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José Boaventura-Cunha is an Engineer in Electronics and Telecommunications from the University of Aveiro (1985) and has a PhD in Electrotechnical and Computer Engineering from UTAD-University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal (2002). Currently holds the position of Associate Professor with habilitation at the the School of Sciences and Technology of UTAD.
Since 2012 he is a member of the CRIIS-Center for Robotics in Industry and Intelligent Systems at INESC TEC - Institute of Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science and is Coordinator of the pole of INESC TEC at UTAD.
His research interests are related to the areas of Instrumentation, modeling and control applied to industrial and agro-forestry processes.

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2021

Particle filter refinement based on clustering procedures for high-dimensional localization and mapping systems

Authors
Aguiar, AS; dos Santos, FN; Sobreira, H; Cunha, JB; Sousa, AJ;

Publication
Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Abstract

2021

Reconfigurable Grasp Planning Pipeline with Grasp Synthesis and Selection Applied to Picking Operations in Aerospace Factories

Authors
Carvalho de Souza, JPC; Costa, CM; Rocha, LF; Arrais, R; Paulo Moreira, AP; Solteiro Pires, EJS; Boaventura Cunha, J;

Publication
Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing

Abstract

2021

Bridging Theory to Practice: Feedforward and Cascade Control with TCLab Arduino Kit

Authors
de Moura Oliveira, PB; Hedengren, JD; Boaventura Cunha, J;

Publication
Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering - CONTROLO 2020

Abstract

2021

Bringing Semantics to the Vineyard: An Approach on Deep Learning-Based Vine Trunk Detection

Authors
Aguiar, AS; Monteiro, NN; dos Santos, FN; Pires, EJS; Silva, D; Sousa, AJ; Boaventura Cunha, J;

Publication
Agriculture

Abstract
The development of robotic solutions in unstructured environments brings several challenges, mainly in developing safe and reliable navigation solutions. Agricultural environments are particularly unstructured and, therefore, challenging to the implementation of robotics. An example of this is the mountain vineyards, built-in steep slope hills, which are characterized by satellite signal blockage, terrain irregularities, harsh ground inclinations, and others. All of these factors impose the implementation of precise and reliable navigation algorithms, so that robots can operate safely. This work proposes the detection of semantic natural landmarks that are to be used in Simultaneous Localization and Mapping algorithms. Thus, Deep Learning models were trained and deployed to detect vine trunks. As significant contributions, we made available a novel vine trunk dataset, called VineSet, which was constituted by more than 9000 images and respective annotations for each trunk. VineSet was used to train state-of-the-art Single Shot Multibox Detector models. Additionally, we deployed these models in an Edge-AI fashion and achieve high frame rate execution. Finally, an assisted annotation tool was proposed to make the process of dataset building easier and improve models incrementally. The experiments show that our trained models can detect trunks with an Average Precision up to 84.16% and our assisted annotation tool facilitates the annotation process, even in other areas of agriculture, such as orchards and forests. Additional experiments were performed, where the impact of the amount of training data and the comparison between using Transfer Learning and training from scratch were evaluated. In these cases, some theoretical assumptions were verified.

2021

Cloud-Based Framework for Robot Operation in Hospital Environments

Authors
Fonseca Ferreira, NM; Boaventura Cunha, J;

Publication
Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering - CONTROLO 2020

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Supervised
thesis

2020

Localization and Mapping based on Semantic and Multi-Layer Maps Concepts

Author
André Silva Pinto de Aguiar

Institution
UP-FEUP

2018

Modelos e Sistemas de controlo preditivo aplicados à industria de base florestal

Author
Tatiana de Fátima Martins Pinho

Institution
UTAD

2017

Modelos e Sistemas de controlo preditivo aplicados à industria de base florestal

Author
Tatiana de Fátima Martins Pinho

Institution

2016

ANÁLISE COMPUTACIONAL DA CONDUÇÃO DE CALOR EM DOMÍNIOS BIDIMENSIONAIS

Author
Luís Adriano Preto Mendes Afonso

Institution
UTAD

2016

ANÁLISE DINÂMICA DE ESCOAMENTO DE FLUÍDOS

Author
Maria Manuela Jorge Martins Ferreira

Institution
UTAD