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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.
Carlos Soares, a researcher at the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Unit (UESP) at INESC TEC, received a Best Paper Award for two articles in which he describes the application of metalearning techniques to two different tasks: a priori selection of parameters for Support Vector Machines and selection of models for continuous flows of data (data streams).
Members of INESC TEC’s Manufacturing Systems Engineering Unit (UESP) have had a significant intervention at EURO - the 25th European Conference on Operational Research, with a total of 11 presentations. This event was held between 8 and 11 July in Vilnius, Lithuania.
The Manufacturing Systems Engineering Unit (UESP) recently started the Moving Houses project, together with the CEM company. The Unit will be responsible for designing and developing the project’s movement automation system.
On the 21st March 2012 INESC TEC (coordinated by INESC Porto) received a European patent for an innovative logistics system developed by the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Unit (UESP) for assembly/manufacturing in footwear factories. The system has advantages, such as increased production, flexibility, the production of small series and reduced production time for orders.
The article “Operations research in healthcare: a survey” had the highest number of views in 2011 in the international journal “International Transactions in Operational Research”.
The Manufacturing Systems Engineering Unit (UESP) attended the final evaluation meeting of Project H-Know – Advanced Infrastructure for Knowledge Based Services for Buildings Restoring on 31st January 2012 in Brussels. According to the evaluators, all project objectives were achieved successfully and the results demonstrate great potential.
José Fernando Oliveira, a researcher at the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Unit (UESP) at INESC Porto, was recently named Vice President of the EURO (Association of European Operational Research Societies). This association brings together European societies working in Operational Research (OR) and their main responsibilities include organising the EURO Working Groups and the Mini EURO Conferences.
In April INESC Porto began project KEP to look for new models to enhance the kidney transplantation process. The aim of this project is to research and develop new methods to facilitate and improve the decisions associated with kidney transplants that involve live donors.
The Portuguese Footwear Group Kyaia is one of the winners of the European RETA awards (Retail Technologies Awards) from the EHI Retail Institute. The Group was awarded the Best Enterprise Solution prize for their project ShoeID which was developed in conjunction with INESC Porto. The award acknowledges the improvements made by the Kyaia Group using RFID technology (Radio Frequency Identification) throughout the logistics chain of their international brand FLY London.
The Manufacturing Systems Engineering Unit (UESP) made recent progress with Project SIBAP, an Automated Balancing System for Production Lines. The system is geared towards the footwear industry and aims to design and develop an automated balancing system for Production Lines. The system will include graph operating sequences. It is suitable for labour-intensive production and it is linked to the concept and development of automated logistics systems capable of putting into practice the advanced balancing results.
The final review meeting for project AC/DC took place on 13th December in Stuttgart, Germany with all participants present along with assessors from the European Community (EC). The AC/DC project is a European project developed with INESC Porto as a member of the consortium. The project was created to develop methods capable of producing a personalised car in just five days and the results were certainly positive.
On 1 June 2010, INESC Porto’s Manufacturing Systems Engineering Unit (UESP) started working on a new European project called Customer-oriented and eco-friendly networks for healthy fashionable goods (CORENET).
Jorge Pinho de Sousa, manager of the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Unit (UESP), received the "MIT| Portugal Education Innovation Awards", awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Portugal Program in the Transport Systems category.
The Manufacturing Systems Engineering Unit (UESP) is currently coordinating the project cogniNET – Cognitive Semantics in Collaborative Networks. With a two-year duration, this research project on the collaborative representation of knowledge will propose new theoretical foundations and methodological tools to help collaborative networks of organizations create and manage shared conceptualizations of work and businesses.
The Manufacturing Systems Engineering Unit (UESP) started working on the COORDINATOR project. The intention with this project is to develop high performance hybrid algorithms to manage short-term power generation, taking into consideration thermal, water and wind resources.
The Manufacturing Systems Engineering Unit (UESP) participated in PRO-VE'10 - 11th IFIP Working Conference on VIRTUAL ENTERPRISES. There, the participating members were awarded with second place in the category of “Best Papers of the Conference”. This event took place in Saint-Etienne, France, between 11 and 13 October, and it’s one of the most important conferences on Virtual Enterprises and Enterprise Networks.
The European project "Holistic, extensible, scalable and standard Virtual Factory Framework (VFF)" started on 1 September. Inserted in the 7th EU Framework Programme, the VFF project aims at supporting industrial companies, providing tools that make it possible to improve processes related to the design, management, evaluation and reconfiguration of new or existing industrial facilities.
The kick-off meeting for the project FIT4U - Framework of Integrated Technologies for User Centred Products took place in Milan on 15 July. INESC Porto was represented at the meeting by Rui Rebelo, researcher at the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Unit (UESP).
The Manufacturing Systems Engineering Unit (UESP) recently started working on the European project Net-Challenge - Innovative networks of SMEs for complex products manufacturing.