Master’s thesis under ARISE is awarded 1st place in the REN 2023 Prize

Nuno Alexandre Gonçalves Mendes, currently PhD student at the University of Coimbra, supervised by Pedro Moura, from the Institute of Systems and Robotics (ISR-UC), and Jérôme Mendes, from CEMMPRE (both members of the Associated Laboratory ARISE), won 1st place in the REN 2023 Prize. Nuno Mendes’ dissertation, titled “Federated Learning for the Prediction of Net Energy Demand in Communities of Buildings”. REN Prize, created in 1995, is awarded yearly to the best master’s thesis in energy developed at Portuguese universities. The award ceremony took place in Lisbon at the Salão Nobre of the Ritz Hotel on November 13.

Future energy communities allow for the local optimization of resources, namely through energy trading between buildings, but for this, it is crucial to have forecasts of energy consumption and generation in buildings. Conventionally, these forecasts use historical data on net energy consumption in buildings, but they can be improved by also including private building information. Building automation systems allows for the collection of large amounts of data that forecasting systems can use, but this data is mostly classified as private. In this context, Federated Learning (FL) has been used in several areas with the main objective of protecting users’ private data.

This dissertation proposes a new approach for predicting net energy in energy communities based on a FL system. The structure implemented includes the integration of third-party entities as data providers and two forecasting systems (one for consumption and one for generation), both managed by the same server, which ensure the forecasting of net electricity consumption, independently, in each of the buildings belonging to the energy community. The results obtained show that the forecasting systems have achieved a high level of accuracy. Above all, they enable a high level of adaptability, for example, to seasonal variations, the entry and exit of buildings from the community or even new communities made up of other buildings.

ARISE-LA Workshop 2023

SYSTEC & ARISE Researchers Proposal Approved for FCT Funding

Proposal by the SYSTEC researchers entitled “Speech recognition for the sound reconstructed using a bio-inspired geometric model” has been approved by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia in the framework of the Call on Advanced Computing Projects: Artificial Intelligence in Cloud (2nd edition), more info here. Credits on the Google Cloud Platform equivalent to USD 74.100 have been granted. The call was intended to support research projects in Natural Language Processing, Ethics in artificial intelligence and other scientific areas where the Google Cloud Platform facilities in artificial intelligence and data analysis algorithms are useful. The granted computational resources will be used at the SYSTEC to solve computationally demanding problems involving machine learning methods in the framework of an international collaboration with French Universities. The computational project will be executed under coordination by the Principal Investigator, Dr. Roman Chertovskih and Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Rui Jorge Pereira Gonçalves.

CEMMPRE Researcher receives Scientific Merit Medal at “Ciência 2023”

Teresa Vieira, Researcher at CEMMPRE – Centre for Mechanical Engineering, Materials and Processes and Associated Laboratory ARISE – Advanced Production and Intelligent Systems, was awarded the Medal of Scientific Merit by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, during the initiative “Ciência 2023 – Portuguese Science Summit”, on 5 July 2023.

This distinction is intended to reward national or foreign individuals who, due to their high professional qualities and fulfilment of duty, have distinguished themselves for their valuable and exceptional contribution to the development of science or scientific culture in Portugal.

SYSTEC’s Dr Roman Chertovskikh receives approval for Advanced Computing project

Dr Roman Chertovskikh, an integrated member of ARISE-LA/SYSTEC, has achieved a significant milestone in his research endeavours. His proposal was recently approved by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) in the 3rd call for Advanced Computing Projects. This highly competitive call, organized by the National Network for Advanced Computing (RNCA) and facilitated by the FCCN (FCT’s National Scientific Computing Unit), seeks to promote advancements in the field of advanced computing.

Dr Chertovskikh’s successful proposal has garnered him three million core hours on the state-of-the-art Oblivion supercomputers,  hosted at the High-Performance Computing Center of Évora University. This allocation, estimated to be worth around 40 thousand euros, will greatly enhance SYSTEC’s computational capabilities. It serves as a valuable resource for ongoing and future simulations involving large distributed systems, particularly in the areas of fluid dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics.

The recognition bestowed upon Dr Chertovskikh’s proposal is a testament to ARISE-LA/SYSTEC’s excellence in research and innovation. Notably, SYSTEC’s proposals have consistently received support from the FCT in all calls for Advanced Computing Projects. This year, Dr Chertovskikh’s project stood out by achieving the highest classification in the evaluation panel dedicated to Earth and Environmental Sciences. Furthermore, it is the only proposal within that panel to secure 100% of the requested resources.

ARISE-LA/SYSTEC expresses its satisfaction and gratitude for the FCT’s unwavering support. Such recognition and allocation of resources enable the team to push the boundaries of scientific discovery and technological advancements. The computational power provided by the Oblivion supercomputers will further propel SYSTEC’s research capabilities, allowing for intricate and comprehensive simulations in their pursuit of knowledge.

  • For more details regarding the 3rd call for Advanced Computing Projects, please visit [1]. 
  • To learn more about the National Network for Advanced Computing (RNCA), visit [2],
  • For information on the FCCN (FCT’s National Scientific Computing Unit), visit [3]. 
  • Additional information about the Oblivion supercomputers can be found at [4].

Smart Specialization Strategy of the North 2021-27: Challenges and Priorities for a More Innovative North

ARISE, represented by Prof. Dr. Adriano de Carvalho, attended the session “Smart Specialization Strategy of the North 2021-27: Challenges and Priorities for a More Innovative North”, promoted by CCDR-NORTE. The main objectives of the session were to present the new publication of S3 NORTE 2027 and to promote a debate on the main challenges, priorities, and funding opportunities of this regional strategy for the 2021-27 period.

The session took place at the Eng. Alcino Miguel Auditorium of the School of Technology and Management of the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, and was opened by the presence of the Mayor of Bragança, Hernâni Dias, the Minister of Territorial Cohesion, Ana Abrunhosa, the President of CCDR-NORTE, António Cunha, and the President of the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Orlando Rodrigues.

Presentation Ceremony of ARISE – Associated Laboratory

The official presentation of ARISE LA took place on the 27th of January, in the Sala de Atos of FEUP, with the presence of Professor Elvira Fortunato, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education. During the ceremony, tribute was also paid to Professor Fernando Lobo Pereira, former head of ARISE LA.

Mobility GT: Surfaces and interfaces for sustainable green mobility – call for 12 postdocs

This international programme involves 4 academic partners – it is coordinated by the Laboratory for Tribology and Interface Nanotechnology of the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) in cooperation with the University of Leeds (UK), Luleå University of Technology (Sweden) and University of Coimbra (Portugal) – and 50 associated partners, mainly from industry (e.g., Volvo, Scania, Oerlikon, SKF, Hidria, Kolektor, Mahle, Cummins, and others).
The programme will host 24 post-doctoral researchers, each with a 3-year contract. The annual salary available to each postdoc is a minimum of €69,360, or €77,280 for a postdoc who is entitled to a family allowance.
Mobility GT will be realised in two calls for two cohorts of 12 postdocs each. Half the positions in each cohort will initially focus on fundamental nanoscale research (at the University of Ljubljana), with the other half working on macroscale, application-oriented tribology research of materials, surfaces, coatings and lubrication at the University of Leeds, Luleå University of Technology or University of Coimbra). This will be followed by what will be an exciting, compulsory switch between the two length scales after 27 months (and includes a mandatory secondment at an intersectorial/industrial partner) as the “nanoscale” postdocs take what they have discovered to the macroscale, and the “macroscale” postdocs get the chance to look more deeply into their findings on the nanoscale. This means the postdocs will finish off with a 9-month academic secondment to complement the main period of research.
Each post-doc can propose their own project with bottom-up ideas, but in agreement with the host university. So preliminary contacts and a discussion with provisional mentors are mandatory.
The first call will be available on Jan 1st, 2023, with the submission deadline of a post-doc project proposal on May 31th, 2023. After an international review, led by six high-profile tribologists (including three Tribology Gold Medallists), the winning proposals will be announced in August 2023. After the necessary administrative procedures for the winning proposals, the first 12 post-docs will start in January 2024. The whole procedure will then be repeated, to recruit the next cohort of 12 post-docs, who will start in January 2025.
The Mobility GT post-docs, with their individual research projects, will be able to address major challenges in green tribology in the following research areas:

  • Nanoscale-based green lubrication and surface technology (Ljubljana)
  • Boundary films & tribochemical interfaces (Leeds)
  • Green lubrication for lightweight composites and lubrication modelling (Luleå)
  • Wear-resistant, low-friction, advanced surface coatings (Coimbra)

Several sub-areas have already been identified, leading to an initial, approximately 200 research directions being available to choose from, guided by 30 academic mentors, specialising in different research fields.