H2020-ColRobot.
Since January 2017 he is the Coordinator of the H2020 ScalABLE4.0 project.

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2020

Autonomous Robot Navigation for Automotive Assembly Task: An Industry Use-Case

Authors
Sobreira, H; Rocha, L; Lima, J; Rodrigues, F; Moreira, AP; Veiga, G;

Publication
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing - Robot 2019: Fourth Iberian Robotics Conference

Abstract

2020

Applying Software Static Analysis to ROS: The Case Study of the FASTEN European Project

Authors
Neto, T; Arrais, R; Sousa, A; Santos, A; Veiga, G;

Publication
Robot 2019: Fourth Iberian Robotics Conference - Advances in Robotics, Volume 1, Porto, Portugal, 20-22 November, 2019.

Abstract

2020

Perception of Entangled Tubes for Automated Bin Picking

Authors
Leao, G; Costa, CM; Sousa, A; Veiga, G;

Publication
Robot 2019: Fourth Iberian Robotics Conference - Advances in Robotics, Volume 1, Porto, Portugal, 20-22 November, 2019.

Abstract

2020

Development of an Autonomous Mobile Towing Vehicle for Logistic Tasks

Authors
Rocha, C; Sousa, I; Ferreira, F; Sobreira, H; Lima, J; Veiga, G; Moreira, AP;

Publication
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing - Robot 2019: Fourth Iberian Robotics Conference

Abstract

2020

Detecting and Solving Tube Entanglement in Bin Picking Operations

Authors
Leao, G; Costa, CM; Sousa, A; Veiga, G;

Publication
Applied Sciences

Abstract
Manufacturing and production industries are increasingly turning to robots to carry out repetitive picking operations in an efficient manner. This paper focuses on tackling the novel challenge of automating the bin picking process for entangled objects, for which there is very little research. The chosen case study are sets of freely curved tubes, which are prone to occlusions and entanglement. The proposed algorithm builds a representation of the tubes as an ordered list of cylinders and joints using a point cloud acquired by a 3D scanner. This representation enables the detection of occlusions in the tubes. The solution also performs grasp planning and motion planning, by evaluating post-grasp trajectories via simulation using Gazebo and the ODE physics engine. A force/torque sensor is used to determine how many items were picked by a robot gripper and in which direction it should rotate to solve cases of entanglement. Real-life experiments with sets of PVC tubes and rubber radiator hoses showed that the robot was able to pick a single tube on the first try with success rates of 99% and 93%, respectively. This study indicates that using simulation for motion planning is a promising solution to deal with entangled objects.

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2020

Implementação da estruturação automática de programas PLC de controlo de transportadores seguindo a metodologia do grupo Korber na Consoveyo S.A.

Author
Paulo André Vaz Lopes

Institution
UP-FEUP

2020

Force based robotized assembly – mobile manipulator use case

Author
Duarte Alão Magalhães Silva Moutinho

Institution
UP-FEUP

2020

Open Scalable Production System: An Industry 4.0 Framework for Cyber-Physical Systems

Author
Rafael Lirio Arrais

Institution
UP-FEUP

2020

Desenvolvimento de uma solução de bin-picking robotizada

Author
Nuno Alexandre Moreira do Rosário

Institution
UP-FEUP

2020

Desenvolvimento de uma aplicação para geração automática de código para o PLC de controlo de elevadores

Author
Cristina Lírio Ferreira

Institution
UP-FEUP