Research projects

Jaime E. Villate. University of Porto, Portugal

I am currently working with Orfeu Bertolami (FCUP), André Guerra (CEiiA) and Frederico Francisco (FCUP) in small satellites for Earth Observation. I am also one of the current developers of the software Maxima.

Funding history

Milli-arcsecond class astrophysics: from GRAVITY to the E-ELT
Grant number: 116561
Funded by: FCT
Period: 5/2012 – 9/2014
Amount awarded: €39 000
Principal investigator: Paulo Garcia (FEUP)
An astrophysics project. I provided support on software development for the project.
Argumentar, precisa-se!
Grant number: UP19
Funded by: University of Porto
Period: 2009 – 2010
Amount awarded: €4 000
Principal investigator: Ana Mouraz (FPCEUP)
Aimed at evaluating the importance of argumentative skills in higher education, using as case study courses taught at the Engineering School. Some of the results have been published in Leite et al. (2011) and Mouraz et al. (2014).
Optical infrared coordination network for astronomy
Grant number: 226604
Funded by: European Union (7th RDT Framework)
Period: 12/2009 – 12/2012
Amount awarded: €13 220 000
Principal investigator in Portugal: Paulo Garcia (FEUP)
The grant intended to improve the instruments used for infrared observational astronomy used at several Astronomy centers all over Europe. Those funds allowed me to visit the Lyon Observatory for a week, where I learned to use the software "Mira", written by Éric Thiébaut. Later on I spent some days at the European Southern Observatory center in Garching, Germany, to include adapt that software to the libraries used by the GRAVITY experiment in the telescopes in Chile (Eisenhauer et al., 2011).
Labs-on-The-Web
Grant number: POCI/N/04.01.02/0265/0001/2006
Funded by: FCT (Programa Operacional Ciência Inovação 2010, POCI)
Period: 11/2005 – 9/2006
Amount awarded: €138 217
Principal investigator: José Manuel Martins Ferreira (FEUP)
Didactic kits for teaching circuit theory via Web were evaluated and incorporated into e-learning platforms (Moodle); I contributed my expertise with that e-learning platform.
Data Acquisition and Information Systems for ATLAS
Grant numbers: CERN/ P/ FIS/ 43719/ 2001, POCTI/ FNU/ 43719/ 2002, POCTI/ FP/ FNU/ 50224/ 2003, POCI/ FP/ 63410/ 2005, PDCT/ FP/ 63948/ 2005, POCI/ FP/ 81940/ 2007
Funded by: FCT (FCT/CERN Cooperation Agreement)
Period: 2001 – 2009
Amount awarded in 2005: €110 000 (similar amounts in other years)
Principal investigator: António Amorim, University of Lisbon (Jaime Villate during 2005)
The funding was used for grants for undergraduate and graduate students and to pay the travel expenses from Portugal to the CERN. The work conducted by the students in my group in Porto have been published in Gonçalves (2003), Andrade (2003), Branco (2003), Rocha (2003), Pereira (2007), Pinto (2007), Ferreira (2007), F. Pereira (2008), Teixeira (2008), Batista (2008), Ferreira (2008), Pinto (2008) and M. Pereira (2008). I also co-authored four papers with the ATLAS collaboration (Aad, Abbott, Abdallah et al., 2008a, 2008b, 2010a, 2010b).
Libre Software Methods for E-Education (Edukalibre)
Grant number: 110330-CP-1-2003-1-ES-MINERVA-M
Funded by: European Union (FAIR program)
Period: 2003 – 2005
Amount awarded: €658 278
Principal investigator in Portugal: Jaime Villate
The main objective of the project was the improvement of e-learning platforms, in particular Moodle. I used the funding to hire a postdoctoral researcher and award grants to a graduate student and 4 undergraduate students (Dutra, 2006; Villate et al., 2005a; Villate et al., 2005b).
Development of Methods for Correlating and Predicting Properties of Food for Industrial Design
Grant number: XI.11
Funded by: CYTED — Ciencia y Tecnologia para el Desarrollo
Period: 4/1996 – 12/2000
Principal investigator: Alberto Sereno (FEUP)
I worked in statistical treatment of sensory analyses of Port Wine and in Differential Scanning Calorimetry to measure food properties (Villate, 1996).
Creation of a Database of Physical Properties of Food
Grant number: ERB-FAIR-CT96-1063
Funded by: European Union (FAIR program)
Period: 1996 – 2000
Amount awarded: €544 000
Principal investigator in Portugal: Jaime Villate
I worked in the architecture of the database and advised a senior undergraduate student working on the subject (Aparício, 1999).