Buildings Dashboard developed under the Suscity Project exhibited at the Post-internet Cities Conference

The video “City Sensing – Feel the city” which presents a Buildings dashboard for urban energy management, describes the ongoing scientific work developed under the SusCity Project within the MIT Portugal program and was shown at the Post-internet Cities Conference.

The project is focused on developing and integrating new tools and services to increase urban resource efficiency with minimum environmental impacts, while contributing to promote economic development and preserving the actual levels of reliability. The goal is to advance the science of urban systems modeling and data representation supported by urban “big data” collection and processing. Additionally, the project aims to enable and demonstrate a suite of new services that explore economic opportunities associated with the transition to sustainable urban systems.

Different data-driven analysis resulted in a dynamic Buildings Dashboard of an urban area in Lisbon which are presented in this video. The energy consumption of a typical summer day with a 15 minutes timestep is illustrated, allowing the spatial visualization of electricity consumption of residential and non-residential buildings. Moreover, the solar energy potential along the day is estimated in order to enhance the energy production from integrated solar active systems installed in the building rooftops. Finally, the energy balance between the potential electricity production and consumption is proposed, highlighting the periods of the day where buildings can be importing or exporting electricity to and from the grid.

More information about the SusCity Project is available in www.suscity-project.eu

Watch the video here.

Claudia e AndréAndré Pina e Cláudia Sousa Monteiro, both Suscity researchers, at the Post-Internet Cities Conferencee

The Future of Automotive Industry International Roundtable

Challenges and Opportunities in Design and Technology: a look into the next decade by MIT Portugal

The increasing growth of the automotive industry demands the development of groundbreaking solutions, innovative technologies and disruptive products, services and business models. New industrial players must constantly invest in R&D and look one step forward into the future, which was in fact the main objective of the International Industry Roundtable (IIR) promoted by the MIT Portugal Program, which took place on Monday, May 15th, at the RÓMULO - Centro Ciência Viva from the University of Coimbra.

The auto industry has some of the largest industrial R&D investors in the world. Typically, the annual investment in R&D surpasses 30 billion in Europe only. The automotive industry is also one of the most important industries in Portugal, being a top contributor for value creation and generation of jobs. It represents around 8% of the country’s GDP, 11% of the country exports and more than 30.000 direct jobs.

This Roundtable brought together more than 80 industry leaders, entrepreneurs, expert researchers and graduate students in a look ahead to the next 5-10 years of the industry. The Session allowed participants to discuss common objectives, share new technologies and ideas, and promoted networking and potential collaborations between participants from academia and industry.

The initiative counted on the participation of speakers from emerging companies based in Portugal such as the Fraunhofer Institute, Magnum Cap, AFIA, Brisa, Ceiia, TU Delft, Bosch, Caetano Bus, Uber, BMWi and Ubiwhere, and representatives of MIT Portugal, University of Coimbra, University of Minho, and University of Lisbon.

The International Industry Roundtables (IIR) are an ongoing initiative of the MIT Portugal Program in collaboration with multiple academic and business entities and this is the second edition dedicated to Cities, Energy and Transportation. The IIR aim is to use the neutral grounds of academia to bring together entrepreneurs, company executives, policy makers, scientists, engineers and graduate students around topics where cutting-edge technology is put at the service of sustainable economic and social development. The focus is to bridge views and find common objectives between industry and academia, as well as within industry and within academia. 

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2nd MIT Portugal International Roundtable: Challenges and Opportunities in New Technologies for Health

From the patients Empowerment to the new role of physicians: 
a new paradigm under discussion by MIT Portugal


The increasing capacity of each individual to monitor and manage their health without medical attention entails new challenges that cannot be ignored. This was one of the main topics of the International Industry Roundtable (IIR) promoted by the MIT Portugal Program, which took place on Monday, April 3rd, at the CEDOC Auditorium from the NOVA Medical School in Lisbon.

More than 80 scientists, entrepreneurs, leaders from the retail, telecommunications and medtech industries and MIT Portugal students, were gathered to discuss the main challenges of this sector under the theme: “A Doctor in My Closet; a Nurse in My Purse: New Paradigms in Healthcare Monitoring, Management and Communication”.

The event counted on the participation of speakers from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Fraunhofer Institute, the Finnish investor Seppo Makinen, and a set of innovative and emerging companies based in Portugal, such as PLUX, Tonic App, SerFarma, Beepcare, Nutricritical, NIESM, MyNurse, SensingFuture, e Nuada. The event is also supported by Healthcare City and P-BIO – Portugal´s Biotechnology Industry Organization. In addition to the Roundtable speakers, the event was attended by decision-makers from large business groups in areas related to Health, Portuguese and foreign venture capital funds, scientists, doctors, and associative leaders.

The International Industry Roundtables (IIR) are an ongoing initiative of the MIT Portugal Program in collaboration with multiple academic and business entities and this is the second edition dedicated to New Technologies for Health. The IIR aim is to use the neutral grounds of academia to bring together entrepreneurs, company executives, policy makers, scientists, engineers and graduate students around topics where cutting-edge technology is put at the service of sustainable economic and social development. The focus is to bridge views and find common objectives between industry and academia, as well as within industry and within academia.

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Joana Baptista, Raquel Figueiredo and Sara Freitas won the “Best environmental impact hack Award” in the Lisbon Green Hackaton

The three MIT Portugal Sustainable Energy Systems PhD Students at Instituto Dom Luiz developed the idea of a sun umbrella capable of storing solar energy, through a series of photovoltaic cells on its surface and a battery.

The Lisbon Green Hackathon took place on the 12th and 13th of March and is an all night long marathon in which teams of up to four participants must come up with, develop, program and build a prototype for something that will hopefully make the world a greener place.

The idea of a solar umbrella withthe ability to store solar energy was considered the most innovative proposal in the competition. The device will allow users to charge their electronic devices (mobile phones, tablets, cameras, etc.) while enjoying a day outside and knowing that they are contributing to the decrease of their ecological footprint. In addition of protecting its users from the sun, the umbrella named CumuluSolar, manages through a set of sensors to monitor and provide, in real time, information regarding the consumption of the equipment. How to access this data? Each umbrella has a QR Code that allows instant access to a web page that displays this information

The Lisbon Green Hackathon is part of an international initiative that defies students and teachers, schools and universities to promote the use of cutting-edge technology to shape tomorrow into something more sustainable . 

Lisbon Green Hackatlon MPP Students PrizeMPP PhD Students Joana Baptista, Raquel Figueiredo e Sara Freitas at the Lisbon Green Hackathon

60 MIT Portugal Program students were gathered in one intensive week of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The I&E Course is a MIT Portugal Program´s initiative designed for students to learn and experience innovation and entrepreneurship in a mix of team, individual and class work. This year´s edition took place between February 6th and 10th at the Instituto Superior Técnico and assembled over 60 MPP students from the four Program educational areas.. The event was organized this year by Frederico Ferreira, João Bigotte, Nuno Arantes-Oliveira and Douglas Hart but counted also with special keynote lectures by  Christina Chase (MIT), Ana Casaca (CUF, Director of Innovation), Rui Paiva (WeDo, CEO), João Pereira (Magnomics, CEO ), David Marçal (Associação Viver a Ciência), David Cristina (Portugal Ventures), Nuno Faria (MPP alumnus) and  Paulo Pereira Silva (Renova, CEO).

The workshop exposes students to different approaches, views and philosophies on Innovation and Entrepreneurship allowing them to foster a creative, critical, dynamic and entrepreneurial spirit.  The course is run as a boot-camp from 9.00am to 8.00pm in mix of team, individual and class work. During this week, students are expected to gather information from peers and faculty, establish contacts and finally develop a business project which will be presented and put up to discussion. The challenge launched this year by the MPP Faculty members was to develop an innovative idea and build a strategic plan for a new technology by answering to questions such as: how does the technology work, what´s the problem it solves, how can it become available, what skills must the team have, who are the consumers, buyers and competitors and how will you make money out of it. The nine groups were divided regardless of their educational area so they could take profit of their different experiences and know-how, to build an innovative project.

The event was a success and by the end of the week the participants had acquired essential skills such has:

  • Engage effectively with others to refine ideas;
  • Realize the potential of innovation beyond conventional research boundaries;
  • Use critical and systems thinking and acquired skills to devise how to engage in innovation and entrepreneurship;
  • Empower future innovators and replace a subjective ideal of innovation and entrepreneurship with an actionable approach to create something new and fun;
  • Learn how to navigate an innovation ecosystem;
  • Appreciate the value of cross-disciplinary work and different skill-sets.

It is expected that these tools serve as an important contribute for future research and ventures.

Foto grupo 2I&E Students and Professors João Bigotte, Nuno Arantes-Oliveira and Frederico Ferreira