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Latest News and Events


Workshop examines the future of cooperation in precision agriculture and water management

Over 50 researchers, academics and industry representatives met on February 16th, at Fraunhofer Portugal's headquarters. As well as discussing the role of cooperation in precision agriculture and water management, they looked at the future of the sector in Portugal.

Fraunhofer signs cooperation agreement to establish new research centre in Portugal

Fraunhofer Portugal participated in a ceremony leading to the renewal of the cooperation agreement between Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the FCT, alongside with the creation of a new research centre focusing on the topics of smart agriculture and water management.

Fraunhofer Portugal hosts workshop dedicated to ‘Precision Agriculture and Water Management’

On February 16th, Fraunhofer Portugal will be hosting several companies, R&D organizations, academia and other agro-industrial representatives for a workshop dedicated the future of the agricultural and water management sector in Portugal.

FhP-AICOS leads knowledge transfer project to bridge gap between R&D and technology-based medical devices industry

The MDevNet initiative aims to contribute to the effectiveness of the technology-based medical devices industry in Portugal.

Deus ex Machina: Participants present results at end of year meeting

Partners and participants of DeM (Deus ex Machina) gathered at FhP-AICOS for an end of year meeting, where the results of the various ongoing projects were presented.

Fostering early diagnosis through Medical Images drives new project led by FhP-AICOS’ industry partner F3M

The MpDS project, led by the Portuguese company F3M, aims to create an intuitive tool, with a strong mobile component, that allows easy image acquisition, transmission and automated analysis in several clinical contexts.

Fraunhofer and FCT reinforce collaboration in the field of Precision Agriculture

On December 7th, the FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft signed a joint letter of intent strengthening their collaboration in the field of precision agriculture. FhP-AICOS is slated to play an important role in the project, contributing its IT expertise.

FallSensing awarded Honourable Mention and ‘Best Poster’ at the 5th Active and Healthy Ageing Regional Conference

FallSensing was awarded an honourable mention in the 'Conhecimento +' category of the Best Practices for an Active and Healthy Ageing in the Central Region Award.

Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS named finalist of 'O Norte Somos Nós' Award

Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS has been shortlisted for the 'Norte Investigação' award. The initiative 'O Norte Somos Nós' is managed by CCDRN – Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte, in partnership with Jornal de Notícias.

Representatives from the Brazilian Network of International Business Centers visited FhP-AICOS

This Thursday, November 2nd, a group of representatives from the Brazilian Network of International Business Centers (CIN Network) visited Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS and had the opportunity to get to know the activity and work of the research center.

GoLiveClip: The ‘all in one safety clip’ born in Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS reached the market this week

Technology born in Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS and developed in partnership with Gociety Solutions will be available on the market starting this week.

Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS signs cooperation protocol with Lobata District Council

The partnership will help promote better access to the Internet and improve the digital services of the District Council. The official ceremony occurred on October 24th, with the presence of the Mayor of the Lobata District Council, Policarpo Freitas.

Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge 2017: Winners Revealed

The 2017 edition of the Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge, an idea contest promoted by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS with the objective of motivating and rewarding research of practical utility, ended today. The Closing Event featured a presentation by the finalists, followed by the jury’s assessment and the announcement of the winners.

VISUM 2017 awards FhP-AICOS’ team with an Honourable Mention

Face detection and recognition was the challenge made by the VISUM Summer School 2017 to 18 international teams of researchers. Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS took the second place with an outstanding presentation, having received an Honourable Mention. The event occurred from 7 th to 14 th of July, in Porto.

WGW4IoT: End of project with outstanding results

The WGW4IoT project, developed by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS for the Portuguese company TekOn Electronics (Bresimar Automação, S.A.), is coming to an end, achieving outstanding results. New additional developments are under way and the first steps to turn this prototype into a commercial product are already being taken.


SkinLesions amongst the finalists of the contest Born from Knowledge

Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS submitted the technology SkinLesions to the contest Born from Knowlegde, promoted by ANI, and was chosen as one of the finalists. The selected business ideas receive, as reward, the participation in the Immersion Programme.


Liliana Ferreira on RTP3

Last Thursday (14th of September), the new Director of Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS was in the TV channel RTP3 to comment the news of the day. Besides leading the research centre, Liliana Ferreira is also a Professor at Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto.


SV4D: promoting digital inclusion in Mozambique

The last visit in the scope of the initiative Sustainable Village for Development was in Mozambique. The focus of this trip was to promote the digital inclusion in the country, having Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS presented a paper related to this subject in the 8th Luso-Mozambican Engineering Congress.


Network research: improving the competitiveness in organizations

In March, Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS received an international PhD student from the Netherlands. FhP was invited, by prof. Lia Patrício, of FEUP, to join the Service Design for Innovation Network as Associated Partner.

São Tomé and Príncipe: a suitable country for SV4D

The second stop of the presentation of the project Sustainable Villages for Development was in São Tomé and Príncipe. ICT based answers to some problems of the country were presented by the team from Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS, that joined the local authorities in a discussion forum, held at Camões, I.P., in São Tomé, on August 30 th .

Liliana Ferreira: a new direction and future for Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS

Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS has now a new leader. Liliana Ferreira is, from today (September 7th), the new Director of the research centre. With a considerable academic and professional career, she is also Invited Full Professor at Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto.


SV4D: presenting new ICT opportunities to Cape Verde

Cape Verde was the first country visited by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS this summer, to present the project Sustainable Villages for Development. On August 18 th , several Cape Verdean authorities gathered with members of the Portuguese research centre, on the facilities of the National Communications Authority, to discuss new ICT opportunities to the country.

Machine Learning @ Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS

If you want to know more about the evidence of the value of Machine Learning at Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS, its fullness of application areas, developed work and results achieved, have a look in the most recent white paper published by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS.


Mobile-based solution to optimize dermatological screening

The SkinLesionsRS, developed by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS, is one of the projects supported by RESOLVE. The mobile-based solution aims to improve the referral process of skin lesions between Local Health Centres and Hospital Dermatology Departments.

Knowledge Sharing: Two internal workshops on Machine Learning and Unity3D

Promoting knowledge sharing and continuous training among researchers is one of the focus of Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS. Recently, two internal workshops took place, one of which was dedicated to Machine Learning and the other to the Unity3D game development platform.


iBoccia: a simple game with huge outcomes for seniors

Boccia was the game chosen by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS and Centro Algoritmi (University of Minho) to promote elderly’s physical activity. The iBoccia paper will be presented at the 14th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO), taking place from 26th to 28th of July, in Madrid (Spain).

ShopView: a solution for better operational process in retail stores

The ShopView solution is one of the candidates to the Portugal Digital Awards 2017. The latest demonstrator project, called ShopView2Market, developed by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS, Sonae and WeDo Technologies is applying for the category of Best Digital Operational Process.

Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS Master Students Workshop 2017

Fourteen Master students presented in the first week of July, their work and achievements to a broad audience, who included FhP-AICOS researchers and collaborators. This workshop allowed to demonstrate the practical utility from the academic into the industry reality.


10 cities and Fraunhofer Institute discuss the future of Smart Cities

Porto was the chosen place for the event Morgenstadt – Cities of the future, taking place yesterday and today (June 28th and 29th). Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS attended the working lunch on the first day, where Smart Cities were discussed. The initiative is associated to the SmartImpact project.


StepDetector: Interactive cognitive motor training with Pandlets

Detecting steps with high accuracy using inertial sensors is a challenge that has been taken recently by many teams. Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS joined the Swiss company Dividat GmbH and took the challenge of detecting steps on every direction (up-down-left-right) while the user is standing on a single spot.


Technological and scientific knowledge disseminated around the world

Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS (FhP-AICOS) is promoting several dissemination actions of technological and scientific knowledge and results.


Hospital of the future: a forecast of health technologies

The SkinLesionsRS project, developed by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS, participated in RESOLVE tecHospital on June 2nd, at i3S – Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde. During the event, several projects oriented towards medical innovations had the opportunity to present themselves to the visitors.


TECNET: technological innovations and entrepreneurship gathered in a Business Camp

Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS was one of the institutions in exhibition at the 3rd TECNET – Business Camp, and brought a prototype from the EyeFundusScope project for demonstration. The Iberian eventtook place in the first week of June, in São João da Madeira


MalariaScope, Pandlets and Active@Home in exhibition at Porto Innovation Hub

Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS is one of the several institutions, aiming to transform the economy of Porto, in exhibition at Porto Innovation Hub. The centre has selected three project prototypes for exhibition, namely: MalariaScope, Pandlets and Active@Home.


SmartBEAT app: Prototype under construction to assist heart failure patients

Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS (FhP-AICOS) is one of the partners of Porto4Ageing, a multidisciplinary alliance created to better respond to the citizens' needs, especially in active and health ageing in the Porto Metropolitan Area. The Porto4Ageing consortium will be gathered on May 9th in an Open Day.


SmartBEAT app: Prototype under construction to assist heart failure patients

Ten European partners are working together to detect early signs and symptoms of heart failure decompensation in senior patients. The consortium of the SmartBEAT project gathered on 6th and 7th of April in Eindhoven (Netherlands) to discuss the details of the pilot.


Technology co-developed by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS tested in international pilot

The ShopView solution, developed by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS, Sonae MC and Wedo Technologies, was tested at the international retailer SPAR Austria. Using state of the art image processing technology, this prototype aims to help retailers to manage store replenishment processes.

Technology developed by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS exhibited in Hannover Messe

The Internet of Things (IoT) gateway that has been developed by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS for Tekon Electronics (Bresimar Automação SA) will be exhibited in Hannover Messe. The world's leading industrial show occurs from 24th to 28th of April and the Tekon booth can be found at Hall 8, stand A20.


More than 1.000 cultural contents available in ACP countries

The project ACP Street Libraries – Culture For All, coordinated by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS, has already collected 1.160 cultural contents that are available online in African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States’ countries.

Researchers debate Internet of Nano Things in Braga

The Internet of Things in Package (IoTiP) project was highlighted on the Internet of Nano Things (IoNT) workshop. “Wafer-level modular architecture for IoT” was the topic presented by the researchers of Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS and NANIUM S.A., the two partners of the project. The IoNT workshop occurred on March 7th and 8th, in the INL, in Braga.


Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS signed a protocol with Ministry of Economy

Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS signed a protocol with the Ministry of Economy, through the Portuguese National Innovation Agency (ANI), for the contribution on the INTERFACE Programme creation.


SV4D-MZ: Signature of Memorandum of Understanding initiates a new stage of development for the Digital Agenda of CPLP

Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the partners of SV4D-MZ project.


Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS joins FIRST Solutions SA to improve diabetic retinopathy screening

The EyeFundusScope, an awarded project developed by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS, will be a crucial component in a new project that aims to integrate and validate a mobile solution for the risk assessment of diabetic retinopathy.


First results of FallSensing will be presented in Coimbra

During the 1st Meeting FallSensing 2017, Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS will show the initial results of FallSensing, a system created to evaluate multiple fall risk factors and implement fall prevention exercise plans. The project has been developed in partnership with the Portuguese company Sensing Future Technologies and Coimbra Health School.


FhP AICOS promotes initiatives of technology and scientific knowledge transfer

Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS has been developing several Scientific and Technological Knowledge Transfer initiatives, known as Collective Transfer FhP. These actions promote the results of applied research projects and the contribution of these researches to the development of society.


Mozambique will receive the first pilot related to Sustainable Village for Development project

Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS will deploy a solution to provide Internet access in rural areas of developing countries, allowing to improve the quality of life of the communities and to reduce the Digital Divide.


Active@Home on Porto Canal

Active@Home was created to promote a healthy lifestyle. This challenging and fun interactive video game uses dance and Tai Chi elements to improve balance, strength and coordination. See the complete interview.



2635998 is the number of the first European patent that got granted to Fraunhofer Portugal, under the title ‘Mobile Device and Infrastructure System‘. ​The innovation that is covered by the patent is ULF-MC, a system for Ultra-Low Frequency Magnetic Communication.


ShopView: an Automated Solution for all hypermarkets

The advantages of ShopView for the retail market were presented on January 9, at Continente of Matosinhos, and will be presented in Austria during this month. The prototype is part of the ShopView2Market project, that developed an Automated Solution to Validate Shelf Layouts in Stores.


Can a smartphone assess the risk of falling while performing usual daily activities?

Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS has been developing a solution for the evaluation of fall risk factors on a daily basis: the Fall Risk App. The application allows to continuously assess the mobility of the users while they are performing their usual daily activities.


Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS applies Internet of Things into industrial environment

Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS will design and develop an industrial gateway for a development project led by Bresimar Automação.


ACP Street Libraries coordinated by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS benefits 20.000 children

The ACP Street Libraries – Culture for All project was created to preserve and to promote, digitally, the local culture of ACP countries – Africa, Caribbean and Pacific. Coordinated by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS, the project was developed in four countries.


A “made in Portugal” technology for IoT growth

The current emerging Internet of Things (IoT) presents several challenges concerning time and costs associated with the development and production processes. Having this in mind, IoTiP (Internet of Things in Package), a new project promoted by NANIUM S.A. together with Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS, addresses these problems by presenting a development ecosystem.


Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS develops new solution to extend physiotherapy at home

Together with PLUX – Wireless Biosignals SA, Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS recently announced a new project that aims to develop a complement to the physiotherapy sessions performed at the clinics. Physio@Home proposes a technology based on smartphones or tablets and wearables.


Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge 2016 selects the best scientific ideas

An interface for 3D medical image manipulation and a robotic platform able to develop complex tasks in the marine environment are the winners of the 7th edition of the Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge. The Closing Event took place on October 26, with awards to the six finalists (three in each category).


Porto is a Reference Site for Healthy Ageing in the European Union

The Municipality of Porto is now a Reference Site under the initiative European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. Porto4Ageing, created to foster the debate on active and healthy aging in the metropolitan area of Porto, submitted the application to the European Union.


President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Portuguese Minister of Science visit Fraunhofer Portugal

The president of the largest applied research organization in Europe, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, visited this Wednesday (August 24), and for the first time, the Fraunhofer Portugal headquarters.


Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS develops high technology to optimize retailer’s product placement

It is called ShopView and it leverages computer-vision technology for retailers who want to gain a competitive edge in product placement auditing.  


"A day with Pandlets", the most recent white paper from Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS

Pandlets are a development ecosystem, that relies on a novel architecture of embedded electronics for wireless devices, which can be used to build new solutions for Wearables and IoT. If you want to know how far Pandlets applications can go, imagine “A day with Pandlets”. 

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