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Researcher presents IPT software project for natural disasters risk management in Belgium

Denis Bruno Virissimo, researcher from the Center for Information Technology, Automation and Mobility of the Institute for Technological Research (IPT), was one of the two Brazilians in the technology area who participated in the TEKK Tour Digital Wallonia congress held on November 6th and 7th in the cities of Mons and Liège, in Belgium. The two-day meeting brought together 354 participants in visits, conferences, workshops and networking events to stimulate innovation projects of international collaboration and business partnerships in the digital sector, focusing on Industry 4.0, Internet of Things and cybersecurity.

The use of computation as a support tool for natural disasters risk management has intensified in recent decades.
Virissimo participated in the TEKK Tour Digital Wallonia congress, which was held on November 6 and 7 in the cities of Mons and Liège (Belgium)
However, risks are difficult to measure, access and monitor, since they depend on the organization, modeling, acquisition and cross-referencing of various data and parameters. Virissimo presented on the 6th a project developed by two IPT units - the Center for Geoenvironmental Technologies and the Center for Information Technology, Automation and Mobility - that resulted in the creation of a software that shows what can occur in a given place in the incidence and forecast of heavy rainfalls, with a dynamic risk vision.

The program was named Niagrisk (from the acronym Nucleus of Investigation, Analysis and Management of Risk). "In addition to showing what has already been developed, the presentation highlighted a proposal for the evolution of the tool with the inclusion of new sensors for monitoring and also new calculation modules for risks, already based on the concept of Internet of Things," he says.

SITE VISITS – Virissimo also had the opportunity to visit five research institutes in Belgium, exchange contacts and discuss opportunities for cooperative work. The first one was Cenaero, mainly working in the aeronautical field and internationally recognized as one of the leaders in modeling and numerical simulation and supercomputing technology. "Partnerships were discussed primarily in additive manufacturing and construction," he explains.

The second was Cetic, an institute for applied research in the area of information and communication technologies, focusing on the economic development mainly of SMEs. The third was the MecaTech Cluster, a cluster for the development of innovative projects in mechanical engineering, but incorporating several cross-cutting areas such as ICT, materials and microtechnologies.

The other two institutions were Multitel, a research institute focusing basically on ICT, including computer networks and computer vision, which had one of its researchers visiting IPT in 2016, and Sirris, which operates in five areas (ICT, Advanced Manufacturing, Materials, Mechatronics and Sustainability) with seven sites all over Belgium. "The unit that I visited has the laboratories of nanomaterials and additive manufacturing, in a structure similar to the IPT, and we also discussed possibilities of projects," concludes the researcher.