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Fernando Pires Maciel Barbosa was born in Porto, Portugal. He graduated in Electrical Engineering in 1971 from FEUP and received the M.Sc in 1977 and the Ph.D. in 1979, in Electrical Engineering (Power Systems Analysis)  from UMIST (Manchester).

Since 1971 he is with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto and since 1989 he is full professor in Power Systems. (Professor Catedrático).

His main research interest incudes Power System Reliability and Power System Analysis (load flow studies, steady state security analysis, stability analysis and economic operation of Power Systems).

From 1990 to 1997 he was the Head of the Department. He held various administrative positions at the Faculty and at the University.

He is a researcher at CPES – Centre for Power and Energy Systems, INESC TEC.

He has been the leader of many scientific projects at the University and the supervisor of several M. Sc. and Ph. D. students.  He has authored or co-authored many publications in National and International Conferences and Journals. He has been involved in several European Projects (Tempus, Socrates and Leonard da Vinci Projects). He has lectured in several European Universities in the area of Power System, namely Reliability Evaluation.

He is a Cigré member and participated on Cigré WG6, Distribution Systems and Dispersed Generation, member “Conselheiro” of the Portuguese professional association of Engineers “Ordem dos Engenheiros” (Portuguese Professional Institution of Engineering) and IEEE Senior Member.

He was part of the evaluation committee of the Universities and Polytechnics courses quality evaluation by “Ordem dos Engenheiros”, A3ES (Portuguese Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education) and ENAEE (European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education) in the accreditation and quality assurance to award the EUR-ACE label to accredit engineering degree programmes.

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2019

Project based learning methodology to improve electrical efficiency in road lighting

Authors
Monteiro, JMF; Figueiredo, TAP; Monteiro Pereira, RMM; Pereira, AJC; Maciel Barbosa, FPM;

Publication
IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON

Abstract
This paper presents the study carried out in the Electric Power Systems Project (EPSP) of the Electrical Engineering course, by a student's team, using PBL, under a protocol between the Law Court and the Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Coimbra (ISEC / IPC). The purpose of the Electric Power Systems Project is to involve students in a project team, aiming to develop and test a system with a specific function, using concepts and technologies in the field of Electric Power Systems. Upon completing the course, students should demonstrate autonomy in identifying and analysing problems and propose, implement and test the specific solutions. In this work, the Project Based Learning (PBL) methodology was used. The Problem to be solved was presented to the students, by the Professors. The aim of the students was to provide a global framework for the problem of road lighting in Portugal, identifying the technologies used, existing legislation, national plans for improving energy efficiency in the sector, identify the most efficient technologies, learn how to work with software for simulation, propose a solution to the specific problem and justify the solution from a technical and economic point of view. © 2019 IEEE.

2019

Automatic sign language translation to improve communication

Authors
Oliveira, T; Escudeiro, P; Escudeiro, N; Rocha, E; Barbosa, FM;

Publication
IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON

Abstract
Over the last years, there has been an increase in hearing-impaired students who use sign language as their main form of communication attending higher education institutions around the world. The knowledge that their comprehension of texts is reduced due to sentence structure differences causes a need for more solutions to improve communication and support students in environments where they are unable to be accompanied by sign interpreters. This article details the improvements and current structure of the VirtualSign platform, a bidirectional sign language to text translation tool that has been in development since 2015. The platform is divided into two main parts, sign to text and text to sign, and both components are described and explained. The solution has received positive feedback on several tests and a pilot experiment, and is being developed with partnerships with sign interpreters from six different European countries. Some planned improvements and future functionalities for the tool are also mentioned and detailed. © 2019 IEEE.

2019

Enhancing electric energy systems final project through real engineering design problems

Authors
Travassos Valdez, MT; Machado Ferreira, CM; Maciel Barbosa, FPM;

Publication
IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON

Abstract
Close collaboration between schools and industry can lead to better results, providing effective improvements in electrical engineering education. The Electric Energy Systems Projects whenever possible should be developed under a cooperation agreement with an industry partner or with an institution, in order that the students have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and techniques learned in the academic course. The ability to design, fabricate and test, providing hands-on experience is very valued by the students and is the essential part of the paradigm of engineering. This paper describes how real engineering design problems were integrated in Electric Energy Systems final project and the learning methodologies that were applied to achieve this purpose. © 2019 IEEE.

2018

Influence of crowbar and chopper protection on DFIG during low voltage ride through

Authors
Monteiro Pereira, RMM; Pereira, AJC; Ferreira, CM; Maciel Barbosa, FPM;

Publication
Energies

Abstract
The energy sector is evolving rapidly, namely due to the increasing importance of renewable energy sources. The connection of large amounts of wind power generation poses new challenges for the dynamic voltage stability analysis of an electric power system, which has to be studied. In this paper, the traditional Doubly-Fed Induction Generator model is employed. Based on this model, a crowbar and chopper circuit is set up to protect the turbine during the short-circuit period. The EUROSTAG software package was used for the simulation studies of the system, and numerical results were obtained. Conclusions are drawn that provide a better understanding of the influence of crowbar and chopper protection on Doubly-Fed Induction Generators (DFIG), during low voltage ride through, in a system with wind power generation. © 2018 by the authors.

2018

Analysis of spinning reserves in systems with variable power sources

Authors
Fonte, PM; Monteiro, C; Barbosa, FM;

Publication
International Conference on the European Energy Market, EEM

Abstract
In this paper is studied an approach based on risk assessment to solve the scheduling of a power production system with variable power sources. The spinning reserves resulting from the unit commitment are analyzed too. In this methodology there are no infeasible solutions, only more or less costly solutions associated to the operation risks, such as, load or renewable production curtailment. The uncertainty of forecasted production and load demand are defined by probability distribution functions. The methodology is tested in a real case study, an island with high penetration of renewable power production. Finally, forecasted and measured reserves are compared, once the reserves are strongly linked with the forecasting quality. The results of a real case study are presented and discussed. They show the difficulty to achieve complete robust solutions. © 2018 IEEE.

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2019

Medidas de Eficiência Energética na IP

Author
José Miguel Gonçalves Cerqueira de Oliveira

Institution
UP-FEUP

2019

Análise da Viabilidade Económica do Armazenamento de Energia em Autoprodução

Author
João Miguel de Meira da Silva Carvalho

Institution
UP-FEUP

2018

Estudo do Impacto da Produção Distribuída numa Rede de BT

Author
Pedro Emanuel Franco Viveiros

Institution
UP-FEUP

2018

Análise da Estabilidade de um SEE

Author
Pedro Miguel Amaral Tavares

Institution
UP-FEUP

2018

Análise da Viabilidade Económica do Armazenamento de Energia em Autoprodução

Author
João Miguel de Meira da Silva Carvalho

Institution
UP-FEUP