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From theory to practice: INESC TEC robotics triumphed in national competition and earned a recognition at international IEEE conference

A team of researchers from INESC TEC, FEUP and SYSTEC won, for the third consecutive time, one of the competitions of the National Robotics Festival, which took place in Paredes de Coura. A paper based on the winning team’s work, presenting a “complete robotics framework” was also acknowledged at an IEEE conference.  

24th May 2024

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Ana Pires is the winner of the Science and Technology category of the Women 3.0 Awards

The INESC TEC researcher was part of the group featuring 10 women acknowledged at the Women 3.0 Awards – a recognition that aims to award women considered "agents of change" in the most diverse sectors.

17th January 2024

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The prototype of the vehicle of the future is airborne, is autonomous and it features INESC TEC technology

The goal of the FLY.PT mobilising project was to combine land and air mobility. In this project, aimed at revitalising the aeronautical industry, INESC TEC developed a multimodal perception system and an algorithm that meets users' needs.  

05th January 2024

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Robotics, biomedical engineering, and education: INESC TEC’s role in the first Portuguese analog mission

A group of seven scientists spent six nights and seven days inside Gruta do Natal (Terceira Island, Azores), replicating the lunar environment. It was the first analog mission carried out in Portugal, and the goal was to turn the Azores into a training site for astronauts from all over the world. They called it the CAMões project (Caving Analog Mission for Ocean, Earth and Space Exploration). INESC TEC, together with the Associação Os Montanheiros, led and organised this project from the beginning; not only because the superior/leader of the mission is a researcher at the institution, Ana Pires, but also because if featured technology from various areas of the Institute, tested and applied to a great mission: to familiarise the younger generations with STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).

18th December 2023

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INESC TEC researchers excel in critical underwater infrastructure protection challenges in one of the world’s largest robotics exercises

Detecting explosive charges on a submarine cable, or signalling and assessing the status of a submarine, located at a depth of 90 meters – with a crew on board, simulating an emergency situation. These are two examples of the tests carried out by INESC TEC, during REPMUS, the world’s largest testing exercise on Unmanned Marine Systems and other emerging technologies, organised by the Portuguese Navy.

09th November 2023

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Portuguese team successfully tests autonomous robots to inspect floating offshore wind farms

The first offshore floating wind farm to be installed off the coast of Europe was the scene of an unprecedented demonstration: two autonomous vehicles were deployed simultaneously for inspection and maintenance operations on an offshore wind farm with floating foundations.

06th November 2023

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INESC TEC attended largest European event dedicated to aquaculture

How to diversify aquaculture production, ensuring the balanced and sustainable development of the sector? This was the motto of the 2023 edition of Aquaculture Europe – the largest European event dedicated to aquaculture. As in previous editions, INESC TEC participated in this initiative, presenting projects and competencies in the development of technological solutions towards improving this field.

31st October 2023

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INESC TEC researchers collect DNA samples in the Arctic

A group of INESC TEC researchers was recently in the Arctic collecting environmental DNA samples in extreme conditions. The team used a technology called biosampler, which facilitates the task of biologists who will then analyse the samples. The biosampler was coupled to a robot that allowed the autonomous operation of the two Portuguese technologies. The researchers returned to Portugal with samples, collected in different points of the Arctic - now under a laboratory analysis.

17th October 2023

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Robotics for extreme underwater environments "dived" in Lisbon

The largest international event dedicated to diving activities took place in Lisbon, in early October - with INESC TEC participation. INESC TEC researcher Paula Lima participated in one of the discussion panels of the "Diving Talks", where she had the opportunity to present the work carried out by the institution and the robotic solutions for extreme underwater environments.

17th October 2023

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Portuguese research in the Arctic: DNA samples collected in extreme environments

A group of Portuguese researchers was recently in the Arctic collecting environmental DNA samples in extreme conditions. The team used a technology called biosampler, which facilitates the task of biologists who will then analyse the samples. The biosampler was coupled to a robot that allowed the autonomous operation of the two Portuguese technologies. The researchers returned to Portugal with samples, collected in different points of the Arctic - now under a laboratory analysis.

12th October 2023

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Second smart underwater cable launched in Portugal

The installation of the second prototype of a smart underwater cable (two km long) took place in the vicinity of the Port of Sesimbra, in the open sea and at depths greater than 100 meters – with the support of the Portuguese Navy. The research and development of the three sets of sensors that are installed along the cable to gather real-time data was carried out by INESC TEC, CINTAL and the University of Minho.

09th October 2023

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INESC TEC among the entities promoting the first analog space mission carried out in Portugal

Several astronaut candidates will be able to carry out an analog space mission for a whole week, at a volcanic cave on Terceira Island (the Azores). Due to its characteristics, Gruta Natal sets up the perfect environment to simulate mission on Mars or the Moon, facilitating training, technology testing, and data collection, among other scientific activities. CAMões is the name of this pioneering project in national territory, with INESC TEC as one of the promoters.

14th July 2023

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