Tiago Costa, MIT Portugal student, interviewed by "90 Segundos de Ciência"

Tiago Costa MIT Portugal EDAM-LTI PhD student and Researcher at the School of Engineering of the University of Minho (EEUM) was interviewed on "90 Segundos de Ciência" about his project focused on the reuse of internal energy to increase the efficiency of internal combustion engines.

"Nowadays most engines, namely in cars with petrol engines, have a maximum efficiency of 30%. With this new technology which reuses internal energy, the goal is to reach values ​​of 40 to 50%", says Tiago Costa. According to the researcher this technology is based on the use of subtechnologies, with emphasis on the internal injection of water in the engine which allows for an increase in the rate of compression and over expansion.

In brief, Tiago Costa explains that "the engine has several cycles and during a combustion cycle there is, in a normal engine, heat transfer losses to the walls. Instead of wasting this energy in the radiator we plan to do a regeneration, an internal recovery of that energy through the direct injection of water against the walls."

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Carlos Gonçalves, MIT Portugal student, interviewed by "90 Segundos de Ciência"

Carlos Gonçalves MIT Portugal EDAM-LTI PhD student at the University of Minho was interviewed on "90 Segundos de Ciência" about his project focused on the development of a compression sleeve to use in the treatment of swollen arm, a very common pathology in breast cancer patients.

The compression sleeve that is being developed under his project simulates the massages done by physiotherapists using "sensors and actuators that are able to replicate the 5 stages of compression thanks to this textile material". The massage is applied from the wrist to the shoulder, going through the different stages of compression.

This PhD project is a partnership between the University of Minho, the Centre for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials (CeNTI) and the MIT and is currently under a national licensing process according to the researcher "we are working on the necessary procedures for a European patent aklready thinking in a european commercialization of the project".

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Suscity Project highlighted in "Mentes que Brilham", a Porto Canal TV Show

The MIT Portugal Program project SUSCITY was once again highlighted in the media. Maribel Santos is the head of the research team from the Algoritmi Center of the University of Minho who is developing the "Suscity Buildings dashboard", a digital platform for urban energy management. The researcher was recently interviewed by "Mentes que Brilham", a Porto Canal TV Show, to explain how the online platform works and its many features.


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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