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  • Name

    José Miguel Almeida
  • Role

    Centre Coordinator
  • Since

    01st March 2011
  • Nationality

    Portugal
  • Contacts

    +351228340554
    jose.m.almeida@inesctec.pt
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Publications

2024

A Survey of Seafloor Characterization and Mapping Techniques

Authors
Loureiro, G; Dias, A; Almeida, J; Martins, A; Hong, SP; Silva, E;

Publication
REMOTE SENSING

Abstract
The deep seabed is composed of heterogeneous ecosystems, containing diverse habitats for marine life. Consequently, understanding the geological and ecological characteristics of the seabed's features is a key step for many applications. The majority of approaches commonly use optical and acoustic sensors to address these tasks; however, each sensor has limitations associated with the underwater environment. This paper presents a survey of the main techniques and trends related to seabed characterization, highlighting approaches in three tasks: classification, detection, and segmentation. The bibliography is categorized into four approaches: statistics-based, classical machine learning, deep learning, and object-based image analysis. The differences between the techniques are presented, and the main challenges for deep sea research and potential directions of study are outlined.

2023

Autonomous UAV Landing Approach for Marine Operations

Authors
Moura, A; Antunes, J; Martins, JJ; Dias, A; Martins, A; Almeida, JM; Silva, E;

Publication
OCEANS 2023 - LIMERICK

Abstract
The use of autonomous vehicles in maritime operations is a technological challenge. In the particular case of autonomous aerial vehicles (UAVs), their application ranges from inspection and surveillance of offshore power plants, and marine life observation, to search and rescue missions. Manually landing UAVs onboard water vessels can be very challenging due to limited space onboard and wave agitation. This paper proposes an autonomous solution for the task of landing commercial multicopter UAVs with onboard cameras on water vessels, based on the detection of a custom landing platform with computer vision techniques. The autonomous landing behavior was tested in real conditions, using a research vessel at sea, where the UAV was able to detect, locate, and safely land on top of the developed landing platform.

2023

TEC4SEA-Developing maritime technology for a sustainable blue economy

Authors
Monica, P; Cruz, N; Almeida, JM; Silva, A; Silva, E; Pinho, C; Almeida, C; Viegas, D; Pessoa, LM; Lima, AP; Martins, A; Zabel, F; Ferreira, BM; Dias, I; Campos, R; Araujo, J; Coelho, LC; Jorge, PS; Mendes, J;

Publication
OCEANS 2023 - LIMERICK

Abstract
One way to mitigate the high costs of doing science or business at sea is to create technological infrastructures possessing all the skills and resources needed for successful maritime operations, and make those capabilities and skills available to the external entities requiring them. By doing so, the individual economic and scientific agents can be spared the enormous effort of creating and maintaining their own, particular set of equivalent capabilities, thus drastically lowering their initial operating costs. In addition to cost savings, operating based on fully-fledged, shared infrastructures not only allows the use of more advanced scientific equipment and highly skilled personnel, but it also enables the business teams (be it industry or research) to focus on their goals, rather than on equipment, logistics, and support. This paper will describe the TEC4SEA infrastructure, created precisely to operate as described. This infrastructure has been under implementation in the last few years, and has now entered its operational phase. This paper will describe it, present its current portfolio of services, and discuss the most relevant assets and facilities that have been recently acquired, so that the research and industrial communities requiring the use of such assets can fully evaluate their adequacy for their own purposes and projects.

2023

TURTLE Robotic Lander in the context of REP2022 military exercise

Authors
Martins, A; Almeida, J; Almeida, C; Matias, B; Ferreira, A; Machado, D; Ferreira, H; Pereira, R; Soares, E; Peixoto, PA; Silva, E;

Publication
OCEANS 2023 - LIMERICK

Abstract
This paper presents the TURTLE hybrid robotic lander in the context of the field trials performed in the REP(MUS) 2022 military exercise. The TURTLE robot combines the characteristics and mobility of an autonomous underwater vehicle with the ones of a seabed lander, having been designed for extended permanence on the sea bottom and efficient ascending and dive to the deep sea. The REP( MUS) 2022 exercises organized by the Portuguese navy in collaboration with NATO organizations and other institutions demonstrated the large-scale use of unmanned marine systems in an operational scenario. The robotic system is presented as well as some of the results and experience from the field trials.

2023

Simulation Environment for UAV Offshore Wind-Turbine Inspection

Authors
Oliveira, A; Dias, A; Santos, T; Rodrigues, P; Martins, A; Silva, E; Almeida, J;

Publication
OCEANS 2023 - LIMERICK

Abstract
Offshore wind farms are becoming the main alternative to fossil fuels and the future key to mitigating climate change by achieving energy sustainability. With favorable indicators in almost every environmental index, these structures operate under varying and dynamic environmental conditions, leading to efficiency losses and sudden failures. For these reasons, it's fundamental to promote the development of autonomous solutions to monitor the health condition of the construction parts, preventing structural damage and accidents. This paper introduces a new simulation environment for testing and training autonomous inspection techniques under a more realistic offshore wind farm scenario. Combining the Gazebo simulator with ROS, this framework can include multi-robots with different sensors to operate in a customizable simulation environment regarding some external elements (fog, wind, buoyancy...). The paper also presents a use case composed of a 3D LiDAR-based technique for autonomous wind turbine inspection with UAV, including point cloud clustering, model estimation, and the preliminary results under this simulation framework using a mixed environment (offshore simulation with a real UAV platform).

Supervised
thesis

2018

Sistema de Perceção 3D Subaquático com Projetor Laser rotativo: Calibração e Reconstrução Tridimensional

Author
EDUARDO JOSÉ PINTO SOARES

Institution
IPP-ISEP

2018

Análise comparativa entre métodos de Northseeking para veículo de mineração subaquática

Author
CAIO TEIXEIRA LOMBA

Institution
IPP-ISEP

2018

Calibração dos parâmetros extrı́nsecos de um LiDAR num UAV

Author
ANDRÉ FILIPE MARTINS FERREIRA

Institution
IPP-ISEP

2018

Real-Time LiDAR-based Power Lines Detection for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Author
FÁBIO ANDRÉ COSTA AZEVEDO

Institution
IPP-ISEP

2017

Mapeamento 3D com sistemas LiDAR e GNSS

Author
MACIEJ CEREKWICKI

Institution
IPP-ISEP