Ciclo Seminari

Si informano tutti gli interessato che nei giorni di seguito elencati  il Prof. Manuel Silva del Department of Electrical Engineering of the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Portugal,  terrà un ciclo di seminari in presenza e su MSTeams :

Lecture 1: The EPS@ISEP Capstone Program - A Unique Mobility Experience Oct 26, 17-19 Room P7 (CAMBIO AULA)


The European Project Semester (EPS) is a one-semester capstone project/internship programme offered to engineering, product design and business undergraduates by 19 European engineering schools. EPS aims to prepare future engineers to think and act globally, by adopting project-based learning and teamwork methodologies, fostering the development of complementary skills, and addressing sustainability and multiculturalism. In particular, sustainable development is a pervasive concern within EPS projects.

The EPS@ISEP programme – the EPS programme provided by the School of Engineering of the Porto Polytechnic (ISEP) – targets engineering, business and product design students and includes six modules: Project, Project Management and Team Work, Marketing and Communication, Foreign Language, Energy and Sustainable Development and Ethics and Deontology. These modules are project supportive seminars oriented towards the specificities of each team project.

According to the EPS 10 Golden Rules, EPS teams should be composed of students with different nationalities and backgrounds, as a way to foster the development of communications skills among individuals with distinct educational and cultural backgrounds and the process of collaborative learning among the team elements. Therefore, the EPS@ISEP programme offers a set of multidisciplinary projects, so that each team member can contribute with his/her previous knowledge and background experience.

The objective of this project is not only that students implement a final prototype, but also to make them contribute with their distinct visions of the problem to a common solution. This process is not always easy, since at this educational level the students are not usually used to collaborate with students from different nationalities (implying distinct cultural experiences) and from different backgrounds (students from engineering areas tend to think differently from students from business and product design). As outcomes of this process, the students will gain a multidisciplinary, multicultural teamwork experience in designing and developing a product, from the requirements until the introduction of the product in the market.

Bearing these ideas in mind, this lecture presents the EPS@ISEP programme in detail, including the students’ application process and selection, the operational aspects of the programme implementation, and the project assessment methodology. To conclude, several examples of projects developed by teams of students, that have participated in previous editions of this programme, will be presented.


Lecture 2: Using 3D Simulation for Creating Digital Twins and Off-line Programming Industrial Robots Oct 27 10-13 Room P6



In recent years, the use of robotic systems has been increasing in particular in the so-called Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry (e.g. the food industry / beverages and chemical industry). Among the various applications of robotic systems in this type of industries, are the automated systems for handling raw materials and product during manufacture and, fundamentally, the robotic systems for final packaging / palletizing of products. Palletizing activities are particularly demanding, not only in terms of operating speed performance, but also in terms of the complexity inherent in handling different types of packaged products (formats). Therefore, automated/robotic packaging systems are generally designed and developed following an Engineer-to-Order strategy. The design activities are generally very time consuming, resulting in a high lead-time to satisfy the customer's order.

Given this, in the first part of this talk will be performed an introduction to industrial robot programming and the use of 3D simulation applications for their offline programming. In the sequel, and as a practical example, in the second part of the talk will be addressed the development of a digital twin for robotic palletizing systems. This digital twin allows the easy and fast design and development of palletizing cells, including the automatic offline generation of programs for robots from distinct brands, with the generation of optimized collision-free trajectories.


Lecture 3: Autonomous Rigid Wing Sailboats Oct 28 15-18 Room T2



The design, development, and deployment of autonomous ocean platforms for exploration and monitoring can provide researchers and decision makers with valuable data, trends, and insights into the largest ecosystem on Earth. Although these outcomes can be used to prevent, identify, and minimise problems, as well as to drive multiple market sectors, the design and development of such platforms remains an open challenge. In particular, energy efficiency, control and robustness are major concerns with implications for autonomy and sustainability.

Rigid wingsails allow autonomous boats to navigate with increased autonomy due to lower power consumption and increased robustness as a result of mechanically simpler control compared to traditional sails. These platforms are currently the subject of deep interest, but several important research problems remain open.

Bearing these ideas in mind, this lecture presents the fundamentals of rigid wingsails, the criteria followed for the airfoil selection, some insights on the design of wingsails, a survey of the latest developments in the field of rigid wing sailboats, describing the main academic and commercial solutions both in terms of hardware and software, as well as some autonomous sailboats competitions being organized in the world.

Martedì, 26 Ottobre, 2021 to Giovedì, 28 Ottobre, 2021