Safety, Exploration and Maintenance of Forests with Ecological Robotics


Segurança, Exploração e Manutenção de Florestas com Integração de Robótica Ecológica

wildfires are currently considered as the third natural disaster with major economic impacts in the Mediterranean Europe - SEMFIRE intends to make a difference.


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








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