Suscity in Público Newspaper: "Are you spending too much energy? This dashboard shows you where´s the problem"

The Suscity Project was once again highlighted in the media. The Buildings dashboard is digital platform for urban energy management, which is being developed under the scope of the MIT Portugal Program in a partnership with the University of Minho. The article is focused on the solutions presented by the dashboard to increase energy efficiency in buildings and the importance of taking measures as simple as changing windows, adapt the air conditioning to the building´ conditions or use photovoltaic panels in houses with the ideal solar orientation.

The platform will allow users to “run a diagnosis of energy consumption in these buildings and see what's the impact from an environmental point of view”, says Cláudia Sousa Monteiro MIT Portugal PhD Candidate and researcher at Instituto Superior Técnico.

According to Maribel Santos, head of the research team at the University of Minho "citizens can then use this data to make decisions and share their own information with the system, making it available to other citizens and continuously updated". 

The Suscity Building Dashboard is now in its final stage of research and it is foreseen that the control panel will be made public over the next year, through a website where anyone can have access to a map of the city, with information about the buildings and their consumption. 

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João Bigotte opinion article about the future of the automotive industry in Transportes em Revista Magazine

João Bigotte, MIT Portugal Program Faculty wrote an pdf opinion article (223 KB) that was published in Transportes em Revista Magazine following this year´s MPP Roundtable on "The Future of Automotive Industry International Roundtable".

The Assistant Professor of Technological Change and Innovation of the MIT Portugal Program at the University of Coimbra spoke about the three main concepts that will, in his opinion, dictate the future of mobility and of the automotive industry. 

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Francisco Duarte, MPP PhD Candidate, interviewed in 90 Segundos de Ciência about his project Pavnext

Francisco Duarte, MIT Portugal PhD Candidate, was interviewed by 90 Segundos de Ciência, a Antena 1 Radio Program focused on promoting Portuguese researchers and their work.

The MPP Transportation Systems candidate and researcher at the University of Coimbra spoke about his project Pavnext, a speed reduction system that induces the deceleration of vehicles without causing damage, noise or any discomfort to the passengers. The equipment acts as in a similar fashion to a carpet that when placed on the floor actively reduces the speed of the vehicles by extracting kinetic energy, with a minimal impact on the automobile. Contrary to existing systems, this one absorbs the vehicles’ energy and makes it slow down safely, without any action of the driver and even without being perceptible since it causes no discomfort.

This is the third prize won by Pavnext since December 2016 when he was honored with the first prize at the Road Safety Innovation Award by ACP. Since then he already won the Coimbra semifinal and Final of the Big Smart Cities Competition and was selected to represent Portugal at the European Final of the ClimateLaunchpad competition in October. 

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Maria José Pereira, MPP Alumna, interviewed about her research in Diário de Notícias

Maria José Pereira, a MIT Portugal Program Bioengineering alumna was interviewed in Diário de Notícias about her research work and background. The portuguese researcher was recognized in 2015 by Forbes list “30 Under 30” in Healthcare, along with two other portuguese , Cristiano Ronaldo in Sports and street artist Vhils. She was also honored with a academic award from MIT [MIT Technology Review] and Time [Next Generation Leaders], which was her first prize back in 2014.

During her PhD she has contributed to the development of a bio-inspired adhesive that can rapidly attach biodegradable patches inside a beating heart - in the exact place where congenital holes in the heart occur, such as ventricular heart defects present on 6 out of 1000 births. In 2012, when she concluded her PhD, the proof of concept was finished and her supervisor introduced the idea to two french investors who decided to develop the project in France and started Gecko Biomedical, a start-up company based in Paris. The company is focused on developing this new technology and already has the license for the adhesive technology. Currently Maria José  works as Head of Adhesive Technologies. 

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Pedro Arezes monthly opinion in Duas Caras Digital Newspaper on the evolution of the aerospace sector

Pedro Arezes, the MIT Portugal Program National Director, has a monthly opinion column in Duas Caras, a Guimarães Digital Newspaper, to approach topics related to science and technology.

The fourth article, published in August, is focused on what he refers as "the mother of all scientific battles", in an allusion to cancer research and the developments made in this area. In this article he shares his opinion about the recent discovery made by a Silicon Valley company named GRAIL, Inc. who developed a blood test that apparently can detect cancer when it stills can be cured.

The third article was published in June and focuses on the "science of love" refering to Neuroscience studies that analyse areas in the brain that are involved in romantic love. Helen Fisher is one of the well renowned scientists quoted in the article for her work on the Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love.

The second opinion article is focused on the evolution of the aerospace sector, space tourism and the work developed by SpaceX. The article also refers to the growing importance of this sector to Portugal and the latest bet by the Ministry of Science,Technology and Higher Education, through FCT, in a new research center which is being planned for the Azores in 2017 - AIR Center (Azores International Research Center).

The first article of this monhtly opinio was on the "emotional side" of technology and issues such as artificial intelligence and social intelligence.

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