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INESC TEC Science Bits is a podcast, produced by INESC TEC and Engenharia Rádio, that aims to shed a light on the latest trends in science and technology, trying to dive deeper in each subject with the help of INESC experts and researchers.

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INESC TEC Science Bits is a podcast, produced by INESC TEC and Engenharia Rádio, that aims to shed a light on the latest trends in science and technology, trying to dive deeper in each subject with the help of INESC experts and researchers.

    INESC TEC Science Bits #10 – Smart Grids

    INESC TEC Science Bits #10 – Smart Grids

    INESC TEC Science Bits is a podcast, produced by INESC TEC and Engenharia Rádio, which aims to shed a light on the latest trends in science and technology, trying to dive deeper in each subject with the help of INESC TEC experts and researchers.



    INESC TEC has a vast experience (more than 25 years) in the energy field, from the first scientific research project on distribution networks (during the 1990s), until the present moment, where smart grids are one of the main elements in the agenda for the future.

    The Laboratory of Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles, part of INESC TEC, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. This internationally acknowledged laboratory takes science-based innovation to important companies in the energy market, which work in different dimensions of the sector. In addition, it aims to make society aware of issues related to energy, such as energy efficiency, smart grids or renewable energy sources.

    These facilities welcome PhD and MSC students and researchers, both national and foreign, who go through the complete process of idea development, discussion with peers, knowledge and prototype development, implementation and testing. Companies and other public institutions focusing on smart grids can also benefit from this infrastructure.

    To talk about the history and work of this laboratory, we invited Miguel Miranda and Luís Seca, researchers from the INESC TEC’s Centre for Power and Energy Systems.

     

    Luís Miguel Miranda is researcher on power electronic converters mainly with application in smart grids and energy storage systems. He is currently responsible for the Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles Laboratory (SGEVL) of INESC TEC. His main domains of research are related with electric vehicle charging, hardware design and prototyping of electric and electronic equipment and testing of distributed energy resources using power hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL). He holds an international patent related to matrix converters modulation and is author or co-author of several conference and journal papers.

     

    Luís Seca is a Senior Researcher in the Center for Power and Energy and member of the Board of INESC TEC, a private R&D institution in Portugal, Luís Seca current research interests focus on the integration of distributed energy resources (renewable, EV, Storage, etc.) in distribution systems, dynamic stability in isolated systems and smart grids.

     

    • 29 min
    INESC TEC Science Bits #9 – Technology and Psychology

    INESC TEC Science Bits #9 – Technology and Psychology

    INESC TEC Science Bits is a podcast, produced by INESC TEC and Engenharia Rádio, which aims to shed a light on the latest trends in science and technology, trying to dive deeper in each subject with the help of INESC TEC experts and researchers.



    The COVID-19 pandemic, which invaded Portugal in March 2020, forced us to redefine our attitude towards work. On March 18 this year, a state of emergency was declared, forcing teleworking to be adopted whenever possible.

    Teleworking literally means remote work, working at a distance, being a job performed outside the company using information technologies. This delicate situation inevitably brings new challenges and demands, since the boundaries between professional and personal lives can blur and create a set of psychological difficulties for individuals.

    How can we fight the stress and help workers with their motivation? How can technology contribute to support this new conditioned reality? What if technology and psychology managed to join forces in this teleworking crusade, what did we all have to gain?

    To answer these and other questions, we have with us today two INESC TEC researchers working in different areas, but somehow reconciled: Duarte Dias and Susana Rodrigues, from the Centre for Biomedical Engineering Research (C-BER).

    Recently graduated in Bioengineering, Duarte Dias is passionate by hi-tech and R&D, always trying to contribute for a better understanding of human body physiology applying engineering concepts. His electronic and computer science skills acquired during the Master Degree and external projects, endorsed his capabilities as a researcher in biomedical engineering area. Signal and image processing, Programming, Electronics, Instrumentation, Automation, Data structure, Bionics and Computer-aided Systems were some of the most relevant areas lectured during graduation, all of them related to biomedical science. His experience enables him to develop and produce new technologies with real-life applications to improve healthcare and human well-being.

    Susana Rodrigues is a researcher in the area of Psychophysiology at BRAIN group. Holds a PhD degree in Psychology from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto (FPCEUP) and she is a Chartered Psychologist with the Order of Psychologists, with a specialization in clinical and health psychology. So far, her research has been concentrated in the areas of stress, fatigue, coping and engagement among first responders using ambulatory assessment methodologies.

     

    • 27 min
    INESC TEC Science Bits #8 – Exploring the ocean

    INESC TEC Science Bits #8 – Exploring the ocean

    INESC TEC Science Bits is a podcast, produced by INESC TEC and Engenharia Rádio, which aims to shed a light on the latest trends in science and technology, trying to dive deeper in each subject with the help of INESC TEC experts and researchers.



    Did you know that proportionally we have more knowledge about the surface of the moon than we have about the deep sea? Since the ocean and the Blue Economy are top priorities in Portugal and in the European Union, new solutions have to be designed to help increase the activity at the ocean in a more effective and lucrative way.

    To understand a little bit more why it is so difficult to gather information from underwater surfaces and what INESC TEC has been working on to solve those issues, we invited two guests who work as researchers at the forefront of these subjects. Rui Campos works at the Centre for Telecommunications and Multimedia, and Bruno Ferreira at the Centre for Robotics and Autonomous Systems, both at INESC TEC.



    Rui Campos has a PhD degree in Electrical and Computers Engineering in 2011, from the University of Porto. Currently, he leads the Wireless Networks research area of the Centre for Telecommunications and Multimedia at INESC TEC, consisting of 30 researchers, and he is an IEEE Senior Member.

    He has coordinated several research projects, including: SMART and SIMBED+ in Fed4FIRE+ Open Calls, UGREEN, BLUECOM+, MareCom, MTGrid, the WiFIX action approved in CONFINE Open Call 1, Mare-Fi, Under-Fi, ReCoop, and HiperWireless. Rui Campos has participated in several research projects, including the following European projects: H2020 ResponDrone, H2020 Fed4FIRE+, H2020 RAWFIE, FP7 SUNNY, FP7 CONFINE, FP6 Ambient Networks Phase 1, and FP6 Ambient Networks Phase 2.

    His research interests include medium access control, radio resource management, mobility management, and network auto-configuration in emerging wireless networks, with special focus on maritime networks and flying networks.



    Bruno Ferreira is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Robotics and Autonomous Systems at INESC TEC. He graduated in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, first with a MSc degree in 2009 and with a PhD degree in 2014. Since 2009, he has been working on Surface and Underwater Robotics, researching on Control, Guidance, Localization and Coordination of marine robots.

    His activities have been developed in the context of several national and international projects, among which the following are highlighted: Lajeado (development of an AUV for dam inspection); FP7 ICARUS (Integrated Components for Assisted Rescue and Unmanned Search operations); and FLEXUS (Flexible Unmanned Surface vehicles for the Internet of moving things), funded by H2020 RAWFIE project.

    He is also involved in the development of several robotic systems and at the origin of prototypes such as the autonomous surface vehicle FLEXUS and the autonomous underwater vehicle SHAD.

     

    • 37 min
    INESC TEC Science Bits #7 – E-learning

    INESC TEC Science Bits #7 – E-learning

    INESC TEC Science Bits is a podcast, produced by INESC TEC and Engenharia Rádio, which aims to shed a light on the latest trends in science and technology, trying to dive deeper in each subject with the help of INESC TEC experts and researchers.



    For most people, September means the “end of summer holidays” and the “beginning of the school year”. For this reason, and to encourage your return to day-to-day life, in this episode we’d like to invite you to enter a classroom with no walls and a bunch of games. The Professors are actually researchers at INESC TEC’s Centre for Information Systems and Computer Graphics: António Coelho and Leonel Morgado, who talked about “E-learning”.

    An episode recorded at a distance that tests some of the tools of this work and teaching method.



    Leonel Morgado is Assistant Professor with Habilitation at Universidade Aberta, Portugal’s public distance education university. Leonel Morgado lectures on research methods, programming and immersive learning technology. He is also a board member of the Immersive Learning Research Network. His main research interest is the use and development of e-learning and immersive technology for education and business, which he pursues since 2000, focusing on multi-user platforms since 2006. He authored over 200 papers, in journals, conferences, and as book chapters. Before pursuing an academic career, he was business and technical manager of a hardware import, distribution and retail company, as well as terminologist for the localisation teams of MS Office 97 and Oracle InterOffice. He also worked as language consultant for IBM/Lotus, coordinator of Web Development teams for heritage organisations and of software deployment teams at hospitals nationwide, as well as manager of a cooperative extension team fighting the digital divide in rural villages.



    António Fernando Coelho is an Associate Professor with Habilitation at the Department of Informatics Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering (FEUP), University of Porto (UP), where he teaches in the fields of Computer Graphics, Programming and Digital Games. He is also the director of the Doctoral Programme in Digital Media at the University of Porto.

    He is also Senior Researcher at the Centre for Information Systems and Computer Graphics (CSIG) of INESC TEC (formerly INESC Porto) since 1995, and he is currently the coordinator of the Computer Graphics and Virtual Environments area. His research interests focus on Computer Graphics, Serious Games and Geospatial Systems.

    • 17 min
    INESC TEC Science Bits #6 – Biometric recognition

    INESC TEC Science Bits #6 – Biometric recognition

    INESC TEC Science Bits is a podcast, produced by INESC TEC and Engenharia Rádio, which aims to shed a light on the latest trends in science and technology, trying to dive deeper in each subject with the help of INESC TEC experts and researchers.



    In the last episode of Science Bits before the holidays, we talked about biometric recognition, with two researchers from INESC TEC’s Centre for Telecommunications and Multimedia.

    Biometry literally means “measurement of life” and, in this episode, Filipa Sequeira and João Pinto explain why this area could be one of the key facilitators of the world’s digital transformation. A more convenient and safer world. However, since “mostly everything can be used for good and evil; the world will keep on turning”, the researchers also highlight the challenges inherent in biometrics. Don’t miss this episode. We will be back in September. Happy holidays!



    Ana Filipa Sequeira (PhD) has a PhD in Electrical and Computers Engineering, a First Degree (5-year) in Mathematics and Master’s Degree in the same field, all from the University of Porto. Ana Filipa works as assistant researcher at INESC TEC, in the field of computer vision and machine learning. In the past, she worked at the University of Reading, UK, collaborating in EU projects related to the application of biometric recognition in Border Control (FASTPASS and PROTECT projects). Moreover, Ana Filipa had a short-term collaboration with the company Iris Guard UK, researching vulnerabilities and developing a proof-of-concept of a robust iris anti-spoofing measure for their EyePay® Technology. Ana Filipa also led the development of several biometric databases, managed biometric competitions and co-authored several research publications.

    Ana’s research includes liveness detection techniques (for iris, face and fingerprint), biometric recognition for border control, facial analysis topics, such as emotion recognition, image compliance with standardisation requirements and interpretability of AI for biometrics, among others.



    João Pinto holds an integrated Master’s (Bachelor and Master) degree in Bioengineering, a branch of Biomedical Engineering focused on a wide array of subjects related to healthcare and engineering, such as sensors and electronics, signal and image processing, computer aided diagnosis, medical instruments, robotics and bionics, mobile programming and software engineering.

    He is currently a Research Assistant at CTM – INESC TEC and a PhD student at FEUP, conducting research in signal and image analysis, combined with machine learning for pattern recognition applications. His work focuses mainly on biometrics, for human identification and authentication, using electrocardiographic signals from off-the-person, highly noisy, unconstrained, and seamless acquisition settings.

    • 27 min
    INESC TEC Science Bits #5 – Personalised Health Research

    INESC TEC Science Bits #5 – Personalised Health Research

    INESC TEC Science Bits is a podcast, produced by INESC TEC and Engenharia Rádio, which aims to shed a light on the latest trends in science and technology, trying to dive deeper in each subject with the help of INESC TEC experts and researchers.



    The fifth episode of INESC TEC Science Bits focuses on “Personalised Health Research”. Artur Rocha and Gonçalo Gonçalves, from INESC TEC’s Centre for Information Systems and Computer Graphics, help other health researchers in the development of new treatments before they become common practice. You can find out more about the study “Diaries of a Pandemic”, the Happ-e (the first online cohort for adults born prematurely) and iReceptor Plus, a project that focuses on immunogenetics.



    Artur Rocha is a senior researcher at INESC TEC since 1998. He is the assistant coordinator of the Centre for Information Systems and Computer Graphics (CSIG). His current research interests include platforms and methods for collaborative research, privacy-preserving distributed computation, the semantic sensor Web (IoT) and Big Data processing. From October 1996 to December 1997, he was an associate member of CERN – European Laboratory for High Energy Physics, IT Division/Web Office. His research focuses on two major areas: Personalised Health Research (PHR), and Earth and Ocean Observation Science (EOOS). The PHR area comprises: a) personalised Internet-based treatments; and b) human data storage, privacy-preserving processing and controlled FAIR data sharing. Concerning this field, Artur Rocha participates in several projects, such as ICT4Depression (FP7), E-COMPARED (FP7), STOP Depression (EEA Grant), iCare4Depression (FCT), RECAP Preterm (H2020), EUCAN-Connect (H2020) and iReceptor Plus (H2020). In these projects, he is often responsible for the system’s architecture, platform implementation or technical coordination. As to the EOOS, he participates in the implementation of the RAIA Observatory (Interreg projects RAIA, RAIA.co, RAIA TEC, MarRisk and RADAR ON RAIA), SeaBioData(EEA Grant), MELOA (H2020) and C4G – which is the Portuguese node of EPOS (H2020 EPOS-SP).



    Gonçalo Gonçalves is a researcher at the Centre for Information Systems and Computer Graphics of INESC TEC since 2017. He holds a MSc in Network and Information Systems Engineering (focus on Parallel and Distributed Systems), from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto. His research focuses mainly on software development for e-Health systems.

    He currently participates in RECAP Preterm (H2020), EUCAN Connect (H2020) and other eHealth-related projects.

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