IPN’s Laboratory for Automation and Systems (IPNlas) organized, the past 18th of December, an open day dedicated to Electrical and Computer Engineering. The event, that was attended by several researchers and professors of the University of Coimbra and Institute of Systems and Robotics, was an opportunity to present IPNlas services and technology transfer activities.
António Cunha, Executive Director of IPNlas, presented the main strategic areas of IPNlas, highlighting the role of Instituto Pedro Nunes as a facilitation partner in the process of technology transfer between academia and the production sector.
With a view to create a conducive atmosphere for discussing ideas and the possibility of future collaborations, were presented at the event some success stories of technological innovations from University of Coimbra that are being transferred to the market with the contribution of IPN and the end-users of technology, as is the case of the ROSE project.
In a relaxed atmosphere, the attendees also experienced the IPN Incubator services, that support the creation of spin-offs, with a visit to Perceive3D company, whose business idea emerged from a doctoral work at the University of Coimbra. Currently, Perceive3D employs 12 highly qualified human resources, roughly half of which are PhDs.
This initiative forms part of the project co-funded by FITEC, Interface Programme, that aims to enhance the value of Portuguese products through innovation, increasing productivity, creating value and incorporating technology into the production processes of Portuguese companies. Overall, initiatives within the framework of the Interface programme aim to accelerate technology transfer from universities to companies, boost the certification of products, increase the competitiveness of the Portuguese economy and companies on national and international markets.