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Sobre

Sou Investigador Sénior no centro de Róbotica e Sistemas Autónomos do INESC TEC. Formei-me na Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto em Engenharia Electrotécnica e de Computadores, primeiro com o grau de mestre, em 2009, e depois com o grau de doutor, em 2014. Desde 2009, estou ligado à Robótica Submarina e de Superfície investigando em Controlo, Condução (guidance), Localização e Coordenação de robots marítimos.

As minhas atividades têm sido desenvolvidas no âmbito de diversos projectos nacionais e internacionais dos quais se destacam o projeto Lajeado (AUV para monitorização de barragens), o FP7 ICARUS (Integrated Components for Assisted Rescue and Unmanned Search operations) e o FLEXUS (Flexible Unmanned Surface vehicles for the Internet of moving things), financiado pelo projeto H2020 RAWFIE.

Estou ainda envolvido no desenvolvimento de vários sistemas robóticos e na origem de vários protótipos tais como o veículo de superfície autónomo FLEXUS e o veículo submarino autónomo SHAD.

Tópicos
de interesse
Detalhes

Detalhes

012
Publicações

2022

An Autonomous System for Collecting Water Samples from the Surface

Autores
Pinto, AF; Cruz, NA; Ferreira, BM; Abreu, NM; Goncalves, CE; Villa, MP; Matos, AC; Honorio, LD; Westin, LG;

Publicação
OCEANS 2022

Abstract

2022

Genetic Algorithm to Solve Optimal Sensor Placement for Underwater Vehicle Localization with Range Dependent Noises

Autores
Villa, M; Ferreira, B; Cruz, N;

Publicação
SENSORS

Abstract
In source localization problems, the relative geometry between sensors and source will influence the localization performance. The optimum configuration of sensors depends on the measurements used for the source location estimation, how these measurements are affected by noise, the positions of the source, and the criteria used to evaluate the localization performance. This paper addresses the problem of optimum sensor placement in a plane for the localization of an underwater vehicle moving in 3D. We consider sets of sensors that measure the distance to the vehicle and model the measurement noises with distance dependent covariances. We develop a genetic algorithm and analyze both single and multi-objective problems. In the former, we consider as the evaluation metric the arithmetic average along the vehicle trajectory of the maximum eigenvalue of the inverse of the Fisher information matrix. In the latter, we estimate the Pareto front of pairs of common criteria based on the Fisher information matrix and analyze the evolution of the sensor positioning for the different criteria. To validate the algorithm, we initially compare results with a case with a known optimal solution and constant measurement covariances, obtaining deviations from the optimal less than 0.1%. Posterior, we present results for an underwater vehicle performing a lawn-mower maneuver and a spiral descent maneuver. We also present results restricting the allowed positions for the sensors.

2021

A Performance Analysis of Feature Extraction Algorithms for Acoustic Image-Based Underwater Navigation

Autores
Oliveira, AJ; Ferreira, BM; Cruz, NA;

Publicação
JOURNAL OF MARINE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Abstract
In underwater navigation, sonars are useful sensing devices for operation in confined or structured environments, enabling the detection and identification of underwater environmental features through the acquisition of acoustic images. Nonetheless, in these environments, several problems affect their performance, such as background noise and multiple secondary echoes. In recent years, research has been conducted regarding the application of feature extraction algorithms to underwater acoustic images, with the purpose of achieving a robust solution for the detection and matching of environmental features. However, since these algorithms were originally developed for optical image analysis, conclusions in the literature diverge regarding their suitability to acoustic imaging. This article presents a detailed comparison between the SURF (Speeded-Up Robust Features), ORB (Oriented FAST and Rotated BRIEF), BRISK (Binary Robust Invariant Scalable Keypoints), and SURF-Harris algorithms, based on the performance of their feature detection and description procedures, when applied to acoustic data collected by an autonomous underwater vehicle. Several characteristics of the studied algorithms were taken into account, such as feature point distribution, feature detection accuracy, and feature description robustness. A possible adaptation of feature extraction procedures to acoustic imaging is further explored through the implementation of a feature selection module. The performed comparison has also provided evidence that further development of the current feature description methodologies might be required for underwater acoustic image analysis.

2021

A Novel Simulation Platform for Underwater Data Muling Communications Using Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

Autores
Teixeira, FB; Ferreira, BM; Moreira, N; Abreu, N; Villa, M; Loureiro, JP; Cruz, NA; Alves, JC; Ricardo, M; Campos, R;

Publicação
Comput.

Abstract
Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) are seen as a safe and cost-effective platforms for performing a myriad of underwater missions. These vehicles are equipped with multiple sensors which, combined with their long endurance, can produce large amounts of data, especially when used for video capturing. These data need to be transferred to the surface to be processed and analyzed. When considering deep sea operations, where surfacing before the end of the mission may be unpractical, the communication is limited to low bitrate acoustic communications, which make unfeasible the timely transmission of large amounts of data unfeasible. The usage of AUVs as data mules is an alternative communications solution. Data mules can be used to establish a broadband data link by combining short-range, high bitrate communications (e.g., RF and wireless optical) with a Delay Tolerant Network approach. This paper presents an enhanced version of UDMSim, a novel simulation platform for data muling communications. UDMSim is built upon a new realistic AUV Motion and Localization (AML) simulator and Network Simulator 3 (ns-3). It can simulate the position of the data mules, including localization errors, realistic position control adjustments, the received signal, the realistic throughput adjustments, and connection losses due to the fast SNR change observed underwater. The enhanced version includes a more realistic AML simulator and the antenna radiation patterns to help evaluating the design and relative placement of underwater antennas. The results obtained using UDMSim show a good match with the experimental results achieved using an underwater testbed. UDMSim is made available to the community to support easy and faster evaluation of underwater data muling oriented communications solutions and to enable offline replication of real world experiments.

2021

Differential Pressure Speedometer for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

Autores
Villa, MP; Ferreira, BM; Matos, AC;

Publicação
OCEANS 2021: San Diego – Porto

Abstract

Teses
supervisionadas

2021

Information-aware Feature-based Underwater Localization and Planning

Autor
António José Ventura de Oliveira

Instituição
UP-FEUP

2021

Underwater Localization in Complex Environments

Autor
Maria Sara Delgadinho Noronha

Instituição
UP-FEUP

2020

Guidance of an Autonomous Surface Vehicle for Underwater Navigation Aid

Autor
José Pedro Martins Pires e Sousa

Instituição
UP-FEUP

2020

Information-aware Feature-based Underwater Localization and Motion Planning

Autor
António José Ventura de Oliveira

Instituição
UP-FEUP

2020

Underwater mapping using a SONAR

Autor
João Pedro Bastos Fula

Instituição
UP-FEUP