In 2015, I started an FCT Post-Doc grant at IT in collaboration with the Centro de Automática y Robótica, CSIC-UPM in Madrid, Spain.
I started in IT in the beginning of 2010, working in the FCT project “FEfOF”, under the supervision of Professor Paulo André. My main task was to contribute towards the study of the catastrophic optical fiber fuse effect, its characteristics and impact in optical fiber networks.
Based on the work developed during that year, and fascinated by the possibility to purse a doctorate degree, I was granted a FCT PhD grant the next year. My work, still under the supervision of Professor Paulo André, targeted the study of the degradation of optical fibers’ lifetime and its impact in optical fiber communication networks.
In the final stage, our work developed into the recycling of the damaged fibre, in order to cost-effectively produce Fabry-Perot optical fiber sensors. I have concluded my PhD in 2014. The topic, explored in the final stage of my PhD, gave me new perspectives of research, which I planned to pursue within my Post-Doc research.
In 2015, I started an FCT Post-Doc grant at IT in collaboration with the Centro de Automática y Robótica, CSIC-UPM in Madrid, Spain. This collaboration aimed to develop smart optical fiber solutions to be integrated in physical rehabilitation exoskeletons, in order to improve the wellbeing of debilitated patients.
The development of this type of solutions led to a more ambitious design, towards the development of an e-Health monitoring system, through an integrated optical fiber sensor network, capable of monitoring health conditions in the lower limbs. This last topic was supported by IT through the financing of the internal project WeHope - Wearable e-Health optical fiber monitoring systems, encouraging me and our team to pursue other substantial financing sources.
IT has definitely helped me grow as a researcher, and was always a support in all my academic path. For that… Thank you!