The SYSTEC-NET activities, which are mainly developed at the Laboratory of Underwater Systems and Technologies (LSTS) and at the Cyber-Physical Control Systems and Robotics lab (C2SR) encompass:
- Hardware for unmanned aerial, surface and underwater vehicles for autonomous and tele-operated mode of operations. This includes the design, development, and testing of complex systems encompassing mechanical components, power systems, various types of communications, electronics, sensing, actuators, and onboard and off-board computational systems.
- Hardware for devices to support autonomous navigation and robust communications for networked devices and operators.
- Software required for the single mode and networked operation of the unmanned aerial, surface and underwater vehicles for autonomous and tele-operated mode of operations. This includes the design, development, and testing of a chain of software tools comprising command and control systems for the operation of single and multiple vehicles, middleware platforms, disruptive tolerant communication infra-structures, and the vehicle's onboard software.
- Lab testing of all hardware devices, software and systems, and integrated hardware and software via simulation, and simulation with hardware in the loop.
- Intensive field testing of vehicles and systems in standalone and networking modes to meet strict operational end-users requirements.
LSTS is located in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at FEUP, in room i203 and i204. C2SR is located in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at FEUP, in room i119.
The SYSTEC-LPETECH activities are mainly developed within the context of SYSTEC-ENERGY thematic line and involve the development of:
- Hardware and real time software for power converters and systems control as well as for distributed instrumentation with tele-operation, tele-maintenance and observation techniques for products full life cycle.
- Test benches for laboratory essay of power converters, batteries, specific components, and systems, namely, EVs powertrain, renewable generation systems integrated into grid.
- Software tools for power circuits, control systems, electromechanical systems, power systems and grid.
- Optimization software for power system operation, integrating smart grid technologies and new paradigms using forecast and real-time information.
- Innovative technologies for electric vehicles and transport systems.
- Integrated intelligent concepts and solutions for smart building systems.
- Prototypes of innovative technologies for efficient consumption appliances.
These activities continue the tradition of developments of the IE – Industrial Electronics group of ISR Porto, from which it inherits most of its members and welcomes new researchers working on energy (A description and activities of the ISRP-IE group can be found at http://paginas.fe.up.pt/isrp/IE.html ).
LPETECH is located in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at FEUP, in room i104.
The SYSTEC-LSCOE aims at creating a fertile ground for discussion of research ideas, broaching challenging problems for engineers and mathematicians, and providing scientists with advanced methods and new tools for their research activity. Its main lines of activity are research and training, mostly carried out within the context of SYSTEC-CONTROL thematic line, and involve: The development of dedicated stand-alone estimation, optimization and control algorithms and prototypes for a wide range of applications, and environments such as health care, agriculture, and power systems.
- The access to advanced software libraries and grid computing infra-structures.
- Data acquisition and ground truth construction to validate the developed products.
- Interaction with external specialists and field testing of algorithms and computational packages.
These activities result from the merging of the CEO (Control Estimation and Optimization) group of ISR Porto with new members from a research center at the University of Aveiro, and are supported by external cooperation and networking with highly reputed researchers at national and international level.
The lab facilities include computer equipped workplaces and a server with some of the latest control and optimization software packages.
SYSTEC- LSCOE is located in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at FEUP, in room i202.
The SYSTEC-FoF targets the design, implementation and validation of smart components for advanced manufacturing system that introduce intelligence into industrial processes. By implementing a novel Framework related with Cyber-Physical Production Systems, the work carried out at SYSTEC-FOF will contribute to the emergence of the factories of the future.
Targeting added value manufacturing concepts, SYSTEC-FoF is highly interdisciplinary as it spans from the design and implementation of the smart components and supporting services (hardware and software), including the required infra-structures, to the CPPS conceptual frameworks underlying control, data analytics, intelligence and coordination. Currently the SYSTEC-FOF develops research in the following thrusts:
- Adaptive and smart manufacturing systems for Smart factories, which includes automated operation of the shop-floor, integrated embedded computers, real-time monitoring, adaptive control, autonomous actuation and cooperative machine to machine interaction.
- Digital, virtual and resource-efficient factories, which includes human-team agile exploitation/analysis of vast amounts of digital information, knowledge management, informed planning and complex simulation and collaborative product-service engineering support.
- Virtual Factories, which includes connected and collaborative enterprises and highly flexible global supply chains of connected eco-systems.
SYSTEC-FoF is located in the Informatics Engineering and in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at FEUP, in room i124.