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).

Publications

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

Faculty

 

José
Barata

Pedro
Santana

 

PhD Students

Eduardo
Pinto

Francisco
Marques

Ricardo
Mendonça

MSc Students

André
Lourenço

André
Pardal

João
Oliveira

 

João
Silva

Paulo
Rodrigues

Ricardo
Pombeiro