Carlos Pinho


Short Bio: Business Developer Manager for the Blue Economy at INESC TEC. Carlos has several years of experience in working with businesses from different sectors, sizes and countries.

Carlos has the Executive MBA from Porto Business School, the M.Sc. in Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship and a 5-year degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, both from the FEUP.

Carlos started his career at INESC TEC in 2004, growing in different positions and gaining experience in research, consulting, project management, innovation, business development and executive management.


Pedro Brito 

Title: Use case scenarios to the GROW communications solution

Short Bio: Pedro Brito has a PhD in Geosciences, focused on quaternary coastal and estuarine evolution in the Sado estuary area. His main research area is the application of ultra-high resolution seismic data for the study of coastal systems. Pedro participated in over 20 research oceanographic campaigns and 8 industry marine campaigns, and he contributed to over 15 research projects, 4 projects for services providing and co-author over 20 peer review scientific articles and book chapters.


 Abstract: Identification of the use cases most relevant to the GROW communications solution, and the definition of the communications requirements related to the foreseen use cases.

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Rui Campos

Title: The GROW project: concept and approach

Short Bio: Rui Campos has a PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2011 from University of Porto, Portugal. He is the coordinator of the Wireless Networks area at INESC TEC and IEEE Senior Member. He is the author of 75+ scientific publications in international conferences and journals with peer review. He has been a member of the TPC of several international conferences, the general chair of IFIP/IEEE Wireless Days 2017, and the TPC Vice-Chair of 2021 Joint EuCNC & 6G Summit. He has coordinated several research projects, including GROW, BLUECOM+, MareCom, Mare-Fi, and Under-Fi. Rui Campos has also participated in 40+ national and international research projects. His research interests include medium access control, radio resource management, mobility management, and network auto-configuration in emerging wireless networks, with special focus on underwater networks, maritime networks, and flying networks.

Abstract: In this talk, we will start with the motivation and objectives of the GROW project. Then, we will provide an overview of the project. The focus will be on the proposed concept and approach towards a novel long-range, broadband underwater communications solution.

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Filipe B. Teixeira 

Title: GROW Communications Solution

Short Bio: Filipe B. Teixeira received the M.Sc. degree in electrical and computers engineering from the Universidade do Porto, Portugal, in 2010. He is currently pursuing the joint Ph.D. degree in doctoral program in telecommunications with the Universidade do Porto, Universidade do Minho, and Universidade de Aveiro. Since 2010, he has been participating in several European and national R&D projects, including GROW, UnWSNet, MareCom, SUNNY, STRONGMAR, CORAL, BLUECOM+, ENDURE, Mare-Fi, Under-Fi, CONFINE, and ReCoop. His research interests include underwater wireless networks, maritime communications, and wireless mesh networks.

Abstract: Current underwater communications technologies can only provide short-range broadband or long-range narrowband communications. In this talk, we present the GROW solution to overcome these limitations and provide a long-range broadband communications link. We will focus on the software and hardware approach and provide some preliminary results from the GROW sea trial in Sesimbra, Portugal.

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Bruno Ferreira

Title: State estimation and control of a mule AUV

Short Bio: Bruno Ferreira (PhD, 2014) is a researcher at the Center for Robotics and Autonomous Systems. His work has been devoted to nonlinear control and state estimation for autonomous marine vehicles. His research interests also include coordination/cooperation of autonomous vehicles and mapping. Bruno has been involved in several national and international projects, assuming coordination roles in some of them and leading team of researchers. Under GROW, he leads the developments on localization, guidance and control.

Abstract: Localization, or more generally state estimation, is at the core of AUV navigation. It requires sensors and algorithms capable of fusing the information that the former provide. If the state is properly estimated, then control algorithms can use the estimate to achieve a given goal. Control laws have to be designed to accomplish a given action (e.g. path following, target tracking or docking), or task (coverage, surveillance). This talk presents the design of the GROW solution for what concerns sensors, configurations, state estimation and control. An overview of the main blocks is given, presenting the field results.

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Nuno A. Cruz 

 Title: Overview of related projects

Short Bio: Nuno Cruz coordinates the Centre for Robotics and Autonomous Systems of INESC TEC in Porto, Portugal, and is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. His research interests include marine robotics, underwater navigation systems, and efficient use of autonomous vehicles at sea. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (a member since 1997), where he serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Oceanic Engineering, in the topics of AUV design, underwater navigation, acoustic navigation, and adaptive sampling. He is also an invited Guest Editor in special issues of several MDPI journals, such as Sensors, Remote Sensing, and Journal of Marine Science and Engineering.

Abstract: With the maturity of AUV technology, part of the research focus of the ocean engineering community has been shifted to increasing the scope of “autonomy” in its various meanings. This includes not only being able to perform longer missions and reaching further distances, but also to perform more complex operations underwater. The GROW project is perfectly aligned with this trend and is a part of a larger puzzle that is being complemented with other R&D projects at INESC TEC. This talk will address some of these projects, their connection with the GROW project and the main expected results.

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Vítor Magalhães 

Title: Main results of the GROW Sea Trial

Short Bio: Vítor Magalhães has a PhD in geosciences, focused on the geologic significance of fluids migration, mud volcanism and cold seepage in the Gulf of Cadiz. Vítor participated in several research projects in the field of Marine Geology, leading 2 of them as PI. He participated in 51 research cruises, coordinating 2 international campaigns. Vítor coordinates the Non-Destructive Analysis Laboratory of the EMSO-PT Gold laboratory that houses a Multi-sensor core logger and an X-rays fluorescence logger.

Abstract: The main results of the GROW sea trial, carried out in a real case scenario, are discussed and
the GROW communications solution are evaluated. Enhancements to the tested GROW
solutions are also discussed and immediate applications to case studies are proposed.

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