RIVERWATCH

A Marsupial Surface-Aerial Robotic Team for Riverine Environmental Monitoring

 
     
 

Overview

 

RIVERWATCH is an autonomous surface-aerial marsupial robotic team for riverine environmental monitoring. The robotic system is composed of an Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) piggybacking a 6-rotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities. The ASV provides the team with long-range transportation in all-weather conditions, whereas the UAV provides the team with an augmented perception of the environment. The coordinated aerial, underwater, and surface level perception allows the team to assess navigation cost from the near field to the far field, which is key for safe navigation and environmental monitoring data gathering. RIVERWATCH started as an experiment within the ECHORD project (FP7-ICT-231143).

 

 

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Publications

E. Pinto, F. Marques, R. Mendonça, A. Lourenço, P. Santana, and J. Barata An Autonomous Surface-Aerial Marsupial Robotic Team for Riverine Environmental Monitoring: Benefiting from Coordinated Aerial, Underwater, and Surface Level Perception . To appear in Proc. of the IEEE Intl. Conf. on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO). . IEEE Press, 2014[pdf]
J. Silva, R. Mendonça, F. Marques, P. Rodrigues, P. Santana and J. Barata Saliency-Based Cooperative Landing of a Multirotor Aerial Vehicle on an Autonomous Surface Vehicle . To appear in Proc. of the IEEE Intl. Conf. on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO). . IEEE Press, 2014[pdf]
E. Pinto, P. Santana, F. Marques, R. Mendonça, A. Lourenço, J. Barata. On the design of a robotic system composed of an unmanned surface vehicle and a piggybacked VTOL . To appear in Proc. of DoCEIS. Springer, 2014.[pdf]
R. Mendonça, P. Santana, F. Marques, A. Lourenço, J. Silva and J. Barata. Kelpie: A ROS-Based Multi-Robot Simulator for Water Surface and Aerial Vehicles . To appear in Proc. of the IEEE Intl. Conf. on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC). IEEE Press, 2013.[pdf]
Eduardo Pinto, Pedro Santana, José Barata. On Collaborative Aerial and Surface Robots for Environmental Monitoring of Water Bodies. Technological Innovation for the Internet of Things, IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, Vol. 394, pp 183-191. Springer, 2013.
P. Santana, R. Mendonça, and J. Barata. Water Detection with Segmentation-Guided Dynamic Texture Recognition. In Proc. of the IEEE Intl. Conf. on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO), pp. 1836-1841. IEEE Press, 2012.[pdf]

People

Riverwatch

Professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa

José Barata

Faculty

jab@uninova.pt

Assistant Professor at ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon and Researcher a Institute of Telecommunications

Pedro Santana

Faculty

pedro.santana@iscte.pt

Researcher na UNINOVA - Instituto de Desenvolvimento de Novas Tecnologias

Eduardo Pinto

PhD Student

emp@uninova.pt

Researcher na UNINOVA - Instituto de Desenvolvimento de Novas Tecnologias

Francisco Marques

PhD Student

fam@uninova.pt

Researcher na UNINOVA - Instituto de Desenvolvimento de Novas Tecnologias

Ricardo Mendonça

PhD Student

rmm@uninova.pt

Researcher na UNINOVA - Instituto de Desenvolvimento de Novas Tecnologias

André Lourenço

MSc Student

andre.lourenco@uninova.pt

Researcher at UNINOVA - Instituto de Desenvolvimento de Novas Tecnologias

Paulo Rodrigues

MSc Student

Researcher na UNINOVA - Instituto de Desenvolvimento de Novas Tecnologias

Ricardo Pombeiro

MSc Student

Master Student at FCT-UNL

João Silva

MSc Student

Master Student at FCT-UNL

André Pardal

MSc Student

Master Student at FCT-UNL

João Oliveira

MSc Student