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Funded Projects

Information Technology Applied to Health

Funding: FINEP - Edital MCT/FINEP CT-Saúde - Telessaúde e Telemedicina - 01/2010

Implementation Period: 2011 - 2012

Description: Provides for the development of a multi-application platform for use in telemedicine with an integrated signal processing system and a PLC modem for hospital use. The project was developed in partnership with the Z Tecnologia em Comunicação, the University Hospital of Brasilia (Hospital Universitário de Brasília) and Support Centre for Technological Development of UNB (Centro de Apoio ao Desenvolvimento Tecnológico da UnB).

Members: Francisco Assis de Oliveira Nascimento (General Coordinator), Joao Luiz de Carvalho Azevedo, Florêncio Ayres da Silva, Raimundo Guimarães Saraiva Junior, Adson Ferreira da Rocha, Marcelino Monteiro de Andrade, Elza Ferreira Noronha, Gustavo Adolfo Sierra Romero, Maria Imaculada Muniz Barboza Junqueira, Luiz Fernando Junqueira Junior, Alexandre Zaghetto, Bruno Luiggi Macchiavello Espinoza, Pedro de Azevedo Berger, Gabriel Freitas dos Santos, Gabriel de Freitas Sartori, Thales Henrique Dantas, Daniel França Vasconcelos, Odimar Araújo Costa dos Reis, Ryan Martins Dias Rangel.


Efficient Ad Hoc Networks (EAHN)

Funding: CNPq - Edital Universal (Track A)

Implementation Period: 2010 - 2012

Description: This project proposes to investigate new methods of communication in ad hoc and sensors networks that consider techniques energy consumption reduction when accessing the communication channel, as well as develop optimized routing using the idea of ​​random load balancing with multiple packet copies to reduce the delay in packet delivery to the recipient without diminishing the flow. Therefore, reduction of energy consumption and optimal routing will allow for efficient ad hoc networks, whose techniques can be applied in sensor networks. Analytical models of the physical and data link layers will be developed and the communication protocols will be validated in network simulators. There will also be the application and test of these protocols in practice sensor networks.

Members: Renato Mariz de Moraes (Coordinator), Marcelo M. de Carvalho, Paulo Roberto de Lira Gondim

Reconstruction of Magnetic Resonance Flow Images with Parallel Imaging

Funding: CNPq - Edital Universal 2010 (Track A)

Implementation Period: 2011 - 2012

Description: Investigate the use of parallel imaging to increase the data acquisition acceleration factor for cardiovascular magnetic resonance flow acquired by using the spiral FVE technique.

Members: Joao Luiz de Carvalho Azevedo (Coordinator), Adson Ferreira da Costa, Francisco Assis de O. Nascimento, Geovany Araújo Borges, Ícaro dos Santos, Ricardo Lopes de Queiroz.


Funding: CNPq

Implementation Period: 2009 - 2011

Description: The main goal of the National Institute of Science and Technology (INCT) - NAMITEC - is to conduct research and development in intelligent integrated micro and nanoelectronic systems that facilitate the implementation of autonomous electronic systems such as intelligent sensor networks, embedded systems and self- adjustable systems, with particular applications in precision agriculture, environmental control, energy, biomedical instrumentation, automotive and aerospace industries and telecommunications.

Members: Jacobus W. Smart (CTI Renato Archer/MCT), Jose Camargo da Costa, Alexandre R. S. Romariz, Janaína G. Guimarães, Artemis Marti Ceschin, Ricardo Jacobi (CIC/UNB).

H.264 Network SBTVD

Funding: FINEP - Vertical Request for Research Project

Implementation Period: 2008 - 2011

Description: The purpose of this project is development of products of ​​national interest in the coding signal source for SBTVD (Sistema Brasileiro de TV Digital) area. Performed by UFRGS, with the participation of the following institutions: LSITec, COPPE / UFRJ, EMI, UFRN, UNB, UFSC, Unicamp and Ceitec.

Members: Altamiro Amadeu Susin, Ricardo Lopes de Queiroz, Ricardo Pezzuol Jacobi, John Luiz de Carvalho Azevedo.

Intelligent Interactive Simulator for the Training of Station Operators


Implementation Period: 2009 - 2011

Description: The objective of this project is to develop an interactive game system for training, capacity building and qualification of operators who will work in substations and power plants of the National Interconnected System. The system will be equipped with three-dimensional graphic realism, interaction through smart-board and multimedia system, and an intelligent system for automatic generation of study situations, and operator score. A new event will be generated automatically without the operator knowing beforehand which event it will be. Then the operator will interact with the simulator to solve the presented problem. Realism will be imposed by the simulator through a 3D visual interface (operation panels, field equipment, equipment cubicles, etc.) generated for each one-line diagram unit. The stress situation imposed by the problem should be simulated. The operator's physical displacement time should also be considered in the executed maneuvers. In the end, a report should be generated quantitatively and qualitatively illustrating the operator's performance. The simulator must have an intelligence module based on a knowledge base that should be easily updatable by experienced operators. Thus, there will be accumulated knowledge stored in the base so that generated situation will be compatible with real ones, as well as make it possible to draw a real time sequence of actions expected by the operator, according to the actions he has already taken. Therefore, it will be possible not only to assess the operator in pre-existent situations in the knowledge base, and identify through the report any new procedures that might eventually optimize the process.

Members: Francisco Assis de O. Nascimento (Coordinator), Ricardo Pezzuol Jacobi, Geovany Araújo Borges, Kleber Melo e Silva, Pedro de Azevedo Berger, Anésio de Leles Ferreira Filho.

Development of a Mini-UAV System for Gyro-Stabilized Imaging

Funding: Financer of Studies and Projects (Financiadora de Estudos e Projetos)

Implementation Period: 2010 - present

Description: In the last decade, there was a great effort for the development and use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for both military and civilian purposes. In Brazil, the number of projects is still relatively small compared to the diversity and demand for automated precision air surveillance systems that do not endanger the operator's life. The growth of our country, associated with security issues, border control, agricultural production and environmental controls, increasingly require the use of new technologies. On the other hand, there is little development of components and subsystems in Brazil for use in this type of vehicle. This makes us very dependent on foreign technology, which is subjected to control and export restrictions by these foreign governments. These are the main points that justify the proposal, led by UNB's and ITA's research groups - who have experience in such projects -, and the XMobots company is already testing products. It is believed that with the joining of these segments a final preliminary mass production unit prototype can be obtained. Its development should be compliant to the rules of experimentation with this type of aircraft in Brazil. More specifically, this project aims to develop a hand-launched Mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (MiniUAV) weighing less than 5 kg, with maximum linear dimension of 3.0 meters, minimum range of 20 km, flight endurance of at least 60 minutes and able to be transported, assembled and operated by a team of only 2 (two) people. The system should become a product of XMobots company, a partner in the consortium.

Members: Geovany Araújo Borges (Coordinator), Roberto Ferraz Campos Filho, Luiz Carlos Miyadaira Ribeiro Júnior, André Barros de Sales, Georges Daniel Amvame Nze, Fabio Henrique de Assis, Flavio Henrique Justiniano Ribeiro da Silva, Henrique Cezar Ferreira, Fabio Macêdo Mendes, Mateus Rodrigues Miranda, Marcelino Monteiro de Andrade, Manuel Nascimento Dias Barcelos Júnior, Edson Alves da Costa Júnior, Jacques Waldmann, John Yoshiyuki Ishihara, Ricardo Zelenovsky.

Advanced Technology Prostheses for Lower Limb Amputees

Funding: Financer of Studies and Projects (Financiadora de Estudos e Projetos)

Implementation Period: 2010 - present

Description: The project aims to provide solutions to improve the quality of life of lower limb amputees using robotic rehabilitation technology (R-LEG). In this instance, the project must generate two prototype prosthesis: one for above the knee amputees and one for below the knee amputees. From the perspective of human rehabilitation robotics, these devices should be active, ie, motorized, able to adapt to the user and be functional to the human gait with the aid of a sensory apparatus and processing based on models of gait, requiring minimal intervention by the user. The results should be achieved based on research carried out at the University of Brasilia in the last five years. In this context, the research will be directed to the development of functional prosthesis, that is, ones that can be used by patients who must undergo rehabilitation protocols.Therefore, this project provides means to simplification and independence in activities of everyday life by lower limb amputees. Increased mobility should encourage greater educational, social and productive inclusion, contributing to improved accessibility to transport services, buildings and circulation areas. It should contribute to the treatment and rehabilitation of lower limb amputees. The project will allow for adjustments in order to suit a wide range of users (universal design). Upon becoming a product, there will be a worldwide market.

Members: Geovany Araújo Borges (Coordinator), John Yoshiyuki Ishihara, Ricardo Zelenovsky, Vera Regina Fernandes da Silva, Cosme Roberto M. da Silva, Adson Ferreira da Rocha, Lélio Ribeiro Soares Júnior.

Labinov - Laboratory for Innovation in Intelligent Environments

Funding: MCT / FINEP / FNDCT - PROMOVE 06/2006

Implementation Period: 2007 - 2011

Description: Implement a Laboratory for Innovation bringing together all Departments of the UNB Faculty of Technology in a multidisciplinary network of R & D & I, in association with the productive sector, able to meet the demands of contemporary society. Linking, within the Laboratory, of the Research and Development activities and Human Resources Developing activities in order to integrate the academic environment and the productive sector providing, through projects in partnership, all the conditions necessary for the training of qualified professionals.

Members: Adolfo Bauchspiess (Coordinator), Humberto Abdalla Jr., Geovany A. Borges, João Y. Ishihara, Marco A. F. Egito Coelho, Jose Camargo da Costa, Paulo Roberto de Lira Gondim, Luis Felipe da Cruz Figueredo, José Luís Olmos Flores, Helger Augusto Acosta Muñoz, Flávio Augusto R. de Oliveira, Paulo Augusto Ferreira Júnior.

Experimental Apparatus for Research in Manipulator Robot Guiding Instruments for Cancer Treatment

Funding: Coordination for Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)

Implementation Period: 2010 - present

Description: Research project approved by the Capes Institutional Pro-Equipment public notice No. 27/2010. In this project, we requested equipment that will support the installation of an surgical robotics infrastructure focused on the treatment of cancer. The project's goal is to develop a guidance system of catheter or flexible needle by robot manipulator with ultrasound images feedback, which would allow a medical expert to reach organs in the body that are the object of biopsy procedures or chemotherapy .

Members: Geovany Araújo Borges (Coordinator), John Yoshiyuki Ishihara, Ícaro dos Santos, Henrique Cezar Ferreira, João Luiz Carvalho, Francisco Assis de Oliveira Nascimento.

Multi-Robot System for Collaborative Task Execution Using Ubiquitous Sensing in Unstructured Environments

Funding: Coordination for Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)

Implementation Period: 2009 - present

Description: Collaborative research project approved by the Capes Institutional Pro-Equipment public notice No. 13/2008. In this project, three research groups at the University of Brasilia conduct research in cooperative robotics. Three Pioneer 3AT mobile robots equipped with manipulator, GPS / INS / Odometry and stereo vision are being prepared to perform tasks involving cooperation between themselves in the external environment. Each platform has a primary specialty. The research groups focus on the following specialties: (a) visual servo control of manipulator robots on the mobile platform using multiple cameras, the GRACO group from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, UnB (b) Location and robot fleets formation control, groups REC / GICA of Electrical Engineering, UnB (c) natural interfaces, Computer Science, UnB.

Members: Victor Hugo Casanova Alcalde, Lélio Ribeiro Soares Júnior,Adolfo Bauchspiess, Ricardo Pezzuol Jacobi, Gerson Henrique Pfitscher, Geovany Araújo Borges, John Yoshiyuki Ishihara,Sadek Crisóstomo Absi Alfaro, Guilherme Caribé Carvalho, Carlos Humberto Llanos Quintero.

Navigation of Mobile Robots Based on Computer Vision: Visual SLAM and Hybrid Visual Servo Control

Funding: National Council for Scientific and Technological Development

Implementation Period: 2008 - present

Description: Research project approved in 2008 by CNPq universal public notice. The objectives of this project are (i) theoretical advances in filtering and control of hybrid systems using Markovian jump models, (ii) study and proposal of mapping and visual simultaneous localization techniques, and (iii) the proposal of visual servo navigation techniques using the theory of hybrid systems for models with Markovian jumps. Through this project two mobile robots were acquired: a Pioneer 2DX and a Pioneer 3AT, which will be equipped with pairs of stereo cameras and a central inertial navigation of our own design.

Members: Geovany Araújo Borges (Coordinator), John Yoshiyuki Ishihara.

Development of Didactic Tools for Teaching Industrial Automation

Funding: Rockwell Automation

Implementation Period: 2008 - present

Description: Project funded by Rockwell Automation do Brasil, LTDA, under the Information Technology Law in order to provide material and financial support to the development of didactic tools to aid in the teaching of industrial automation. This project also includes support to the development of two research studies at Masters level, related to optimal control in groups of elevators implemented in industrial automation systems and verification techniques applied to models of hybrid systems to determine the adequacy of programs developed in SFC language for systems automation involving both continuous and discrete control.

Members: Geovany Araújo Borges (Coordinator), Guilherme Caribé Carvalho.

SAPIEN - Intelligent Building Automation System to rationalize the use of Electricity

Funding: Foundation for Research Support of the Federal District (Fundação de Apoio à Pesquisa do Distrito Federal)

Implementation Period: 2005 - 2010

Description: Research project which should result in product development with an industrial partner which foments energy saving by the use of fuzzy rules and integration of sensors and actuators in building environments. Will be developed: a) microcontrolled hardware modules, and b) monitoring and control software for Linux. These innovations may be incorporated into several lines offered in the building automation market.

Members: Adolfo Bauchspiess, Marcelo de Almeida Silva, Claiton César de Urzêda, Clóvis Simões, Flávia Sousa Aranha, Geovany Araújo Borges.

Modeling, Construction and Characterization of an Organic Single Electron Transistor

Funding: CNPq

Implementation Period: 2008 - 2010

Description: The objective of this project is to be able to bring together areas such as physics, chemistry and electrical engineering around a common goal, the development of quantum devices. These devices operate based on principles such as the Coulomb blockade and are strong candidates for the manufacture of ultra-low power, high density devices integrated circuits. However, despite the advancement of research on this subject, silicon and / or other inorganic semiconductors (GaAs, InGaAs, AlGaAs, InP) are still used as material. The use of sophisticated and expensive equipment, such as epitaxial growth techniques and photolithography, is required when these inorganic semiconductors are used. Also, these materials are hard (not flexible) and brittle and cannot, for instance, be deposited on a plastic surface, which is light and flexible, and which is also a low cost material. For example, the construction of an antenna that can adapt to the physical form of a satellite or aircraft is desirable to minimize the effects of friction. Plastic fibers are already being used in some cases to replace the glass optical fibers. Therefore, the use of plastics (organic polymers) in place of inorganic materials for manufacturing of microelectronic devices is growing popular due to the discovery of electrical conductivity of polymers in the 70's.In this light, our challenge will be modeling, construction and characterization of a quantum structure using organic and polymeric materials in the process.

Members: Adson Ferreira da Costa, Jose Camargo da Costa, Alexandre R. S. Romariz, Janaína G. Guimarães, Artemis Marti Ceschin.

Development of Technology for Digital Communication in Electric Power Transmission Networks: PLC MODEM

Funding: Ministry of Science and Technology

Implementation Period: 2009 - 2010

Description: The digital communication technology using electricity transmission lines - object of this development project - is strategic for the country's development, to support digital inclusion in remote areas and to enable a feedback channel for interactive digital TV. Such a thing can only be made possible because Brazil is a continental country and have some of the most complex electricity transmission networks in the world. This infrastructure is already in place throughout the country and spread in different directions (especially in regions lacking good communication systems: the Central West, North and Northeast) will enable traffic information (data, voice, digital TV, services such as: education distance, telemedicine, electronic commerce and others) through the electricity conducting cables. Part of the project's objectives is to specify, propose and develop technology solutions for data transmission on power lines. Proposal for development of MODEM (contraction of the words modulator and demodulator) for data transmission power lines.

Members: Francisco Assis de O. Nascimento (Coordinator), Alexandre Gontijo Rabelo, Florêncio Ayres da Silva Filho, Frederico Quadros D'Almeida, Raimundo Saraiva Jr.

Embedded System Supported by Linux Kernel for IPTV QoS Measuring

Funding: Foundation for Research Support of the Federal District (Fundação de Apoio à Pesquisa do Distrito Federal)

Implementation Period: 2009 - 2010

Description: The objective of this project is to design and implement a prototype for digital microprocessor-based instrumentation for the evaluation of IP links where DTV signals travel. This instrument aims at measuring the parameters of QoS (Quality of Service) in the lines used by telecom operators for data traffic and high-speed video typically used to provide Internet service in connections known as broadband and, recently, Digital TV services (pilot projects). In addition to providing voice and data services, telecom operators want to offer video service and best cost / benefit technology today is IPTV. Hence, the need to measure a series of parameters for QoS (Quality of Service), test the current data links and check if they are suitable for packet traffic IPTV that require broader bandwidth frequencies. The existing metallic pairs in today's network operators are not always suitable for transporting high frequencies and therefore it is critical to test the lines and the IPTV service. The IPTV software module will be part of a microprocessed-based, Linux Kernel (free software) supported product. This will be the first completely national product capable of implementing the following tests on IPTV services: - measurement of the quality of the video signal (QoS), both in broadcasting and unicasting (also known as VoD-Video on Demand) - emulation of a set-top box (STB) - show the actual image that is being received using MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 decoding; Among the measures taken are: - error indicator; - packet loss; - IGMP latency, - packet jitter; - PCR Jitter; - loss of synchronism; - total IP packets transmitted and received; - total packet of video; - IP rate; - video stream rate; the product proposed in this project is impo.

Members: Francisco Assis de O. Nascimento (Coordinator), Maria Silvia Ito, Marcel Henrique Trabuco, Otávio Viegas Caixeta, Otávio Henrique G. Franco, Guilherme de Paula Corrêa, Roberto Silva Lucatelli, Jorge Luís Barreto Pereira.

Applications of Smart Cards Associated with Biometrics: Fingerprint, Three-Dimensional Face and Spectral Signature of the Voice

Funding: Special Secretariat of Informatics (Secretaria Especial de Informática)

Implementation Period: 2008 - 2010

Description: Develop technology associated with smart cards and biometrics for verification and / or identification of individuals. Biometrics of fingerprint and voice will be investigated. The biometric parameters (and others that depend on the application) must be stored on a smart card in the form of a template. A template is a compact representation of biometric characteristic that has significant information to identify the individual, describing their biometric data to facilitate comparison. The smart card can be a read-only device, or it may have a microprocessor architecture and act in the verification / identification, data encryption and device authentication. Many applications for the smart cards in conjunction with biometric information can be pictured, such as: safe devices for banking access using the smart card with a digital certificate exchange for banking transactions, digital biometrics voter's registration (Project of the Brazilian Government) First phase: convergence to the Unified Identification System SUI (second phase); Unified Identification System SUI (Project of the Brazilian Government): identity, social security and voter's registration stored in smart card associated with biometric information; Warrant cards, Control systems for restricted area access and / or use of communications infrastructure. The project aims to list the technical requirements and boundary conditions, obtain prototype algorithms and specify the technology to be used. Then the application will be implemented using a smart card and biometrics that can be used as the basis for the many practical applications.

Members: Francisco Assis de O. Nascimento (Coordinator), João Gondin, José Maria Leocadio, Geovany Araújo Borges, Pedro de Azevedo Berger, Anderson C Nascimento.

Robotic Aerial System Prototype for Aiding in the Inspection of Power Lines

Funding: Transmissão de Energia Elétrica S/A

Implementation Period: 2006 - 2009

Description: The main objective of this work is to develop an automated aid to visual inspection of power lines. This system will consist of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), which is a fully robotic helicopter model. Video cameras will be embedded in this UAV for the acquisition of aerial images of the lines and towers of the transmission system. More specifically, the following activities are under development: Adaptation of a commercial helicopter model for the UAV's onboard instrumentation; Development of an embedded navigation system with 3D localization and emergency autopilot; Development of an embedded system for image acquisition; Development of a control strategy for flight stabilization; Wireless communication link between the UAV and the base station; Development of the base station monitoring software for Linux; Development of a software simulator for Linux. Studying computer vision techniques to aid the UAV inspection of power lines.

Members: Geovany Araújo Borges (Coordinator), Adolfo Bauchspiess, Antônio Padilha Lanari Bó, Bruno Vilhena Adorno, Alexandre Simões Martins Diniz Ener Beckmann.