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Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship

CITE was created to consolidate INESC TEC’s significant investments and experience in the development of internal processes and tools to manage R&D results, and to organise the resulting knowledge and competences.

At CITE we have a specific expertise in Innovation and Technology Management & Policy and Technology Entrepreneurship. The activities held by our centre promote the development of conceptual frameworks, methodologies and tools used both in advanced consulting and executive training programs for private and public organisations.

At CITE, we have been developing and exploiting a set of national and  international  research  opportunities  in  collaboration with international partners such as the Executive Agency for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) , ISO/TC 279 ‐ Innovation  Management; UT Austin Portugal,  MIT Portugal and Carnegie Mellon Portugal in Engineering and Public Policy.

CITE is the Centre in charge of coordinating the activities of Enterprise Europe Network - Portugal at INESC TEC. Co-funded by COSME and H2020, Enterprise Europe Network is the world's largest support network for SMEs with international ambitions. It provides international business expertise with local knowledge across a range of targeted services - international partnerships, innovation support and  personalised advices on a series of topics from funding & financing to technology transfer or IP management, just to name a few.

Key account management services (KAM) for SME Instrument beneficiaries and Enhancing innovation management capacities services (EIMC) are carried out in addition to the standard Enterprise Europe Network services in support of innovation, technology transfer and research.

Latest News
Industrial and Systems Engineering

The second call of the DIVA project will finance 68 SMEs

The second edition of the SMEs support programme of the DIVA project, coordinated by INESC TEC’s Centre for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE), selected 68 innovative tech-based projects in the agro-food, environment and forestry sectors – among 255 proposals from six countries (Portugal, Spain, France, Greece, Italy and Ireland).

19th May 2020

Project resorts to photonics and AI to predict the evolution of COVID-19 infection

A group of researchers from INESC TEC's Centre for Applied Photonics (CAP), Centre for Biomedical Engineering Research (C-BER) and Centre for Innovation Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE), together with the spin-off iLoF, is studying the implementation of a quick and low-cost tool based on personalised medicine, in order to predict the evolution of  Covid-19 viral infection in patients.

11th May 2020

FCT approved five INESC TEC projects to fight against COVID-19

The Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) approved five INESC TEC projects under the "RESEARCH FOR COVID-19" financing line, with the Institute as the applicant entity in three of said projects - and a total of €85M funding. These initiatives will focus on the development of solutions to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

27th April 2020

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Launch of European project aiming to facilitate the integration of robots and extended reality systems

The kick-off online meeting of the Mirrorlabs project took place on March 24. This project aims to create a software architecture that facilitates the integration of virtual and augmented reality and robots. INESC TEC is one of the project’s partners, through the Centre for Robotics in Industry and Intelligent Systems (CRIIS) and the Centre for Enterprise Engineering Systems (CESE).

20th April 2020

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Last2Ticket "takes off" to global markets with the support of INESC TEC

Last2Ticket is the name of the latest success story of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), coordinated by INESC TEC's Centre for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE). This company, based at UPTEC (Porto), managed to enter the global markets of Europe and of USA and INESC TEC was present at the check-in.

10th December 2019

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Featured Projects

PLIS1asis

CONSULTORIA PARA O LEVANTAMENTO DA SITUAÇÃO ATUAL DO SISTEMA DE GESTÃO INTEGRADA DE FOGOS RURAIS (SGIFR)

2020-2020

EENPortugal

EEN-Portugal 2020-2021

2020-2022

SmartEcotec

Viabilidade de Implementação de Sistema de Inteligência Artificial para o Diagnóstico, Previsão e Controlo Multivariado de Unidades de Tratamento de Lixiviados

2019-2020

MonitorizacaoCIR2019

Monitorização da Campanha de Incêndios Rurais de 2019

2019-2020

INCLUDING

Innovative Cluster for Radiological and Nuclear Emergencies

2019-2024

IMSGIDI

Proposta de Prestação de Serviços Consultoria para o Desenho e implementação de melhorias nos Processo de Gestão de IDI

2019-2019

EENINNOVATION

EEN-INNOVATION_JOURNEY_2020-2021

2019-2021

EEN2019

EEN-PORTUGAL

2019-2019

EEN-Innovate

EEN-Innovate Plus PT

2019-2019

NMP-REG

Aquisição de serviços para desenvolvimento de uma agenda regional para a promoção da adoção das nanotecnologias, materiais avançados e processos avançados de produção pela indústria transformadora da região norte

2018-2020

DigEcoBus

Competition and Business Model Innovation in the Digital Age

2018-2021

DIVA

Boosting innovative DIgitech Value chains for Agrofood, forestry and environment

2018-2021

TouriSMEShare

Opportunities for entrepreneurs in the sharing economy

2017-2020

PROTOATLANTIC

Development and validation of a program for the prototyping and exploitation of innovative ideas

2017-2020

ScaleUp-PORTUGAL

ScaleUp-PORTUGAL

2017-2018

EEN-InnovatePT

EEN-Innovate PT

2017-2018

EEN2017/2018

EEN2017/2018

2017-2018

SCREEN-DR

Image Analysis and Machine Learning Platform for Innovation in Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

2016-2020

BIP

BIP - Business Ignition Programme

2016-2018

CORAL-SENSORS

CORAL – Sustainable Ocean Exploitation: Tools and Sensors

2016-2018

IN&OUT

Porto International Acceleration Programme IN & OUT - Web & Mobile

2015-2017

SafeCloud

Secure and Resilient Cloud Architecture

2015-2018

NanoStima-RL2

NanoSTIMA - Health data collection and visualization

2015-2019

FOUREYES

TEC4Growth - RL FourEyes - Intelligence, Interaction, Immersion and Innovation for media industries

2015-2019

iMAN

iMAN - Intelligence for advanced Manufacturing systems

2015-2019

NanoStima-RL1

NanoSTIMA - Macro-to-Nano Human Sensing Technologies

2015-2019

NanoStima-RL3

NanoSTIMA - Health data infrastructure

2015-2019

NanoStima-RL4

NanoSTIMA - Health Data Analysis & Decision

2015-2019

SMILES

SMILES - Smart, Mobile, Intelligent and Large scale Sensing and analytics

2015-2019

KAM

EEN-Innovation PT

2015-2016

EEN

EEN

2015-2016

VR2Market

VR2Market: Towards a Mobile Wearable Health Surveillance Product for First Response and other Hazardous Professions

2014-2019

STAMAR

Technology portfolio for the Sea

2014-2015

PASS

Passport for Entrepreneurship

2014-2015

AESI

Defining a sustainable internationalisation strategy

2013-2014

INOV.ATACAMA

Workshop on institutional, university and regional innovation management models

2012-2012

LINPRA

Training services for the project "Integration of R&D Networks for the future manufacturing"

2012-2012

CAL4INO

Creative Activities in Learning for Innovation

2012-2014

SPIN-UP

Entrepreneurship Training and Coaching for University Spin-Offs

2011-2013

TecEmpreende

Science and Technology Parks and Technology-based Incubators

2010-2013

PINC

Pole of Creative Industries of University of Porto's Science and Technology Park

2010-2013

FIRE-ENGINE

Flexible Design of Forest Fire Management Systems

2010-2014

SIAC-Calcado-Inov

Study on innovation in the footwear sector

2010-2011

GAPI2.0

Knowledge Valorization Offices promoting Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Industrial Property

2010-2011

NODES

Network engineering systems in uncertainty contexts

2010-2013

Fadis

Methodology and tool for decision-making on internationalization

2009-2011

Jo-Empreende

Development and promotion of programmes on entrepreneurship for specific target-audiences

2009-2011

EINautilus

Classroom Management Software

2008-2011

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Publications

CITE Publications

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2020

A knowledge representation of the beginning of the innovation process: The Front End of Innovation Integrative Ontology (FEI2O)

Authors
Pereira, AR; Pinto Ferreira, JJP; Lopes, A;

Publication
DATA & KNOWLEDGE ENGINEERING

Abstract
The initial phase of the innovation process is widely accepted as an important driver of positive results for new products and for the success of businesses. The Front End of Innovation (FEI) is a multidisciplinary area that includes a variety of activities, such as ideation, opportunity identification and analysis, feasibility analysis, global trends analysis, concept definition, customer and competitor analysis, and even business model development. Due to the number and variety of FEI responsibilities, this phase entails a considerable level of complexity and decision making. This fact is reflected in the literature, where one finds a variety of FEI approaches and proposals, seldom overlapping and offering no clear consensual guidance. This work aimed at overcoming this gap by proposing an Ontology for the Front End of Innovation as a comprehensive knowledge representation of the FEI, the so-called Front End of Innovation Integrative Ontology (FEI2O). The ontology balanced the differences and addressed the shortcomings of the main FEI Reference Models and included contributions from the field. This research builds on a combination of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. It combines the qualitative methods of interviewing and focus group discussion to collect the views of domain experts, used to refine the artefact and later to evaluate the final ontology. Quantitative analysis of data was carried out using the Attribute Agreement approach. The FEI2O explicitly provides a description of a domain regarding concepts, properties and relations of concepts. The main benefit of the FEI2O is to provide a comprehensive formal reference model and a common vocabulary.

2020

Overcoming barriers to onshore wind farm implementation in Brazil

Authors
Farkat Diogenes, JRF; Rodrigues, JC; Farkat Diogenes, MCF; Claro, J;

Publication
ENERGY POLICY

Abstract
Brazil has been failing to offer the most favorable conditions for the implementation of onshore wind farms, due to the presence of multiple barriers. However, the country has observed a fast and expressive wind energy (WE) diffusion (the installed WE capacity grew 37 times in the last decade). Furthermore, its onshore wind farms have reached impressive capacity factors (with productivity levels much higher than the average around the world) and a very low levelized cost of electricity. This study aims at identifying how wind developers plan onshore wind farms to overcome existing barriers. Based on forty-one interviews with relevant stakeholders of the Brazilian WE sector, the study identified efforts targeted at overcoming twenty-four previously identified barriers. Although most barriers may be overcome directly through developer initiatives, addressing higher level barriers, namely an unstable macroeconomic environment, a poor transmission infrastructure, and inadequate access to capital, depends on government actions.

2020

Barriers to onshore wind energy implementation: A systematic review

Authors
Farkat Diogenes, JRF; Claro, J; Rodrigues, JC; Loureiro, MV;

Publication
ENERGY RESEARCH & SOCIAL SCIENCE

Abstract
Onshore wind energy (WE) has achieved a significant diffusion worldwide, in spite of the existence of multiple barriers to the large-scale implementation of wind farms. These barriers have been reported in a large number of studies, but the literature is lacking a systematized overview of their categories and locations. Based on a framework for the analysis of barriers to the penetration of renewable energy sources proposed by Painuly [363], this systematic literature review contributes to addressing this gap, identifying barriers to the large-scale implementation of onshore wind farms by category (market failures, market distortions, economic and financial, institutional, technical, social and other barriers) and location (countries around the world), and characterizing them by the level of economic development (least developed, developing, in transition, and developed) and stage of diffusion (recent or advanced) in their locations. The framework showed a high level of fit with the case of WE and allowed the identification of 31 barriers in 159 countries. The barriers were found to be mostly present in developing economies with recent diffusion, although some barriers were found to occur broadly across developed economies, regardless of the stage of diffusion. The three most frequently observed barriers were the inadequate consideration of externalities, uncertain and unsupportive governmental policies, and insufficient transmission grids.

2020

Adoption of a Serious Game in the Developing of Emotional Intelligence Skills

Authors
Almeida, F;

Publication
European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education

Abstract
Emotional intelligence is intrinsically associated with the ability to understand, manage, and express feelings and deal with other people’s emotions. This competence is essential for the formation, development, and maintenance of personal and professional relationships. Furthermore, emotional intelligence can be extensively worked out and developed over time, which allows each individual to become a better professional. Nevertheless, the perception that higher education students have about the importance of emotional intelligence remains residual and there are few contexts that allow them to develop emotional intelligence skills. In this sense, this study proposes the use of a serious game to assess and develop emotional intelligence skills in the context of an entrepreneurship discipline attended by multidisciplinary students from the courses of management and computer engineering. The performance of students is measured and discussed considering a mixed methods approach. The findings indicate the existence of a correlation between the player’s emotional intelligence skills and his performance in the game, and this occurrence is common to students regardless of their course, gender, age, and number of years of professional experience. The study also explores the importance of emotional intelligence considering the distinct profile of students.

2020

Promoting Healthy Food Habits Through an mHealth Application

Authors
Carvalho, I; Almeida, F;

Publication
Advances in Medical Technologies and Clinical Practice - Mobile Devices and Smart Gadgets in Medical Sciences

Abstract
MHealth involves the provision of health products, services, and information through mobile and wireless technologies. Companies and institutions in the healthcare sector are progressively proposing innovative mhealth solutions that simultaneously reduce costs and improve the quality of life of citizens. In this chapter, a mobile app is proposed to promote healthy food habits through better management of the food each person has at home. This app intends to reduce food waste and promotes the development of good food practices based on the nutritional value of each recipe and the indication of potential allergies to ingredients. The development of the app was based on the best practices of Mobile UX, which is fundamental to offer intuitive interaction and rapid learning for the user. Furthermore, other factors also relevant in the context of mobile apps were considered in the development, namely usability, data backup, performance, security, scalability, and interoperability.

Supervised Theses

2019

Where are the Poor in Mainstream Economics? An Exploratory Bibliometric analysis at the Blue Ribbon

Author
Sara Mota Cardoso

Institution
UP-FEP

2019

Trade Openness and Economic Growth of Small States: The Mediating Role of Human Capital and Structural Change

Author
Juliana Guida Fagim

Institution
UP-FEP

2019

O impacto do Regime Tecnológico na Persistência em Inovação

Author
Fellipe Fernandes Leal

Institution
UP-FEP

2019

Uncovering the Economic Growth Impact of Human Capital, International Trade and Structural Change: A Long-Term Perspective (1827-2017) of the Portuguese Economy

Author
Alexandra Isabel Ramos Silvano

Institution
UP-FEP

2019

O Impacto do Financiamento Público na Persistência da Inovação

Author
Thiago de Queiroz Jorge

Institution
UP-FEP

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0Book Chapters

2019

14Papers in indexed journals

2019

2Proceedings in indexed conferences

2019