Miguel Duarte, from IT in ISCTE-IUL, has won the first prize in the Fraunhoffer Portugal Challenge 2016, in the Best Ideas in the PhD category, with his work “Bringing Artificial Intelligence for Swarm Robotics Systems to the Real World”. Miguel stated “I am proud that the work of our group was distinguished among the best in Portugal”.
Under the supervision of Anders Christensen and Sancho Oliveira, both also from IT in ISCTE-IUL, Miguel Duarte has engineered a robotic control approach where 10 aquatic surface low-cost robots function has a swarm, cooperating with each other to accomplish several maritime tasks. For Miguel, this solution is not just cost-effective, but also a new way to approach maritime tasks. “We were able to make the robots function autonomously and to execute the scheduled mission in the territory".
On this 7th edition of the Fraunhoffer Portugal Challenge, between two categories (PhD and Master), there were a total of 70 works being judged by a panel of both national and international experts. ”The goal of this contest is to reward the ideas that are being developed at the level of applied research in Portugal, "said Pedro Almeida, a board member of the contest. An intent that is praised by Miguel Duarte, saying that ”Often the innovation needed to succeed in bringing an idea from paper into the real world turns out to be less valued in the academic world”.
After having received the Annual Collaboration team Award from Huawei, the Wireless Circuits Group from IT Aveiro - Telmo Reis Cunha, Pedro Miguel Cabral, Pedro Miguel Lavrador, Luis Cótimos Nunes e Filipe Barradas, led by José Carlos Pedro - was again distinguished by the Chinese multinational company, this time with the Best Collaboration Award with Huawei Wireless, 2015. This award follows yet again the IT group´s work with the Swedish division of Huawei (HWSE). However, unlike the previous award given by the Swedish division of Huawei Wireless (HWSE), this new distinction was attributed by the Huawei Wireless division out from all the 2015 collaborations with research units over the world.
The four-year project "RF PA Distortion Modeling and Predistortion" brought together the IT group and the Digital Pre-Distortion (DPD) team from HWSE to develop innovative modelling techniques based on the understanding of the device physics. With about 913k€, this was one of the largest, if not the largest IT project to be funded by a private company. According to José Carlos Pedro, the feedback of one of Huawei´s representatives was that “IT has changed the paradigm followed in Huawei Technologies for power amplifier projects”.