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Atlantic International Satellite launch Programme: Launch services to Space from the Island of Santa Maria, Azores (PT)
This is a Joint Initiative of the Government of Portugal and the Regional Government of the Azores, through the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT) and the Mission Structure of the Azores for Space (EMA-Space), with the technical support of the European Space Agency (ESA) and will be addressed at the welcome session by the Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education.
The document below provides insights into the initiative and provides details for interested parties on how to submit an expression of interest. The initiative will be also presented in a “Breaking News Event” on the 2nd of October, 11am, during the International Astronautically Congress, IAC 2018 in Bremen, https://www.iac2018.org/.
A joint research team from Institute for Systems and Robotics (ISR-Lisboa), Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), and from the Space Systems Laboratory from MIT (SSL-MIT), was responsible for an experiment aboard the International Space Station (ISS) that took place in August 17th, 2018.
This experiment was developed under two MIT-Portugal Seedling projects, coordinated by Prof. David Miller from MIT and involving both institutes. The experiment, called ReSwarm, involved the evaluation of two methodologies for formation control of the NASA SPHERES free-flying robots, in microgravity. This is the first of (at least) two sessions, where more complex scenarios are planned. From ISR-Lisboa, the research work is coordinated by Prof. Rodrigo Ventura and Prof. Pedro U. Lima, both faculty at IST, together with the researchers Pedro Roque (currently at KTH in Stockholm) and Duarte Dias (currently at EPFL in Lausanne). From the SSL-MIT side, the research is coordinated by Prof. David Miller, faculty at MIT, and Danilo Roascio, postdoc at SSL-MIT.
The first session, performed in August 17th, was overall quite successful, allowing for the collection of a significant amount of data, currently being thoroughly analysed. The team was supported by astronauts Cmd Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold on ISS, who helped not only setting up the robots, as well as replacing batteries and the CO2 bottles that provide thrust to the robots.
Article written by Rodrigo Ventura
Cities are responsible for 80% of wealth creation, 60% of total energy consumption and 70% of greenhouse gas emissions. Urban analytics enables us to better understand what happens and ensure better management and planning of city environments.
Lisbon, August 3rd, 2018
Urban environments face several challenges, such as rising population, high pollution, and growing mobility issues. Urban analytics can play a crucial role to mitigate the risks associated with these challenges. We know now how to measure and store great volumes of data, but we must apply relevant tools to make sense of the results.
The IN+ Summer School of Urban Analytics team brought together 22 researchers and professionals from fifteen different countries for a week-long experience in mid-July. This year’s edition was focused on the energy in buildings and urban transportation dimensions of urban environment. During the School, the invited keynote speakers Paulo Ferrão (FCT), Rui Fragoso (ADENE), Tiago Farias (CARRIS) and Claudia Soares (ISR-Lisboa) shared their experiences of how to extract value from data and improve sustainability. IN+ center researchers conducted interactive tutorials and leisure visits to the cities of Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra.
Together with the Summer School team, participants explored several design techniques and tools to create and conduct a scientifically relevant research. To help make sense of urban data, several software tools were introduced during the School: a geographic information system tool (ArcGIS), a programming language for data analysis (Python), an energy modelling tool (EnergyPlus), an urban mobility tool (UMT), and a data visualization tool (Tableau). The tools were applied to better understand the behavioral patterns of groups of citizens using energy and transport systems. Recommendations were formulated to improve the sustainability of each citizen group.
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The IN+ Summer School team is grateful for the support from our partners to CIUL - Centro de Informação Urbana de Lisboa, the Sharing Cities Project and Altice Labs for providing their comfortable and educative spaces.
About IN+ Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research
It is a cross-disciplinary research venue, acting to integrate scientific research in technology, innovation and public policy, striving to promote the sustainable application of science. Institutionally, IN+ operates at Técnico Lisboa. The activities bring together researchers from various research areas – from Engineering to the Social and Economic Sciences – who join efforts to achieve a sustainable society, by cooperating with industry and fostering a scientific culture in our spaces, fellows and communities. Particularly, research in Industrial Ecology and Sustainability aims to improve urban sustainability through the design of complex sustainable systems that help understand and model the links among: population dynamics, energy and materials’ usage, ecosystem services, environmental impacts of human activities, economic growth.
More info: http://in3.tecnico.ulisboa.pt
Article written by the team of IN+ Summer School
The growing need to contribute for a sustainable and low-carbon economy has created pressure for a better energy harvesting and usage, thus resulting in challenges for the current state of the energy sector.
Contributing to mitigate these challenges, 16 scientists from the Energy for Sustainability Initiative of the University of Coimbra, mostly current and former PhD students of the Sustainable Energy Systems Doctoral Program published last Friday, July 27, the result of a broad-based research marking the path to a more sustainable energy future. The work was approved for publication in the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews international journal and is available in the following link (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2018.07.023).
This research results from a multidisciplinary collaboration through which interconnections between various energy systems were considered, taking into account social, economic and environmental aspects. This work addresses the need and the importance of investing in energy efficiency, and indicates as well the interest in developing new technologies and increasing the use of renewable energies.
Topics covered include:
This broad, factual and multidisciplinary research contributes for the frontier of knowledge advance on a set of themes that can aims to achieve a more sustainable future, with relevant content for scientists, companies, policy makers and entrepreneurs. This research also contributes to strengthening the value of multidisciplinarity that moves the Energy for Sustainability Initiative of the University of Coimbra founded 12 years ago.
Soares, N., Martins, A., Carvalho, A., Caldeira, C., Du, C., & Castanheira, É. et al. (2018). The challenging paradigm of interrelated energy systems towards a more sustainable future. Renewable And Sustainable Energy Reviews, 95, 171-193. doi: 10.1016/j.rser.2018.07.023