The Laboratório de Sistemas e Tecnologia Subaquática (LSTS) is an interdisciplinary research laboratory established in 1997 with researchers drawn from Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and from Computer Science.
The LSTS is specialized in the design, construction, and operation of unmanned underwater, surface and air vehicles and on the development of tools and technologies for the deployment of networked vehicle systems.
In the last 20 years researchers from the LSTS have successfully fielded unmanned air, ground, surface and underwater vehicles in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and also in the Mediterranean sea. These vehicle systems implement the LSTS control architecture with the help of the LSTS Neptus-IMC-Dune software toolchain. Neptus is a distributed command, control, communications and intelligence framework for operations with networked vehicles, systems, and human operators. IMC is a communications protocol that defines a common control message set understood by all types of LSTS nodes. DUNE is the system for vehicle on-board software. It is used to write generic embedded software at the heart of the vehicle, e.g. code for control, navigation, or to access sensors and actuators. It provides an operating-system and architecture independent C++ programming environment for writing efficient real-time reactive tasks in modular fashion. The toolchain has support for Disruptive Tolerant Network (DTN) protocols.
Edition held under the NATO’s Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative
Subtropical Front - Pacific Ocean, on board R/V Falkor from the Schmidt Ocean Institute
Between Naval Undersea Warfare Center and FEUP, in the Maritime Cross Domain Communications area.
Promotes collaboration between NASA-Ames and University of Porto. Oceans and earth observation areas.
Ocean and unmanned vehicles areas.
Development of a decision support system for harbor protection.
autoNomous, self-Learning, OPTImal and compLete Underwater Systems
Demonstration, evaluation and dissemination of new robotic systems, sensors and networking technologies in maritime incidents endangering human life, the environment and economic activities.
Promotes collaboration between and University of Porto. Oceans and technologies areas
CANON experiment , Pacific Ocean, organized by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), 2013. LSTS participated in this exercise with one LAUV AUV and technology for coordination with the Dorado AUV, the TEX Wave Glider and ships from MBARI for oceanographic data collection.
Adriatic Sea. Demonstration of Unmanned Air Vehicle systems for maritime applications.
Rapid Environmental Assessment (REP13) exercise organized in cooperation with the Portuguese Navy, Portugal, 2013
Conducting aerial operations and joint advanced studies
Collaboration in the field of unmanned vehicle networks for marine applications and the exchange of students
Maiorca, Spanish Minex 2011
Alicante, Deep Divex 2011
Contex, Phibex 2011
Design and evaluate controllers for Underwater vehicles, Aerial vehicles, Control of road traffic at the network level, Automated off-road guided vehicles and Control of distributed complex machines and to formulate control theory for the coordination of distributed systems.
Spanish Minex 2010
HalifaxContex Phibex 2010
First edition of REP exercise
Foundation of OceanScan - MST, LSTS spin-off.
In 2006 the LSTS received the national BES Innovation National Award for the design of the Light AUV.
Swordfish exercise with the Portuguese Navy.
Simposyum “Employment of unmanned vehicles in Naval Operations” promoted by the Portuguese Navy.
Subsea Operations Kit
Prototype of an Integrated System for Coastal Ocean Intensive Sampling
Hierarchical Control of Semi-autonomous Teams under Uncertainty, DARPA
Development and demonstration of control and system evaluation techniques for the Mobile Offshore Base (CASSETTE), ONR
LSTS aquires its first AUV