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For now it is simply a pilot communication station running at the Edifício Transparente near the coast at the Foz do Porto, Portugal, but the purpose of INESC TEC and the Porto Digital Association is to provide free broadband Internet along the seashore between the cities of Porto and Póvoa de Varzim starting next year. The pilot will be testing wireless communications between the Edifício Transparente and the sardine fishing boats at the Port of Matosinhos. In the future, the goal is to extend free Internet access to all users at a maximum of five nautical miles.
São Pedro da Cova (Gondomar, Portugal) was the location chosen to test an innovative optical fibre technology that, combined with the appropriate geological models, can continuously monitor dangerous coal waste deposited in the region’s coal mines. At the same time, it will prevent possible spontaneous combustion situations. The pilot system will be implemented in the second semester of 2013, but INESC TEC and partners have already started developing the technology.
FLUPOL is the first Portuguese company to adopt a robotic painting system that uses artificial vision to reproduce the movements performed by a specialised worker in a robot (industrial manipulator). This technology, developed by a Portuguese consortium, will spare skilled workers of repetitive manual tasks and minimise contact with aggressive environments (paints, solvents). By saving the eight years required to train a skilled worker, FLUPOL will accelerate the internationalisation of production units to Brazil.
Piano, trumpet, double bass and drums – these are the four instruments at your disposal in the new music app developed by INESC TEC called GimmeDaBlues. This app for iPod, iPhone and iPad promises to revolutionise the interaction with virtual music instruments as it does not require music training: the end result always sounds good. The GimmeDaBlues became available at Apple’s AppStore in the beginning of December 2012.
Bewarket is the name of the social trade project created by a group of young Portuguese entrepreneurs. The project was highlighted at the “Portugal Inovador” (Innovative Portugal) pavilion of the “Plug and Play Tech Center”, the largest incubator at Silicon Valley. By the end of the year, the Portuguese team wants to become stronger in California and obtain a North American venture capital investment.
“Regions at the centre of the European Agenda for Innovation until 2020” is the motto for the 7th edition of the International Seminar on Regional Innovation Policies. At this international meeting, experts will be discussing the importance of the innovation produced in universities and companies to increasing regional competitiveness. Canada is presented as a success case in Regional Innovation Policies.
International Conference organised by INESC TEC, in partnership with the Teatro Nacional de São João, will bring to Porto experts to discuss the role that technology can play in music. This conference will feature concerts where computers are the main artists. The dialogue between music and sound computing is not only revolutionising the way artists produce music, but also the way we listen to, store and search music.
Critical Manufacturing partners with INESC Porto to deploy a new Advanced Planning and Scheduling Solution to high-tech manufacturing
Évora is the first Portuguese city to have a smart grid and will be hosting the 8th Edition of the Symposium on microgrids of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA), organised this year by INESC Porto. At the end of the Symposium there will be a visit to the InovCity in Évora, a 33 thousand-client pilot-project led by the EDP (the Portuguese Electricity System) which is proof of Portugal’s pioneering role in the energy revolution worldwide.
There are now 7,000 registered users in the system that provides free wireless Internet access on the STCP (Sociedade de Transportes Coletivos do Porto – a Porto bus network) 207 bus route. The mobile phone is the most used technology to access the Internet while traveling on the 11 buses which connect Campanhã to the Mercado da Foz. The experimental service also includes Digital TV, information on cultural events and other useful information. This innovative service is the result of project SITMe, developed by Xarevision, INESC TEC and the University of Porto.
There will be no need to invest in the main infrastructure of European electricity grids in order for them to be able to cope with charging electric cars for the next ten years. Over the next few years, battery charging will preferably be conducted at the home of each consumer or at privately owned sites (such as in shopping centres or private car parks). These are some of the conclusions of project MERGE, a European project with a 4.5 million Euro budget and INESC TEC as its scientific coordinator.
Tomorrow Options, an INESC TEC/FEUP spin-off, recently launched MovinSense, a microelectronic device that will help nursing staff prevent the appearance of bedsores in patients with limited mobility. Monitoring 10 bedridden patients using MovinSense requires close to 30% of the investment needed to buy 10 mattresses with pressure sensors, which is the current most common method of preventing bedsores.
The 100% Portuguese application for the Android Smartphone will tell drivers where their closest battery changing or charging station is in real-time. The software can compare prices and import pre-defined routes. The application aims to help electric vehicle drivers, particularly on long haul journeys when the electric car will have to be charged. This application will be presented with a real-time test drive as part of the public presentation of the MOBILES project (MOBILidade Elétrica Sustentada) on 22nd September, at 2.30pm at CEIIA-TecMaia.
INESC Porto is developing advanced software that makes it possible to determine the highest number of compatible patient-donor pairs in paired kidney exchange programmes. The aim of this technology is to maximise the number of kidney transplants for incompatible patient-donor pairs. It gives new hope for patients suffering from kidney failure with incompatible living donors who are forced to wait for a deceased donor. The software will be completed in December 2012 and is being developed in collaboration with the University of Minho, the University of Lisbon, the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto and the Portuguese Blood Establishment and Transplant Authority.
INESC Porto and the Portuguese Navy sign partnership agreement at the Fair of the Sea
This Software, developed by a research team from INESC Porto and FEUP, can automatically analyse and validate cases of breast cancer using similar cases when the results are clear. Semantic PACS is the name of this technology and it offers automatic validation of 30% of mammograms with 100% accuracy in detecting malignant tumours. The Portuguese company Emílio Azevedo Campos is a partner in this project that was funded by NSRF and now plans to commercialise the innovative software to increase the competitiveness of their range of equipment for archiving and sharing medical images. This software will be presented for the first time on 13th May at 14.30pm as part of the international seminar “Turning Subjective into Objective” (TSIO) that will take place at the Champalimaud Foundation in Lisbon.
International specialists debate the evaluation of the aesthetic results of breast cancer local treatment (surgery and radiotherapy)
Export technology in the area of robotics and automation for rapidly expanding markets such as Brazil, develop technologies with applications in the maritime economy and create R&D for the industrial equipment market. These are the strategies for the new Robotics Unit that will unite 42 researchers in the merger between the robotics group at INESC Porto (Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering of Porto) and ISEP (Higher Engineering Institute in Porto).This merger will be made official and the new Robotics Unit will be presented on 16th February at 10.30am at ISEP. TRIMARES, the underwater robot used to inspect dam structures, will be exhibited to the media for the first time at this event. This underwater robot was a contract project developed by INESC Porto and will be used in the first joint international consultancy project that the new Robotics Unit is preparing for Brazil.
Creating software capable of detecting characteristics in the geometry of the hand that can guarantee reliability even when the data is not collected under ideal conditions - this is the challenge INESC Porto researchers have presented research students from engineering and forensic science from all over the world with. Biometry can explain the unique physical characteristics of each individual and it is currently used for automatic person authentication. This technique is now used just as much in industry (to control access and clocking in/out) as it is for solving crime. Not only are the biometric palm print recognition systems among the most popular in industry in terms of reliability, but they are also more economical and less invasive than other alternatives such as face, iris or retina scanners. Applications can be submitted until 4th February 2011 via this link: http://fe.up.pt/~hgc2011/
The optical fibre revolutionized the world of communications by dictating the end of copper wires and by opening the path to the circulation of information as we know it today. The technology awarded with the Nobel Prize IN Physics in 2009 is the theme of the EWOFS’2010 workshop, which will take place between 8 and 10 September, at the Hotel Solverde, in Vila Nova Gaia, Portugal. Here, 250 experts from 25 different countries will discuss the future of optical fibre sensors. With applications in different areas such as public health, energy efficiency and society of knowledge, the impact that this technology has on the business sector cannot be disregarded. To illustrate a growing sector that generates about 300 thousand jobs in Europe alone, 12 of the main companies in this sector, among which the Portuguese FiberSensing, MRA Instrumentação and Multiwave Photonics, will be presenting their most recent products in a technical exhibition.