Bosch and the University of Porto (U.Porto) presented the results of THEIA (Automated Perception Driving) project, which aims to improve the safety of autonomous vehicles. The project was presented on September 26 at Alfândega do Porto and counted with the presence of the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Elvira Fortunato, and partner institutions.
The research carried out under THEIA focused on improving the capabilities of autonomous vehicle sensors, in particular LiDAR sensors, allowing vehicles to perceive their external environment even in adverse conditions. In addition, the project also addressed the efficiency of perception algorithms and data security.
The consortium between Bosch and U.Porto represented an investment of more than 28 million euros and involved Bosch employees and researchers from the University of Porto at the Faculty of Engineering (DEEC and DEI) and the Faculty of Sciences (DCC). DEI researchers were involved in tasks related to accurate and efficient perception, developing methods based on computer vision and artificial intelligence. This collaboration has also resulted in the publication of several scientific papers and master’s dissertations by students from M.EIC (Master in Informatics and Computing Engineering) and other programs in which DEI is involved.