CV


curriculum vitae

Personal Information

Name

Branco, Pedro Manuel Lopes

Address

Virtual Angle B.V.

Dr. Nolenslaan 157, Unit 20

6136 GM Sittard

The Netherlands

Website

https://www.pedrobranco.com

LinkedIn’s Profile

https://www.linkedin.com/in/pedro-branco-9453a6/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/pmlbranco

EC Expert Nr.

EX2013D138319

ORCID ID

0000-0001-8454-2293

ORCID Profile

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8454-2293

ORCID QR Code

Nationality

Portuguese

Date of Birth

29/05/1975

Driving License

Driving license category B (Automobiles)

Summary

Pedro Branco is an engineer, technology entrepreneur, business angel, leader and mentor.

He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of a family owned company’s group, active in the Information Technologies sector and with strong international presence.

Pedro owns a Masters’s in Informatics Engineering(M. Sc.) by the Universidade do Minho(Portugal).

He is or was involved in the coordination and development activities of several European Space Agency(ESA), European Commission(EC), privately funded and commercial projects.

Pedro lives in Salamanca(Spain).

Work Experience

Employers

Date

October, 2004 – until today

Name of Employer

Virtual Angle BV (The Netherlands)

Website

https://www.virtuaangle.com

Company Profile

Cloud Computing Supplier, Systems Integrator, Systems Engineering

Occupation or position held

Founder – Managing Director

Virtual Angle BV is the oldest company of the group. Pedro’s activities include not only the company’s daily management but also the management of the subsidiary and sister companies, interaction with public authorities, partners and clients.

Under the Pedro’s management Virtual Angle BV become an European Space Agency supplier and 4 companies of the group had or have R&D contracts within FP6, FP7 and H2020 EC Framework Programmes for Research, Technological Development and Innovation.

Date

September, 2018 – until today

Name of Employer

Nevuli Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal)

Website

https://www.nevuli.com

Company Profile

Systems Engineering, Project Management, Marketing & Communication

Occupation or position held

Founder – Managing Director

Date

August, 2018 – until today

Name of Employer

Nexlys Lda.(Portugal)

Website

https://www.nexlys.com

Company Profile

Systems Engineering, Project Management, Augmented Reality, Multimedia, Virtual Reality

Occupation or position held

Founder – Managing Director

Date

September, 2017 – until today

Name of Employer

Xilbi Sistemas de Informacion SL (Spain)

Website

https://www.xilbi.com

Company Profile

Systems Engineering, Project Management

Occupation or position held

Founder – Managing Director

Date

July, 2017 – until today

Name of Employer

Cyblix Unipessoal Lda. (Portugal)

Website

https://www.cyblix.com

Company Profile

Systems Engineering, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Project Management

Occupation or position held

Founder – Managing Director

Date

November 2019

Name of Employer

Ministry of Science of Montenegro

Website

http://www.mna.gov.me/en/ministry

Company Profile

Government

Occupation or position held

Expert – Final Evaluation Committee – Call for awarding grants for Innovative projects

Date

November 2019

Name of Employer

Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation

Website

http://www.research.org.cy/

Company Profile

Non-Governmental Institution

Occupation or position held

Evaluator of Research Proposals

Date

November, 2015 – September, 2018

Name of Employer

Nexlys BVBA (Belgium)

Company Profile

Marketing and Communication, Systems Engineering, Project Management

Occupation or position held

Founder – Managing Director

Date

January, 2002 – December, 2014

Name of Employer

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda. (Portugal)

Company Profile

Systems Integrator

Occupation or position held

Founder- Managing Director

Date

October, 2012 – December, 2014

Name of Employer

Oblique Systems Lda. (Portugal)

Company Profile

Cloud Computing Supplier

Occupation or position held

Founder – Managing Director

Date

June, 2001 – September, 2001

Name of Employer

NCA, SA (Núcleo de Consultores Associados – Associated Consultants Core)

Company Profile

Multimedia, Defence and Defence Research

Occupation or position held

Multimedia Manager

Date

January, 2001 – May, 2001

Name of Employer

IfTM, SA (Inovação,Tecnologia e Multimédia – Innovation, Technology and Multimedia)

Company Profile

Multimedia, Defence and Defence Research

Occupation or position held

Database Designer and Software Developer

Date

2000-2001

Name of Employer

Universidade do Minho, Portugal

Company Profile

University

Occupation or position held

BSc Student / External Internship

Projects

Project Name

INSTANT – delIveriNg perSonal daTA coNTrol to the user

Product Website

http://www.virtualangle.com

Date

July 2019 – Ongoing

Employer

Xilbi Sistemas de Informacion SL

Funding

Project funded with H2020 funds via the action “NGI_TRUST”(Next Generation Internet)

Occupation or position held

Project Manager

Project Description

In 2011 the World Economic Forum(WEF) issued a report[REF-1] stating that 15 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2015 and 50bn by 2020. The amount of data stored on the internet is predicted to grow exponentially and looks set to be 44 times larger in 2020 than it was in 2009.

INSTANT aims to empower users with a transparent tool to manage the access to their personal data.

Product Name

FINEST – FarmINg dEcision Support Tool – Feasibility Study

Product Website

http://www.xilbi.com

Date

April 2019 – Ongoing

Employer

Xilbi Sistemas de Informacion SL

Funding

Project partially funded with H2020 funds via the action “Boosting innovative Digitech Value chains for Agrofood, forestry and environment (DIVA)”.

Occupation or position held

Project Manager

Project Description

Farmers deal on a daily basics with huge amounts of data which they have to interpret and act in accordance. The Xilbi’s FarmINg dEcision Support Tool(FINEST) is an Artificial Intelligence(AI) based Decision Support System(DSS) designed to support the farmers in their daily operations. FINEST will provide better, more streamlined crop management; maximize existing investments; reduce operation and management costs; reduce losses; improve profitability and working conditions.

Product Name

BIO-ALL – BIOHEALTH Gear Box Alliance

Product Website

http://www.virtualangle.com

Date

January 2019 – Ongoing

Employer

Virtual Angle BV

Parners

Universidade da Beira Interior(Portugal), Universidad de Granada(Spain), Universita Politecnica Delle Merche(Italy, National Institute of Biostructures and Biosystems(Italy), HPPR – Health products research and development(Portugal), Associacíon Cluster Granada Plaza Tecnologica y Biotecnologica(Spain), CEEIAragón – Centro Europeo de Empresas e Innovación de Aragón(Spain), Friuli Innovazione Centro di Ricerca e di Transferimento Tecnologia(Italy), BGI(Portugal), Fundacion Parque Tecnologico de Ciencias de la Salud de Granada(Spain), Cube Labs(Italy), INOVA+ Innovation Services(Portugal)

Funding

Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency – ERASMUS+

Occupation or position held

Project Manager(Virtual Angle BV’s team)

Project Description

The BIOHEALTH Gear Box Alliance (BIO-ALL) project is funded on the reflection about instruments for developing entrepreneurial skills that are not effectively structured and inserted the education curricula of schools and universities, although they are especially needed in sectors where entrepreneurs and business find more obstacles to accelerate to commercialization, like the Biotech and health related industries.

BIO-ALL will foster co creation and collaborative dynamics between and within relevant actors of the ecosystem (including Higher Education Institutions – staff and students, Business, Incubators/Accelerators, Investors and other relevant stakeholders), which will underpin and sustain ground-breaking educative assets, methodologies and schemes, stepping up the responsiveness of the higher educational offer to the current and future needs and supporting entrepreneurship in the sector.

Product Name

FIT – Augmented Reality Assisted Farmer’s Intelligence Toolkit

Product Website

http://www.nexlys.com

Date

January 2019 – Ongoing

Employer

Nexlys Lda.

Funding

H2020 European Comission funded (SME Instrument)

Occupation or position held

Project Cordinator

Project Description

Farmers deal on a daily basics with huge amounts of data which they have to interpret and act in accordance.

The Nexlys Lda’s Augmented Reality Assisted Farmer’s Intelligence Toolkit(FIT) is a system designed to support the farmers in their daily operations.

FIT aims to take the interaction between the farmers, their plantation fields and the deployed technological resources to a new level. It will deliver intelligence data via an Augmented Reality(AR) display and will allow farmers to interact with operational assets.

FIT will provide better, more streamlined crop management; maximize existing investments; reduce operation and management costs; reduce losses; improve profitability and working conditions.

FIT makes use of Earth Observation data(e.g.: Copernicus) and Positioning/Navigation data(Global Navigation Satellite System, e.g.: Galileo).

Product Name

AIM – Augmented Reality Assisted System for Utilities Infrastructure Management

Product Website

Http://www.cyblix.com

Date

2018-Ongoing

Employer

Cyblix Unipessoal Lda.

Funding

H2020 European Comission funded (SME Instrument)

Occupation or position held

Project Cordinator

Project Description

The installation, upgrade and operational maintenance of utility infrastructures protection is a global challenge which is continuously growing. The Augmented Reality Assisted System for Utilities Infrastructure Management(AIM) is a system designed to support utility field workers. The AIM platform integrates different technologies such as: positioning and sensors(GNSS), Augmented Reality(AR), Geographical Information Systems(GIS) and 3D databases. In practise, this system will guide the field workers in underground and building utilities to ‘see’ what is happening under the ground, floor and behind the walls, like an “x-ray image” of the infrastructure.

AIM makes use of Earth Observation data(e.g.: Copernicus) and Positioning/Navigation data(Global Navigation Satellite System, e.g.: Galileo).

Product Name

ESA PISA – Personnel Information Security Administration

Product Website

http://pisa.virtualangle.com

Date

2007-Ongoing

Employer

Virtual Angle BV

Client

European Space Agency – Security Office, ESA – Galileo Program, ESA – Public Regulated Services Laboratory(PRS), ESA – Redu Centre, ESA – ESOC, European Test Services

Occupation or position held

ESA PISA Corporate System Administrator

Project Description

The European Space Agency Security Office is, among other tasks, responsible for the request procedure related to obtaining personnel security clearances for ESA staff and contractors, as well as for the consequential administrative follow up and verifications of validity. In parallel with this function the ESA Security Office is also tasked with the supervision of the Request for Visit (RFV) procedure for visits to external classified facilities or participation to external classified meetings by ESA staff or contractors, as well as for the visit of external personnel to ESA classified facilities. At the same time, the ESA Security Office is responsible for its own related RFV administration.

The solution deployed is based on the Virtual Angle BV’s PISA software which is based in a sub-set of modules of the Virtual Office suite which were integrated to fully support the requirements of personnel information security administration activities. PISA includes a set of tools to support the management of the procedures related with the personnel security clearance request for staff and contractors, as well as for the related administrative follow up and verifications of validity.

Product Name

ESA PISA – Personnel Information Security Administration Data Migration

Product Website

http://pisa.virtualangle.com

Date

March 2017

Employer

Virtual Angle BV

Client

European Space Agency – Security Office

Occupation or position held

ESA PISA Corporate System Administrator

Project Description

Implementation of Data Migration Procedures to comply with the ESA Securit Directives for the storage/protection of Restricted information

Project Name

HELICOID – HypErspectraL Imaging Cancer Detection

Project Website

http://www.helicoid.eu

Date

2013-2017

Employer

Virtual Angle BV

Parners

Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; Fundación Canaria de Investigación y Salud; Medtronic Ibérica S. A.; The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine; General Equipment for Medical Imaging, s.a; Universidad Politécnica de Madrid; Association pour la Recherche et le Développement des Méthodes et Processus industriels – ARMINES; University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

Funding

European Commission – FP7

Program Name

EC, FP7, FP7-ICT-2013-C

Occupation or position held

Virtual Angle BV Project Manager

Project Description

Starting with some specific types of cancers, this project will try to generalize the methodology to discriminate between healthy and malignant tissues in real-time during surgical procedures. Using the hyperspectral signatures of the healthy tissues and the same tissues affected by cancer, a mathematical model of how cancer affects to the hyperspectral signature will be derived.

Project Name

MAMMOCARE – Breast biopsy system guided by Positron Emission Mammography allowing real-time 3D visualization of tumour lesion and needle insertion guidance for higher sampling accuracy and efficiency

Project Website

http://www.mammocare.eu/

https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/110086_en.html

Date

2013-2015

Employer

Virtual Angle BV

Parners

General Equipment for Medical Imaging; s.a, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas; Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia; UK Health and Environment Research Institute; Statice SAS; Stichting Het Nederlands Kanker Instituut – Antoni van Leeuwenhoek ziekenhuis.

Funding

European Commission – FP7

Program Name

EC, FP7, FP7-SME-2013

Occupation or position held

Virtual Angle BV Project Manager

Project Description

Breast biopsy is an image-guided procedure that can use different imaging technologies. Apart from US-guided biopsy, which is a manual procedure with limited indications, all current solutions are based on discrete scans of static images taken at different steps during the procedure. This guidance method makes current biopsy techniques to be long procedures with limited accuracy. MAMMOCARE project will develop a PEM (Positron Emission Mammography)-guided breast biopsy system allowing real-time 3D visualization of the lesion and real-time guidance with continuous monitoring of both, lesion position and needle motion.

Project Name

PAROS 2.0 – Public Appearance Request Organization System

Project Website

http://www.eac.esa.int/paros/external/prf.htm

Date

2013-2015

Employer

Virtual Angle BV

Parners

Client

European Space Agency – European Astronaut Centre (EAC)

Program Name

Manned Spaceflight and Microgravity

Occupation or position held

Project Manager

Project Description

The purpose of the software PAROS 2.0 that ESA/EAC is to process all requests for the public appearance of an ESA/EAC Staff. This includes the members of the ESA Astronaut Corps and the ESA staff member located at EAC.

Project Name

APIAN – Using auctions for Principal Investigator activities negotiations

Project Website

http://apian.utopika.net

Date

2008

Employer

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal) (Prime Contractor)

Parners

Client

European Space Agency(ESA)

Program Name

European Space Agency General Studies Program

Occupation or position held

Project Manager – Systems Engineer

Project Description

Principal Investigators (PI) of small and medium sized space and earth sciences missions face many challenges during formulation, design, development, integration and test, launch and operations; these challenges may be more easily met by a market based system, bases in auction theory. This system solves, among others, resources allocation problems, removes the need for multiple meetings and appeals, move the decision making process back to the individuals that have the information, namely the users.

Project Name

HorizoN DVR

Project Website

http://horizondvr.utopika.net

Date

2008

Employer

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal)

Client

Virtual Angle BV

Program Name

Internal Funding

Occupation or position held

Project Manager

Project Description

The HorizoN DVR (Distributed Virtual Reality) software, developed by DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal), integrates virtual reality and networking and allows a simulated world to run not in one computer system, but in several. The purpose of this software is to make possible the connection of several computers over a network (possibly the global Internet), so that the users may have the possibility to interact in real time, sharing the same virtual world.

Client: DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal)

Project Name

HorizoN IAD

Project Website

http://hiad.utopika.net

Date

2007

Employer

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal)

Client

Virtual Angle BV

Program Name

Internal Funding

Occupation or position held

Project Manager

Project Description

HorizoN IAD (Interactive Agents Database), developed by DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal), is a standard tool for connecting several computer-based simulation systems so that they can run together and exchange information. Instead of building a big monolithic simulation system from scratch, the HorizoN IAD allows you to combine existing simulation systems with new systems.

Project Name

CADGEN

Project Website

http://cadgen.utopika.net

Date

2007

Employer

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal)

Client

Virtual Angle BV

Program Name

Internal Funding

Occupation or position held

Project Manager

Project Description

The purpose of this project is to automate as much as possible the line of the most common formats of CAD. The pipeline ends at the most current standard, which can be imported by HorizoN tool, developed and marketed by DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal)

Project Name

NISIM – Software, Interaction and Multimedia Research Core

Project Website

http://nisim.utopika.net

Date

2007-2010

Employer

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal)

Program Name

Internal Funding

Occupation or position held

Project Manager

Project Description

The NISIM Research Unit is a DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal) department that conducts research and development activities in the sectors of Software, Human – Machine Interaction and Multimedia. The main technical, organisational and scientific areas of expertise, for the creation and development of the NISIM are Software Engineering, specially in the areas of multimedia and innovation management. The DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal) NISIM Research Unit aims to explore synergies and the multidisciplinary perspectives delineated under the subject “Man-Machine Interaction”, more specifically Interactive Graphical Computation, Multimedia, Cooperative Work, Intelligent and Multi-modal Interfaces, Accessibility, Ergonomics, Cognition and Interaction.

Project Name

MAMMI Project – Mammography with Molecular Imaging

Project Website

http://www.mammiproject.com/

https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/85003_en.html

Date

January 2007 to December 2010

Employer

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal)

Parners

Institut de Física Corpuscular, Valencia, Spain (Project Coordinator ); C-Rad,Uppsala, Sweden; Fraunhofer IIS, Erlanger, Germany; ONCOVISION (GEM-Imaging SA), Valencia, Spain; Karolinska Instituet, Stockholm, Sweden; Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, Holland; Technischen Universitat München, Munich, Germany.Medical Imaging

Name of Client

European Union

Program Name

European Union Research Frame Program 6

Occupation or position held

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal) Project Manager

Project Description

The objectives of the MAMMI project are the development of innovative prototypes of a PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and SPECT (Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography) cameras, with improved resolution and sensitivity, for breast cancer diagnosis and monitoring the therapy and the development of new radiopharmaceuticals specific for breast cancer and to validate those prototypes and the new molecules with clinical trials at various university hospitals, partners of the consortium.

Project Name

VASER – Visual Awareness for Emergency Response

Project Website

http://www.vaser-project.com

https://www.gsa.europa.eu/visual-awarness-system-emergency-response

Date

2006

Employer

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal) (Coordinator)

Parners

SAMU (Spain), ps Test Ware (Belgium)

Name of Client

Galileo Joint Undertaking, Galileo Supervisionary Authority

Program Name

European Union Research Frame Program 6

Occupation or position held

Project Coordinator; Systems Engineer

Project Description

VASER – Visual Awareness System for Emergency Response – is a Project co-ordinated by DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal) and launched by the Galileo Joint Undertaking through EU 6FP funds. This project is aimed to the application of advanced technologies to critical fields including disaster management and emergency response.

VASER makes use of Earth Observation data(e.g.: Copernicus) and Positioning/Navigation data(Global Navigation Satellite System, e.g.: Galileo).

Project Name

Internacionalization towards Europe

Project Website

http://www.utopika.net

Date

2006

Employer

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal)

Parners

Name of Client

European Union, via the Portuguese Ministry of Economy

Program Name

PRIME – FEDER

Occupation or position held

Project Manager

Project Name

SIED – Infrastructure Development

Project Website

Http://www.utopika.net

Date

2006

Employer

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal)

Parners

Name of Client

European Union, via the Portuguese Ministry of Economy

Program Name

PRIME – FEDER

Occupation or position held

Project Manager

Project Name

CADPIPE – CAD Production Pipeline

Project Website

http://cadpipe.vtt.fi/

Date

2004

Employer

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal)

Parners

SenseTrix Oy, NIKI Information Technologies Ltd, DeltaCad, InfoTRON A.S., DeskArtes, Ingeniería y Soluciones Informáticas del Sur S.L., SienaBioGraFiX s.r.l., Melon Technologies JSC, Nemetschek, TESTALUNA srl, VTT Information Technology (co-ordinator), Fraunhofer Institute IFF – Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., ICI International, Computer Institute MIRALab – Universite de Geneve

Name of Client

European Union

Program Name

Co-Operative Research – European Union ResearchFrame Program 6

Occupation or position held

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal) Project Manager

Project Description

CADPIPE project is targeting to an, as automatic as possible, production chain for at least three most common CAD file formats. The production pipes ends each up to most standard, visually powerful file format ready to shoot by 3D engines. This problem in real-time rendering is world wide and to solve it’s enigmas is not possible without the wide European co-operation of the domain.

Project Name

Long Term Medical Survey Design Study

Project Website

https://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/Exploration/Long-term_medical_survey_system_LTMS_phase_B

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/Research/Long_Term_Medical_Survey_System

Date

2003

Employer

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal)

Parners

Alenia Spazio(Italy), Biomedical Tecnhologies(Spain), PS_TestWare NV(Belgium)

Name of Client

ESA – ESTEC

Program Name

Aurora

Occupation or position held

Project Coordinator

Project Description

The definition and design concept for a medical survey system, to be used in a closed manned habitat (the Concordia Antarctic station) during long-term stays is developed in this project.

After an in-depth study of medical parameters proposed in the project definition, the most appropriate instrumentation techniques and sensing technologies were selected for the application. This selection was made in base of several criteria including long-term usability, comfort, invasiveness, robustness, size and consumption.

Project Name

SHADE – Special Handheld Applications in Difficult Environments

Project Website

http://telecom.esa.int/telecom/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=10747

Date

2003-2004

Employer

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal)

Parners

TeleConsult Austria (Austria), Telespazio (Italy)

Name of Client

European Space Agency

Program Name

ARTES 5 – Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems

Occupation or position held

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal) Project Manager

Project Description

With the SHADE project, TeleConsult Austria, Telespazio and DigiUtopikA are addressing novel applications in the non-transport sector that improve availability of continuous positioning solutions in dense urban and indoor environment. Thus, SHADE provides safety and security enhancements for personal mobility applications. The ultimate objective is to have the proposed applications ready for operational exploitation in parallel with the introduction of the advanced European navigation satellite infrastructures (EGNOS and Galileo) in the time frame 2004 to 2008.

SHADE makes use of Earth Observation data(e.g.: Copernicus) and Positioning/Navigation data(Global Navigation Satellite System, e.g.: Galileo).

Project Name

WICOR – Multifunctional Wireless Communications Router

Project Website

http://telecom.esa.int/telecom/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=9970

Date

2003

Employer

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal)

Name of Client

European Space Agency via a Telematica (Germany) sub-contract

Program Name

ARTES 3 – Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems

Occupation or position held

Project Manager

Project Description

The key-objective of WICOR was to design and develop a multifunctional ‘black-box’ that consists of an intelligent user terminal router and provide interfaces to multiple communication systems. SatCom, GSM/GPRS, and WLAN were considered. The ‘black box’ also incorporates a positioning capability (GPS). The core element of this ‘black-box’ is a processor with dedicated software to manage the overall system.

WICOR makes use of Earth Observation data(e.g.: Copernicus) and Positioning/Navigation data(Global Navigation Satellite System, e.g.: Galileo).

Project Name

Sign Language Assisted by 3D Virtual Characters – Tool Design

Date

2000-2001

Employer

Universidade do Minho(Portugal) – External Internship as part of the Bachelor of Science(BSc) in Informatics Engineering program

Name of Client

Universidade do Minho(Portugal)

Occupation or position held

BSc Student(External Intern)

Project Description

Design of a sign language teaching tool.

Special emphasys was put on the technologies that use images and/or models based in three-dimensional graphics to create virtual signers.

Inverse kinematics(IK) implementation.

Project Name

Design and implementation of smart industrial automation using VHDL

Date

2000

Employer

Universidade do Minho(Portugal) – Project developed as part of the Bachelor of Science(BSc) in Informatics Engineering program

Name of Client

Universidade do Minho(Portugal)

Occupation or position held

BSc Student

Product Development

Product Name

PISA – Personnel Information Security Administration

Product Website

http://pisa.virtualangle.com

Date

2008-Ongoing

Employer

Virtual Angle BV

Relevant Clients

European Space Agency – Security Office, ESA – Galileo Program, ESA – Public Regulated Services Laboratory, ESA – Redu Centre, ESA – ESOC, European Test Services

Occupation or position held

Project Manager; Systems Engineer; System Administrator

Project Description

Personnel Information Security Administration – is an information system which supports the handling of the request procedure related to obtaining personnel security clearances for staff and contractors, as well as for the related administrative follow up and verifications of validity.

Product Name

Virtual Clinic

Product Website

http://voffice.virtualangle.com

Date

2006

Employer

Virtual Angle BV

Occupation or position held

Project Manager – Systems Engineer

Project Description

Virtual Clinic is a medical software developed according to the physician’s and patient’s needs.

In order to improve care deliver, this tool includes a patient management module, a practice management software and a user management sections.

Product Name

Virtual Office

Product Website

http://voffice.virtualangle.com

Date

2006-Ongoing

Employer

Virtual Angle BV

Relevant Clients

European Space Agency(Security Office), Teclys Ltd., Bluecom Consulting Ltd., Virtual Angle BV, Oblique Systems Lda.

Occupation or position held

Project Manager – Systems Engineer

Project Description

Virtual Office is an integrated Web-based application that provides users with the ability to access their applications and share information with the flexibility and accessibility of the Web. Using Web browsers, users can securely access applications from any location at any time.

Product Name

HorizoN

Product Website

http://horizon.virtualangle.com

Date

2001-Ongoing

Employer

Virtual Angle BV

Relevant Clients

European Space Agency, Virtual Angle BV, Telematica (Germany), Teleconsult Austria (Austria), Teclys Ltd., European Union (FP6)

Occupation or position held

Project Manager – Systems Engineer

Project Description

The HorizoN Scene Graph SDK from DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal) is a powerful object-oriented developer toolkit that reduces development time and accelerates the performance of interactive real-time visual simulation and 3D graphics application.

It is a comprehensive 3D graphics toolkit, which provides features and functions that are available only as add-on modules in other development API. Rapid and reliable, the HorizoN Scene Graph SDK develops high performance applications with minimum cost and maximum productivity and flexibility. Developers choose HorizoN for its flexibility, affordability and superior real-time performance.

HorizoN makes use of Earth Observation data(e.g.: Copernicus) and Positioning/Navigation data(Global Navigation Satellite System, e.g.: Galileo).

Organizations Membership

Date

2019 – Ongoing

Activity

Member of the European Artificial Intelligence Alliance

Place

Brussels, Belgium

Date

2009-2012

Organization

ERTICO – ITS(http://www.its-europe.org)

Goal

ERTICO – ITS Europe wasfounded at the initiative of leading members of the European Commission, Ministries of Transport and the European Industry.

ERTICO is the network of Intelligent Transport Systems and Services stakeholders in Europe. It connects public authorities, industry players, infrastructure operators, users, national ITS associations and other organisations together.

Role

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal) representative

Date

2004-2008

Organization

International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

Goal

Working Group VIII/1 – Human Settlements and Impact Analysis

Role

Workgroup member

Date

2004

Organization

OREGIN – Organization of European Gnss equipment and service Industries

Goal

Oregin’s mission is to back up the Galileo Programme right from the definition phase in order to obtain early operational benefits and standardise Galileo-based products.

Role

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal) and Virtual Angle BV(The Netherlands) representative

Date

2005-2014

Organization

Emobility – net!Works

Goal

Net!Works is the European Technology Platform for communications networks and services.

Role

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal) representative

Date

2004-2014

Organization

ODF – OpenDocument Format Alliance

Goal

The alliance works globally to educate policymakers, IT administrators and the public on the benefits and opportunities of the OpenDocument Format, to help ensure that government information, records and documents are fully and natively accessible across platforms and applications, even as technologies change.

Role

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal) representative

Peer Review / Evaluator Activities

Program

Collaborative Programme for Innovation 2019-2024

Role

Pedro was one of the three international experts appointed by the ministry and that will compose the Final Evaluation Commission.

Program Website

http://www.mna.gov.me/en/ministry?alphabet=lat

Date

2019

Contracting Entity

Ministry of Science of Montenegro

Employer

Virtual Angle BV

Program

Creation and Initial Development of STARTUPs with International Orientation as part of the RESTART 2016-2020 Programmes for Research, Technological Development and Innovation

Role

Evaluator

Program Website

http://www.research.org.cy/el/restart-2016-2020

Date

2019

Contracting Entity

Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation, Government of the Republic of Cyprus

Employer

Virtual Angle BV

Program

Innowide

Program Website

https://innowwide.eu/

Program Description

The INNOWWIDE pilot call intends to bring European highly innovative SMEs to the forefront of international markets by opening two calls that will allow them to conduct Viability Assessment Projects (VAPs) in cooperation with local stakeholders. It will, then, create the conditions to increase the uptake of European innovative solutions in markets outside of Europe.

Date

2019

Contracting Entity

Eureka Network

Employer

Virtual Angle BV

Mentoring Activities

Mentee

Matteo DallAmico

Mentee’s Organization

MobyGIS Srl

Mentee’s Organization Website

https://www.waterjade.com/

http://www.mobygis.com/

Employer

Virtual Angle BV

Program Name

Copernicus Accelerator 2019-2020

Program Funding

European Commission – H2020

Date

December 2019 – Ongoing

Project Description

Water is defined the “blue gold” of 21st century. Monitoring and predicting water resources may provide competitive advantage to many businesses, like hydropower, relying on water availability for the daily operations. Yet, due to Climate Change, historical data are not any more sufficient to provide robust predictions and poor accuracy may result in high costs and inefficiencies. Waterjade is a technology dedicated to business interested in customized predictions of water flow in small and big rivers.

Mentee

Nur Algeet Abarquero, David García Castillo, José Luis Tomé Morán, Pablo Ascasíbar Allona

Mentee’s Organization

Agresta S. Coop.

Mentee’s Organization Website

https://agresta.org/en/

Employer

Virtual Angle BV

Program Name

Copernicus Accelerator 2018-2019

Program Funding

European Commission – H2020

Date

December 2018 – October 2019

Project Description

Forestmap is an e-commerce platform that allows users to make online forest inventories of a specific area.

The Copernicus Accelerator is a project of the European Commission’s DG Growth, and is part of the Copernicus Start-up Programme, which is designed to accompany start-ups from the generation of a business idea to its full commercialisation.

Pedro is mentoring Agresta S. Coop. (https://agresta.org/).

Agresta S. Coop won the Copernicus Masters CGI Big Data Big Business Challenge 2018 with FORESTMAP – Web Platform for Forest Inventories(https://www.copernicus-masters.com/winner/forestmap-web-platform-for-forest-inventories/).

Mentee

Pedro Caridade e Paulo Caridade

Mentee’s Organization

Space Layer Technologies Lda.

Mentee’s Organization Website

http://www.spacelayertech.com/

Employer

Virtual Angle BV

Program Name

Copernicus Accelerator 2016-2017

Program Funding

European Commission – H2020

Date

November 2016 – November 2017

Project Description

SOUL – Sensor Observation of Urban Life – is an environmental platform that aggregates air quality data, creating risk analysis and analytics to be used by the government, insurance companies, organisations and end-users. It provides street level spatial resolution and time forecast based on Copernicus services, satellite imagery, like the recently launched Sentinel-5P, and sensors that, combined with machine learning and downscaling algorithms, helps people to avoid environmental health threats in cities.

The Copernicus Accelerator is a project of the European Commission’s DG Growth, and is part of the Copernicus Start-up Programme, which is designed to accompany start-ups from the generation of a business idea to its full commercialisation.

Pedro mentored the Space Layer Technologies Lda.’s founders.

Space Layer Technologies Lda. won the Copernicus Government Challenge 2017 with SOUL – Sensor Observation of Urban Life(https://www.copernicus-masters.com/winner/soul-sensor-observation-of-urban-life/).

Papers

Date

March 21st to 23rd, 2011

Paper Title

Horizon Distributed Virtual Reality

Authors

Pedro Branco (DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.), Filipa Coutinho, Sara Barroso

Event

Data Flow from Space to Earth, Applications and Interoperability, Venice, Italy,

Location

Venice, Italy

Date

Paper Title

Pedestrian Navigation in Difficult Envioronments – Results of the ESA Project SHADE”

Authors

Pedro Branco (DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.), Ott B, Wasle E, Weimann F, Nicolè R

Event

Disaster Management Conference 2005

Location

Delft, The Netherlands

Date

2005

Paper Title

3D Environment Simulation Applied to the Disaster Management Field: Our Experience

Authors

P Branco, C Escalada, R Santos

Event

Disaster Management Conference 2005

Location

Delft, The Netherlands

Date

December, 2004

Paper Title

Special Handheld based Applications in Difficult Environment – SHADE

Authors

Ott B, Wasle E, Abwerzger G, Nicolè R, Branco P

Event

NAVITEC 2004 Conference

Location

Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Date

May 1st, 2004

Paper Title

SHADE – System Architecture

Authors

Pedro Branco (DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.), Wasle E, Ott B, Abwerzger G, Nicolé R

Event

GNSS2004 – The European Navigation Conference

Location

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Date

December 10th, 2004

Paper Title

Web HorizoN: The Design of a 3D GIS Web Solution

Authors

Pedro Branco (DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.)

Event

Fourth International Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering (WISE’03)

Location

Rome – Italy

Date

2003

Paper Title

Horizon Sentry – Integrated Solution for Planning, Development, Control and Protection

Authors

Pedro Branco (DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.)

Event

European Navigation Conference, GNSS 2003

Location

Graz, Austria

Exhibtions Participation (as exhibitor Coordinator)

Date

2017

Event

3rd European Space Agency Security Symposium

Location

ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Rome, Italy

Website

http://old.esaconferencebureau.com/2017-events/17a07/introduction

Employer

Virtual Angle BV

Date

2012

Event

2nd European Space Agency Security Symposium

Location

ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Rome, Italy

Website

http://www.esa.int/About_Us/Security_at_ESA/2nd_ESA_International_Security_Symposium

Employer

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal)

Date

2012

Event

Infosecurity 2012

Location

London UK

Employer

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal)

Date

2011

Event

SITI/asLAN 2011

Location

Madrid, Spain

Employer

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal)

Date

2008

Event

SITI/asLAN 2008

Location

Madrid, Spain

Employer

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal)

Date

2007

Event

Infosecurity Iberia 2007

Location

Madrid, Spain

Employer

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal)

Date

2010

Event

1st European Security Conference

Location

ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Rome, Italy

Employer

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal)

Date

2007

Event

Portuguese Space Forum

Location

Lisbon, Portugal

Employer

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal)

Date

2001

Event

Inforport 2001

Location

Lisbon, Portugal

Employer

Creative Labs

Prizes Nomination

Date

2007

Event

2007 Telematics Awards Best Portable Navigation System

Place

United States of America

Comments

The other nominated were: Airbiquity, Microsoft – Windows Automotive Navigon, O2 and TomTom

Date

16th May, 2007

Event

DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal) joins COTEC’s Innovative Network

Place

Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal – 16 May, 2007

Comments

COTEC is a selection of 54 most innovative portuguese companies

Press Articles

Date

November 8th, 2020

News Media

Jornal Económico (https://jornaleconomico.sapo.pt/noticias/oscares-do-espaco-a-tecnologia-nacional-que-esta-a-mudar-o-mundo-234045)

Place

Europe

Comments

Nexlys’s Augmented Reality Assisted Farmer’s Intelligence Toolkit(FIT) project

Date

November 25th, 2017

News Media

European Commission Community Research and Development Information Service (https://cordis.europa.eu/article/id/411484-augmented-reality-helps-improve-agricultural-productivity)

Place

Portugal

Comments

Space Layer Technologies’s mentoring

Date

November 9th, 2017

News Media

Jornal Público

Title

Satélites. Empresas portuguesas ganham dois “óscares do espaço” (Satellites. Portuguese companies won two space’s Oscars).

Place

Portugal

Comments

Space Layer Technologies’s mentoring

Date

March 25th, 2006

Event

RTP Interview- 2010, Technology Magazine(National TV Documentary)

Place

Areia Branca, Portugal

Comments

VASER Project Presentation

Date

2007

Event

TSF Interview – Biggest Portuguese Commercial Radio Station

Place

Areia Branca, Portugal

Comments

Company Documentary

Conferences

As Key Note Speaker

Date

12th and 13th of June 2007

Activity

Keynote Speaker at ICEIS – International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems

“Network Enterprise Systems Safety and the Market Pressure – The Paradigm”

Place

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Date

April, 2006

Activity

Curso superior de Gestión de Crisis en Emergencias

Place

Canary Islands – Spain

Date

16th June, 2005

Activity

Participation in the Presentation of Space Environment and satellite operations

Place

IAEM (Instituto de Altos Estudos Militares), Lisbon – Portugal

As Presenter

Date

12th and 13th of June 2017

Activity

Keynote Speaker at the Third European Space Agency Security Symposium, with a presentation entitled “Big Data Security and Privacy Challenges”

Place

ESA- ESRIN, Frascati, Rome, Italy

Date

9 to 10th of February 2017

Activity

Keynote Speaker at the First European Space Agency Security Symposium, with a presentation about the ESA “PISA – Personnel Information Security Administration” system

Event Website

https://www.esa.int/About_Us/Security_at_ESA/First_International_Security_Symposium

Place

ESA- ESRIN, Frascati, Rome, Italy

Date

28th and 29th of November 2006

Activity

Presentation of VASER Project at V Jornadas de Medicina de Catástrofes

Place

Sevilla, Spain

Date

2006

Activity

Geo-information for Disaster Management

Real Time 3D Environment Simulation Applied to the Disaster Management Field: Our Experience

Pedro Branco, Carlos Escalada, Ricardo Santos

Place

Delft, The Netherlands

Date

April 29th and 30th, 2006

Activity

II Jornada Internacional – O Bombeiro no Resgate

Place

Bombeiros Voluntários de Torres Vedras, Portugal

As Participant

Date

December 3rd to 6th, 2018

Activity

EU Space Week

Place

Marseille, France

Date

October 25th to 27th, 2017

Activity

Satellite Masters Conference

Place

Madrid, Spain

Date

10th of February, 2006

Activity

Participation in Civil Protection Lecture

Place

Reitoria da Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

Date

24th November, 2005

Activity

Participation in a Public Session for the Presentation of the Technological Plan

Place

Centro de Congressos, Lisbon – Portugal

Date

16th October, 2005

Activity

Participation in the Presentation of the 1st Congress of Exporting Companies

Place

Leça da Palmeira – Portugal

Additional Experience

Date

October, 2001

Activity

Participant in ESA 7th Int. Workshop – Signal Processing and Space Communication

Place

Sesimbra, Portugal

Date

June, 2001

Activity

Participant in Learning by Comparing US and European Experiences on Innovation and Competence Building – A Transatlantic Dialog

Place

Taguspark, Portugal

Date

2003

Activity

Fourth International Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering (WISE’03)

December 10-December 12

ISBN: 0-7695-1999-7

Web HorizoN: The Design of a 3D GIS Web Solution

Pedro Branco, DigiUtopikA Unipessoal Lda.(Portugal)

Place

Rome, Italy

Education

Date

2017

Institution

Master of Science(MSc) in Informatics Engineering by Universidade do Minho (Braga, Portugal)

Degree

Master of Science(MSc)

Master’s Thesis Title

VASER – Visual Awareness for Emergency Response (project funded by the Galileo Joint Undertaking, Galileo Supervisionary Authority via EC FP6 funds)

Master’s Thesis Theme

VASER is aimed to the application of advanced technologies to critical fields including disaster management and emergency response.

Date

2016

Institution

Bachelor of Science(BSc) in Informatics Engineering Sciences by Universidade do Minho, Braga, (Braga, Portugal)

Degree

Bachelor of Science(BSc)

Date

2008

Institution

Bachelor of Science(BSc) in Informatics Engineering by Universidade do Minho, Braga, (Braga, Portugal)

Degree

Bachelor of Science(BSc)

Other Skills

Mother Tongue

Portuguese

Other Languages

Understanding

Speaking

Writing

Listening

Reading

Spoken Interaction

Spoken Production

English

C2

Proficient user

C2

Proficient user

C2

Proficient user

C2

Proficient user

C2

Proficient user

C2

Proficient user

Spanish

B2

Independent user

B2

Independent user

B2

Independent user

B2

Independent user

B2

Independent user

B2

Indepen-dent user

French

A2

Basic user

A2

Basic user

A2

Basic user

A2

Basic user

A2

Basic user

A2

Basic user

Italian

A1

Basic user

A1

Basic user

A1

Basic user

A1

Basic user

A1

Basic user

A1

Basic user

Dutch

A1

Basic user

A1

Basic user

A1

Basic user

A1

Basic user

A1

Basic user

A1

Basic user

(*) Common European Framework of Reference (CEF) Level

Technical Skills

.

Systems Developping:

Multimedia Integration, Operative Systems Design

Operativing Systems:

Windows, Unix/Linux, Irix, Mac OS X, Android.

Modelling Languages:

UML, VHDL

Programming Languages:

C, C++, Visual C++, Basic, Visual Basic, Java, Visual

J++, Prolog, Modula/2, Pascal, PHP, C#, Python

Application Programming Interfaces(APIs):

Nvidia CUDA

Graphic Programming:

PenGL, OpenGL, Optimizer, Cosmo3D, VRML, Vulkan, OpenGL ES, Web GL, Flashwave, Director.

Web Programming:

JavaScript, HTML, VRML, FlashWave, PHP,

Database Programming:

MS SQL, MySQL, NoSQL, Informix, Oracle.

Specialisation

Data Visualization Systems Integration(Earth Observation, Positoning)

Virtual Reality

Augmented Reality

Database Management

Multimedia and Communication

Security

Applied Cryptography

Research Interests

Smart Agriculture

Augmented Reality

Virtual Reality

Smart Infrastructure

Energy

Navigation / Positioning, Global Navigation Satellite System(GNSS), Galileo

Defence

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles(UAVs)

Earth Observation, Copernicus

Disaster Management

Security

Other Skills

Former Professional Athlete in Long Distance Running (5000 up to Marathon)

Former Karate Athlete (3rd youngest 1st Dan in Europe at the age of 14 years old) – Japan Karate Association(JKA) (graduated by Keinosuke Enoeda)

Personal Interests

Amateur Sports (Fitness, athletics)

Proud owner of a Labrador Dog

Gardening

Music

Art

Visited Countries

(Business Purposes)

Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Finland, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Montenegro.