- Description of the Thematic Line +
This thematic area aims at exploiting new research in Aeronautic and Space Systems to help improving new innovation dynamics in these sectors through strategic cooperation among European and Brazilian partners. It has been designed to explore, in particular, collaborative joint ventures with Embraer and related suppliers and engineering centers in Portugal. It involves promoting a new "E2 Initiative" (Embraer in Évora, Embraer in Europe) to foster a new generation of aeronautical and space systems. To achieve these objectives, it encompasses three main approaches.
First, by maximizing manufacturing technological developments through industrial innovation policy analysis. Motivated by the recent installation of two new Embraer plants in Évora, Portugal, this line of research will look together at innovation dynamics in the sector, accounting for the increasing complexity and uncertainty of technological advances and related value chains and business configurations in modern aeronautics. Given the changes in the nature and complexity of aero-manufacturing and localization of production, the future of aero industries is developing in an environment that involves far greater risk and uncertainty than ever before. Aero-manufacturing increasing strains demand better and novel approaches to their management and interaction, and ways to integrate uncertainty in decision making processes. Network analysis will be used to study supply chain dynamics, as well as their increasing complexity in terms of provision of goods and services, and forms of knowledge exchange. Emphasis will be given to the current development of local supply chains and the formation of a new generation of suppliers in Portugal, looking at different players in the sector (Including Tekever, GMV, LusoSpace, Uavision and Caetano Aero, among others). Analysis should include the role of new technology based firms in the development of local suppliers, and their impact on skill development and employment creation.
Secondly, by enhancing safe and reliable solutions for aeronautic and space related activities. It considers developing avionic systems and a range of interactive system solutions in evaluating specification/analysis capabilities with regards to future human machine interaction concepts for more integrated interactive cockpits. New research towards advanced navigation systems, control and decision-making processes will be carried out. Emerging supervisory and intelligent control systems will be designed and assessed in close interaction with Embraer for a number of applications, including those involving autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). There is a wide spectrum of UAV applications that started in the military sphere, but are rapidly finding their place in the civil domain. In addition to remote sensing, other applications stand out, such as forest fire surveillance, critical infrastructure inspection, ocean surveillance, and monitoring of disaster areas where human intervention involves substantial risks. Bearing in mind these applications, research efforts will be directed towards the development of navigation and control systems for aerial vehicles in GPS-denied environments, where alternative local sensors, such cameras or lasers, come into play, and in challenging flight regimes that require operating in close proximity or in contact with obstacles.
Thirdly, by promoting research towards value-added activities for aeronautical engineering companies in close collaboration with the recently established Aeronautic Engineering Center in Porto (CEIIA). It will involve participating actively in international research programs and to play an increasingly significant role in the design and assessment of complex value-chain systems for aeronautic and space industries. This will be achieved by setting up a clear and coherent aeronautical R&D strategy, together with training initiatives and innovative university programs. These will be laid out around the current opportunities with Embraer, having in mind also possible spillovers to other technology intensive fields such as the Oil&Gas and Mobility industries, namely automotive. This initiative will allow to co-define with CEIIA a clear market strategy and to continue to explore in an efficient way the current infrastructure development efforts and the invaluable built human capital.
- Structure of the Thematic Line +
Following the LARSyS management structure, this thematic area will have a Principal Investigator, PI, and a Management Committee, with members from each participating group, responsible for a number of tasks, including: i) to plan the activities to carry through, to report them and to promote their strategic orientation; and ii) to guarantee the cooperation and integration of the activities of the different groups involved.
In this thematic area we will join the different expertise of the research groups to explore innovative solutions and tackle the proposed challenges:
- Objectives of the Thematic Line +
This thematic area aims to help improving new innovation dynamics in the aeronautic and space sectors in Portugal through strategic cooperative ties with Embraer and the recently established Aeronautic Engineering Center in Porto (CEIIA), with an overall orientation to foster a new generation of technologies and systems.
Lines of Action:
END-USERS: Aeronautic and space sectors, including the following major stakeholders operating in Portugal: