This initiative counts on the presence of the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Prof. Dr. Elvira Fortunato, and other representatives of different institutions, with the following agenda:


  • 11:30 Opening by the Director of FEUP
  • 11:35 Homage to Prof. Fernando Lobo Pereira (by the Director of DEEC)
  • 11:40 Presentation of ARISE and its thematic lines
  • 12:10 ARISE strategic plan
  • 12:20 Debate
  • 12:30 Intervention by the Rector of the University of Porto
  • 12:45 Closing by the Minister of Science and Technology

This event will take place in room “Sala de Actos” (A 104) of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, on January 27, 2023.

J. Norberto Pires Innovation Award – 2022

In the event INOVAÇÃO@UC the J. Norberto Pires Innovation Prize was also awarded, a form to pay tribute to this CEMMPRE’s researcher. The prize was attributed to Prof. Jorge Coelho who is also a CEMMPRE researcher with the project “Nerve Guide Conduit for Peripheral Nerve Regeneration”. The NervGen project aims to produce biodegradable devices by 3D printing for peripheral nerve regeneration.

Source: UC-News


On the 9th November 2022, CEMMPRE participated in the event INOVAÇÃO@UC with a booth.

INOVAÇÃO@UC is an annual event of the University of Coimbra that puts innovation in the centre of the University’s activity. This event aims to be a showcase of what is done at UC for the business sector and society. CEMMPRE showed its competences and how it can be an innovation partner.

In this event the J. Norberto Pires Innovation Prize was also awarded, a form to pay tribute to this CEMMPRE’s researcher. The prize was attributed to Prof. Jorge Coelho who is also a CEMMPRE researcher with the project “Nerve Guide Conduit for Peripheral Nerve Regeneration”. The NervGen project aims to produce biodegradable devices by 3D printing for peripheral nerve regeneration.

CEMMPRE’s scientists in “World’s Top 2% Scientists 2022”

From the 55 scientists of Universidade de Coimbra in the list “World’s Top 2% Scientists 2022”, 10 belong to CEMMPRE

The list includes 200,000scientists, 763 belonging to Portuguese institutions, including 55 scientists from the University of Coimbra. The study distributes scientists by 22 scientific areas and 176 disciplines, considering their index, volume of publications and citations, according to the data available on Scopus in September 2022.

EITM Doctoral School: Info day for PhD Supervisors

Next Friday (November 11 at 2:00 pm in room I025) there will be a debriefing session on the EIT Manufacturing Doctoral School that may be of interest to the doctoral programs for which they are responsible and which I would like to thank your colleagues for sharing. involved as mentors.

FEUP has been involved since its inception in the ETI Manufacturing initiative, an interdisciplinary innovation community associated with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), which brings together more than 75 leading European partners in the sectors of industry, education and research.

This innovation community develops activities in the Knowledge Triangle (according to the Education, Innovation and Market pillars) and has recently launched the first education programs.

The University of Porto (through FEUP) in partnership with Arts et Métiers Institute of Technology (FR), Grenoble Institute of Technology and Management (FR), Czech technical University of Prague (CZ), Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (SL) and University of Tartu (EE), and with EIT Manufacturing, promoted the creation of the EIT Manufacturing Doctoral School, and the agreement for the creation of the school was signed by the 6 schools and by EIT Manufacturing at the end of 2020. The doctoral school was also recognized by the EIT through the EIT Label attribution.

The EITM Doctoral School does not intend to develop new doctoral programs, but rather to develop complementary programs to the doctoral programs offered by partner universities focused on innovation and entrepreneurship components.

This information session has the (remote) participation of Lucia Raimundo (responsible for the doctoral school at EIT Manufacturing) and two FEUP students who participate in the program, and aims to clarify fellow advisors about the objectives and advantages of motivating their students to participate in.

An online session is also planned for the 24th of November, for which you can register via the link.

3D ADDITIVE EXPO-Feira de impressão 3D e fabrico aditivo. 9 – 12 /11/2022 (10-19 h) – EXPOSALÃO – Batalha

The stand of CEMMPRE and IPN based on Knowledge as essential “parameter” of Additive Manufacturing, shows present and future research about Additive Manufacturing (Materials and Technologies) applied to mechanical components/systems/devices. The exhibition was supported by researchers on 3D additive manufacturing technologies of CEMMPRE, contributing to disseminate and share to the visitants their experience on the latest materials and additive manufacturing technologies. The exhibition provided an overview of the state of art, design & modeling research, creative practice, and innovation&enterprise in 3D additive technologies. A QUIZ about the basic concepts in this area will let to selected 5 people to a special free course that promotes the formation to sustainable work in manufacturing, that could be the starting of industrial PhD.

ARISE-LA Invited talks

DEEC, room: I(-1)05

Date and time: Thursday, October 27, at 3 pm

Title: Applied cryptography and cybersecurity in autonomous vehicles

Petter Solnør, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Abstract: With cloud-computing technology, we can outsource computations in feedback control to third-party providers, increasing scalability and enabling feedback control as a service. However, by hosting our systems on third-party infrastructure, we also reveal potentially confidential information which limits the practical use of such systems. We can solve this problem by using a cryptographic concept called homomorphic encryption to design encrypted control systems that only operate on encrypted data. The goal of this presentation is to describe how we can use homomorphic encryption to design encrypted feedback control systems. We cover the basics of homomorphic encryption before describing general design principles and limitations of encrypted control. We proceed by showing examples of an encrypted control system and an encrypted guidance system for an unmanned surface vehicle. Finally, we show a third application where we fuse encrypted state estimates and describe how we can use such an application to, for example, design a collaborative air defense surveillance system.

Title: Autonomous docking of unmanned surface vehicles aided by visual and acoustic measurements

Øystein Volden, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Abstract: Docking is a safety-critical operation for autonomous surface vehicles and requires highly accurate navigation signals. Since Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) can be unreliable and inaccurate in urban environments, other sensors should be considered for increased redundancy and reliability. To this end, we present a low-cost visual-inertial navigation system that we can use for automatic docking of small vehicles. The proposed system produces state estimates of the vehicle, including position, velocity, and attitude, based on raw image and inertial data. To simplify the navigation task, we use easily identifiable tags as a reference on the dockside. When the vehicle approaches the dock, a visual fiducial system recognizes the tags and estimates the relative pose between the camera onboard the vehicle and the tags at the dockside. The camera-tag pose and inertial data are then fused using an error-state Kalman filter for robust state estimation of the vehicle. Since the visual system is constrained by distance to the dockside and the camera’s field of view, we also employ a doppler velocity log (DVL) to obtain low-drift velocity aiding. As such, the DVL can be used to minimize drift for short-endurance missions until a landmark is detected and used by the visual system.

ADOreD – SYSTEC participates in the new project that aims to accelerate the deployment of offshore wind energy using DC technology

ADOreD – Accelerating the Deployment of Offshore wind using DC technology (01/10/2022 – 30/09/2026)

Renewable power is one of the main drives to achieve carbon reduction and net-zero, and to meet the ambitious climate goals. In particular, offshore wind power in Europe has been developing at a rapid pace in recent years. Multi-Giga watts offshore wind farms with larger wind turbine power ratings, floating wind turbines installed in deeper water areas, and higher ratio of renewables integrated to existing power grids, are fundamentally changing power system operations and bringing new challenges and technical demands. This industry doctorate consortium, ADOreD, will recruit and train 15 Researchers by collaborating with 19 academic and industrial organizations. It aims to tackle the academic and technical challenges in the areas of transmission of offshore wind power to the AC grid by using power electronics-based AC/DC technologies. In doing so, it will equip the Researchers, through their PhD studies, with essential knowledge and skills to face fast energy transition in their future careers. The project covers 3 key research aspects: offshore wind (including wind turbines, wind power collection, and wind farm design and control); DC technologies (including AC/DC converters, HVDC control and DC network operation and protection); and AC grid (including stability and control of AC grids dominated with converters under various control modes. The ADOreD consortium has excellent coverage of academic universities and industry organizations including manufacturers, energy utilities, system operators, consultancy and technology innovation centers. All the research questions in the project reflect industry needs; academic novelty and innovation will be reflected in the methodologies and solutions; and the research results will be disseminated directly to the industry partners’ products, grid operation and services. The outcomes of the project are both technologies and a talent pool to accelerate the deployment and grid integration of large-scale offshore wind power.

Partners from Denmark, United Kingdom, China, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Island:

  • Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (FEUP – SYSTEC) and Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (Coordinator);
  • Cardiff University;
  • Centrale Lille Institut; China Electric Power Research Institute (SEAL) SOE;
  • EFACEC ENERGIA – Máquinas e Equipamentos Eléctricos S.A;
  • Global Energy Interconnection Research;
  • Institute Europe GMBH;
  • Hitachi Energy Germany AG;
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven;
  • Ore Catapult Development Services Limited;
  • RED Electrica de Espana S.A.U.;
  • Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission PLC;
  • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy AS;
  • TNEI Services Limited;
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya;
  • Vattenfall Vindkraft A/S;
  • Youwind Renewables EHF;
  • YUSO.

CEMMPRE participation in the Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Department of Mechanical Engineering

As part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the creation of engineering courses at the University of Coimbra (UC), the Department of Mechanical Engineering (DEM) of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra (FCTUC) held, on the 30th of September, a meeting to mark the date. With the motto “RoadMAP50 – Memory, Present and Perspectives”, the initiative aimed to “visit the memory of the evolution of the DEM and analyze its current situation to envision its future development”.

CEMMPRE participated in this initiative, with a brief presentation highlighting its integration into the Advanced Production and Intelligent Systems (ARISE) Associated Laboratory (AL), as well as its Research, Development, and Innovation activity, with particular emphasis on ongoing projects. At the end, Professor Marta Oliveira, made an appeal to all former members of CEMMPRE (or of CEMUC and ICEMS – centres that gave rise to CEMMPRE) to integrate a network that intends to promote future collaborations.