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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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Publications

2018

Landmark detection for docking tasks

Authors
Ferreira, F; Sobreira, H; Veiga, G; Moreira, A;

Publication
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing

Abstract
For docking manoeuvres, the detection of the objects to dock needs to be precise as the minimum deviation from the objective may lead to the failure of this task. The objective of this article is to test possible ways to detect a landmark using a laser rangefinder for docking manoeuvres. We will test a beacon-based localisation algorithm and an algorithm based on natural landmarks already implemented, however, we will apply modifications to such methods. To verify the possibility of docking using these methods, we will conduct experiments with a real robot. © Springer International Publishing AG 2018.

2018

Enhancement of Industrial Logistic Systems with Semantic 3D Representations for Mobile Manipulators

Authors
Toscano, C; Arrais, R; Veiga, G;

Publication
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing

Abstract
This paper proposes a logistic planner with supplementary 3D spatial representations to enhance and interact with traditional logistic systems on the context of mobile manipulators performing internal logistics operations. By defining a hierarchical structure, the logistic world model, as the central entity synchronized between multiple system components, the reliability and accuracy of the logistic system is strengthened. The proposed approach aims at implementing a robust and intuitive solution for the set-up of mobile manipulator based logistic systems. The logistic planner includes a web based interface for fast setup of the warehouse layout based on robot sensing, as well as the definition of missions for the fleet of robotic systems. © Springer International Publishing AG 2018.

2018

Automatic generation of disassembly sequences and exploded views from solidworks symbolic geometric relationships

Authors
Costa, CM; Veiga, G; Sousa, A; Rocha, LF; Oliveira, EC; Cardoso, HL; Thomas, U;

Publication
2018 IEEE International Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions, ICARSC 2018, Torres Vedras, Portugal, April 25-27, 2018

Abstract

2018

Soft computing optimization for the biomass supply chain operational planning

Authors
Pinho, TM; Coelho, JP; Veiga, G; Moreira, AP; Boaventura Cunha, J;

Publication
13th APCA International Conference on Control and Soft Computing, CONTROLO 2018 - Proceedings

Abstract
Supply chains are complex interdependent structures in which tasks' accomplishment is the result of a compromise between all the entities involved. This complexity is particularly pronounced when dealing with chipping and transportation tasks within a forest-based biomass energy production supply chain. The logistic costs involved are significant and the number of network nodes are usually in a considerable number. For this reason, efficient optimization tools should be used in order to derive cost effective scheduling. In this work, soft computing optimization tools, namely genetic algorithms (GA) and particle swarm optimization (PSO), are integrated within a discrete event simulation model to define the vehicles operational schedule in a typical forest biomass supply chain. The presented simulation results show the proposed methodology effectiveness in dealing with the addressed systems. © 2018 IEEE.

2018

Bridging Automation and Robotics: an Interprocess Communication between IEC 61131-3 and ROS

Authors
Pinto, T; Arrais, R; Veiga, G;

Publication
2018 IEEE 16TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INDUSTRIAL INFORMATICS (INDIN)

Abstract
The contemporary adoption of Cyber-Physical Systems and improvements in robotic applications in industrial scenarios demands for horizontal integration mechanisms with already existing automation equipment, controlled by PLCs. This paper aims to shorten the gap between the automation and robotics domain, by proposing an Interprocess Communication method to establish interoperability between robotic systems and automation equipment in a reliable and straightforward manner. In particular, this paper introduces a novel approach for linking ROS and IEC 61131-3 by way of shared memory interfaces, enabling and promoting their interactions. Moreover, this paper addresses the applied synchronization mechanism for handling concurrent accesses to the shared memory location, explores data type mapping between ROS and IEC 61131-3, and identifies some practical industrial applications.

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2017

Desenvolvimento de um controlador modular para LeanAGV baseado na norma IEC 61131-3

Author
Luís Tiago da Silva Costa

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Grasp planning for handoff between robotic manipulators

Author
David Miguel Ribeiro de Sousa

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Navegação e controlo de robôs móveis com atrelagem de reboques automática

Author
Francisco Abílio Rodrigues Guerra Ferreira

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Desenvolvimento de controlador para equipamento de corte e furação de vigas

Author
João André Ramos Silva

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Automação de sistema robotizado colaborativo para soldadura de componentes para construção soldada

Author
Luís Gonçalo Franco Ruas

Institution
UP-FEUP