Safety, Exploration and Maintenance of Forests with Ecological Robotics
Segurança, Exploração e Manutenção de Florestas com Integração de Robótica Ecológica
Designação do Projeto
SEMFIRE .: Segurança, Exploração e Manutenção de Florestas com Integração de Robótica Ecológica
Código do Projeto
SEMFIRE (Safety, Exploration and Maintenance of Forests with the Integration of Ecological Robotics) proposes the development of a support robotic system to reduce fuel accumulation (e.g., forest debris), thus assisting in landscaping maintenance tasks. This is an application domain with an unquestionable beneficial impact at the economic, social and environmental level, as the proposed project will contribute by significantly reducing wildfire hazard potential.
SEMFIRE addresses several disciplines to succeed in fire prevention by benefiting from disruptive technologies and novel ecological robotic approaches. Focus will be placed in the development of a multi-robot system, combined with pervasive local positioning, multi-robot navigation and coordination in forests, and an innovative artificial perception architecture.
SEMFIRE is a project of the Central Portugal Region cofunded by the program Portugal 2020, under the reference
Aiming to push forward the development of field robotics to cope with forestry fires, a scourge with unquestionable impact on society, a consortium was assembled to fulfill the following specific scientific objectives:
Design and develop a heterogeneous team of robotic platforms for forest clearing, reconnaissance and surveillance
Integrate the latest advancements in traversability analysis, path-planning and navigation of field robots in outdoor terrains
Develop a marsupial deployment strategy in forestry areas
Implement a swarm exploration and coverage algorithms for collective reconnaissance and surveillance of forestry areas
Implement innovative computer vision methods for detection, identification and characterization of the environment needed for landscape maintenance procedures
Europe has been affected by an alarming number of wildfires every year, ravaging nearly half a million hectares of forestry areas and resulting in an unacceptable amount of human losses. The year 2017 was one of the worst ever recorded, with devastating wildfires raging across the globe. Bearing these shocking facts in mind, this position paper aims to lay the foundations of crucial new upcoming research in the field of forestry robotics by presenting an overview of the SEMFIRE project. SEMFIRE proposes the development of a robotic system designed to reduce the accumulation of combustible material in forests, thus assisting in landscaping maintenance tasks for wildfire prevention. This paper describes the multi-robot system envisaged by SEMFIRE, combined with pervasive local positioning, multi-robot navigation and coordination in forests, and an innovative artificial perception architecture.
João FILIPE FERREIRA
University of Coimbra
University of Coimbra
University of Coimbra
University of Coimbra
This project is only possible with the collaboration of two local government councils which will provide all necessary forestry areas to evaluate the SEMFIRE solution:
Góis Parish Council - Freguesia de Góis
Municipal Council of Penacova - Município de Penacova
Integrated within Tulipp's Ecosystem
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