TWEVO, the startup founded by the IT researchers Carlos Ribeiro and Mónica Figueiredo, is the winner of the European Commission´s SME Instrument funding.
The SME Instrument is part of the European Innovation Council (EIC), which supports entrepreneurs, small businesses and scientists with funding opportunities and acceleration services. Has explained on the Horizon 2020 webpage (http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/sme-instrument), “The SME instrument supports close-to-market activities, with the aim to give a strong boost to breakthrough innovation with a market-creating potential. Highly innovative SMEs with a clear commercial ambition and a potential for high growth and internationalization are the prime target”. This is “The Champions League of companies”, said Bernd Reichert, Head of SMEs in Horizon 2020 unit.
After a thorough evaluation conducted by a panel of multinational technology, business and financial experts, and having faced the fierce competition of more than 650 other European start-ups, TWEVO came-out on the TOP 5.
This SME Instrument funding will enable TWEVO to access the European market and get feedback on the potential of their product, REVOsdr, which allows real-time communication for future 5G
Caroline Loss, a current post-doc researcher from IT in Aveiro, achieved the third place in the Graduate Student Paper Award (GSPA), promoted by The Fiber Society, the first and most renowned society in the field of fibrous materials. Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson this competition, held in Athens, USA, last November 8-10, The Fiber Society’s 2017 Fall Technical Conference aims to recognize significant post-graduate students´ contributions in the field of fiber science, technology and application.
The work that got Caroline the third place in the podium was entitled “Influence of Some Structural Parameters of Textile on Their Dielectric Behaviour”, which integrates the PhD thesis supervised by professors Rita Salvado (UBI-DCTT) and Pedro Pinho (ISEL/IT in Aveiro). This work was developed between the Department of Textile Science and Technology (UBI) and the IT in Aveiro, and also had the contribution of Ricardo Gonçalves, researcher at IT in Aveiro.
This paper focuses on the study of wearable antennas and describes how the applied manufacturing technique can affect the return loss parameter of printed textile antennas. The work was distinguished for its contribution to analyze the influence of the laminating manufacturing technique on the electromagnetic behavior of the conductive and dielectric textile materials, giving guidelines to optimize the manufacturing process of the textile antennas and thus increase their performance.
For Caroline this was her second distinction this year, having received an honorable mention in the Student Paper Award at the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Workshop Series on Advanced Materials and Processes (IMWS-AMP) 2017 Conference, held in Pavia on last September 20-22.