Integration with Undergraduation
The Undergraduate courses in Electrical Engineering (FEE), Computer Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering (FCT) of UFPA share the research and extension infrastructure offered by the Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering - PPGEE, at the masters and doctoral levels. This sharing is carried out through postgraduate professors who are also undergraduate professors, and advise students in scientific and technological initiation activities, supervised internships, and activities in research laboratories. The undergraduate students of the FEE and FCT colleges participate in the research projects as scholars of scientific and technological initiation. Other non-scholarship students also have the opportunity to participate in research projects, usually developing activities related to their Final Papers (TCCs – Portuguese acronym). There has been a strong link between research activities and extension activities in colleges. Today much of the extension activity practiced by the Colleges comes from the extension of research activities, developed by faculty researchers and students. Professor Carlos Tavares, from PPGEE, is the current coordinator of the PET Group of Electrical Engineering, coordinating 12 scholars, having already received about 100 students.
Throughout the year 2012, PPGEE faculty guided 28 PIBIC scholarship students, 77 scholars involved in RD&I projects, with various fundings, such as: CNPq, CAPES, FAPESPA, Ericsson, VALE, Eletronorte, CELPA, RNP, Petrobras, TBE and the Ministry of Communications; in addition to 31 undergraduate students in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering, with funding from the Science without Borders (CsF – Portuguese acronym) program for several countries. Besides these, there is a group of students benefited by international cooperation agreements, such as: CAPES / Brafitec, CAPES / Fipse and Santander. In the triennium 2010-2012, about 20 students from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering courses were benefited.
The collection of external resources, through RD&I projects, always results in improvements to the PPGEE / UFPA research laboratories, which also benefit the undergraduate degree. In addition, part of the administration fees resources, derived from RD&I projects, are applied in the improvement of UFPA infrastructure, benefiting undergraduate courses.
The main workforce of the PPGEE continues being alumni of the courses of Electrical Engineering, Computing and alumni of the bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Physics and Mathematics of the institution itself. Most of these students were also advised by PPGEE professors in graduation (CI, Final Papers, etc). With respect to the alumni of CI, who continue their degrees in the PPGEE, an excellent use is observed, which has implied in the improvement of the quality indexes demanded by CAPES, like the time of conclusion and the related publication.
In addition, FCT, FEE and PPGEE Colleges approved CBT resolution, allowing PPGEE students to guide, under the supervision of FCT / FEE professors, graduating students of the undergraduate courses of the Colleges involved. This fact allows to add value to the graduation offered by the PPGEE to its students.
PPGEE professors participated actively in the creation of the Computer Engineering course, the first in the Amazon region, offered since 2000, with 60 vacancies per year, in 2006 these vacancies increased to 80. Most of the students in this course participate in projects of RD&I and other training activities offered by PPGEE teachers. Due to the increasing demands of the area, in 2011 it was also created, with 40 vacancies, the Telecommunications Engineering course and students of this course are already involved in scientific initiation programs with the guidance of PPGEE professors.
In 2005, the undergraduate course in Electrical Engineering began in Tucuruí-PA, the first course in Electrical Engineering in a city in the interior of the Amazon, which has a strong participation of PPGEE professors. Students graduating from this course already begin their continuing degree at the postgraduate level in the PPGEE.
In summary, PPGEE professors' contribution to undergraduate courses (Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering and Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science) is of great importance and is seen by the PPGEE as strategic for the formation of new boards of UFPA, the State of Pará and the Amazon Region.
The PPGEE / UFPA Collegiate institutionalized, after modifying its Internal Rules, the Teaching Internship for all Program Scholars. This decision includes, in addition to the Scholars CNPq and CAPES, FAPESPA Scholars. The following is transcribed the text of the Internal Regulation that deals with Teaching Internship:
§ 5 - The Teaching Internship is a curricular activity for stricto sensu graduate students, which is compulsory for scholarship holders and optional for non-scholarship students, being defined as the participation of graduate students in didactic activities in disciplines of graduation course in the area of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering and related areas.
This measure has strongly benefited the undergraduate courses in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, since they receive students from the PPGEE with very updated knowledge and with a high level of motivation to contribute to the training at the undergraduate level.
Currently, it is under evaluation in the PPGEE Collegiate, the obligation to carry out a teaching internship for all the scholars, including students funded with scholarships in RD&I projects.
To complete the process of institutionalization of Teaching Internship in the scope of the PPGEE, a code was created in the system of academic control of the UFPA, corresponding to the activity of Teaching Internship, having a compulsory subject status for scholars.
The participation of PPGEE teachers in exchange activities with other teaching and research institutions and their respective graduate programs. In the range of these activities it can be highlighted:
- PROCAD / CAPES new Frontiers (2010 - 2015)
Project: Planning and Analysis of Performance of Access Technologies for Digital Inclusion using the Telecommunications Infrastructure of the NAVEGAPARÁ Program: Study based on the Implementation of New Access Technologies, aiming at Optimization, Scalability and Quality of Network Services.
Involved Institutions: INPE and ITA.
Coordinator: Carlos Renato Lisboa Francês (PPGEE/UFPA).
- PROCAD/CAPES (2010 - 2013)
Project: Strengthening and Consolidation of Research Groups in Strategic Areas of the Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering of UFPA.
Involved Institutions: PPGEE-UFPA / PEE-PEB-UFRJ.
Coordinator:Ubiratan Holanda Bezerra (PPGEE/UFPA).
- Pro-Amazon/CAPES (2013 - Current)
Project: Development of Competencies and Training of Human Resources in Recuperation of Degraded Areas in Settlement Projects in Amazonian Areas.
Involved Institutions: PPGEE / UFPA, NAEA / UFPA, UFRA, UNIFESSPA, UFMA, INCRA
Coordenador: Carlos Renato Lisboa Francês
- National Institute of Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency of the Amazon (CNPq) (2009 - 2013)
Description: The Institute of Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency of the Amazon, initially formed by eight members, six groups belonging to three teaching and research institutions and two companies of the electric sector acting in the Amazon. The participation of these groups and companies in the Institute is due to the fact that they are among those with greater knowledge of the Region and its problems related to energy service, especially with regard to electric energy. In addition to these, the Institute will also have the support of two groups of teaching and research institutions from abroad, which have already been working on joint projects with some of the national groups and have extensive theoretical and practical experience in the field of renewable energy sources.
Involved Institutions: GEDAE-EDMA-GRHAMA-UFPA / LSF-USP / PHOOTOVOLTAIC-UFSC / GENERAL-IFSC / LABSOL-UFRGS / LABORATORY OF PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS – POLYTECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF MADRI / CELPA / ELETROBRAS/ELETRONORTE.
General Coordinator: João Tavares Pinho (PPGEE/UFPA)
National Institute of Science and Technology in Wireless Communications INCT-CSF (CNPq) (2009 - 2013)
Description: To consolidate cooperation between the research groups of PUC, UFMG, UFRN and UFPA, in order to create a structure (based on measurement and modeling) to implement access technologies aimed at making strategic applications feasible in the country and train human resources, at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and in the dissemination of the new technologies involved in the applications of Digital TV in the productive media, in the service media, in the public services.
Involved Institutions: LEA - UFPA / UFRN / PUC-RJ / UFMG.
Coordinator/UFPA: Gervásio Protásio dos Santos Cavalcante (PPGEE/UFPA)
- RNP/CTIC (2010 - 2013)
Project: A framework for developing and providing interactive applications for SBTVD: A case study on Telehealth using NavegaPará's telecommunications infrastructure as a return channel.
Involved Institutions: PPGEE/UFPA, UFPB, Univali
Coordinator: Carlos Renato Lisboa Francês
- AGREEMENT CAPES-FIPSE TO MTU/NDSU
Coordinator: João Crisóstomo Weyl Albuquerque Costa
the academic partners in the consortium in Brazil are Federal University of Pará and State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). Academic partners in the United States are the North Dakota State University and Michigan Tech University. The program coordinators of each institution shall coordinate the implementation of the program in collaboration with the other participants and with the assistance of their respective internship supervisors and an external independent evaluator. Representatives from all partners will meet in person each year of the program.
- BRAFITEC Program
Partner Universities: Federal University of Pará - UFPA, University of Brasília (UnB), University of Campinas - FEEC / UNICAMP, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métieurs - ENSAM, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Ingénieurs en Informatique Automatique Mécanique Energétique Electronique - ENSIAME de Valenciennes- FR, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Nancy - ENSMN de Nancy-FR, Ecole d'Ingénieurs en Génie des Systèmes Industriels (EIGSI) de La Rochelle-FR, Ecole d'Ingénieurs 3iL de Institut d'Ingénierie Informatique de Limoges-FR, National Institute of Applied Sciences - INSA / FR and Institut National Polytechnique - INP.
- Agreement UFPA-KTH, established in 2012.
Recently, Professors of the PPGEE, among them the professors João Weyl Albuquerque Costa and Eduardo Coelho Cerqueira had a research project submitted to the FP7 program. The Framework Programs (FP7) are the main funding instrument used by the European Union to support research and development activities around the world. This program is proposed by the European Commission and adopted by the Council and the European Parliament, following a co-decision procedure, being very difficult and complex the approval of projects in this program, highlighting here the merit in the approval.
Project Title: Future Wireless Internet For Environmental Monitoring Application (FIFE).
- CAPES / AULP (2013-2017): Development of skills and training of human resources in Information and Communication Technology at the University of Cape Verde (UniCV)
Objective: To expand and qualify the training of human resources and critical mass and relevant scientific production, within the UniCV, through cooperation with PPGEE / UFPA, CAP / INPE and IEC / ITA, materialized by the participation of teachers and students involved in both institutions.