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A researcher at the University of Minho is coordinating a national robotics project where the aim is to develop a wheelchair that can be controlled by head and body movements, voice commands, facial expressions and even thoughts.
A Portuguese robotics project whose purpose is to develop intelligent wheelchair – which has already been tested with patients with cerebral palsy – has now received its fifth award: a Best Paper Award, given during the International Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions, which took place in Lisbon in April.
Technology is controlled by head movements, voice commands, facial expressions and thoughts.
The paper “Operations research in healthcare: a survey” had the highest number of views in 2011 and in 2012 in the journal International Transactions in Operational Research.
INESC TEC has recently integrated the team of the European project ELECTRA – European Liaison on Electricity grid Committed Towards long-term Research Activities. This is an integrated research project (IRP) on smart grids where the main goal is to strengthen the EERA Joint Programme on Smart Grids. The project duration is 48 months.
The Research Centre in Real-Time and Embedded Computing Systems (CISTER), an Associate Unit of INESC TEC, has recently started working on a European Artemis project in the area of embedded systems.
Following the establishment of the Laboratory of Microgeneration and Electric Vehicles, INESC TEC will be joining the DERlab - European Distributed Energy Resources Laboratories, an association that gathers the most important laboratories and research institutes in the areas of distributed energy resources. INESC TEC is the first Portuguese institution to be part of this network.
Ana Rita Ribeiro, a researcher at INESC TEC’s Optoelectronics and Electronic Systems Unit (UOSE), was selected to receive a ThorLabs Full Scholarship to participate in the 6th International Graduate Summer School – Biophotonics '13, which will take place between 8 and 15 June in Sweden. Of 70 registrations accepted, the Portuguese researcher was the only one to receive the scholarship that will cover registration and accommodation costs.
Last March, Vladimiro Miranda, director of INESC Porto (the entity coordinating the INESC TEC Associate Laboratory), was elected to receive the IEEE Power & Energy Society Ramakumar Family Renewable Energy Excellence Award.
INESC TEC organised and hosted the HDRi 2013: First International Conference and SME Workshop on HDR Imaging, an event dedicated exclusively to imaging techniques used to generate, edit and display High Dynamic Range images.
On 24 April, INESC TEC’s Telecommunications and Multimedia Unit (UTM) organised the second edition of the "UTM Open Day". The aim with this event is to promote the Unit’s activity internally and externally and to disseminate preliminary research results.
The lack of tools to support collaborative studies was the motivation to create Grabmark, a platform for students to share and exchange study material. After winning a place in IdeaMove, a competition of business ideas promoted by the TEC Empreende project, the new start-up has received the support of the Innovation and Technology Transfer Unit (UITT) at INESC TEC for developing and implementing the business project.
In February 2013, INESC TEC’s Innovation and Technology Transfer Unit (UITT) organised the "Design Thinking" training session to encourage the creativity of the participants in problem solving. In March, UITT also initiated a cycle of workshops, which will last until April, dedicated to the problems of growth and development of university spin-offs.
José Nuno Oliveira, a researcher at INESC TEC’s High-Assurance Software Laboratory (HASLab), published a paper in the prestigious journal IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering last March. The paper was co-written with Miguel Ferreira, a former Master’s Degree student at the University of Minho. This is the second group composed of exclusively Portuguese researchers to publish in this journal, even though this is an area –Software Engineering – in which practically all universities have active groups.
The name is BRAIN (Biomedical Research And INnovation) and this is the most recent research group at INESC TEC, in the form of a Unit in incubation. BRAIN is led by João Paulo Cunha and conducts research in two fundamental areas of Biomedical Engineering: Neuroengineering and QSelf and Wereable Systems.
Grabmark is a Portuguese startup that promises to foster collaboration and information exchange among students from across the country, from 5th graders to higher education students.
The European project DAPHNE, in the area of optical fibre communication systems for civil aircraft, which involved INESC TEC’s Telecommunications and Multimedia Unit (UTM), has reached a conclusion in February.
INESC TEC’s Telecommunications and Multimedia Unit (UTM) has concluded in March the project MIReS - Music Information ReSearch. The aim with this project was to create a roadmap for research on Music Information Retrieval (MIR).
On 28 February, INESC TEC organised the workshop “New Paradigms and Challenges for Information Security”. The goal was to disseminate the results obtained by the Associate Laboratory in terms of research on information security, a theme that involves over 80 researchers from several Units. The aim with this session was also to promote partnerships with companies interested in developing projects in this area.
INESC TEC’s Telecommunications and Multimedia Unit (UTM) has recently tested a solution that provides two-way broadband access based on long-range point-to-point WiFi connections. The field tests were conducted within an R&D contract with Portuguese company Sinuta SA as part of project WISAT - Development of passive devices for both VSAT and MIMO PtP bridging applications.