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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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Details

Details

  • Name

    Fernando Maciel Barbosa
  • Cluster

    Power and Energy
  • Role

    External Research Collaborator
  • Since

    01st July 2007
Publications

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
PROCEEDINGS OF 2019 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

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
PROCEEDINGS OF 2019 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

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
PROCEEDINGS OF 2019 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.

Supervised
thesis

2017

Análise da vulnerabilidade Energética da Comunidade Europeia

Author
Valter Augusto Leal Alves da Rocha

Institution
UP-FEUP

2016

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Author
Rosária Maria Afonso Rodrigues de Melo

Institution
UP-FCNA

2016

Os Novos Paradigmas da IP

Author
Catarina Afonso Alves Teles Menezes

Institution
UP-FEUP

2016

Armazenamento de Energia e Utilização em Ambiente de Mercado SPOT

Author
Emanuel Delgado Neves

Institution
UP-FEUP

2016

Redes ativas de MT - análise de um caso

Author
Nuno Cadavez Branco Malaquias

Institution
UP-FEUP