Manoel Gomes da Silva

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This paper presents an optimal control scheme based on model-based predictive control (MPC) for a wheeled mobile robot (WMR) with nonholonomic constraints. It is shown that, by using MPC, some advantages can be obtained, such as the ability to handle constraints due to state or input limitations and performance improvement. To solve some problems with other(More)
The horizontal and vertical structure of unusually warm and dry spells (WDS) over the central parts of South America during the winter and post-winter months (JJAS) are studied. During WDS the mean temperature and humidity anomalies over central Brazil are about +4.1C and −13.2%, respectively. The mean duration of WDS is 11 days and their mean frequency is(More)
As most stingless bee species depend on preexisting cavities, principally tree hollows, nesting site availability may represent an important restriction in the structuring of their forest communities. The present study examined the spatial dynamics of stingless bee communities in an area of Atlantic Forest by evaluating their swarming to trap-nests. The(More)
The purpose of this study was to compare contrast sensitivity estimated from transient visual evoked potentials (VEPs) elicited by achromatic pattern-reversal and pattern-onset/offset modes. The stimuli were 2-cpd, achromatic horizontal gratings presented either as a 1 Hz pattern reversal or a 300 ms onset/700 ms offset stimulus. Contrast thresholds were(More)
The present work shows a detailed study of the effects of preheating in ESR signals of four alkaline feldspar samples. ESR results showed Fe 3+ , Al-O — Al, Ti 3+ and [Pb-Pb] 3+ centers, When the samples were gamma-irradiated, the concentration of the Fe centers deceased in all the samples, but the Al-O –Al center concentration increased after about 50 Gy(More)
This study aimed at testing the utility of characters derived from chitinous structures of the sting apparatus for elucidating relationships among the genera of Epiponini. The characters were obtained from the spiracular and quadrate plates, gonostylus, and sting. The data matrix was analyzed using parsimony with equal and implied weighting. Sting(More)
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