Ongoing projects


 

AGA@4LIFE (CENTRO-01-0145-FEDER-023369)

"Abordagem Geriátrica Ampla" na promoção de um envelhecimento ativo e saudável"

Aging is a major societal challenge today. To match this cross-cutting issue to the various sectors of society, a project was designed aimed at promoting an active and healthy aging through the implementation of an intervention program based on the comprehensive geriatric assessment model (in Portuguese, Abordagem Geriátrica Ampla - AGA), also incorporating regional endogenous resources and the Health Sciences academia. The proposed AGA model is based on an individual, holistic and multidisciplinary assessment protocol, from which intervention strategies will be implemented, adjusted to each person?s needs, and aimed at preventing frailty and functional, cognitive and social decline of the elderly. Intervention actions will be focused on personalized exercise programs, nutritional education, cognitive stimulation, comorbidities monitoring, therapeutic counseling and global promotion of wellbeing.

 

AQUATROPOLIS (POCI-01-0247-FEDER-017888)

“Intelligent management system for sustainable aquacultures “

The main objective is to develop a disruptive solution for an intelligent, optimized and automated management of aquaculture operations, in order to promote the sustainable development of the aquaculture industry in the countries of the Atlantic region. Aquatropolis is in line with the principles advocated by the European strategy for Blue Growth, with the action plan for its implementation in the Atlantic Region, as well as with the Portuguese vision stated in the document "ENM". The project is also lined up with the objectives of "European Digital Agenda", supporting the principles of the Smart Cities on the mission to colonize in an efficient and sustainable way the 71% of the planet occupied by the ocean. More specifically, "Aquatropolis" will take advantage of a series of tools already available, namely: the Internet of Things (IoT), the "fog" computational systems available on the "cloud" (SaaS), the principles promoted by the "Sharing Economy Model" and technological innovation applied to precision monitoring instruments/sensors. Pedro Granchinho, Manuel Barros and Carlos Ferreira

 

B-RELIABLE (SAICT/30935/2017)

"Boosting reliability and interaction on brain-machine interface systems integrating automatic error-detection"

Research & Development of new methods, theoretical and computational models and respective experimental validation, in human-centered systems, using brain-machine/computer interfaces (BMI/BCI). Gabriel Pires

 

EXOBIKE (CENTRO-01-0145-FEDER-24013)

"Biomechanical Equipment for Restorative Therapy and Reabilitation"

The recent growth in the use of inertial sensors and their applicability in areas such as health, sports, navigation systems and aircraft / aerospace engineering is a phenomenon that can have significant impacts on the use of this technology. In addition to the low cost, small size and low power consumption, the inertial sensors have the ability to measure the intensity of physical quantities of a moving object without the need for external references. In the
health area, particularly in monitoring, this type of sensor, has been under investigation in situations of support for physical rehabilitation and monitoring of the mobility of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's patients. The effectiveness of these sensors depends on the ability of the algorithms of gathering information from each of them and estimating more accurate information by sensor fusion algorithms. The fusion of inertial sensors data with other types of sensors such as force censors, allows devices to determine patients movement intentions. Moreover, the physical rehabilitation of patients that suffered accidents or traumatic actions frequently requires the use of physical structures to guide and sustain the required rehabilitation exercises. In these cases accurate motion and force controls are mandatory to
prevent further injuries and allow patient rehabilitation. The proposed system enables the control of limb movements based on the sensor data and the patient intentions. The type and intensity of the training may be programmed by the medical staff that receives feedback from the wireless sensors. The patients receive a number of visual and physical
stimulus generated by a virtual reality installation.

 

GEDITEC (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-023723)

"Economic geography and territorial competitiveness: the error as learning factor and territorial innovation"

Main goals: To identify the main channels and mechanisms of territorial rooting of regional dynamics, in order to maximize the processes of locating companies and to minimize the disadvantages of relocation.In particular, it aims to study the Softinsa-IBM location process in IPT, in cooperation with the various local and regional actors (local government, IPT, business and industry associations, local development agencies, inter-community and community). Sérgio Nunes, Luís Grilo, Ana Cláudia Pinto, Rita Anastácio, João Pedro da Luz, António Ventura

 

HTPDIR (POCI-01-0247-FEDER-017644)

"Human Tracking and Perception in Dynamic Immersive Rooms"

The potential of immersive reality systems and its broad range of application are well known. Despite the numerous systems available, there are currently no solutions that map static and dynamic obstacles in the physical space, and thereby users have to circulate in empty rooms or perform interaction with the immersive system in a very limited space. On the other hand, the tracking of the users restricts to the user's head (or hands through the use of controllers), or when members and hands are also tracked, users need to stand in front of the RGB-D sensors -D (or other sensors) in a limited space. The motion tracking of the entire body in larger areas is usually solved using tags, with optical or radiofrequency modulation, placed at several points of the body, and using high frequency sensors to capture these tags. This leads to systems with low flexibility and extremely expensive. In this project it is proposed to develop a low cost system based on multiple RGB-D sensors (> = 4), providing simultaneously the tracking of the full body of the user at any point of the physical space (areas of tens of m ^ 2 ) considering unstructured and dynamic environments, gesture recognition for a more natural interaction with the immersive environment, as well as the interaction with the real world from the immersive world.
This system finds a broad range of applications in many areas, namely, shopping area (real estate development, allowing to show final finishing/decoration in spaces), education (space simulation in classrooms, museums, showrooms), training in simulation (accident simulation, police training, social training). The possibility of adapting any space to a new dynamic virtual world, where the user can move within it, opens up a whole new range of solutions with a potential that can be exploited in several areas of activity.

 

INDuGRID (ERANETLAC/0006/2014)

"Efficient energy management in industrial microgrids with high penetration of PV technology"

The INDuGRID project involves institutions from 4 countries (Portugal, Spain, Argentina and Peru), and is funded by the respective agencies of each country, being the IPT research team financed by FCT. The main objective of this project is the introduction of innovative solutions to the improvement of energy efficiency in industrial environments using intelligent electrical microgrids with high penetration of PV technology. Mário Gomes and Paulo Coelho

 

INFANTE (POCI-FEDER-024534 - SI I&DT 10/SI/2016 – Mobilizing programs)

INFANTE - “Precursor for microsatellite constellations for maritime applications”.

The project INFANTE consists of a joint venture for the development and in-orbit demonstration of a microsatellite as a precursor to a satellite constellation for maritime surveillance, Earth observation and communications between satellites and ground stations. The project is led by the company TEKEVER, but brings together other Portuguese companies (such as Active Space Technologies, GMV, HPS, Omnidea and Spinwork), reference R&D units such as CEIIA, FCT-UNL, FEUP, INL, IPN, ISEP, ISQ, ISR Lisboa, IT Aveiro and UBI, and also international organizations such as the Innovation Academy for Microsatellites from the Chinese Science Academy. Carlos Ferreira

 

LIBÉLULA (CENTRO-01-0145-FEDER-024052)

“A Mobile robotic surface water quality monitoring system”

The LIBÉLULA project aims to solve the need for monitoring span of surface water quality information in freshwater natural and artificial systems. Each mobile and robotic monitoring system units (LIBÉLULA) is made up of several sub-systems for the collection of relevant water quality data and their transmission in real time to a central monitoring unit. The data will make it possible to identify contamination (pollution) sources, functioning as a decision-making tool to trigger the necessary environmental protection mechanisms. Pedro Granchinho, Manuel Barros, Carlos Ferreira and Henrique Pinho

 

MOVIDA (CENTRO-01-0145-FEDER-023878)

"MOVIDA - Plataforma de Monitorização da Atividade Física"

Este projeto permitirá criar um programa de saúde na comunidade, centrado numa plataforma constituída por uma aplicação móvel e uma interface de prescrição, com objetivo de monitorizar a atividade física, estando dividida em 4 módulos principais, dirigidos a vários setores da população. O programa permite a prescrição e monitorização do desempenho e níveis de adesão ao programa de exercício prescrito, para utilizadores com doença metabólica através do (MOVIDA.cronos), desenhar e acompanhar um programa de reabilitação cardíaca (MOVIDA.eros), acompanhar e quantificar movimentos dentro de casa (MOVIDA.domus), e também aceder a um programa de treino estratificado integrado num circuito de manutenção com objetivo de manter ou melhorar a condição física em utilizadores saudáveis (MOVIDA.polis).

 

MOVTUR (POCI–01–0145–FEDER-024068)

"Turismo Culture with and for Society"

The project MovTour aims at contributing to the increase of scientific knowledge in the field of heritage enhancement as a tourism resource, by developing a model that allows for an integrated management of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and TIC. Moreover, it will include the local communities in the co-creation process. It also intends to have a real impact on land qualification, its people and its organizations. Due to the existing territorial framework, the need for more tourist culture knowledge is evident so as to value tourism fruition and heritage preservation. Something that is now scarce. Hence, the use of monitoring and real-time assessment technologies is relevant in determining the usage of cultural heritage in tourism terms. The interconnection between all the project's parts becomes clear in the implementation of its five activities and multiple tasks which are all supported by a strong technological component: wi-fi detection, bplace solution, APP and Analytics solution. Nuno Madeira, Luís Oliveira, Luís Grilo

 

SMART-MONITOR (UID/EEA/50008/2013)

“Development, implementation, characterization and deployment of an efficient power quality and quality of service measurement network in a smart city environment”

The SMART-MONITOR project includes the development, implementation, characterization and deployment of an efficient power quality and quality of service measurement network in a smart city environment. Carlos Ferreira and Manuel Barros

 

VALORBIO (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-023314)

“Wastes valorisation through modular constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment”

The project VALORBIO aims to meet the need for treating and reusing wastewater and solid wastes from industries in the region, particularly from small and medium-sized industrial and agricultural activities. The project goals promote the involvement of industries in the social objective of protecting the environment and improving the quality of life of populations, in this case through a sustainable management of wastes and water resources. Henrique Pinho, Isabel Nogueira, Marco Cartaxo and Valentim Nunes

 

VITASENIOR-MT (CENTRO-01-0145-FEDER-023659)

"Senior healthcare assistance in Medio Tejo"

The VITASENIOR-MT project aims to develop a telehealth solution to improve the health care of elderly people living alone in the region of Médio Tejo. This solution will do remote and local monitoring of biometric parameters of the elderly, as well as environmental parameters of their homes. The biometric variables include heart rate and temperature measurements collected automatically, by means of a bracelet, throughout the day. Blood pressure and blood glucose values will be measured by the senior’s own initiative. The environmental parameters include carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide measurements. A television channel with easy interaction allows the elderly to access biometric data, and automatically receive medical warnings and recommendations (based on biometric protocol and user profile). All data will also be available through Internet browser. In alarm situations, an automatic operational procedure will be triggered establishing communication to predefined entities.