INESC TEC researcher finalist at the Altice International Innovation Awards

João Souza, a researcher at INESC TEC, is among the three finalists in the “Academia” category; the Altice International Innovation Awards are the biggest technology innovation award in Portugal.

The main goal of João Souza’s acknowledged thesis, “Adaptive Robotic Grasping Planning – A Novel Unified and Modular Grasping Pipeline Architecture”, is the design of an innovative modular software architecture for the deployment of robotic grasping. Designed to be easily editable and configurable and to support various control, planning and detection methods, this new grasping structure addresses the latest industry needs of high response to current market volatility. In addition, it supports shop floors operators in terms of well-being and productivity, according to the human-centred dimension of Industry 5.0.

According to the young researcher, being one of the finalists of the award “is something very important and rewarding”. “It is an extra-academic recognition, thus demonstrating and reinforcing the validity and applicability of the thesis proposal to society”, he stressed.

The prizes are divided into three categories. The first, “StartUp”, guarantees a prize of €50K and the possibility of a proof of concept with the Altice Group. The winner of the category “Academia”, dedicated to the best academic work, receives €25K. The category “Inclui by Fundação Altice PT”, targeting entrepreneurs dedicated to inclusion, grants €20K.

The Altice International Innovation Awards aim to promote and support technological talent. The sixth edition of the Awards featured 125 projects. Inclusio was the winner in the “StartUp” category, while Vítor Cunha won first place in the “Academia” category and Hugo Furtado took home the award in the “Inclui” category.

The researcher mentioned in this news piece is associated with INESC TEC.


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