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TexBoost promises to revolutionize automotive sector with smart car seats

on 22-01-2021


IT researchers have developed a unique solution for car seat covers, capable of monitoring drivers’ comfort and biometric signals, as a way to reduce road accidents.

Pedro Pinho, José Vieira and Carolina Gouveia, the research team from Aveiro, represented IT in the 3-year mobilizing project “TexBoost - less Commodities more Specialties” of the Textile Cluster: Technology and Fashion. 

The project comprises a set of R&D initiatives, organized into five technical PPS (Products, Processes and Services) that, collectively, aim to create a new generation of textile solutions for consumers and companies, through the use of emerging and cutting-edge technologies.

Our reseachers’ task was to develop and integrate a bio-radar system in a car seat cover, for which they designed textile antennas, creating a “sensor network that monitors drivers’ comfort and physiological state, in order to improve road safety”, as they explain.

“The sensor network includes a vital signs sensor, humidity sensors, temperature sensors, and a pressure matrix sensor, distributed in different areas of the seat cover. All of them were developed using textile technologies and built on the same substrate material”, said José Vieira.

The research team had several volunteers test and validate the system’s performance, after which they implemented a fully operating algorithm, in real time, for the breathing signal acquisition, processing and display. Such unique technology has already led them to submit a patent.

The team’s initiative fell into the PPS 4 category — iETextiles (Electronic Textiles) — which focused on research and development of wearables for sensing and monitoring in sport, mobility and home textiles.

The TexBoost consortium, led by RIOPELE and under the technical coordination of CITEVE (Technological Centre for the Textile and Clothing Industry of Portugal), involves a total of 43 entities, of which 23 are industrial companies of the textile industry and 15 are non-corporate entities of the R&I system. 

Co-financed by COMPETE 2020, the project represents a total investment of 9.2 million euros, corresponding to an incentive of 6.3 million euros from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

IT researcher wins first edition of the Amílcar Sernadas Logic Prize

on 11-01-2021


Sérgio Marcelino, researcher from IT in Lisbon, won the first edition of the Amílcar Sernadas Logic Prize.


His work, “An unexpected Boolean connective”, was awarded ex aequo to the paper “k-Provability in PA” by Paulo Guilherme Santos and Reinhard Kahle (both from FCT, Universidade Nova de Lisboa).


“Although Professor Amílcar Sernadas was not directly my professor, I must say his academic and scientific life deeply influenced mine”, said Sérgio Marcelino.


“Receiving this distinction is an honour for me. It is a strong incentive to continue to pursue the research on understanding the complexity of logical reasoning and its applications, to which I have been dedicating my life, and an excellent opportunity to disseminate its fruits”.


Sérgio Marcelino is a member of IT’s Security and Quantum Informations Group (SQIG), which focuses on logic and computation with an emphasis on the fields of information security and quantum computation and information.


The Amílcar Sernadas Logic Prize was established in 2020 by Instituto Superior Técnico, with the support of the Mathematics Department and IT, to distinguish unpublished papers in the area of Logic. 


It honors the memory and academic career of Professor Amílcar Sernadas, and celebrates the significant scientific contributions he made in the areas of Logic and Foundations of Computer Science. 


The prize is included in the initiative “One logic prize in every country”, that emerged from the series of conferences UNILOG (World Congress and School in Universal Logic), which aim to encourage and promote the development of Logic research worldwide. The winners receive 1,000 euros, intended to support the presentation of the winning papers in the UNILOG conference.