The Challenge - 2018

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.

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.



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 ICT, Multimedia and other related Sciences.

Note: Individual applicants with past or present collaboration with Fraunhofer Portugal are not eligible for participation in the Challenge, such as past or present employees and visiting students.



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 2016/2017, that were not submitted in previous editions of the Challenge, or that are concluded and will be graded in the academic year of 2017/2018.

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

> Human Computer Interaction – adapting interaction to specific user needs (user & social experience, mobile & future devices, evaluation & usability);

> Information Processing – from raw data to meaningful information (data retrieval, context awareness, multimodal information fusion);

> Autonomic Computing – smarter devices, less configuration and maintenance (remote & self-management, configuration and control).



The Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge 2018 will follow the chronogram below, divided in three rounds:

1st Round:

May 2nd 2018: beginning of the idea submission period.

July 29th 2018: end of the idea submission period.

September 10th 2018: announcement of the 1st round results.


2nd Round

September 11th 2018: beginning of the additional documentation submission period.

September 23rd 2018: end of the additional documentation submission period.

October 10th 2018: announcement of the 2nd round results.


3rd Round

October 31st 2018: 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 9th 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 Terms & Conditionsand the Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge Institutional Presentation. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.