Machine Intelligence
and Robotics


Research Nucleus in Machine Intelligence and Robotics

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About


The Nucleus of Research in Machine Intelligence and Robotics investigates techniques, algorithms and tools in the areas of Machine Learning, Data Mining, Centralized and Distributed Artificial Intelligence (including multiagent systems), Robotics, Autonomic Computing and related topics. MIR’s research covers both academic and industrial topics, its researchers play a leading role in research projects sponsored by both governmental agencies and in partnership with leading Information Technology companies. MIR’s intellectual production include not only publications in prestigious and high-impact venues but also intellectual property (patents) and technological innovations. The nucleus has a vast network of both national and international partners, including Carnegie Mellon University, University of Newcastle, King's College London, University of Aberdeen, Universidade do Porto and Università di Trento. The laboratories associated to the nucleus are equipped with cutting edge computers and robotic equipment.

Professors: Alexandre Amory, Duncan Ruiz, Felipe Meneguzzi, Rodrigo Barros

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Staff


Felipe Meneguzzi

Professor - Leader

Rodrigo Barros

Professor

Duncan D. A. Ruiz

Professor

Alexandre Amory

Professor

Roger Leitzke Granada

Postdoctoral Fellow

Vitor Augusto Machado Jorge

Postdoctoral Fellow

Christian Vahl Quevedo

Postdoctoral Fellow

Facilities


Autonomous System Lab

The laboratory combines researchers from different areas (embedded systems, computer vision, AI) to design innovative solutions, bridging the existing robotics research gap between hardware and software. The laboratory has a complete set of programmable robotics resources including different mobile platforms (boats, rotatory wings UAV, land robots), arms, sensors (laser rangers, cameras, IMU, etc), embedded computers, 3D printer, etc.

Ambient Intelligence and Planning Lab

The lab aims to do research on algorithms, formalisms and systems for automated planning, plan recognition, autonomous agent reasoning as well as the interaction of machine learning with these themes. Research topics include action recognition, contract reasoning, plan and goal recognition, hybrid planning and planning knowledge discovery.

Business Intelligence and Machine Learning Lab

The laboratory seeks to do research towards Intelligence in Business Processes and to disseminate its research through students in both undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Its main research topics include knowledge discovery systems, data mining, data warehousing, active and temporal databases and business process automation. The laboratory has a number GPU-enabled of servers for machine learning and deep learning experiments.

Projects


Mobile Data Analytics

Learning and Inference for Ambient Intelligence

Automatic Reasoning about Contractual Clauses

Programa de Formação e Captação em Sistemas de Informação

Pró-Alertas Disaster Robotics

Painter robot for shipbuilding industry

Donnie: educational robot for blind students

Autonomous mine detection robot

Autonomous boats for environmental monitoring

Probabilistic Models for Demand Forecasting

Publications


Distinctions


2017

Best Paper - IJCNN IJCNN Best Student Paper Award for "Virtual Guide Dog: An Application to Support Visually-Impaired People through Deep Convolutional Neural Networks" (Rodrigo C. Barros, Felipe Meneguzzi).
Award - CNPq CNPq Highly Productive Researcher Fellowship (Felipe Meneguzzi).
Award - CNPq CNPq Highly Productive Researcher Fellowship (Rodrigo Barros).

2016

Award - Google Google Research Award for Latin America for "Automatic Reasoning about Contractual Clauses" (Felipe Meneguzzi).
Award - Google Google Research Award for Latin America for "Video Synopsis Generation with Deep Learning" (Rodrigo C. Barros).
1st place - MAPC MIR Team awarded 1st place in the 2016 Multi-Agent Programming Contest (advised by Felipe Meneguzzi).
2nd place - PsyMRI PAC MIR/InsCer Team awarded 2nd place in the 2016 PsyMRI Predictive Analytics in Mental Health Competition (co-advised by Felipe Meneguzzi)
3rd place - BRACIS Best Paper 3rd Best Paper of the Brazilian Conference on Intelligent Systems (BRACIS 2016). (Rodrigo C. Barros, advised by Duncan Ruiz)
2nd place - BRACIS Dissertation Prize Awarded 2nd place in the 2016 BRACIS Theses and Dissertations on Artificial and Computational Intelligence Contest (Ramon Pereira, advised by Felipe Meneguzzi)

2014

Honorable Mention - Best Thesis in Computer Science USP Awarded an honorable mention as best doctoral thesis in Computer Science by University of São Paulo (Rodrigo C. Barros).
Award - CNPq CNPq Highly Productive Researcher Fellowship (Felipe Meneguzzi).
Best Thesis in Computer Science - SBC Awarded the best doctoral thesis in Computer Science by the Brazilian Computer Society (Rodrigo C. Barros).
Best Thesis in Computer Science - CAPES Awarded the best doctoral thesis in Computer Science by CAPES (Rodrigo C. Barros).

2013

Best Paper of SBBD 2013 Awarded the best paper of the Brazilian Symposium on Databases.
Best Paper of IEEE CEC 2013 Awarded the best student paper of the Congress on Evolutionary Computation.
Third best paper of CIAB FEBRABAN Awarded the third place of CIAB FEBRABAN,
Runner up Microsoft Fellowship One of four runners up to Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship (Felipe Meneguzzi).
Best Paper Best paper of the Brazilian Symposium on Databases. (Rodrigo C. Barros).
Best Paper Best student paper of the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (IEEE CEC 2013). (Rodrigo C. Barros).

2012

Best Paper Best paper of the ACM Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2012), ACM. (Rodrigo C. Barros).

2011

Best Paper Best paper of the Artificial Intelligence Annual Meeting (ENIA 2011). (Rodrigo C. Barros).

Resources


Name Description Link
LaTeX Template LaTeX Template for PPGCC theses and dissertations https://github.com/piccoli/PP-LaTeX
Visual Identity Visual Identity resources for the lab https://github.com/mir-pucrs/visual-identity
Final Projects (Meneguzzi) Ideas for final undergraduate projects from Felipe Meneguzzi https://github.com/meneguzzi/meneguzzi-final-projects
Final Projects (Amory) Ideas for final undergraduate projects from Alexandre Amory https://amamory.github.io/research/robotics/index.html

Contact


PUCRS Building 32 - Room 626
Av Ipiranga, 6681 - CEP 91619-900
Porto Alegre, RS - Brazil

+55 (51) 3353-8626