Manuel F. Silva

Manuel F. Silva
School of Engineering of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto · Department of Electrical Engineering

PhD.
Full Professor at ISEP and Senior Researcher at INESC TEC's Center for Robotics in Industry and Intelligent Systems

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Introduction
Coordinator Professor at the Institute of Engineering of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Department of Electrical Engineering, currently teaching courses on Industrial Robotics, Dynamics, Automatic Control Systems and Motion and Time Analysis. RESEARCH INTERESTS: Modelling, simulation, robotics, robotics education, robotic competitions, biological inspired robotics, legged walking robots, climbing robots, robotic applications in architecture and art, genetic algorithms.
Additional affiliations
January 2012 - present
Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science (INESC TEC)
Position
  • Senior Researcher
January 2012 - present
School of Engineering - Polytechnic Institute of Porto
Position
  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (290)
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ICRES 2022 is the seventh edition of the International Conference series on Robot Ethics and Standards. The conference is organized by CLAWAR Association in collaboration with the Korean Society for Artificial Intelligence Ethics (KSAIE) in Seoul, South Korea during 18 – 19 July 2022. ICRES 2022 brings new developments and new research findings in...
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Ação de Formação de Curta Duração (ACD) para sensibilizar os Professores do ensino básico e secundário para as várias possibilidades que se abrem para a utilização da robótica como ferramenta de apoio à lecionação de matérias nas áreas STEAM.
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The technological market is increasingly evolving as evidenced by the innovative and streamlined manufacturing processes. Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) are widely employed in the electronics fabrication industry, resorting to the Gerber open standard format to transfer the manufacturing data. The Gerber format describes not only metadata related to...
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Engineering aims to improve the quality of daily life on a planet with limited resources. This chapter describes how the European Project Semester offered by the School of Engineering of the Porto Polytechnic contributes to make engineering undergraduates conscious of their environmental and societal impact. The program is a project-based active le...
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Robotics is a multidisciplinary subject that typically involves mechanics, electronics, and computer science concepts. For this reason, robotic projects are particularly well suited to the European Project Semester framework since they allow students with different backgrounds to contribute to the overall team objective in their specific knowledge...
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Robotic manipulators rely on feedback obtained from rotary encoders for control purposes. This article introduces a vision-based feedback system that can be used in an agricultural context, where the shapes and sizes of fruits are uncertain. We aim to mimic a human, using vision and touch as manipulator control feedback. This work explores the use...
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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 pr...
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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...
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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 P...
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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 collecto...
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Purpose The motivation for robotics research in the agricultural field has sparked in consequence of the increasing world population and decreasing agricultural labor availability. This paper aims to analyze the state of the art of pruning and harvesting manipulators used in agriculture. Design/methodology/approach A research was performed on pap...
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Agriculture is facing a huge transformation due to several reasons, among which we can mention the need to feed an ever increasing number of people, and also the need for more sustainable cultivation practices. These factors are transforming agriculture from a manual labor-intensive activity to one that is highly automated and robotized, which is b...
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Presentation on "Autonomous Rigid Wing Sailboats" on the scope of an ERASMUS Mobility to the University of Catania.
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Presentation on the scope of an ERASMUS Mobility to the University of Catania.
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The European Project Semester (EPS) is a multicultural and multidisciplinary project-based learning semester offered by a network of providers, including the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP). In the spring of 2020/2021, five EPS@ISEP students from different areas of studies and countries — Portugal, Romania, Poland and France — team...
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The European Project Semester (EPS) is a multicultural, multidisciplinary teamwork and project-based learning framework offered to engineering, business and product design undergraduates by a network of European Higher Education institutions, including the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP). In the spring of 2021, five EPS@ISEP studen...
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The European Project Semester (EPS) offered by the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP) provides engineering, business and product design undergraduates with a project-based learning experience in a multicultural and multidisciplinary teamwork environment. This paper reports the research and development of a reconfigurable and ergonomic...
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Presentation of the EPS@ISEP Programme during an ERASMUS Mobility to the University of Catania (Italy).
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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 P...
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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...
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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 collect...
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This book presents the proceedings of 24th International Conference Series on Climbing and Walking Robots. CLAWAR 2021 is the twenty-fourth edition of International Conference series on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines. The conference is organized by CLAWAR Association in collaboration with Kwansei Gakuin...
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For remaining competitive in the current industrial manufacturing markets, coating companies need to implement flexible production systems for dealing with mass customization and mass production workflows. The introduction of robotic manipulators capable of mimicking with accuracy the motions executed by highly skilled technicians is an important f...
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In the spring of 2020, six undergraduate students from diverse countries and engineering fields decided to design together a solution to monitor the elderly. This project was performed as part of the European Project Semester (EPS) programme at Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP). The EM-BRACE solution encompasses two interconnected de...
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The constant advances in agricultural robotics aim to overcome the challenges imposed by population growth, accelerated urbanization, high competitiveness of high-quality products, environmental preservation and a lack of qualified labor. In this sense, this review paper surveys the main existing applications of agricultural robotic systems for the...
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The development of robotic systems to operate in forest environments is of great relevance for the public and private sectors. In this sense, this article reviews several scientific papers, research projects and commercial products related to robotic applications for environmental preservation, monitoring, wildfire firefighting, inventory operation...
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Autonomous land yachts can play a major role in the context of environmental monitoring, namely, in open, flat, windy regions, such as iced planes or sandy shorelines. This work addresses the design, modeling, and simulation of a land yacht probe equipped with a rigid free-rotating wing sail and tail flap. The wing was designed with a symmetrical a...
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Waste is one of the biggest problems on Earth today. In the spring of 2020, a team of students enrolled in the European Project Semester at Instituto Superior de Engenharia decided to contribute with the design of an ethically and sustainability-oriented autonomous cleaning robot named MopBot. The project started with the research on similar soluti...
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Air pollution kills approximately 7 million people every year and nine out of ten people are exposed to high levels of airborne pollutants. This paper describes the design of a bicycle air probe by a team of multicultural and multidisciplinary students of the European Project Semester, during the spring of 2020. This learning experience started wit...
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Industrial robots are a technology which is highly present in industry and can perform several tasks, namely machining activities. Different than CNC machines, which work with G-code and have available several software applications to generate the machine code, there is a lack of software for robotic arms, in addition to each application depending...
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The transport of patients from the inpatient service to the operating room is a recurrent task in a hospital routine. This task is repetitive, non-ergonomic, time consuming, and requires the labor of patient transporters. In this paper is presented a system, named Connected Driverless Wheelchair, that can receive transportation requests directly fr...
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Today we stand at the threshold of a new revolution towards Smart Manufacturing, which is leading us to the 4th Industrial Revolution. In a moment like this, companies need to adapt and go beyond existing industrial systems, into Cyber-Physical Production Systems (CPPS), to achieve added value. With this new revolution comes a new mindset and the n...
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The legged robots can insert themselves in environments for which the robots with wheels are simply incapable of be inserted, as is the case of obstacles of large dimensions, terrain loose or steep slopes. The objective of this work is to develop the modeling of hexapods robots and simulate them in a virtual environment of mechanical systems, which...
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ICRES 2020 is the fifth edition of International Conference series on Robot Ethics and Standards. The conference is organized by CLAWAR Association in collaboration with the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), and held in Taipei, Taiwan on a virtual platform during 28 – 29 September 2020. ICRES 2020 brings new developments and new res...
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CLAWAR 2020 is the twenty-third edition of International Conference series on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines. The conference is organized by CLAWAR Association in collaboration with the Ishlinsky Institute for Problems in Mechanics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IPMech-RAS) on a virtual platform in...
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The constant increase in the world population has progressively demanded that humanity develop new technologies to face challenges such as providing high-quality food to the consumer market. In this sense, the concept of precision agriculture arises, proposing the development of agricultural activities such as preparing the land, sowing, planting,...
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Purpose-This paper aims to propose a translation library capable of generating robots proprietary code after their offline programming has been performed in a software application, named AdaptPack Studio, running over a robot simulation and offline programming software package. Design/methodology/approach-The translation library, named AdaptPack...
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Purpose This paper aims to propose an automated framework for agile development and simulation of robotic palletizing cells. An automatic offline programming tool, for a variety of robot brands, is also introduced. Design/methodology/approach This framework, named AdaptPack Studio, offers a custom-built library to assemble virtual models of pallet...
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The transport of patients from the inpatient service to the operating room is a recurrent task in the hospital routine. This task is repetitive, non-ergonomic, time-consuming, and requires the labour of patient transporters. With that came the idea of developing a driverless wheelchair capable of providing an on-demand mobility service to hospitals...
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This paper provides an overview of the development of a Sail Car within the European Project Semester (EPS), the international multidisciplinary engineering capstone programme offered by the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP). The main goal of EPS@ISEP is to offer a project-based educational experience to develop teamwork, communicati...
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This paper describes the design and development of a Smart Companion Pillow, named bGuard, designed by a multinational and multidisciplinary team enrolled in the European Project Semester (EPS) at Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP) in the spring of 2019. Nowadays, parents spend most of the day at work and become naturally worried abou...
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Ocean exploration and monitoring with autonomous platforms can provide researchers and decision makers with valuable data, trends and insights into the largest ecosystem on Earth. Regardless of the recognition of the importance of such platforms in this scenario, their design and development remains an open challenge. In particular, energy efficien...
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This book gathers a selection of papers presented at ROBOT 2019 – the Fourth Iberian Robotics Conference, held in Porto, Portugal, on November 20th–22nd, 2019. ROBOT 2019 is part of a series of conferences jointly organized by the SPR – Sociedade Portuguesa de Robótica (Portuguese Society for Robotics) and SEIDROB – Sociedad Española para la Invest...
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This book gathers a selection of papers presented at ROBOT 2019 – the Fourth Iberian Robotics Conference, held in Porto, Portugal, on November 20th–22nd, 2019. ROBOT 2019 is part of a series of conferences jointly organized by the SPR – Sociedade Portuguesa de Robótica (Portuguese Society for Robotics) and SEIDROB – Sociedad Española para la Invest...
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This paper provides an overview of the development of a solar dehydrator, a project undertaken by a team of six Erasmus students from different countries during the European Project Semester at the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto in the spring of 2019. The main objective of the European Project Semester is to develop teamwork, communicati...
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This paper describes the journey of a multinational and multidisciplinary team enrolled in the European Project Semester (EPS) at the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP) during the spring semester of 2019. The team embraced the idea of repurposing coffee leftovers to cultivate oyster mushrooms and benefited from the background diversit...
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Este guião pretende ser uma abordagem inicial à criação de um programa para um robô industrial. Neste caso, o robô a ser utilizado é modelo IRB140 do fabricante ABB, e utiliza-se o software ABB RobotStudio (versão 2019.3), para a sua simulação e programação offline.
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Pretende-se, com este Guião, dotar os alunos com a informação básica relativa à criação de targets para efetuar a programação offline de robôs industriais.
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Este guião pretende facultar aos alunos as bases para a criação de mecanismos, com movimentos próprios, no ABB RobotStudio 2019.3.
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Com este guião, pretende-se passar ao aluno a informação básica acerca do funcionamento automático do robô. É neste guião que se apresenta a forma de sequenciar os movimentos do robô, assim como a definição das velocidades de movimentação, etc.
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Este guião completa as bases de programação e simulação de robôs de industriais abordando a descarga do programa para o controlador virtual e a simulação da sua execução. Expõem-se ainda algumas das funcionalidades da barra de ferramentas de simulação.
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The design, development and deployment of autonomous sustainable ocean platforms for exploration and monitoring can provide researchers and decision makers with valuable data, trends and insights into the largest ecosystem on Earth. Although these outcomes can be used to prevent, identify and minimise problems, as well as to drive multiple market s...
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This paper presents an overview on how the European Project Semester capstone programme offered by the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (EPS@ISEP) fosters learning by challenging engineering, business and product development undergraduates to address sustainability issues afflicting cities and communities nowadays. This will be done by ana...
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CLAWAR 2019 is the twenty second edition of International Conference series on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines. The conference is organized by CLAWAR Association in collaboration with the Malaysian Society for Automatic Control Engineers (MACE) within the premises of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Mal...
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Future engineering professionals are expected to be technically and scientifically sound, work in international and interdisciplinary teams and, above all, be able to systematically adopt sustainable and ethical design and development practices. These are the challenges faced nowadays by engineering undergraduates and engineering programmes. The Eu...
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Artificial Intelligence, Robots and Ethics contains the collection of selected papers presented at ICRES 2019- the fourth edition of International Conference series on Robot Ethics and Standards, London South Bank University, 29- 30 July 2019. ICRES 2019 brings new developments and new research findings in robot ethics and ethical issues of robotic...
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ICRES 2019 is the fourth edition of International Conference series on Robot Ethics and Standards. The conference is organized by CLAWAR Association in collaboration with the London South Bank University (LSBU) within the premises of LSBU, London, UK during 29 – 30 July 2019. ICRES 2019 brings new developments and new research findings inrobot et...
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Contribution: An analysis of the extent to which sustainability is present in the syllabi, project briefs, report templates, and student final reports of the three Iberian European project semester (EPS) providers, over a five-year period. Background: EPS is a one-semester capstone project framework that adopts project-based learning and multicultu...
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Engineering education addresses the development of professional competencies inundergraduates. In this context, the core set of professional competencies includes critical thinkingand problem solving, effective communication, collaboration and team building, and creativityand innovation—also known as the four Cs—as well as socio-professional ethics...