YDreams Robotics

Organisation: YDreams Robotics

Website: www.ydreamsrobotics.com

Address:Edifício A Moagem - Cidade do Engenho e das Artes, Largo da Estação, 6230-311 Fundão, Portugal

Contact: Artur Arsenio (Tel: +351 914708326, artur.arsenio(at)ydreamsrobotics.com)

Other Staff:

  • Miguel Corberan (YDreams Robotics)
  • David Gonçalves (YDreams Robotics)


Team Profile:

Artur Arsenio received his doctoral degree in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2004. He is YDreamsRobotics CEO, and Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST). Before, he headed Innovation at Nokia Siemens Networks Portugal SA. He also worked as Senior Solution Architect leading several international R&D teams for Siemens, and as Chief Engineer represented Siemens Networks on IPTV Standardization forums. He is the inventor of 6 international patent families, and authored/co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications. He is the recipient of several scientific and innovation awards.

Miguel Corberán has a Bsc in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV) in 2009 and a Bsc+Msc in Electronics and Automatics from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in 2012. He did his Msc thesis in the Robotics and Mechatronics (RAM) group at Twente Universiteit. He has also collaborated with the Automatics and Industrial Informatics (ai2) Institute and the Manufacturing and Design (IDF) Institute at the UPV.

David Gonçalves was born in Lagos, in 1978, in the Algarve. At 17 he left for Lisbon where he entered college. After engaging in a mechanical engineering degree for two years at IST (Instituto Superior Técnico), he changes his direction towards Design and graduates in 2004 from the College of Fine Arts in Lisbon (FBAUL) with a BA in Product design.

From September of 2007 to December of 2008 David was enrolled at Coventry University studying for Master of Science in Design and Transport, that he graduated with Distinction, with the project SCARAB , winner of the Michelin Challenge Design and displayed at NAIAS 2010, Detroit, USA. From this period two other projects were awarded prizes. The Phoenix, a collaboration work with Niels Iversen, also a winner of the Michelin Challenge Design with a scale model displayed at NAIAS 2009, Detroit, USA and the Grasshopper, Merit Prize in the 12th Int. Bicycle Design competition – Taiwan, and later sold to a South Korean company for development.

He then returned to Portugal, where he worked for a visual effects and animation company called UNIT at the time, and that now goes by the name Digital Unit. There he developed his training in post-production and concept design and incorporated those skills into his work flow. In 2009, after the experience at Unit, David co-founded the creative collective “Studio NAMIC”. Since then he has been developing and managing projects for international clients, from initial brief to final prototype and working in different kinds of products, from interactive tables to hybrid bicycles.


We have a mixed team coming from Industry, namely YDreams Robotics, a Portuguese SME, and from research groups from partner Universities in Lisbon.

Our core team consists of three researchers (one university professor, one MsC in mechatronics professional, and one industry professionals with large experience in robot design and construction.

More elements will be added to the team under the scope of current research cooperation activities with IST and New University of Lisbon. The team members have different competencies in several areas of research in robotics, such as mechatronics, computer vision, machine learning, sensor fusion, robot navigation.

YDreams Robotics (YDR) has previously developed internationally recognized fleet of mobile robots, such as a solution of 5 cooperating robots at Bank Santander in Madrid working for 4 years now in a real, heavily populated human environment, with 97% availability.

More recently, the company provided a social interacting robot to operate at Bank Bradesco agencies in Brazil. YDR collaborated with another YDreams Spin-out to produce Ziphius, the first aquatic drone, winner of Engsdget’s Inser-a-coin context.

The company has accumulated a large experience on autonomous robots for real environments over the last years, and has recently closed a deal with a multinational company to provide autonomous robots for their logistics operations in their industrial facilities.

YDR was selected by Microsoft for their Kinect2 SDK evaluation program, due to its large experience with natural human interfaces and computer vision applications.

Publications and Prototypes:

  • A Arsénio, H Serra, R Francisco, F Nabais, J Andrade, E Serrano, Internet of Intelligent Things: Bringing Artificial Intelligence into Things and Communication Networks. Book chapter in Inter-cooperative Collective Intelligence: Techniques and Applications, pp. 1-37, 2014.
  • Link: a social mobile robot operating in bank Bradesco Next agencies, in Brazil. 2012.
  • SIGA: a fleet of mobile robots operating as a swarm in ban Santander headquarters, in Madrid. 2010.
  • AM Arsenio, PM Fitzpatrick, Exploiting amodal cues for robot perception. In International Journal of Humanoid Robotics, 2 (02), pp. 125-143, 2005.
  • AM Arsenio, Development of neural mechanisms for machine learning. In International journal of neural systems, 15, pp. 41-54, 2005.
  • P Pook, J Aspinall, G Pratt, R Brooks, A Arsenio, Real Time Dynamic Languages. In IROBOT Corp Sommerville Internal Report, 2001.
  • A Arsenio, M Isabel Ribeiro, Active range sensing for mobile robot localization. In Proceedings of IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, vol. 2, pp. 1066-1071, 1998.



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