Research and development

By my own inability or by reasons related with the historical evolution the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of FEUP, I could never manage harmoniously my teaching interests with my R&D work. In this manner, although since 1975 my teaching activity has been in the area of Electronics, when in 1988 I had the opportunity of participating in a structured R&D team, intervening in international projects, this activity took place in the area of Computer Integrated Manufacturing.

In spite of this mismatch of interests, I never quit work in the area of Electronics and especially in Basic Electronics, with emphasis on Electronic Circuits Analysis. Not only my Doctor thesis was elaborated in this area, but I also did develop techniques and methods of analysing electronic circuits as a support to my teaching activity. The most visible expression of this work is the paper Using Circuit Transformations for the Evaluation of Amplifier Parameters , published in the IEEE Transactions on Education, vol. 42, pp. 212-216. August, 1999.

Note: The use of this paper is subject to the IEEE copyright rules. So, except for personal use, the explicit authorization of IEEE (Copyrights and Trademarks - copyrights@ieee.org) is necessary.

In 2000/01, I started developing a multimedia tool to assist the study of Electronics, entitled Amplificadores Diferenciais e Multiandar, with Prof. Pedro Guedes de Oliveira, which has been used by our students of Electrónica I and II (A) and Electrónica II (T) courses, with good results, since 2001/02.

With this work, besides in continuous development, interesting perspectives have been opened. In this way, I have been invited by INESC Porto for participating in GENIUS Project, of European Union, in collaboration with Profs. Guedes de Oliveira and Vítor Tavares. This project aimed the elaboration of four multimedia-learning modules in the area of Electronics and Telecommunications, to be tested in all the 13 universities participating in the project. INESC Porto, representing the University of Porto, was in charge of one of these modules, Multistage Differential Amplifiers, based on the work above referred.

Along with Prof. Guedes de Oliveira, I have presented a paper entitled An e-tool to assist Basic Electronics learning in the International Conference TELEC'2002, Santiago de Cuba, July 17-19, 2002.

With Profs. Guedes de Oliveira e Vítor Tavares, I have presented to FCT a proposal for a project aiming to extend the above referred initial work (Multistage Differential Amplifiers) to the whole programme of the Electrónica I and II courses, and to CRUP another proposal for a Luso-Spanish Integrated Action with University of Alcalá, Madrid, aiming to develop the conception and methodology of a learning/teaching structure of Electronics based on the Information and Communication Technologies. Unfortunately, these proposals have not been approved.

Finally, along with Profs. Guedes de Oliveira and Vítor Tavares, I have presented a paper entitled e‑Environment for Basic Electronic Learning (e-BELL): a web tool for complementary autonomous study , in the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Education - ICTE 2002, Badajoz, Spain, November 13-16, 2002.

From the work I have accomplished in the area of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, I would like to point out my participation in ESPRIT Project 9901 - NETCIM, in the RIBAMEC Network and in the PIBAMAR Project.

NETCIM Project

Project no. 9901 of the European Community ESPRIT Programme - "NETCIM Cooperative Network for CIME Technologies in Europe" aimed to develop a R&D centres network in the area of Computer Integrated Manufacturing in South Europe countries and was carried on from April 15, 1994 until December 31, 1996.

I was the responsible for the CCP - CIM Centre of Porto participation in the Project.

In the scope of this project, I wrote a paper, with Orlando Costa, entitled: CCP Participation in ESPRIT Project 9901 - NETCIM.

RIBAMEC Network

The Ibero-American Network for Machining Processes Automatization (RIBAMEC) was created in 1997, in the scope of the CYTED Programme, Sub-Programme VII - Applied Electronics and Informatics, and ceased its activities in 2002.

Its main objectives were the diffusion of the machining automatization technologies, to propitiate the creation of research projects with the participation of the involved groups and also the industry, to promote, organize and offer human resources training courses and to increase industry competitivity through the transference of the available technologies by the network groups.

The RIBAMEC Network integrated R&D centres from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and Venezuela.

I has been responsible for the coordination of the participation of IDIT - Institute for Development and Innovation in Technology (since 1997) and of Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto (since 2001) in this network.

PIBAMAR Project

The Ibero-American Project for the Automation of High-Performance Machining Processes (PIBAMAR) started in October 1, 2003, in the scope of the CYTED Programme, Sub-Programme VII - Applied Electronics and Informatics, and will be closed in September 30, 2007.

The idea of launching this project has resulted from the activities of the RIBAMEC Network and its main goal is to generate know-how in Iberoamerica associated with the automation of high-performance machining processes. Several specific objectives will be coordinated in order to conduct research with a combination of classic and artificial intelligence approaches (fuzzy logic, neural networks, genetic algorithms and hybrid techniques). The methodologies to be developed are oriented towards high-performance machining operations, but can be applied to more conventional processes with minor modifications.

The PIBAMAR Project integrates R&D centres from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain and Venezuela.

I am responsible for the coordination of the participation of the Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto in this project. The following associated institutes are also collaborating: IDIT, IDMEC/UISPA, INEGI, INESC Porto and ISR - Porto.

SistIng Project

SistIng Project is a co-operation between higher education institutions of the European Union and Latin America within the ALFA programme (América Latina - Formación Académica) of the European Union. Its official start was in June 2004 and the duration is 36 months.

Its main goal is to improve the collaboration of scientists in Operational Research and Engineering in the subjects of the Optimal Design, Technology Generation, Process Operation, Production Planning, Logistic and Maintenance under Multiple Criteria, its integration into the Economic Management and the introduction of the reached results in Postgraduate education.

The SistIng Project integrates universities from Cuba, Peru, Chile, Spain, Germany and Portugal.

I am responsible for the coordination of the participation of the Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto in this project. The following associated institutes are also collaborating: INEGI – Instituto de Engenharia Mecânica e Gestão Industrial, INESC Porto – Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores do Porto and ISR - Porto – Instituto de Sistemas e Robótica - Porto.

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