Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge 2011 – Awarded Ideas

After the finalists’ presentations in the Challenge Closing Event - held in Fraunhofer AICOS offices on the 20th of October - the Jury and Panel of Experts decided how to award the ideas that best incorporate the Challenge’s purpose of motivating and awarding ‘research of practical utility’. The attribution of the scientific prizes was as follows:


PhD Category


1st Place (3.000€)

Idea: Electronic Marketplace for Teleradiology Services

Daniel Polónia - Universidade de Aveiro


2nd Place (1.500€)

Idea: Visible Light Communication for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Navin Kumar - Universidade de Aveiro


3rd Place (1.000€)

Idea: The Intelligent Hedge Fund

Rui Barbosa - Universidade do Minho


MSc Category


1st Place (2.000€)

Idea: Design of a Battery-free Wireless Sensor Node

Ricardo Fernandes - Universidade de Aveiro


2nd Place* (1.000€)

Idea: A Portable Stochastic Forest Fire Modeling Tool

Flávio Sousa - Universidade Técnica de Lisboa


2nd Place* (1.000€)

Idea: Automated Face Recognition using 3D Shape Extracted from 2D Images

Waldir Pimenta - Universidade do Minho



* Given the quality level of the presented ideas, the Jury and Panel of Experts decided to attribute an ex-aequo 2nd prize to two of the finalist ideas.

Fraunhofer Portugal would like to congratulate this year’s winners and thank the effort and assistance of everyone who helped us in the promotion of this Challenge.


Source: 21.10.2011, Fraunhofer Portugal