The Challenge - 2019

Fraunhofer AICOS wishes to motivate and award research of practical utility through the attribution of Prizes and Distinctions to students and researchers that contribute to the philosophy behind Fraunhofer AICOS' vision: ‘Proposing Futures, Impacting Lives’ and its mission, to create ‘Remarkable Technology, Easy to Use’.




The Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge is an idea contest promoted by Fraunhofer AICOS with the objective of motivating and rewarding research of practical utility, through the attribution of a scientific prize to MSc and PhD students and researchers from Portuguese Universities.

The Challenge consists in awarding the best ideas based on graduation theses that were developed having ‘Research of Practical Utility’ in mind. By this we mean ideas based on theses concepts that clearly demonstrate a concern with the direct applicability of its results in Industry and markets.



The Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge is open to all individual applicants that are/were MSc or PhD Students and Researchers in Portuguese Universities, developing their research activity ideally within the areas of AI, Cyber-Physical Systems, HCI and other related Sciences.

Note: Individual applicants with past or present collaboration with Fraunhofer Portugal or with its founding associates, research centres or project partners, are not eligible for participation in the Challenge. This includes past or present employees, thesis students, scholarship students, members of the Jury and their respective direct family.



The concepts submitted to contest (Ideas) must be based on an MSc or PhD thesis/work developed by the Participant, resulting in an academic degree from a Portuguese University.

The ideas must be based on theses concluded and graded in the academic year of 2017/2018, that were not submitted in previous editions of the Challenge, or that have been concluded and will be defended and graded in the academic year of 2018/2019, and provided that they have not been submitted in previous editions of the Challenge, nor any other competition sponsored by Fraunhofer Portugal.

The submitted ideas should reflect and comment their potential impact on the scientific areas currently being developed by Fraunhofer AICOS, namely:

> Human-Centred Design – user research and understanding of technology users, co-design of technology, and technology assessment;

> Intelligent Systems – edge and computer vision, sensor fusion and embedded intelligence, cognitive systems and deep learning, and predictive modelling and recommendation;

> Connected Things – embedded electronics, communication and networks, edge and cloud computing, and quality assurance and pre-compliance.



The Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge 2019 will follow the chronogram below, divided in three rounds:


1st Round:

01/Jun/2019: beginning of the idea submittal period;

31/Jul/2019: end of the idea submittal period;

10/Sep/2019: announcement of the 1st round results;


2nd Round:

11/Sep/2019: beginning of the additional documentation submittal period;

22/Sep/2019 end of the additional documentation submittal period;

11/Oct/2019: announcement of the 2nd round results;


3rd Round:

30/Oct/2019: public presentation of the best 2nd round results; announcement of the 3rd round results (Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge Closing Event);



Meet the people who are part of this year's jury panel:


Dr. Liliana Ferreira

Dr. Liliana Ferreira is the director of Fraunhofer AICOS and a Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto.

Dr. Liliana Ferreira holds a PhD in Informatics Engineering from the University of Aveiro, and has worked as a researcher and guest researcher in several research groups as Philips Research Eindhoven,the Institute of Electronics and Telematics Engineering of Aveiro, IBM Research and Development, Ubiquitous Knowledge Lab of the Technical University of Darmstadt and in the Linguistic Department of the University of Tübingen.

Her main research activities are in the area of Human Language Technologies, Information Extraction, Medical Knowledge Representation, and Health Informatics.

Dr. Ana Correia de Barros

Dr. Ana Correia de Barros is a senior researcher at Fraunhofer AICOS and head of the Human-Centred Design department. She conducts research with a focus on chronic diseases and inclusive design.

With a background in industrial design, Dr. Ana Correia de Barros holds a PhD in industrial engineering and management from Universidade da Beira Interior. She has been a researcher at UNIDCOM-IADE, Lisbon, led the research and innovation area at a rehabilitation centre (CRPG), has lectured at different universities and has been an external evaluator of European R&D projects.

Dr. Pablo Oliveira Antonino

Dr. Pablo Oliveira Antonino is the Department Head of the Embedded Software Engineering department of the Fraunhofer IESE in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, and his work focuses on Integration of dependable embedded systems at the architecture level. 

Dr. Antonino manages and executes projects in the several domains like automotive, avionics, agriculture and construction machines, medical devices, and smart industries.



The 10th edition of the Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge will award a total of €9.000 (nine thousand Euros) in scientific prizes.

The scientific prizes are divided into two categories: MSc and PhD theses. Each category has three placements (1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize).

In addition, the award winners may also receive the opportunity to join the Fraunhofer AICOS research team, depending on their overall performance in the Challenge. 



For more specific informations, please consult the Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge 2019 - Terms & Conditionsand the Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge 2019 - Contest Presentation. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.