OLEAF4VALUE is a research and innovation action (RIA) funded by the European Union (H2020 -JTI-BBI) focused on tackling the problem generated by olive biomass through the development of a complete olive leaf upcycling system. This three-year project that will develop a complete valorization system for the olive leaf. 4,5 million ton of olive leaves are produced annually in the world by the olive oil industry, a key industry in southern Europe and along the Mediterranean coast (Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Slovenia, among others). This recalcitrant biomass represents a problem for both the farmers and the whole olive oil industry, who need to remove it from the fields and the olive oil mills. This biomass is nowadays burnt in the fields, given to the cattle or, in some cases, combusted to produce energy. OLEAF4VALUE will put together a competitive consortium (sixteen partners from nine different countries) of highly experienced partners devoted to the complete valorization of this new underexploited biomass. The consortium will address all the stages of the value chain: raw material, biorefining, post-extraction technologies, market validation and sustainability assessment. The goal of OLEAF4VALUE is to set up the basis of a smart value chain based on a newly developed 4.0 concept: Smart Dynamic Multi-Valorization-Route Biorefinery (SAMBIO) for the cascade valorization of the olive leaf biomass according to its physicochemical composition, particularly modulated by specific pretreatments to produce target products. In this context, at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança. CeDRI-IPB collaborates with CIMO-IPB in order to digitize and automate processes in order to guarantee systematic and optimized solutions.

Funded by: Bio Based Industries Consortium (Horizon 2020)

Consortium: Sixteen partners from nine different countries

Duration: July 2021 - June 2024

BacchusTech - Integrated Approach for the Valorisation of Winemaking Residues

Wine production is one of the oldest and most important agricultural activities worldwide (28 billion liters produced worldwide in 2018). Portugal is the 5th and 11th largest producer in the EU and worldwide, respectively. The consortium leader, Caves Campelo Lda., founded in 1951, produced 6 million liters of wine in 2019, from which 18.4 % were exported to countries all over the world. The BacchusTech project seeks to develop a new innovative process, that includes the extraction, purification and concentration of bioactive compounds present in winemaking residues. It is well known that these residues are rich in bioactive compounds (e.g. flavonols, anthocyanins), and this project wants to prove that the residues processing can bring an added value e.g. to the pharmaceutics, food and cosmetics and civil construction industries. The gain in terms of environmental sustainability of the company, resulting from the implementation of the aforementioned technologies will be estimated by a life cycle analysis approach. In this context, at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança. CeDRI-IPB collaborates with CIMO-IPB in order to digitize and automate processes in order to guarantee systematic and optimized solutions.

Funded by: Compete 2020; Portugal 2020; União Europeia

Consortium: BacchusTech consortium is composed by two Polytechnic Institutes, four Companies, two International Partners and three Research Centers and one Research and Technological Development Center.

Web Page: http://bacchustech.ipb.pt/

Duration: January 2021 - June 2023

STC 4.0 HP (New Generation of Stoneware Tableware in Ceramic 4.0 by High Pressure Casting Robot work cell)

The STC 4.0 HP (New Generation of Stoneware Tableware in Ceramic 4.0 by High Pressure Casting Robot work cell) project aims to establish the production conditions that will allow GRESTEL to worldwide launch a range of innovative products in fine stoneware tableware as a result of the combination of different Ceramics 4.0 technologies of the industrial value chain, conformed by (STC 4.0 HP) High Pressure Casting Robot work cell with robotic finishing and artificial vision control, supported by new knowledge and technological developments at industry 4.0 level. This project aims to robotize an industrial process that, until recent time, would have been almost unthinkable. With the advent of collaborative robots and the advancement of fundamental research in industrial robotics, today it is possible to approach the robotization of all forming processes, which include high pressure pressing, drying and subsequent finishing. It should be noted that, other than the mechanization of high pressure and the existence of a fixed dryer, all other activities do not add any value to the product and are carried out exclusively by hand. Naturally, due to the respective handling, defects arise and create habits and sources of uncontrolled variability, thus originating productivity and qualities that can be the target of significant improvements in the state of the art in the sector. The project consortium is composed by an industrial company GRESTEL - PRODUTOS CERÂMICOS S.A, by two entities of the scientific Portuguese system, the Polytechnic institute of Bragança (IPB) and the Polytechnic institute of Leiria, and also the Research Group from Limerick School of Art & Design of the Limerick Institute of Technology (Ireland). The IPB team is led by José Gonçalves, which is a CeDRI Researcher, with the collaboration of the Researchers João Coelho and José Santos. The project budget is 984.279,05 €, being the IPB Budget 301.158,68 €.

Funded by: Compete 2020

Consortium: GRESTEL - PRODUTOS CERÂMICOS S.A., CeDRI-IPB, IPL and the Research Group from Limerick School of Art & Design

Duration: December 2020 - June 2023

VRSciT - VR Science Tour

The VRSciT project consists of conducting a virtual educational visit to locations of cultural, social and natural interest of each partner involved, from Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Lithuania, by using Virtual Reality (VR) immersion and interaction techniques to provide users with a unique learning experience. VR technology adoption removes the barriers of remote visualization of environments making it possible for everyone to experience a high educational value through digitalization.

Funded by: Erasmus + KA204

Consortium: Associação Centro de Ciência Viva de Bragança, Pixel, University of Teramo, Vsl eMundus, Lietuvos Svietimo Istorijos Muziejus, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, University of Leon, Fundación del Centro de Supercomputación de Castilla y León.

Web Page: https://vrscit.pixel-online.org/

Duration: December 2020 - December 2023

NanoStim - Nanomaterials for wearable-based integrated biostimulation

O Projeto NanoStim visa o desenvolvimento de um sistema de (nano)sensores secos e flexíveis de alto desempenho baseados em filmes finos com (nano)estruturas customizadas. Integrado numa peça de vestuário, o sistema de (nano)sensores será usado na reabilitação de lesões musculares avançadas e/ou ausência de mobilidade, sobretudo em idosos, comprometendo-se com a Estratégia e Plano de Ação Global para o Envelhecimento Saudável da Organização Mundial de Saúde e com os valores e objetivos fundamentais da União Europeia (UE). Este sistema, controlado remotamente por profissionais de saúde, representa a possibilidade de aliar diagnóstico, terapia e reabilitação num dispositivo médico único, verdadeiramente centrado no paciente, para ser usado em qualquer lugar libertando os centros de saúde e aumentando o grau de liberdade e conforto do paciente.

Funded by: Compete 2020

Consortium: IncreaseTime, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Universidade do Minho, Impetus, TEandM, Nelson Azevedo - Terapias Globais, Unipessoal Lda., University of Texas at Austin (US).

Duration: April 2020 - March 2023


The main goals of this project are the joint analysis and the proposal of bioconstructive and energy efficiency solutions, as a way of responding to the singularities raised by the different territories of the project; the joint development of intervention proposals for buildings on both sides of the border, with benefits for the coherence of the project and for the technical contributions generated in cooperation; and the development of joint interventions, with the corresponding monitoring and training, as a way of transferring the resources and competence common to the consortium.

Funded by: FEDER, POCTEP

Consortium: Ente Regional de la Energía de Castilla y León, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Fundación CIDAUT, Instituto de la Construcción de Castilla y León, Município de Bragança

Web Page: http://www.biourb.net

Duration: December 2019 - December 2019


The pills dispenser SelfMed is an automatic and independent device, capable of providing the users with the correct dose of medication and in the prescribed time. SelfMed will assist elderly people. It has a capacity to serve up to 30 days, up to 15 different types of pills of any size and shape, multiple times a day. Easy to operate, the dispenser will be filled up carefully by a qualified nurse or caregiver, following the prescription of a patient. Once the carer, nurse or family members fill up the machine for a month, the patient will only have to wait for the alarms to beep in order to take their pre-scheduled medication, at that time. The machine itself has a function of sound and flashlight for an alarm function. This project also proposes to integrate a smart band and an application to support the pills dispenser SelfMed. This auxiliary device will expand the reminder range, enabling the user to always notice the alarm. The project has a multidisciplinary team that integrates researcher from data science, optimization, communication, electronics ad mechanics. Research Team: Bruno Costa, Ana I. Pereira, Rui P. Lopes, José Lima, Luís Mesquita, Inês Afonso, Richard Jonker and Roshan Poudel.

Funded by: Fundação La Caixa

Consortium: OldCare Lda, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança

Duration: December 2019 - December 2021

DISRUPTIVE - Dinamización de los Digital Innovation Hubs dentro de la región PocTep para el impulso de las TIC disruptivas y de última generación a través de la cooperación en la región transfronteriza

O objetivo do projeto é promover a excelência em I+i através dos Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) ou pólos de inovação de Castela e Leão e Norte de Portugal, de forma a: i) desenvolver novas iniciativas de I\&i em torno de tecnologias TIC disruptivas e estrategicamente importantes para a UE; ii) articular uma transformação da região transfronteiriça, promovendo a atividade de investigação, a intensidade produtiva dos centros de referência e o número de investigadores especializados; iii) gerar um efeito de impulsionador que tenha um impacto importante no desenvolvimento e competitividade da zona de cooperação.

Funded by: POCTEP

Consortium: Universidade de Salamanca (Espanha), Universidade de Valladolid (Espanha), Cartif (Espanha), INCIBE - Instituto Nacional de Ciberseguridad de España (Espanha), ICE - Instituto para la Competitividad empresarial de Castilla y León (Espanha) Instituto Politécnico do Porto (Portugal), Produtech (Portugal), Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (Portugal)

Web Page: https://disruptive.usal.es/

Duration: July 2019 - December 2021

SAFe: Forest Alert Monitoring System

The "SAFe: Forest Alert Monitoring System" project aims to create and implement a set of innovative operations that will minimize the occurrence of forest fires, monitoring the fauna, and contribute to the development of the Trás-os-Montes region, with specific focus in the district of Bragança. The set of activities that constitute the environment are easily replicable to other regions with similar characteristics.

Funded by: Fundação “La Caixa”

Consortium: CeDRI, CIMO, INESTEC

Duration: March 2019 - February 2022

FIT4FoF (Making our Workforce Fit for the Factory of the Future)

Increased introduction of digital technologies into manufacturing is leading to increased automation, making a range of manual tasks redundant. The increased globalisation in manufacturing also introduces requirements in terms of team work, intercultural and language capabilities. Europe faces considerable challenges in addressing future skills needs. From the perspective of the workforce the issues are increasingly complex where current training and educational solutions are discrete and largely dissociated from work activities. FIT4FoF aims at addressing a range of these issues by analysing current skills initiatives to better understand how best address workers' needs, analysing technology trends across 6 industrial areas of robotics, additive manufacturing, mechatronics/machine automation, data analytics, cybersecurity and human machine interaction, to define new job profiles, which will inform education and training requirements.

Funded by: H2020

Consortium: Cork Institute of Technology (IE), Fundacion Cluster de Empresas de Automacion de Galicia (ES), Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (PT), Arctic SA (RO), Boston Scientific Limited (IE), STEINBEIS 2I GMBH (DE), Chambre de Commerce et D'Industrie de Region Paris Ile-de-France (FR), Professionshojskolen University College Nordjylland (DK), Centro Servizi Industrie SRL (IT)

Duration: October 2018 - September 2021

RoboSTEAM - Integrating STEM and Computational Thinking development by using robotics and physical devices

The main aim of this project is the definition of a knowledge base to facilitate integrating STEAM and computational thinking by using robots. This will be carried out by developing pilot programs, gathering good practices and tools, and defining learning actions and educational resources for teachers.

Funded by: Erasmus+ call - Key Action 2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices - Strategic Partnerships in the field of education, training and youth

Consortium: IPB - Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (Portugal) , KIT/IPB - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) , UEF - University of Eastern Finland (Finland) , USAL – University of Salamanca (Spain), COLÉGIO INTERNATO DOS CARVALHOS (Portugal), IES ERAS DE RENUEVA (Spain), and AGRUPAMENTO DE ESCOLAS EMÍDIO GARCIA (Portugal))

Web Page: http://robosteamproject.eu/

Duration: October 2018 - October 2020

VR@School (Future schools using the power of Virtual and Augmented Reality for education and training in the classroom)

In today’s digital world, teachers are struggling in finding new ways to engage students, since home technologies, such as mobile phones and tablets, are highly advanced when compared with classroom technology, especially if the technology deployed there is less engaging than the technology used at children’s home. Virtual Reality can become a teaching methodology which helps students feel immersed in the experience, gripping their imagination and stimulating thought in ways not possible with traditional books, pictures or videos. Enhancing and extending the learning experience is at the heart of what Virtual Reality can offer students, and is possibly one of the most powerful of all technologies that could help change how we learn forever.

Funded by: Erasmus + KA2

Consortium: Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (PT), CIPAT (IT), Pixel (IT), EuroED (RO), Make up your business (RO), Soros International House (LT), Vilniaus Karoliniskiu Gymnasium (LT)

Web Page: https://www.vr-school.eu

Duration: September 2018 - February 2021

MathE (Improve Math Skills in Higher Education)

The main goal of MathE - Improve Math Skills in Higher Education - project is to encourage training and promote the quality, and diversity, of teaching math. New tools will be produced to support teachers and students. These strategies are supported with digital technologies and ICT procedures to improve pedagogies and assessment methods. In MathE project an Online Math Library will be available for students and teachers of higher education institutions to provide them with video based teaching and learning sources in order to reinforce specific mathematical topics, namely calculus, algebra, operation research, among others. Assessment tools are also available for training and final assessmets.

Funded by: Erasmus + KA2

Consortium: Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (PT), University of Genova (IT), Technical University of Iasi (RO), Kaunas University of Technology (LT), Limerick Institute of Technology (IR), Pixel (IT), EuroED (RO)

Web Page: https://mathe.pixel-online.org

Duration: September 2018 - February 2021

SMiLD (Focus on Students with Mathematics Learning Disabilities)

The SMiLD project has as main motivation the promotion of the acquisition of skills and key competences with a specific focus on addressing underachievement in maths. Therefor, the main objective of SMiLD project is the development of protocols for helping teachers to obtain the most appropriate solutions for the students with Learning Disabilities in Math. Data will be collected, analysed and clustered to elaborate a set of strategies for teachers that will be freely available in the project.

Funded by: Erasmus + KA2

Consortium: Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (PT), Escola Emidio Garcia (PT), Genova University (IT), Liceo Macchiavelli (IT), Pixel (IT), Uniwersytet Wroclawski (PL), Szkoła Podstawowa nr 5 im. Janusza Kusocińskiego w Świdniku (PL)

Web Page: https://smild.pixel-online.org

Duration: September 2018 - August 2020

GO0D MAN (aGent Oriented Zero Defect Multi-stage mANufacturing)

The project aims the development of Zero-Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) strategies in multi-stage production systems, through the integration of quality control and process control using cyber-physical systems, intelligent inspection systems and advanced data analysis tools. As result, it will be possible the earlier and real-time deviations and patterns, and consequently to avoid the occurrence of defects in the stations and their propagation to posterior processes.

Funded by: EU H2020

Consortium: AEA s.r.l. (IT), Instituto Politécnico d e Bragança (PT), UNINOVA (PT), Universita Politecnica delle Marche (IT), BOC Asset Management GMBH (AUT), NISSATECH Innovation Centre (SRB), AutoEuropa (PT), Zannini Poland Spzoo (POL) e ELECTROLUX Professional SPA (IT)

Web Page: http://go0dman-project.eu

Duration: October 2016 - September 2019

Student Profile for Enhanching Engineering Tutoring (SPEET)

SPEET is an ERASMUS+ project aimed to determine and categorize the different profiles for engineering students across Europe. The main rationale behind this proposal is the observation that students performance can be classified according to their behavior while conducting their studies. After years of teaching and sharing thoughts among colleagues from different EU institutions it seems students could obey to some classification according to the way they face their studies. Therefore, if it would be possible to know what kind of student one student is, this may be of valuable help for tutors.

Funded by: Erasmus+

Consortium: Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (Portugal), Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (Spain), Universidad de Leon (Spain), Opole University of Technology (Poland), Politecnico de Milano (Italy), Dunarea de Jos - University of Galati (Romenia).

Web Page: https://www.speet-project.com

Duration: September 2016 - September 2018

DA.RE (Data Science Pathways to re-imagine education)

The need for qualified Data Scientist has grown rapidly in the last years with the introduction of Industry 4.0 technologies. The DA.RE project is focused on a pioneer development of a new blend mixed education program in the area of Data Science, actuating as a catalyzer for the design and deployment of new educational programs, at national, European and international levels.

Funded by: ERASMUS +

Consortium: AEA s.r.l. (IT), Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (PT), Università degli Studi di Camerino (IT), NISSATECH Innovation Centre (SRB), Maisis - Information Systems Lda (PT), The Open University (UK), Abelium doo Raziskave in Razvoj (ESL), Univerza na Primorskem Università del Litorale (ESL), Vision Scientific Ltd. (UK), e-consulenza (IT), Associazione Industriali (IT)

Web Page: http://dare-project.eu

Duration: September 2016 - August 2019

PERFoRM (Production harmonizEd Reconfiguration of Flexible Robots and Machinery)

The project focuses the conceptual transformation of existing Production Systems towards plug&produce production systems to achieve flexible manufacturing environments based on rapid and seamless reconfiguration of machinery and robots as response to operational or business events.

Funded by: EU H2020

Consortium: Siemens (DE), COMAU (IT), IFEVS (IT), POLI MODEL (IT), Fraunhofer IPA (DE), Hochschule Emden/Leer (DE), GNK Aerospace Sweden AB (SE), Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (PT), Loccioni (IT), The Manufacturing Technology Centre Limited LBG (UK), Politecnico di Milano (IT), PARO AG (CH), Technologie Initiative SMARTFACTORY KL E.V. (DE), Technische Universitat Braunschweigt (DE), Loughborough University (UK), UNINOVA (PT), Whirlpool Europe srl (IT), XETICS GMBH (DE).

Web Page: http://www.horizon2020-perform.eu

Duration: October 2015 - September 2018

E-Learning from Nature

The E-Learning from Nature project was funded by the European Commission and the Italian National Agency for the Erasmus+ Programme with the aims of promoting a proactive students’ approach to scientific subjects learning and propose innovative teaching methodologies to scientific teachers.

Funded by: European Commission and the Italian National Agency for the Erasmus+ Programme

Consortium: Inforef, Epimorfotiki Kilkis, Limerick Institute of Technology, I.I.S. “F. Enriques”, Pixel, Trakai Educational Assistance Authority, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança,Fundația EuroEd

Web Page: http://enature.pixel-online.org

Duration: October 2015 - October 2017

ARUM (Adaptive Production Management)

The project aims the development of mechanisms focusing the achievement of faster and more adaptive ramp-up processes using multi-agent systems.

Funded by: EU FP7

Consortium: EADS Deutschland GmbH (Germany ), Airbus S.A.S. (France), CertiCon, a.s. (Czeck Republic), Modular Galley Systems AG (Italy), Tie Nederland B.V. (Netherlands), Smart Solutions (Russia), Almende B.V. (Netherlands), Cologne University of Applied Sciences (Germany), P3 ingénieurs S.A.S. (France), University of Manchester (UK), Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (Greece), Czech Technical University of Prague (Czeck Republic), University of Hagen (Germany) and Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (Portugal)

Web Page: http://arum-project.eu

Duration: October 2012 - September 2015

GRACE (Integration of Process and Quality Control Using Multi-agent Technology)

The project aims the development of distributed production control systems integrating process and quality control levels using multi-agent systems principles and self-adaptation procedures to support variation and fluctuation in processes and products.

Funded by: FP7

Consortium: Universita Politecnica delle Marche (Italy), SINTEF (Norway), AEA s.r.l. (Italy), Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (Portugal), Whirlpool Europe srl (Italy) and Siemens AG (Germany)

Web Page: http://grace-project.org

Duration: July 2010 - June 2013