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Current Employment

INEGI - Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical and Industrial EngineeringNovember 2015 - PRESENT

Electrical Engineer

Right now I am an electronic product developer in the advanced manufacturing processes unit at INEGI. Technical fields include microcontrollers, electronics, wireless communications, sensors and actuators.

Short Biography

Born in 1991 in the city of Porto, Portugal, with a master degree in Electrical and Computers Engineering on Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto (FEUP), Valter Costa is a Researcher on INEGI - driving science & innovation, and a PhD student of the Doctoral Program in Informatics Engineering (ProDEI), also on FEUP. During its master’s degree, he was a teaching assistant in two programming course units. His research interests are in computer vision, image processing and mobile robotics. Beyond that, he is an enthusiastic for autonomous driving/self-driving cars and on development of platforms for teaching robotics. Also, he has participated in several robotic competitions, and in 2017/2018 he conquered the first place in the XVII Portuguese Robotics Open/2018 Portuguese Robotics Open, respectively.

Publications

[13] Image-Based Object Spoofing Detection

Lecture Notes in Computer Science - Combinatorial Image Analysis, 2018 | book chapter
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-05288-1_15

[12] Cork as a Unique Object: Device, Method, and Evaluation

Applied Sciences, 2018 | journal article
DOI: 10.3390/app8112150

[11] CBIR for a wine anti-counterfeiting system using imagery from cork stoppers

13th Iberian Conference on Information Systems and Technologies, 2018 | conference paper
DOI: 10.23919/cisti.2018.8399225

[9] SQUIRLROB: A DO IT YOURSELF ARDUINO AND SMARTPHONE HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE PLATFORMS FOR ROBOTICS EDUCATION

12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, 2018 | conference paper
DOI: 10.21125/inted.2018.1068

[6] Design hints for efficient robotic vision - Lessons learned from a robotic platform

Lecture Notes in Computational Vision and Biomechanics, 2018 | book
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-68195-5_56

[4] Simulator for teaching robotics, ROS and autonomous driving in a competitive mindset

International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, 2017 | journal-article
DOI: 10.4018/IJTHI.2017100102

[3] Autonomous driving simulator for educational purposes

Iberian Conference on Information Systems and Technologies, CISTI, 2016 | conference-paper
DOI: 10.1109/CISTI.2016.7521461

[2] Robotics: Using a competition mindset as a tool for learning ROS

Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 2016 | book chapter
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-27146-0_58

[1] ROBOTICS: A TEACHING TOOL FOR STEM EDUCATION IN HIGH SCHOOL

EDULEARN15: 7TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION AND NEW LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES, 2015 | conference-paper
ISBN: 978-84-606-8243-1

Reviewer Experience

Awards & Achievements

Winner of the Autonomous Driving Competition in the 2018 Portuguese Robotics Open

Winner of the Autonomous Driving Competition in the XVII Portuguese Robotics Open

Projects

Autonomous Driving Robot - Conde

Conde is an autonomous driving robot with differential steering locomotion system, in which its movement changes by varying the relative rate of rotation of its wheels. A castor wheel placed at the end of the robot is needed in order to balance the structure. This robot was built to participate in the autonomous driving competition in the Portuguese Robotics Open. The autonomous driving competition consists of a robot, completely devoid of human input during its runtime, running on a track, detecting vertical signs and signalling panels (projected on two monitors) and avoiding obstacles. The current version of the vision system for Code uses 3 PSEye cameras: two cameras detect and track/follow the lanes and another to detect the signaling panels.

Autonomous Driving Simulator for Portuguese Robotics Open - Conde Simulator

The competition ruling for the portuguese autonomus driving competition defines a track of 17x7 meters. To overcome the need of physical space a simulation world related to the portuguese autonomous driving competition was constructed using Gazebo ans ROS framework. The robot Conde was also modulated and it has been proven that is a good aproximation to reality. For more information refer to [3,4]. The source code can be found at github, and a demo video can be found here.

Education

Faculty of Engineering, University of PortoSeptember 2015 - Present

PHD Student

I am a Computer Vision and Image processing enthusiast. My research include the study of vision methods to find uniqueness within a class of objects.

Faculty of Engineering, University of PortoSeptember 2009 - July 2015

Master in Electrical and Computers Engineering

In my course I have chosen the Automation field with a major in Robotics. During my academic course I have participated in the Portuguese Robotics Open multiple times in the category of Autonomous Driving Competition. In my master thesis I have worked in five different mobile platforms targeting diverse audience. The master thesis main goal is to provide another step towards making robotics easier and appealing in situations like the Junior University and in high-schools for teaching and demos. Also, I was a teaching assistant in programming courses: Programming 1 and Programming 2 in Faculty of Enginnering, University of Porto, and a teaching assistant in Escola Secundária Aurélia Sousa (which is a local high-school) in mobile robotics area. The resultant work led to a participation in the Portuguese Robotics Open in the modality of Line Rescue.

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