Bridging the gap between the academic and the professional worlds



Each year, since its foundation in 2008, Fraunhofer AICOS hosts and guides Master’s students during the development of their Master’s dissertation project, allowing the students to develop their work in a professional environment, oriented to the creation of practical solutions. In order to ease the Master students’ integration, Fraunhofer AICOS is preparing a short workshop (on the 4th of March) to introduce some of the most relevant procedures followed by the organization.

This cooperation also allows Fraunhofer AICOS to benefit from these students’ will for knowledge, thus resulting in a win-win relationship. The value of this relationship is also reflected in the excellent evaluation received by the students at the end of their projects.
This year, 12 new students are being integrated into Fraunhofer’s team of researchers. These students, coming mainly from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), but also from the School of Engineering from the Polytechnic of Porto (ISEP) and the University of Beira Interior (UBI), will develop research work in the areas of ‘Ambient Assisted Living (AAL)’ and ‘Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D).
Understanding the users, their activities, context and behaviour, providing tailored recommendations and tools that will be useful for tackling the challenges of coping with ageing and health conditions, preventing diseases by keeping an active and healthy lifestyle and increasing public safety and security, are some of the topics of the ongoing research projects in Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS that will be further explored by the students in their Master’s dissertation projects.