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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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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

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2017

A mobile robot based sensing approach for assessing spatial inconsistencies of a logistic system

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

Publication
Journal of Manufacturing Systems

Abstract
This paper demonstrates the potential benefits of the integration of robot based sensing and Enterprise Information Systems extended with information about the geometric location and volumetric information of the parts contained in logistic supermarkets. The comparison of this extended world model with hierarchical spatial representations produced by a fleet of robots traversing the logistic supermarket corridors enables the continuous assessment of inconsistencies between reality, i.e., the spatial representations collected from online 3D data, and the modelled information, i.e., the world model. Results show that it is possible to detect inconsistencies reliably and in real time. The proposed approach contributes to the development of more robust and effective Enterprise Information Systems. © 2017 The Society of Manufacturing Engineers

2017

A Multilayer Model Predictive Control Methodology Applied to a Biomass Supply Chain Operational Level

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

Publication
Complexity

Abstract
Forest biomass has gained increasing interest in the recent years as a renewable source of energy in the context of climate changes and continuous rising of fossil fuels prices. However, due to its characteristics such as seasonality, low density, and high cost, the biomass supply chain needs further optimization to become more competitive in the current energetic market. In this sense and taking into consideration the fact that the transportation is the process that accounts for the higher parcel in the biomass supply chain costs, this work proposes a multilayer model predictive control based strategy to improve the performance of this process at the operational level. The proposed strategy aims to improve the overall supply chain performance by forecasting the system evolution using behavioural dynamic models. In this way, it is possible to react beforehand and avoid expensive impacts in the tasks execution. The methodology is composed of two interconnected levels that closely monitor the system state update, in the operational level, and delineate a new routing and scheduling plan in case of an expected deviation from the original one. By applying this approach to an experimental case study, the concept of the proposed methodology was proven. This novel strategy enables the online scheduling of the supply chain transport operation using a predictive approach.

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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

2017

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

Author
Luís Tiago da Silva Costa

Institution
UP-FEUP