Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS
Fraunhofer Portugal (FhP) promotes applied research that drives economic development and serves the wider social benefit. FhP aims to enhance people’s living standards, specially focusing on ‘Ageing and Elderly’, by offering intuitive and useful technology solutions, capable of lowering technical and financial barriers that usually hamper the use of ICT and effective participation in the Information Society. Main research areas are autonomic computing (self-management and remote management of devices), information retrieval (information fusion), and HCI (usability and user experience design).
Centro ALGORITMI is a research unit of the School of Engineering – University of Minho, that develops R&D activity in Information and Communications Technology and Electronics (ICT&E), spreading into four major fields: (1) Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Nanotecnhology; (2) Operations Research, Statistics and Numerical Methods; (3) Information Systems, Software and Multimedia; (4) Communications, Computer Networks and Pervasive Computing.
The majority of PhD-level researchers of the Center are also Faculty members of four departments of the School of Engineering, namely: Industrial Electronics (DEI), Information Systems (DSI), Industrial Engineering & Management (DPS), Informatics (DI). Furthermore, the MSc and PhD projects supervised by those Faculty members are developed at ALGORITMI.
Centro ALGORITMI focuses its activity on projects that explore a strong link with the community, namely the industry and the public administration. The University of Minho is located in an industrialized region with an important expression on textile and footwear industries, and an emerging field on ICT services enterprises, pushed by the e-phenomena age. The automotive industrial field also gained recently an important share of the market. Another external factor that influences our target field of application is the growth of the cities in the region, which introduces several demands for the co-operation of researchers, namely in the field of logistics, communication, e-government and resources management. The results of this policy are stated by the number of applied research projects in cooperation with companies (funded by AdI and QREN) and by specific national projects, namely POSI, POCTI, and POE. Additionally, the Centre participates in several European projects, typically funded by IST programmes.
The Centro de Ciência e Tecnologia Têxtil is a research unit of the School of Engineering of Universidade do Minho, developing research activities in the area of Fibrous Material Engineering and Design. Founded in 1978, the Centre is financed by the National Science and Technology Foundation (FCT) and recognized as Excellent in its field. The strategic project of 2C2T aims to enhance the competitive position of the European industries by building a knowledge base on science and technology of fibrous materials and processes.
The research activities are developed in tune with industrial needs, involving multidisciplinary teams and are organized in three research groups: Textile Physics, Textile Chemistry and Management, Design and Marketing. The research projects are developed together with the most important worldwide universities, companies and R&D centres, in a national or international basis, guarantying the dissemination of results. Contracts within cooperation protocols with individuals and companies provide shared access to technologies, entries into proprietary research and a rapid response team for national and international initiatives.
The groups explore several research approaches ranging from fundamental to applied research with special emphasis on real-world problems. The participation in international networks of experts, research institutions and European standardisation bodies opens wide chances to be in the leading edge in what concerns innovation opportunities.
The Center for Psychology at University of Porto, CPUP, brings together researchers from different areas of Psychology with a common interest in human behavior, mind and brain, in health and in disease. The overarching goal of CPUP is to produce world-class research and innovative educational and clinical applications, thereby contributing to the development of an inclusive society. An integrative approach is privileged through the combination of complementary methods, techniques and expertise. CPUP was rated “Excellent” in the international evaluation promoted by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology in 2013.
CPUP is organized into five research groups that share well-equipped labs: Culture, Normativity and Diversity (Social Psychology Lab); Development and Education; Relationships, Change Processes and Wellbeing (Laboratories of Investigation on Psychotherapy, and of Psychosocial Rehabilitation); Neurocognition and Language (Speech Lab), and Human Sexuality (SexLab). These groups conduct basic and applied research on: challenges associated with social change, discrimination, and social exclusion; processes and contextual determinants of development and learning, including protective factors of resilience and mental health; dynamics of work and family, adjustment of individuals, couples and families to physical and mental disease; mind/brain interactions, with emphasis on language, communication, emotion, and the neurocognitive profiles of developmental and neurodegenerative disorders; aspects of human sexuality, such as sexual dysfunctions, risky behaviours, and dimensions associated with sexual response, satisfaction, and well-being.
The Research Center in Sports Sciences, Health and Human Development (CIDESD) is a cross-institutional technical and scientifically multi-disciplinary unity of applied research hosted in the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Vila Real). Originally created in 2007, this Center appears from the network integration, by a consortium agreement, of six previous research units originally from the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (1); the Sport Sciences School of Rio Maior – Polytechnic Institute of Santarém (2); the University of Beira Interior (3), the Higher Institute of Maia (4), the University of Madeira (5) and the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (6). Also, other two extinguished research centers previously accredited by FCT (National Foundation for Science and Technology) were also integrated and merged in CIDESD: the Institute of Sciences of Brain and Physics for Well-being and Safety from Higher Institute of Maia (1) and the Research Centre of Human Development and Physical Activity from the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (2). In 2008, two more Institutions were fully integrated in this network: The nursing Health School of Vila Real (1) and the Educational higher School from the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu (2). In 2013 the University of Évora added the consortium. The Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo and Polytechnic Institute of Guarda are the newest members, they joined CIDESD in February 2015.
The Unit is a consortium agreement of 8 Institutions, with 123 members of which 47 are integrated and 76 are associated members. At the present, the Unit consists of four research communities: GERON, STRONG, CreativeLab and CFD – Computational fluid dynamics.
The scope of CITAB is focused on the agro-food and forestry systems using the production-chain approach as a whole. It is composed of a multidisciplinary team with expertise ranging from fundamental sciences such as biology and chemistry to agronomists, forestry engineers and ecologists. The group benefits from the input of other scientific experts in the fields of mathematics, physics, technological engineering and engineers.
The novelty of CITAB relies exactly on the inclusion of these other expertise in our centre, bringing new solutions and maximization of the resources and a higher added value in the development and upgrading of the agriculture and forestry production chains. To cover vertical studies in all the systems the foci for the new centre were divided into three areas: Ecointegrity, Sustainable Agro-food Chains and Biosystems Engineering.With this structure we envisaged a more homogeneity and interaction, when approaching the production chain concept in which the climate effects right through the quality of the final plant products and the inputs from engineering, modelling and remote sensing technologies have a relevant and innovative role.
CENTER FOR HEALTH TECHNOLOGY AND SERVICES RESEARCH
The 100 proponents of this new unit strongly believe that with the creation and successful implementation of CINTESIS, the Portuguese scientific and technological system will be reinforced, mainly because this unit was specially designed to address, in a cost-effective manner, the highly complex research and societal challenges of the Horizon 2020 Programme. Furthermore, due to involvement of researchers from 4 different Portuguese regions, it is also likely that the unit will have a significant regional impact, namely in the North, Center and Algarve regions.
The 4 proposed thematic lines (TL) for CINTESIS i.e. TL1 – Clinical and Health Services Research, TL2 – Ageing and Neurosciences Research, TL3 – Diagnosis, Disease and Therapeutics Research and TL4 – Data and Methods Research, not only are strongly aligned with the major priorities defined by Horizon 2020 for health research in Europe, but have been designed to maximize the research interactions and complementarities of expertise and research interests among research groups (RGs), organized within these 4 major research lines.