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Ongoing Projects
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Assessment of risk and uncertainty in large-scale integration of distributed generation and demand-side management towards a sustainable and smart grid
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Project End: Oct. 2016
Project Start: Nov. 2013
Funding: National FCT Project (PTDC/EEA-EEL/110102/2009)
Contact at CIS: Mário Rui Melício da Conceição (ruimelicio@uevora.pt)
Web Page: n/a
Resume: n/a
BacHBerry - BACterial Hosts for production of Bioactive phenolics from bERRY fruits
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Project End: Oct. 2016
Project Start: Nov. 2013
Funding: European Union FP7 Project (613793FP7), Topic KBBE.2013.3.1-01: Plant High Value Products - from discovery to final Product
Contact at CIS: Susana Vinga (susanavinga@tecnico.ulisboa.pt)
Web Page: http://www.bachberry.eu/
Resume: The BacHBerry project aims to develop a portfolio of sustainable methodologies to mine the potential of the untapped biodiversity of the bioactive phenolic compounds in an extensive collection of berry species. The consortium comprises a full chain of research and innovation, with 18 partners from research groups, SMEs and a large enterprise, representing 10 countries.
BiNOVA
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Project End: June 2014
Project Start: Nov. 2012
Funding: National Industry (ZEUGMA TSI) Consulting Project
Contact at CIS: Jorge Manuel Mateus Martins (jorgemartins@tecnico.ulisboa.pt)
Web Page: n/a
Resume: This consulting project targets the development of new advanced features for doctoring and salvaging machines. BiNOVA Doctor machine is a very high speed salvage rewinder machine that is used by leading converting industry companies to wind, rewind, salvage and inspect paper boards, plastic films, foils, aluminium, laminates and non-woven webs. In this collaborative project, we develop mechatronic components for BiNOVA in order to guarantee high precision machine alignment, high quality roll winding, and precise determination of film properties. Media: BiNOVA machine (photo below)

CancerSys - Multiscale modeling for personalized therapy of bone metastasis
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Project End: Mar. 2015
Project Start: Apr. 2014
Funding: National FCT Project (EXPL/EMS-SIS/1954/2013)
Contact at CIS: Susana Vinga (susanavinga@tecnico.ulisboa.pt)
Web Page: n/a
Resume: Cancer is one of the oldest diseases known to man, being one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Modeling this complex pathology and contributing to therapy optimization using systems and control methods constitutes a great challenge in systems medicine, whose results are expected to have high social and economic impact. The goal of this project is to develop methods for medical treatment optimization, by using the integration of all patient information and features, thus providing quantitative guidelines for personalized bone metastasis treatment, minimizing its toxicity and side effects.
FireCamp: Fire safety in camping and caravanning parks
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Project End: Sep. 2014
Project Start: Oct. 2011
Funding: National LAETA Cooperation Project
Contact at CIS: Alexandra Bento Moutinho (alexandra.moutinho@tecnico.ulisboa.pt)
Web Page: n/a
Resume: Project FireCamp is being developed in Portugal to analyze the propensity of fires in camping parks. This project has as main objectives: (1) analysis of past occurrences; (2) analysis of the combustibility of typical materials used in camping parks such as tents and caravans; (3) characterization of the camping park fuel cover and its surrounding by image analysis taken by UAV; (4) modelling of fire spread in camping parks; and (5) security measures for fire prevention and mitigation. A pilot study is being carried out in the Camping Park of Coja, Arganil. Media: Camping Park of Coja on Google Earth (without and with mosaic constructed from aerial image obtained from UAV) – (2 photos, below + video FireCamp_210sec_eng.wmv in attachment).

Fractional-order calculus in bioengineering and biomedical applications
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Project End: Dec. 2014
Project Start: Jan. 2013
Funding: Portugal - Slovakia Cooperation FCT Project (Ref. 441)
Contact at CIS: Duarte Valério (duarte.valerio@tecnico.ulisboa.pt)
Web Page: n/a
Resume: This project arises from the growing recognition that fractional calculus (FC) provides more complete tools to describe the behavior of real systems and processes. The main goal is to develop and apply identification and image processing techniques based upon FC, with applications in the field of bioengineering and medicine. The applications include the identification of muscle lesions from electromyography, visual servoing of surgical robots, and detection of prostate cancer in medical imaging.
Galp 20-20-20 (Ciclo 2014): Lallemand Iberia, S.A.
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Project End: Aug. 2014
Project Start: Mar. 2014
Funding: National Galp Soluções de Energia Project (#3809)
Contact at CIS: Paulo Branco (pbranco@tecnico.ulisboa.pt)
Web Page: n/a
Resume: Industry application of multi-objective optimization techniques for decreasing electric energy consumption (or energy cost) is becoming today an area of strategic interest. In particular for the biotechnology industry, suitable solutions to acquire a dynamic resource-constrained scheduling decreasing their energy specific costs (kWh/ton) are being heavily pursued. This project is a consistent follow-up of a work recently developed at Galp 20-20-20/IST-2013 project with Lallemand Iberia S.A. in Portugal. In that project a preliminary scheduling optimization technique was designed and implemented with the objective decreasing the overall energy consumption in factory’s yeast producing plant. The initial implemented results obtained a reduction of 4% in the electrical energy cost of company’s weekly production, about 1000 euros/week. The project focuses on the insertion of a new possibility (criterion) of optimization that would combine not only savings in energy consumption but also savings in energy costs. The cost per kWh of energy is not uniform throughout the day. Therefore, a transfer of electric energy consumption for different energy rating periods will help reducing the electricity cost, even if the consumption is exceeding. Multi-objective metaheuristic will be used in this work, namely genetic algorithms (NSGAII) and the results of the multi-objective approach will be compared with the solution of the weighted objective function. Still with a view of energy costs, a concern has been identified with the company’s fixed rate contract. Typically, the contracted power is lower than installed one, since not all the equipment is operating simultaneously. However, if for some reason the power consumed exceeds the contracted power, a supplement rate can be imposed augmenting too many the costs with electricity.

Galp 20-20-20 (Ciclo 2014): Rações Valouro, S.A.
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Project End: Aug. 2014
Project Start: Mar. 2014
Funding: National Galp Soluções de Energia Project (#3809)
Contact at CIS: Paulo Branco (pbranco@tecnico.ulisboa.pt)
Web Page: n/a
Resume: The project main objective is the analysis of the electric energy consumption associated with the process. An assessment of the possibilities of installation of variable speed drives on motors in the various stages of the manufacturing process of the feed, particularly in the electric motors up to 300 kW, already installed at the company's plant in Ramalhada.

GEOBOUND - Geospatial Tools on Demarcation and Management of Guinea Bissau Boundary
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Project End: Jun. 2015
Project Start: Jul. 2013
Funding: National FCT Project (PTDC/ATP-GEO/4645/2012)
Contact at CIS: João Rogério Caldas Pinto (joao.c.pinto@tecnico.ulisboa.pt)
Web Page: n/a
Resume: This project will investigate appropriate and innovative methodologies and technologies to organize and to obtain a Boundary Information System (BGIS) for Guinea-Bissau. The proposed system will provide authorities and general public with reliable information and facilitate the management of the boundary. It will be mainly based on studies involving geographical data and associated historical documentation. We intend to integrate several data to analyze examples of long historical disputes of territorial claims, to be addressed by using complete historical records of boundaries, in Guinea Bissau. This pilot project will be a prototype to apply to other countries providing an important tool, and presser fundamental information in a digital platform. The main objectives of this project are (a) to grant an internationally recognized reliable basis for Guinea-Bissau to accomplish the demarcation of its boundaries, and (b) to provide a system to assure the continuous characterization of the boundary.
IC4U – Decision Support System for Preventing ICU Readmissions
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Project End: Mar. 2015
Project Start: Apr. 2013
Funding: National FCT Project (PTDC/EMS-SIS/3220/2012)
Contact at CIS: João Miguel Costa Sousa (joao.c.pinto@tecnico.ulisboa.pt)
Web Page: n/a
Resume: Patients readmitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) during the same hospitalization have an increased risk of death, length of stay, and higher costs. Previous studies have demonstrated overall readmission rates of 4-14%, of which nearly a third can be attributed to premature discharge from the ICU. In this project, a prediction algorithm based on intelligent modeling techniques is proposed, considering numerical and textual data. Both sources of information can be complimentary and will be used in a decision support system framework. The specific aims of the proposed research are: identify important features that lead to unfavorable or favorable clinical conditions for readmissions of patients in ICU; Design specific decision models that will support clinicians’ decisions in terms of suitability of releasing a patient from the ICU, in order to achieve more favorable clinical outcomes.
IEEE-ORA P1872 - Standard for Ontologies for Robotics and Automation
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Project End: 2015
Project Start: 2011
Funding: IEEE Standards Association
Contact at CIS: Paulo Gonçalves (paulo.goncalves@ipcb.pt)
Web Page: http://standards.ieee.org/develop/project/1872.html
Resume: This standard defines an overall ontology that allows for the representation of, reasoning about, and communication of knowledge in the robotics and automation domain. This ontology includes key terms as well as their definitions, attributes, constraints, and relationships. Sub-parts of this standard include a linguistic framework, generic concepts (an upper ontology), a methodology to add new concepts, and subdomain ontologies.
InteleGen - Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacogenetic modulation of HIV infection therapy by bayesian and artificial intelligence methods
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Project End: May. 2015
Project Start: Jun. 2013
Funding: National FCT project (PTDC/DTP-FTO/1747/2012)
Contact at CIS: Susana Vinga (susanavinga@tecnico.ulisboa.pt)
Web Page: n/a
Resume: Currently Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) treatment consists of a combination of three or more antiretrovirals (ARs), belonging to at least to two therapeutic classes. ART success is evaluated based on the maintenance of undetectable viral load the the CD4 T cells counts above 350 cell/mm3. Several factores can give raise to the great heterogeneous response to ART. The goal of the project is the application of novel machine learning techniques to pharmacogenomics (PG) problems, in order to predict therapy responses of HIV/Hepatitis B and C co-infected patients, which can be partially explained by specific mutations in the DNA. Patient stratification will take into account all available features and will allow the optimization of therapy regimes in a personalized way.
MIELE - Multimodal Interoperability E-services for Logistics and Environment sustainability
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Project End: Dec. 2014
Project Start: Jan. 2012
Funding: European Union, Trans-European Transport Network - Motorways of the Sea (2010-EU-21105-S)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: João Manuel Ferreira Calado (jcalado@dem.isel.pt)
Web Page: (http://www.miele-action.org/)
Resume: MIELE aims at designing and developing pre-deployment pilots allowing interoperability between ICT systems (i.e. maritime single windows, port community systems) in the logistic chain in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Cyprus. It consists of two parts: (i) assessment of interoperability obstacles and identification of solutions, followed by pre-deployment of a full scale, integrated and interoperable demonstrator, (ii) the MIELE Middleware, allowing exchange of data among the 5 National Vertical Pilots in the above-mentioned Member-States. One of the goals of the project is to pave the way to the implementation of Directive 2010/65, on reporting formalities for ships arriving in and/or departing from ports of the Member States.

ORCHESTRA - Distributed Optimization and Control of Large Scale Water Delivery Systems
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Project End: Mar. 2015
Project Start: April. 2013
Funding: National FCT Project (PTDC/EMS-CRO/2042/2012)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: Miguel Afonso Dias de Ayala Botto (ayalabotto@tecnico.ulisboa.pt)
Web Page: n/a
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Prediction of the electricity consumption profile using computational intelligence methods
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Project End: Dec. 2014
Project Start: April. 2011
Funding: National FCT Project (PTDC/SEN-ENR/115974/2009)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: António Eduardo de Barros Ruano (aruano@ualg.pt)
Web Page: n/a
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PRODUTECH PSI: Novos Produtos e Serviços para a Indústria Transformadora
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Project End: April. 2014
Project Start: May. 2011
Funding: National ADI Project (#3835)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: Carlos Baptista Cardeira (carlos.cardeira@tecnico.ulisboa.pt)
Web Page: http://mobilizadores.produtech.org/psi
Resume: This project activities target the research, design and development of new products and services, which will be marketed in the future by companies in the forefront of manufacturing technology. The project includes a high content of research and improvement compared to state of the art, in order to achieve clearly advanced prototypes that ensure differentiation and sustainability of production technologies national companies.
PRODUTECH PTI - Novos Processos e Tecnologias Inovadoras para a Fileira das Tecnologias de Produção
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Project End: April. 2014
Project Start: May. 2011
Funding: National ADI Project (#3904)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: Carlos Baptista Cardeira (carlos.cardeira@tecnico.ulisboa.pt)
Web Page: http://mobilizadores.produtech.org/pti
Resume: This project activities target the research, design and development of new technologies, upstream of the manufacturing technologies, and processes and innovative business models for the manufacturing technologies. The activities under this Mobilizer include a high content of research and improvement compared to the state of the art, in order to achieve clearly advanced results, which ensure differentiation and sustainability of production technologies national companies.
PVCROPS - PhotoVoltaic Cost r€duction, Reliability, Operational performance, Prediction and Simulation
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Project End: Nov. 2015
Project Start: Nov. 2012
Funding: European Union FP7 Project ()
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: João Manuel Gouveia de Figueiredo (jfig@uevora.pt)
Web Page: http://www.pvcrops.eu/
Resume: This project aims to: (i) improve the performance, reliability and lifetime of PV systems: 9% increase of the performance ratio; (ii) reduce their cost: 30% reduction of PV energy cost, down to 0.07€/kWh for PV plants in Southern Europe and 0.14€/kWh for residential PV in mid-latitude Europe; and (iii) enhance their integration into the electrical grid: a penetration rate of 30%, by predicting PV power fluctuations, and mitigating them by new power management and storage technologies.
Funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission, PV Crops will produce results targeting the PV industry including technical documents, toolbox solutions, technology development, databases, training and spin-offs. The results will be validated on a wide set of EU PV systems and on the biggest PV plant in the world planned in Morocco.
Tooling EDGE – Sustainable Production of High Performance
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Project End: April. 2014
Project Start: Nov. 2010
Funding: National COMPETE QREN Project (#13856)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: João Miguel da Costa Sousa (jmsousa@tecnico.ulisboa.pt)
Web Page: n/a
Resume: This project aims to prepare companies for competitive sustainability, contributing to: (i) selection and evaluation of technologies and design alternatives with a view of the lifecycle of mold and / or product; (ii) "Optimization" of the performance of manufacturing technologies from the perspective of the quality/functionality of the product and the overall efficiency of the resources involved - economic and environmental aspects; (iii) organization of the production system, understood in a broad perspective, ranging from the adequacy of flexible automation technology solutions for standardizing work methods and procedures for planning and control, based on lean principles.
Concluded Projects
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ActuatedCharacter - Human motion imitation using closed-loop control techniques for use in video and real walking humanoid robots
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Project End: 2012
Project Start: 2010
Funding: European Project EUREKA/EUROSTARS (#4378)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: Miguel Afonso Dias de Ayala Botto (ayalabotto@tecnico.ulisboa.pt)
Web Page: http://humanoids.dem.ist.utl.pt/blog.html
Resume: This project results from a joint cooperation between Move-Interactive (Video Game development company based in Portugal), IST-Instituto SuperiorTécnico, RoboSavvy (hobby education robotics company based in UK), and NoDNA (hobby education robotics company in Germany). This project aims to develop and introduce the innovative concept of "bringing video games to life". Using advanced motion control techniques, the project shall develop a 3D video game engine plugin and a prototype real humanoid robot, creating a parallel between real and virtual worlds.

APTDEC - Application of Fuzzy Decision Making in Supervisory Control Strategies of Complex Solid- Solid Separation Processes
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Project End: Mar. 2006
Project Start: Nov. 2002
Funding: National FCT Project (POCTI/ECM/38296/2001)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: João Miguel da Costa Sousa (jmsousa@ist.utl.pt)
Web Page: n/a
Resume: n/a
AQUANET - Decentralised and Reconfigurable Control for Water Delivery Multipurpose Canal Systems
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Project End: Dec. 2012
Project Start: Jan. 2010
Funding: National FCT Project (PTDC/EEA-CRO/102102/2008)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: José Manuel Gutierrez Sá da Costa (sadacosta@dem.ist.utl.pt)
Web Page: http://ramses.inesc.pt/AQUANET/
Resume: The scarcity of fresh water is becoming one of the most important environment constraints and has a major impact on economic development and the quality of life in the South of Europe, including Portugal. The AQUANET project aims at contributing to mitigate these problems by the development of advanced control methodologies for optimizing the management of water conveyance and delivery in multipurpose open-channel systems, with the goal of minimizing the use of energy and water spills. Besides this major socioeconomic motivation, contributing to the solution of this problem implies the need to push forward research in several aspects of control, namely the development of decentralized controller networks for multipurpose hydraulic open-channel systems where a network of local decision agents cooperate in order to achieve a near optimum solution with fault tolerant capability.

CLIMA - Image Based Classification, Indexing and Inspection
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Project End: Aug. 2007
Project Start: JSep. 2005
Funding: National FCT Project (POSC/EIA/60434/2004)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: João Rogério Caldas Pinto (jcpinto@dem.ist.utl.pt)
Web Page: n/a
Resume: The main goal of this project is to develop a general methodology, supported by a software application, to perform classification, indexing and inspection applied to a vast range of images corresponding to natural surfaces, such as marbles or fabrics, and that could be easily extended to images from old documents as old fonts or manuscripts characters or to ancient musical notes. The problem can be considered to belong to the important issue of contents-based image indexing. However it generalizes it when the classification is the base to a decision rule that will control production lines, as in the case of automated industrial inspection or in the optical recognition of symbols existing in a database (characters, notes or others).

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DAMADICS - Methods and Software for Diagnosis of Actuators in Industrial Processes
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Project End: 2002
Project Start: 1999
Funding: European Union FP5 Research Training Network (FP5-RTN-1999-00392)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: José Manuel Gutierrez Sá da Costa (sadacosta@dem.ist.utl.pt)
Web Page: http://sac.upc.edu/research-projects/ue-projects/damadics
Resume: DAMADICS concerns the development of on-line diagnostic tools for application in the power, food processing and chemical industries. The research and training will focus on the development and integration of a wide range of faults diagnosis techniques within the framework of real application for a sugar factory. The study will include an investigation into fault diagnosis methods for valves (and others) plant actuators with a view to extending the capability of intelligent actuation systems.
DIVA - Instrumented Airship for Aerial Surveillance
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Project End: December. 2007
Project Start: January. 2004
Funding: National FCT Project (POSI/SRI/45040/2002)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: José Raul Carreira Azinheira (jraz@dem.ist.utl.pt)
Web Page: http://paloma.isr.uc.pt/diva/
Resume: This is a project in the area of aerial robotics, an area which has justified a growing interest in recent times, with very different application objectives, namely in the civilian domain, for monitoring of roads, detection of forest fires, inspection of power lines. Among the advantages of the airship solution, we may cite its natural stability, low operational costs, reduced pollution, and the ability to move at very low airspeeds or even hover.

ECHORD – the European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development
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Project End: Fev. 2012
Project Start: Jul. 2013
Funding: European Union FP7 Project (FP7-231143)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: Jorge Manuel Mateus Martins (jorgemartins@tecnico.ulisboa.pt)
Web Page: http://www.echord.info/wikis/website/hiprob
Resume: The objective of the HipRob collaborative experiment is to integrate a robotic system that will aid orthopedic surgeons in performing Hip Resurfacing prosthesis surgery with consistent high accuracy and precision. A co-manipulation robotic solution for hip resurfacing surgery based on variable impedance control for physical surgeon-robot interaction will be developed, as well as an ultrasound image sensor for non-invasive real-time bone tracking. The innovative co-manipulation setting to the medical gesture brings together the higher geometric accuracy and precision of the robot manipulator with the higher sensibility and decision making capability of the surgeon when applying force, thus resulting in clear benefits for patients, doctors and hospitals.
Youtube video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQswJ9gLLcE
EGNOS Satellite navigation system: operational validation of EGNOS
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Project End: 2003
Project Start: 2009
Funding: EUROCONTROL Corporate Project
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: José Raul Azinheira (jraz@dem.ist.utl.pt)
Web Page: n/a
Resume: The European Geostatinary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) is a Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) that improves the accuracy of satellite navigation signals over Europe. The system comprises a number of navigation payloads on board of three geostationary satellites over the eastern Atlantic Ocean and Europe, linked to a network of about 40 ground stations and four control centers. It complements the GPS and GLONASS positioning systems, as well as the future Galileo, by reporting on the reliability and accuracy of the signals. EUROCONTROL is responsible for the coordination of the operational validation of EGNOS for Civil Aviation. Operational validation includes all activities that will demonstrate that EGNOS is ready to be used to support the flight operations for which it is intended. This project is related to the technical validation, and in particular to how the Data Collection Network is contributing to the definition of a methodology to assess and validate the performance that can be achieved using the EGNOS system. Media: EGNOS data collection network.

FPIAA - Find Persons Inside Atlas Areas
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Project End: n/a
Project Start: n/a
Funding: Corporate Project
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: Carlos Baptista Cardeira (carlos.cardeira@ist.utl.pt)
Web Page: n/a
Resume: ATLAS is the only detector in the world where persons will go inside during shutdown periods. During the maintenance periods it is expected that up to 150 people could be present in the cavern at the same time, most of them working inside the intricacies of the detector and completely hidden and invisible from outside. In case of emergency, it could be extremely difficult and dangerously long for a rescue team to locate every person who could be in danger. FPIAA proposes a system for finding and rescuing persons in a very large physics experiment.

FTCMAS - Fault Tolerant Control Based in Multi-Agent Systems
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Project End: May. 2008
Project Start: June. 2005
Funding: National FCT Project (POCI/EME/59522/2004)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: José Manuel Gutierrez Sá da Costa (sadacosta@dem.ist.utl.pt)
Web Page: n/a
Resume: FTCMAS concerns the development of methods, algorithms and tools for Fault-tolerant Control (FTC) of complex industrial processes (chemical industries, food processing, power generation, etc). The main challenges in the research program are: (a) the development of a new Fault-tolerant Control strategy based on Multi-Agents technology, (b) the development and comparison of FDI and FTC methods towards Multi-Agents implementation, (c) the use of a scale-pilot plant of a distillation column, as a benchmark study to facilitate real-time on-line implementation of FDI and reconfigurable FTC structures. The research program will be achieved through the following main Tasks: (1) multi-agent Strategy towards Fault-tolerant Control, (2) development of FDI methods for FTC, (3) development of Fault-tolerant Controllers based on Model Predictive Control, (4) development of Fault-tolerant Controllers based on Hybrid Systems and Sub-space Identification, (5) benchmark development and Comparative Study using FTC.
Galp 20-20-20 (Ciclo 2013): Lallemand Iberia, S.A.
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Project End: Dec. 2013
Project Start: Jul. 2013
Funding: National Galp Soluções de Energia Project (#3809)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: Paulo Branco (pbranco@tecnico.ulisboa.pt)
Web Page: n/a
Resume: Energy efficiency encompasses the activities that lead to a decrease of energy consumption. When the concept is applied to industry those activities can acquire a complete different meaning, other than the simple replacement of equipment for a less energy consuming one. The project made a characterization and analysis of the yeast production process in order to identify and assess situations of potential energy inefficiency and design measures to solve the identified problems. The production system was regarded as a set of tasks done in series or parallel, with determined time duration and with a non-uniform, time varying but predictable resource consumption. A genetic scheduling optimization problem has been established with the objective of minimizing the cost of production of such resource and therefore diminishing the specific energy cost of the final product. Introducing the concepts of operations research and scheduling theory it was designed a mathematical model of the production process, including constraints and resource production costs. The mathematical model then was encoded in a double genetic algorithm in order to perform the optimization of production. RESULTS: The overall test results were positive, achieving an improvement of 10% of the energy specific cost in the simulation tests. The implementation test in spite of exhibiting some level of improvement did not perform as well as computationally predicted. A subsequent analyze of the results revealed the need of a more detailed mathematical model in order to decrease the uncertainty associated with resource consumption.

HipRob - Robot Assisted and Ultrasound-Guided Navigation for Hip Resurfacing Arthroplasty
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Project End: July. 2013
Project Start: Feb. 2010
Funding: FCT Project (PTDC/EME-CRO/099333/2008)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: Jorge Manuel Mateus Martins (jorgemartins@tecnico.ulisboa.pt)
Web Page: n/a
Resume: The objective of the HipRob collaborative experiment is to integrate a robotic system that will aid orthopedic surgeons in performing Hip Resurfacing prosthesis surgery with consistent high accuracy and precision. A co-manipulation robotic solution for hip resurfacing surgery based on variable impedance control for physical surgeon-robot interaction will be developed, as well as an ultrasound image sensor for non-invasive real-time bone tracking. The innovative co-manipulation setting to the medical gesture brings together the higher geometric accuracy and precision of the robot manipulator with the higher sensibility and decision making capability of the surgeon when applying force, thus resulting in clear benefits for patients, doctors and hospitals.
Youtube video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQswJ9gLLcE



ID2Care - Systems redesign to improve the survival of critically ill patients using data based modeling
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Project End: Dec. 2012
Project Start: Jan. 2010
Funding: FCT National Project PTDC/SEN-ENR/100063/2008
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: João Miguel Costa Sousa (jmsousa@ist.utl.pt)
Web Page: http://id2care.ist.utl.pt/
Resume: This project examines data collected in intensive care units (ICUs) and considers how to reduce two key adverse outcomes among such patients: death from sepsis, and administration of vasopressors to seriously ill patients. Fuzzy and neural models are derived to perform both classification and prediction of both medical conditions. The performed analyses should provide a robust quantitative basis for informing key clinical policies and practices that can be used for redesigning the overall system processes and functions, according to weighted objectives (e.g., maximize good patient outcomes and minimize adverse patient outcomes at minimal financial expense).
IMADIS - Intelligent Multi-Agents Applied to the Optimization of Distributed Industrial Systems
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Project End: May. 2008
Project Start: June. 2005
Funding: FCT Project (POCI/EME/59191/2004)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: João Miguel Costa Sousa (jmsousa@ist.utl.pt)
Web Page: n/a
Resume: The main challenge in this project is the development of intelligent agents capable of solving distributed optimization supply-chain problems by cooperating or competing, for which fuzzy objective functions are defined.
KIC-PROJECT: Electric Energy Storage
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Project End: Dec. 2013
Project Start: Jan. 2012
Funding: Institute of Technology (EIT) Project (#4127)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: Paulo Branco (pbranco@tecnico.ulisboa.pt)
Web Page: http://www.kic-innoenergy.com/sweden/innovation-projects/
Resume: The service life of batteries is the key element in the spread of electric vehicles that one needs characterized by requirements of acceptable costs to the consumer. This proposal from IST team integrated in KIC Energy Storage-WP4 has the objective of elaborate an automatic battery (battery pack) diagnosis system that runs in the vehicle, estimating in real-time the state-of-charge and mainly the state-of-health of battery pack to assess its missing lifetime. It is intended that this diagnostic system ensure a better use of the batteries and thus improve their sustainability. The challenge now in the development of vehicles with electric traction is not just optimizing their traction chain, both from the point of view of cost, consumption and autonomy, but also and mainly the adjustment of battery pack operation to the "life conditions" of the vehicle where the pack is installed.

NAGUIVA - Navigation and Guidance of Autonomous Vehicles
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Project End: Sep. 2013
Project Start: Aug. 2011
Funding: International CNPq/GRICES Cooperation Project (FCT/4025/8/7/2011/S)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: José Raul Carreira Azinheira (jraz@dem.ist.utl.pt)
Web Page: n/a
Resume: This international cooperation project between CSI/IDMEC-IST, FEM/UNICAMP (Brazil) and DRVC/CTI (Brazil) is focused on modeling, simulation and development/implementation of nonlinear control strategies and navigation for an autonomous electric ground vehicle (VERO project at CTI).

NODES - Flexible Design of Networked Engineering Systems
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Project End: Dec. 2012
Project Start: Jan. 2010
Funding: National FCT Project (PTDC/SEN-ENR/101802/2008)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: João Miguel Costa Sousa (jmsousa@ist.utl.pt)
Web Page: n/a
Resume: Flexible design is a proactive approach to deal with uncertainty, which enables a system to easily adapt to changing future conditions. Previous work has focused on individual projects, such as oil platforms or buildings. Its extension to networks would be of great interest, as many engineering systems can be characterized as networks. This project intends to provide efficient ways to model and explore complex design spaces for networked engineering systems. The developed concept is used to create a sustainable energy system in Azores, a Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean.
OFFSHORE - Methodologies for Design, Monitor and Update Strategic Roadmaps: Application to Marine Energies Development in Portugal
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Project End: Dec. 2012
Project Start: Jan. 2010
Funding: National FCT Project (PTDC/SEN‐ENR/105403/2008)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: Carlos Augusto Santos Silva (carlosaugusto.santossilva@mitportugal.org)
Web Page: http://www.offshoreroadmap.eu/
Resume: The objective of this project is to bring an engineering systems approach to the development of a novel design methodology of roadmaps of renewable and clean energy systems that includes uncertainty management, monitoring an update tools. This requires the definition of a holistic methodology that combines engineering approaches, such as systems modeling and optimization with social sciences methodologies for forecasting such as Delphi techniques. The methodology will be applied to a case study of great relevance for Portuguese social and economic development, which is the development of a Portuguese roadmap for the marine energies, to be developed by the national network for marine energies under the scope of a parallel project.
Optimal scheduling and offering strategies for power producers considering a mixed generation portfolio, uncertainty and risk-management
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Project End: Dec. 2013
Project Start: Jan. 2011
Funding: National FCT Project (PTDC/EEA-EEL/110102/2009)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: Mário Rui Melício da Conceição (ruimelicio@uevora.pt)
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PEERChain - Design and Planning of Energy Efficient and Resilient Supply Chains
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Project End: July. 2013
Project Start: April. 2010
Funding: National FCT Project (PTDC/SEN-ENR/102869/2008)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: João Miguel da Costa Sousa (jmsousa@tecnico.ulisboa.pt)
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Resume: Supply Chain Management is a necessary cornerstone for any organization that wants to compete in the current global economy. The need of seriously exploring the concept of global resilient sustainable supply chains within a collaborative perspective is seen as a goal to improve companies’ revenue growth and costumer’s recognition. This project aims to develop novel models to help design and planning global supply chains, to make them more environmental friendly and resilient to disruptions across a long time horizon.
PEGASE - helicoPter and aEronef naviGation Airborne SystEms
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Project End: Dec. 2009
Project Start: Jan. 2006
Funding: European Union FP6 Project (AST5-CT-2006-030839)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: José Raul Carreira Azinheira (jraz@dem.ist.utl.pt)
Web Page: http://www.pegase-project.eu/
Resume: Approaches, landings and take-offs, or more generally, maneuvers or navigation in the terminal zone, are among the most critical tasks in aircraft operation. PEGASE is a feasibility study of a new Navigation System which allows a three dimensional truly autonomous approach and guidance for airports and helipads and improves the integrity and accuracy of GNSS differential navigation systems.
Recognition of Antique Typographic Font
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Project End: Oct. 2004
Project Start: Sep. 2002
Funding: National FCT Project (POSI/SRI/41201/2001)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: João Rogério Caldas Pinto (jcpinto@dem.ist.utl.pt)
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Resume: Approaches, landings and take-offs, or more generally, maneuvers or navigation in the terminal zone, are among the most critical tasks in aircraft operation. PEGASE is a feasibility study of a new Navigation System which allows a three dimensional truly autonomous approach and guidance for airports and helipads and improves the integrity and accuracy of GNSS differential navigation systems.

SurgRob - Physical Human-Robot Interaction for Fault-Tolerant Surgical Applications
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Project End: Dec. 2013
Project Start: Jan. 2011
Funding: National FCT Project (PTDC/EME-CRO/114571/2009)
Contact at CIS/IDMEC: José Manuel Gutierrez Sá da Costa (sadacosta@dem.ist.utl.pt)
Web Page: n/a
Resume: The goal of this proposal is to develop a novel robotics approach to perform surgical procedures in orthopedics. The proposed approach is based on a co-manipulation solution for the surgeon and robot to perform the surgical procedure, taking advantage of both robot precision and surgeon reasoning. For this solution, we introduce new methods which push forward the state of the art in three different fronts: physical surgeon-robot interaction, intraoperative performance and overall system safety. Youtube video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQswJ9gLLcE