DTx develops its I&D activities in projects of four different typologies, in terms of objects and financing.

DTx develops its I&D activities in projects of four different typologies, in terms of objects and financing, namely:

– Specific (SE), projects among groups of associates, framed by the core funding ANI and oriented to address specific application challenges;

– Prospective (PP), projects between all the associates, framed by the core funding ANI and oriented to prospective developments considered strategic for DTx, in a 3 to 5 year time frame;

– Direct (PD), projects carried out with one or more associates and, maybe, with external parties, with direct financing from the companies involved;

– Competitive (CP), projects carried out with one or more associates and, maybe, with external parties, with co-financing from national or European programmes.

Financed Projects

Programa Operacional: Programa Operacional Regional do Norte
Fundo: Fundo Social Europeu
Eixo Prioritário: Emprego e mobilidade dos trabalhadores
Objetivo temático: Promover a sustentabilidade e a qualidade do emprego e apoiar a mobilidade laboral
Prioridade de investimento: Adaptação dos trabalhadores, das empresas e dos empresários à mudança;
Tipologia de operação: Contratação de Recursos Humanos Altamente Qualificados
Título da operação: Contratação de Recursos Humanos Altamente Qualificados
Financiamento: 4.440.000 €
Data início da Operação: 01-01-2019
Data de fim da Operação: 31-12-2021

Specific Projects

Development of an innovative weighing system with varied data acquisition, which will afterwards be processed, in a way that clients’ profiles can be identified, traceability increased and weighing fraud reduced. This project involves areas like Software and Information Systems, Sensors’ Hardware and Advanced Materials, and will be carried out with the associate Cachapuz.

The project aims to increase the know in-mould electronics (IME) technology of the consortium and to integrate it in the respective associates’ production processes. At the end of this project, the IME technology will be consolidated and integrated in production processes, products and/or innovative services, what will provide significant competitive gains to the participants (Bosch, Celoplás, Simoldes, INL, PIEP, UMinho). DTx’s areas covered: Software and Information Systems, Sensors’ Hardware, Advanced Materials and Smart Manufacturing.

Development of technologies for interiors of independent adaptable mobility platforms. With the advent of autonomous vehicles, the classic concept of the vehicle interior should be redefined to meet the new expectations in terms of i) customization and adaptability, ii) comfort iii) safety iv) interface man-machine (HMI) clear and engaging, and v) connectivity and customized infotainment. Consequently, all of DTx’s I&D areas will be covered. The consortium shall include the associates Bosch, Simoldes, TMG, CEiiA, INL, PIEP, Univ Católica and UMinho.

Implementation of new systems NDT (non-destructive techniques) for inspection of products with direct integration in the production line. Involves Celoplás, Simoldes, Neadvance, INL, PIEP and the UMinho. The systems to be developed will be supported by a smart platform of quality control and miniaturized sensors capable of examine and detect surface defects on injection moulded parts.

One of the technologies that IKEA Industry uses is the lamination process, that is completed with the application of textured and/or decorative paper on the substrates. In this context, the objective is to develop smart inspection systems to support the quality control and the efficiency of the process during the production. For the real-time feedback, data analysis, artificial intelligence and connectivity we will use cutting-edge technologies. Besides IKEA Industry, Neadvance and CCG will be involved.

To explore the potential of the Metal powders (mAM) active manufacturing technologies for the manufacturing of injection moulding tools, enabling complex moulding geometries with details that could not be achieved through conventional methods. Will be developed moulding cavities with 4G characteristics (i.e., for the mould cooling and weight optimization), from the project until the manufacturing and tests; and topological optimization algorithms and generative design will be used. The associates involved are Celoplás, Simoldes, INL, PIEP and UMinho.

Monitoring data in real-time, fraud detection and management; within the framework of Software and Information Systems from DTx and involves the associates WeDo, NOS and ebankIT.

Exploring new business models based on Big Data; within the framework of Software and Information Systems from DTx and involves the associate Primavera.

Development of a personal assistant; within the framework of Software and Information Systems from DTx and involves the associates NOS and ebankIT.

Development of an intelligent system of product monitoring for large commercial centers; within the framework of Software and Information Systems from DTx and involves the associate Accenture.

Development of a 4.0 generation of products and functional and environmentally sustainable processes that will enable the creation of new business models and digital services to meet the IKEA Industry market tendencies’ demands. The participating DTx’s areas are: Software and Information Systems, Sensors’ Hardware and Advanced Materials.

Prospective Projects

The next generation of cyber-physical systems (CPS) will require new approaches of co-design and co-development in its conception. These advanced and innovative CPS will require the integration of emerging technologies and multidisciplinary approaches, such as integration of smart materials and composites, of micro-nanotechnologies, photonics, energy production and storage, new communication resources, IA and cyberware tools, etc., these being further challenges to be researched in this project, in a way that provides new scientific knowledge in these subjects.

In the near future, it is expected that products integrating services will have a great impact on society and on economy, and will interact, directly or indirectly, with a significant part of population. Value is a multidimensional concept which is perceived in different ways by the interested parties, and may be assessed in different perspectives, and require an analysis of holistic value. On its part, the risk analysis is a process that helps to identify and manage possible problems linked to technological issues, raw materials, operational, environmental, and of market. Thus, main goals of this project are: i) to develop a methodology to analyze the creation of value and the risk associated to the development of cyber-physical products; ii) create specific tools to apply the methodology developed or to improve existing tools; iv) to use those tools to support the development of new CPS product services’ systems, within the frame of specific or direct DTx’s projects.

In the development of highly complex systems, such as new generation CPS, it becomes hard to anticipate all the relevant background situations and to define appropriate adaptation mechanisms during the contexts, due to the uncertainty linked to the diverse usage situations of the product in its lifetime. Examples of this difficulty include CPS/IoT which operate in different physical environments or in digital business processes that may face diverse users’ patterns or even client’s dynamic requirements. Therefore, this project aims to get scientific knowledge in innovative applications, such as: security systems, cybersecurity, vertical networks of smart production systems, integrated smart supply chains, smart interconnected companies, and safe collaborative robotics (robot/man or robot/robot), smart materials and structures integration.

In the context of new products, which include services or in smart production processes, are necessary new smart interfaces capable of communicate with people in an efficient and secure way. Thus, new interfaces man-machine have to be developed, with a multidisciplinary approach, including innovative technological solutions, but also sociological and psychological aspects. In this way, this prospective project will seek to develop knowledge of support to future innovative applications such as interfaces with CPS which can mimic human being; man-machine multimodal interfaces which can imitate/sensor.

Direct Projects