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Manuel F. Silva was born in April 11, 1970. He graduated, received the MSc. and the PhD. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal, in 1993, 1997 and 2005, respectively. Presently he is Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Engineering of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Department of Electrical Engineering. His research focuses on modelling, simulation, robotics, multi-legged walking robots, climbing robots, biological inspired robots, control and education in robotics and control.

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2022

Floating Trash Collector - An EPS@ISEP 2020 Project

Authors
Serafia, AB; Santos, A; Caddia, D; Zeeman, E; Castaner, L; Malheiro, B; Ribeiro, C; Justo, J; Silva, MF; Ferreira, P; Guedes, P;

Publication
Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems

Abstract
Each year millions of tons of plastic end up in the oceans, lakes and rivers. In the spring of 2020, an European Project Semester team, composed of multicultural and multidisciplinary undergraduate students, decided to tackle this problem. This was achieved by designing, modelling and simulating a floating trash collector named Soaksy. The collector is expected to operate continuously and automatically on lakes at the view of everybody, becoming an educational and an environmental tool. This paper reports the team’s journey from the initial studies, through the design, till the final simulation and tests.

2022

Foldable Disaster Shelter - An EPS@ISEP 2020 Project

Authors
Popescu, DA; Pereira, E; Givanovitch, G; Bakker, J; Pauwels, L; Dukoski, V; Malheiro, B; Ribeiro, C; Justo, J; Silva, MF; Ferreira, P; Guedes, P;

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Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems

Abstract
This paper reports the research and design of a foldable disaster shelter for people left homeless due to natural disasters, by a multinational team composed of six students, from six different countries. The team was enrolled in the European Project Semester (EPS), a project-based capstone programme offered by Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP), to students who have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies. The main objective of the project was to design, simulate and test an ethics and sustainability driven foldable shelter. This goal was pursued by conducting a series of studies to derive the solution requirements, involving a survey on shelter concepts and solutions, a review on worldwide natural disasters, as well as an analysis of the shelter market. The latter led to the definition of a business plan, a marketing strategy, a logo and a brand name. The solution comes with a Web application to help rescue organisations to follow the scheduled maintenance plan and keep track of the deployed units.

2022

Smart Pedestrian Crossing - An EPS@ISEP 2020 Project

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Caruso, BC; Stenstkie, C; van Duivenboden, D; Starosta, J; Hoernschemeyer, J; Peytard, S; Malheiro, B; Ribeiro, C; Justo, J; Silva, MF; Ferreira, P; Guedes, P;

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Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems

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This paper reports the development of WalkSafe, a Smart Pedestrian Crossing solution, by a multinational and multidisciplinary team of students during the spring semester of 2020. The team was enrolled in the European Project Semester (EPS), a project-based capstone programme offered by Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP). Motivated by the idea to reduce the number of pedestrians hit by cars at road crossings, and associated injuries and deaths, the team surveyed pedestrian behaviour to conclude that people often ignore pedestrian crossings. Thus, this project intended to motivate people to use pedestrian crossings, increasing the safety of both pedestrians and drivers. The proposed solution can be implemented on any pedestrian crossing and involves up to three components: (i) a box to be fixed on each side of pedestrian crossings with a radio-frequency identification reader as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi interfaces; (ii) a smartphone mobile app; and (iii) a personal bracelet for children and elderly, with a passive radio-frequency identification tag.

2022

Automatic Segmentation of Monofilament Testing Sites in Plantar Images for Diabetic Foot Management

Authors
Costa, T; Coelho, L; Silva, MF;

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Bioengineering

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Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is a major complication of diabetes mellitus, and it is the leading cause of foot ulceration and amputations. The Semmes–Weinstein monofilament examination (SWME) is a widely used, low-cost, evidence-based tool for predicting the prognosis of diabetic foot patients. The examination can be quick, but due to the high prevalence of the disease, many healthcare professionals can be assigned to this task several days per month. In an ongoing project, it is our objective to minimize the intervention of humans in the SWME by using an automated testing system relying on computer vision. In this paper we present the project’s first part, constituting a system for automatically identifying the SWME testing sites from digital images. For this, we have created a database of plantar images and developed a segmentation system, based on image processing and deep learning—both of which are novelties. From the 9 testing sites, the system was able to correctly identify most 8 in more than 80% of the images, and 3 of the testing sites were correctly identified in more than 97.8% of the images.

2022

SCARA Self Posture Recognition Using a Monocular Camera

Authors
Tinoco, V; Silva, MF; Santos, FN; Morais, R; Filipe, V;

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IEEE Access

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2021

Design, modeling, implementation and control of efficient harvesting and pruning robotic manipulators

Author
VÍTOR DANIEL VELOSO TINOCO

Institution
IPP-ISEP

2021

Modelação e simulação de um sistema crossdocking com AS/RS integrado

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JOSÉ LUÍS DA CUNHA ALVES

Institution
IPP-ISEP

2021

Modelação, Simulação e Controlo de um Veleiro com Vela Asa

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ANA CLÁUDIA BASTOS MIRANDA

Institution
IPP-ISEP

2021

Sistema robotizado para apoio à avaliação clínica da sensibilidade superficial plantar em pacientes diabéticos

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Tatiana Isabel Ferreira da Costa

Institution
IPP-ISEP

2021

Transporte Robotizado de Bagagens em Aeroportos

Author
MIGUEL MARQUES PEREIRA

Institution
IPP-ISEP