Semi-Autonomous Robotic System for Forest Cleaning and Fire PreventioN

Designação do Projeto

SAFEFOREST .: Semi-Autonomous Robotic System For Forest Cleaning and Fire Prevention

 

Código do Projeto

CENTRO-01-0247-FEDER-045931

 

Ficha do Projeto

Overview

SAFEFOREST (Semi-Autonomous Robotic System for Forest Cleaning and Fire Prevention) deals with the development of innovative prevention of wildland and wildland-urban interface (WWUI) fires, through advanced robotic fire protection prevention activities. The project intends to drastically reduce the costs associated with the maintenance of private or public forests, namely near houses as well as the protection of wide corridors used as fuel breaks and corridors near critical infrastructures (roads, railways, telecommunication lines and antennas, electric utility lines) in order to control and reduce the propagation of large forest fires.

 

The project aims at the development of advanced monitoring and robotic systems to semi-automatically manage the forest fuels in WWUI areas with complex terrain in terms of slope and roughness. The idea is to develop semi-autonomous mobile platforms that can execute a land clearing mission, based on a preliminary mapping of the area, carried out with the support of advanced drone terrain and vegetation monitoring, and manage to remove the redundant vegetation to achieve the necessary fuel breaks cleaning. This objective will be achieved by integration of different sensors on a semi-autonomous all-terrain platform for land clearing in fuel breaks and in WWUI areas, able to perform in perform in most types of terrains. The monitoring of forest conditions by an advanced multi-sensor drone system will support the mapping of the terrain and the identification of the areas

 

SAFEFOREST is a project of the Central Portugal Region cofunded by the program Portugal 2020, under the reference

CENTRO-01-0247-FEDER-045931

objectives

 

The solutions proposed in SafeForest include:

 

To develop an advanced mapping and characterization system, called the Forest Management Information System (FMIS), for the terrain and its detailed vegetation cover.

To develop semi-autonomous robot systems to clean vegetation in different types of terrain, namely rough and sloppy areas, in order to clean fuel breaks to create opportunities of controlling fire propagation and to prevent the possibility of larger forest fire events.

 

 

 

Research

 

TEAM

MICAEL COUCEIRO

INGENIARIUS

COORDINATOR

 

 

 

Aníbal de Almeida

Institute of Systems and Robotics

principal investigator

 

 

 

Domingos Xavier Viegas

Association for the Development of Industrial Aerodynamics

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

 

José Gameiro

Silvapor

Principal Investigator

 

 

 

George Kantor

Carnegie Mellon University

Principal Investigator

 

 

 

LuÍs Ferreira

Institute of Systems and Robotics

João Filipe Ferreira

Institute of Systems and Robotics

 

 

 

PAULO PEIXOTO

Institute of Systems and Robotics

CARLOS Viegas

Association for the Development of Industrial Aerodynamics

DAVID Wettergreen

Carnegie Mellon University

 

 

 

URBANO NUNEs

Institute of Systems and Robotics

 

 

 

Pei Zhang

Carnegie Mellon University

 

 

 

CÁtia CAROÇO

SILVAPOR

 

 

 

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CONTACT INFO

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Rua Coronel Veiga Simão,

Edifício B CTCV

3025 - 307 Coimbra

 

Telephone: + 351 239 099 372

Mobile Phone: + 351 961 171 409

Email:  safeforest@ingeniarius.pt

 

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