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Duration: 22 months
Starting date: Jan 2016
Project Contact:
João Malés Pereira

António Falcão

Project Coordinator:


AVERT - AVoidance algorithms Extended development and Realistic Testing
Project Summary
AVoidance algorithms Extended development and Realistic testing (AVERT) is an ongoing project contracted by European Space Agency (ESA), performed in the scope of the Mars Robotic Exploration Preparation Programme (MREP-2) and aimed at being an intermediate step towards the goal which is to effectively aid the future landing of an autonomous vehicle in Mars.

In the context of the original project, FUSION (http://www.ca3-uninova.org/project_fusion), several solutions for fusing data coming from different terrain sensors were developed: Hybrid Hazard Detection and Avoidance (H2DAS), Intelligent Planetary Site selection (IPSIS) and Hybrid Reasoning Fusion (HRF) - Hazard Detection and Avoidance (HDA) algorithms. Within AVERT, two of the HDA algorithms (H2DAS and IPSIS) are intended to be further developed, implemented in real-time and hardware-accelerated by using Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) alongside the processing system.

In the end, flight-test validation of the HDA subsystems will be done in a relevant environment.

Research Topics
  • Multi-criteria decision making
  • Fuzzy logic
  • Image fusion
  • FPGA acceleration
  • Real-Time computing

Apoio FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia no âmbito da Unidade de Investigação CTS - Centro de Tecnologia e Sistemas, referência UID/EEA/00066/2013