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José Lima (male) received the M.Sc. and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering on Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto, Portugal in 2001 and 2009. He joined the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança in 2002, and currently he is a Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department of that school. He is also a senior researcher in Centre for Robotics in Industry and Intelligent Systems group of the INESC-TEC (Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering of Porto, Portugal). He has published more than 60 papers in international scientific journals and conference proceedings. In addition, he participated in some autonomous mobile robotics competitions and applications. Moreover, his research interests are in the field of robotics and automation: simulation, path planning, image processing, localization, navigation, obstacle avoidance and perception. He participated in some national and FP7 funded projects such as Produtech, Grace, Arum, Carlos, Stamina and ColRobot.

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2018

Path planning for automatic recharging system for steep-slope vineyard robots

Authors
Santos, L; dos Santos, FN; Mendes, J; Ferraz, N; Lima, J; Morais, R; Costa, P;

Publication
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing

Abstract
Develop cost-effective ground robots for crop monitoring in steep slope vineyards is a complex challenge. The terrain presents harsh conditions for mobile robots and most of the time there is no one available to give support to the robots. So, a fully autonomous steep-slope robot requires a robust automatic recharging system. This work proposes a multilevel system that monitors a vineyard robot autonomy, to plan off-line the trajectory to the nearest recharging point and dock the robot on that recharging point considering visual tags. The proposed system called VineRecharge was developed to be deployed into a cost-effective robot with low computational power. Besides, this paper benchmarks several visual tags and detectors and integrates the best one into the VineRecharge system. © Springer International Publishing AG 2018.

2018

The K-framed quadtrees approach for path planning through a known environment

Authors
Rodrigues, A; Costa, P; Lima, J;

Publication
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing

Abstract
One of the most important tasks for a mobile robot is to navigate in an environment. The path planning is required to design the trajectory that generates useful motions from the original to the desired position. There are several methodologies to perform the path planning. In this paper, a new method of approximate cells decomposition, called K-Framed Quadtrees is present, to which the algorithm A ? is applied to determine trajectories between two points. To validate the new approach, we made a comparative analysis between the present method, the grid decomposition, quadtree decomposition and framed quadtree decomposition. Results and implementation specifications of the four methods are presented. © 2018, Springer International Publishing AG.

2018

Development of a Dynamic Path for a Toxic Substances Mapping Mobile Robot in Industry Environment

Authors
Piardi, L; Lima, J; Costa, P; Brito, T;

Publication
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing

Abstract
Some industries have critical areas (dangerous or hazardous) where the presence of a human must be reduced or avoided. In some cases, there are areas where humans should be replaced by robots. The present work uses a robot with differential drive to scan an environment with known and unknown obstacles, defined in 3D simulation. It is important that the robot be able to make the right decisions about its way without the need of an operator. A solution to this challenge will be presented in this paper. The control application and its communication module with a simulator or a real robot are proposed. The robot can perform the scan, passing through all the waypoints arranged in a grid. The results are presented, showcasing the robot’s capacity to perform a viable trajectory without human intervention. © Springer International Publishing AG 2018.

2018

Ultra-wideband time of flight based localization system and odometry fusion for a scanning 3 DoF magnetic field autonomous robot

Authors
Lima, J; Costa, P;

Publication
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing

Abstract
Solving the robot localization problem is one of the most necessary requirements for autonomous robots. Several methodologies can be used to determine its location as accurately as possible. What makes this difficult is the existence of uncertainty in the sensing of the robot. The uncertain information needs to be combined in an optimal way. This paper stresses a Kalman filter to combine information from the odometry and Ultra Wide Band Time of Flight distance modules, which lacks the orientation. The proposed system validated in a real developed platform performs the fusion task which outputs position and orientation of the robot. It is used to localize the robot and make a 3 DoF scanning of magnetic field in a room. Other examples can be pointed out with the same localization techniques in service and industrial autonomous robots. © Springer International Publishing AG 2018.

2017

A Fast and Robust Kinematic Model for a 12 DoF Hyper-Redundant Robot Positioning: an Optimization Proposal

Authors
Lima, J; Pereira, AI; Costa, P; Pinto, A; Costa, P;

Publication
PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NUMERICAL ANALYSIS AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS 2016 (ICNAAM-2016)

Abstract
This paper describes an optimization procedure for a robot with 12 degrees of freedom avoiding the inverse kinematics problem, which is a hard task for this type of robot manipulator. This robot can be used to pick and place tasks in complex designs. Combining an accurate and fast direct kinematics model with optimization strategies, it is possible to achieve the joints angles for a desired end-effector position and orientation. The optimization methods stretched simulated annealing algorithm and genetic algorithm were used. The solutions found were validated using data originated by a real and by a simulated robot formed by 12 servomotors with a gripper.

Supervised
thesis

2016

Desenvolvimento de um protótipo de um simulador de bloqueio do plexo braquial

Author
Stéphanie Coelho Monteiro

Institution
IPB

2016

Sistema Inteligente de Gestão de Energia Elétrica - Automação de uma habitação

Author
Pedro Gonçalo Guedes Lopes Praça

Institution
IPB

2016

Sistema de Gestão de Energia Elétrica - DataLogger

Author
João Pedro Moreira da Cunha

Institution
IPB

2016

Projeto, modelo e construção de um manipulador com elevado grau de redundância

Author
Joaquim Manuel Costa Alves Duarte Ribeiro

Institution
UP-FEUP

2016

Task Scheduling for Multiples Robots in an Industrial Environment

Author
Vítor Emanuel dos Santos Lousas Alves da Mota

Institution
UP-FEUP