MPP Research Project Wins Award

Professor Cruz Machado Receives AwardMPP Research Team Awarded Engineering Society’s Nominated Prize

Susana Duarte, Helena Carvalho, and Cruz Machado were awarded winners of the Nominated Prize for their paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Management Science and Engineering Management, held in Taipe (Taiwan), 14-17 November, 2010. The prize was awarded by the International Society of Management Science and Engineering Management (ISMSEM).

The paper, “Exploring relationships between supply chain performance measures” was selected from among 1,326 papers from 37 countries; it was an output of the MPP research project “Lean, agile, resilient and green supply chain management – LARG_SCM”.

Susana Duarte and Helena Carvalho are PhD students at the Doctoral Program in Industrial Engineering from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and Cruz Machado is their supervisor and the project PI.


2010 MIT Portugal Brochure, "Highlighting Collaborative Research," Now Available

MIT-Portugal_Highlighting_Collaborative_Research_smThe most recent MIT Portugal Program brochure highlighting key aspects of the Program's collaborative research, education, technology commercialization, and outreach initiatives is now available to download.

The brochure was released at the 2nd Annual Symposium held in Porto, Portugal, on September 28th, 2010.

pdf  2010 MIT Portugal Brochure: Highlighting Collaborative Research

SenseCardioHealth: New Technological Solutions for Smart Cardiovascular Medical Devices

SenseCardioHealthAn aneurysm can be defined as a permanent and irreversible localized dilatation of an artery, having at least a 50% increase in diameter compared with the common one. It can appear anywhere but it occurs most commonly in the aorta, as well as in arteries located at the base of the brain and in the legs.

Two treatments are currently available for the treatment of aneurysms: conventional surgical repair (open surgery) and endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR). The first involves making a large incision in the abdomen and inserting a prosthetic graft to replace the damaged section of the aorta. EVAR is a minimally invasive procedure in which a stent-graft is guided from the femoral artery to the affected artery segment in order to prevent wall rupture shielding the aneurysm from the blood pressure. This treatment is usually associated with less physiological derangement, lower morbidity and mortality, and more rapid recovery than open surgery but, after the procedure, regular surveillance to detect and prevent complications such as graft migration, stent fracture, endoleaks, enlargement of the aneurysm sac, and AAA rupture is required.

The DACHOR Project: Multibody Dynamics and Control of Hybrid Active Orthoses

In recent years, Portugal has developed strong biological sciences and emerging bioengineering activities that serve as the foundation for knowledge-based innovation in the medical devices field.  Similarly, advances in new materials, micro/nanosensors, and microactuators technologies are leading to a new class of promising products, normally referred to as smart devices, able to monitor their environment and perform accordingly. Among other possibilities, such types of behavior can be obtained by the use of novel materials whose physical properties can change significantly with the surrounding environment or by active biological agents.

The Negawatts Project: Changing the Paradigm of Family Energy Consumption

This is the first of several in-depth explorations of MIT-Portugal research projects to be published here over the coming months

Managing electricity consumption at a family level is a necessary paradigm shift that might be facilitated by smart grids and smart metering. The future implementation of smart grids and the resulting evolution of the market towards more personalized business models will presume a more active role for the consumer in managing personal energy consumption. For consumers to take this more active role in managing their electricity consumption, they need tools that will enable them to make rational decisions based on a greater awareness of each component of their home’s energy use.