PDMFC is an innovative company that looks constantly for the development of new solutions and methods.


We feel privileged to be an important part in many Research and Technological Developments and partnerships with several reputable and global Companies.

What is the relevance of PDMFC in the R&D area?

PDMFC is an innovative company that looks constantly for the development of new solutions and methods.

With more than 120 applications in different national and international incentive programs (QREN, Portugal 2020, Horizon 2020, 7th Framework Program, 6th Framework Program), we feel privileged to be part of the development of projects in the area of Research and Technological Development, in partnership with several internationally recognized companies.



The dramatic evolution in technology development where science-driven engineering is taking more and more importance is motivating a deep change in the mentality of engineering schools. The role of multidisciplinarity, and the need to increase staff mobility is becoming another driving force in the composition of research groups. UPM is aware of the huge importance that human resources will have for its future. Then, as a consequence, UPM has created a set of internal programmes to recruit researchers and to promote mobility in order to facilitate this evolution and this proposal is to complement its existing programme.


For any IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) or pre-IMS combined network, the key enabling function for seamless mobility and service continuity among a variety of mobile/wireless access technologies supporting IP connectivity is the handover. HURRICANE focuses on the key RTD challenge to investigate, design, implement, validate and propose for standardisation, inter-system handover operations among various radio cooperative networking environments (3G, WLAN, WIMAX and DVB) that are going to formulate future/near future business cases for both broadcasters and telecom operators in the context of a Fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) communications environment. HURRICANE is going to assist ETSI TISPAN, 3GPP, IEEE 802.21, and DVB efforts to formulate an optimized handover operational framework towards the formulation of next generation networks where Europe has to obtain a key leadership role.


Different definitions of fraud are reflected in the literature. However, fraud can simply be seen as any activity that leads to the obtaining of financial advantage or causing of loss by implicit or explicit deception. In traditional telecommunication networks, fraud is already a threat depriving telecom operators from huge amounts of money every year. With the migration from circuit-switched networks to IP-based networks, it is expected that the related situation will be worse. This is mainly due to the lack of strong built-in security mechanisms and the use of open standards in IP-based networks.

As the convergence between telecom networks and the internet is occurring and a lot of telecom services are being replaced by similar services which are IP-based, it is legitimate to ask ourselves whether it still makes sense to keep fraud detection and intrusion detection separate. Taking into account all the aforementioned drawbacks, the main objective of SCAMSTOP is to investigate fraud detection in the light of intrusion detection.


UbiPOL aims to develop a ubiquitous platform that allows citizens be involved in policy making processes (PMPs) regardless their current locations and time. It is suggested that the more citizens find connections between their as-usual life activities and relevant policies, the more they become pro-active or motivated to be involved in the PMPs


ASGARD aims to contribute to LEA Technological Autonomy, by building a sustainable, long-lasting community for law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and the R&D industry. This community will develop, maintain and evolve a best-of-class tool set for the extraction, fusion, exchange and analysis of Big Data, including cyber-offense data for forensic investigation. ASGARD will help LEAs to significantly increase their analytical capabilities. Forensics being a focus of ASGARD, both intelligence and foresight dimensions are addressed by the project.

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SPHINX aims to introduce a health tailored Universal Cyber Security Toolkit, thus enhancing the cyber protection of the Health and Care IT Ecosystem and ensuring patients’ data privacy and integrity.

Hospitals and Care Centres are prime targets of cyber criminals, especially concerning data theft, ransomware, man-in-the-middle and phishing. This reflects the need of Healthcare Institutions for a Holistic Cyber Security vulnerability assessment toolkit, that will be able to proactively assess and mitigate cyber-security threats known or unknown, imposed by devices and services within a corporate ecosystem.

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Smart catheters and instruments add “eyes and ears” to minimally invasive instruments. Many clinical studies have underlined their value in improving the outcome of interventions, and in reducing cost. However, originating from traditional catheter manufacturers, these devices are without exception made with outdated 20th century technology resulting in a non-optimal performance and increased cost due to manual assembly.


SECREDAS stands for “Product Security for Cross Domain Reliable Dependable Automated Systems”. It is one of the first funded ECSEL Joint Undertaking projects which looks at security, safety and privacy across multiple application domains: Road, Rail and Health. The project consortium will build a reference architecture for Secure and Safe Automated systems compliant with the new GDPR Regulation. The project started in May 2018 and will continue until April 2021. It is co-funded through the EU ECSEL Program and a number of national funds.

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Farming is facing many economic challenges in terms of productivity and cost-effectiveness, as well as an increasing labor shortage partly due to depopulation of rural areas. Furthermore, reliable detection, accurate identification and proper quantification of pathogens and other factors affecting both plant and animal health, are critical to be kept under control in order to reduce economic expenditures, trade disruptions and even human health risks.

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DEFeND is an Innovation Action (IA) project, and as such its main focus will be on improving existing software tools and frameworks and developing new ‘integration software’, driven by market needs, to deliver a unique organizational data privacy governance platform. In particular, the project technical focus is on delivering the novel Data Privacy Governance for Supporting GDPR (DEFeND) platform, which supports organizational-focused privacy governance and addresses challenges faced by organizations when complying with GDPR.

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In the digital era, Critical Infrastructures (CIs) are operating under the premise of robust and reliable ICT components, complex ICT infrastructures and emerging technologies and are transforming into Critical Information Infrastructures (CIIs) that can offer a high degree of flexibility, scalability, and efficiency in the communication and coordination of advanced services and processes. The increased usage of information technology in modern CIIs means that they are becoming more vulnerable to the activities of hackers and other perpetrators of cyber-related crime (cyber criminals). Several recent studies have shown that the landscape of cyber threats is changing continuously and the nature of attacks of this sort are evolving, involving a great degree of persistence and (technical) sophistication.

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Artificial Intelligence for Health Care (AI4Health) is a research group focused on: a) the advancements in the methods used in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to approach the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases and its multimorbidities worldwide, b) the application of explainable AI methods in health, following the latest European directives; and c) interaction of cognitive science and clinical reasoning. The group highlights the great importance of complementing Artificial Intelligence research with the attention to the way it will fit in the complex health ecosystems, namely, through philosophical reflections regarding the nature of the causal medical explanations.

The objective of the AI4Health group is to produce evidence and tools to obtain maximum profit from artificial intelligence, setting the paths for its integration in health care and research.


Compared to the pace of innovation in electronic consumer products, the pace of innovation for medical devices is lagging behind. It is the overarching objective of Moore4Medical to accelerate innovation in electronic medical devices. The project addresses emerging medical applications and technologies that offer significant new opportunities for the ECS industry including: bioelectronic medicines, organ-on-chip, drug adherence monitoring, smart ultrasound, radiation free interventions and continuous monitoring. The new technologies will help fighting the increasing cost of healthcare by: reducing the need for hospitalisation, helping to develop personalized therapies, and realising intelligent point-of-care diagnostic tools. Moore4Medical will bring together 59 specialists from 12 countries who will develop open technology platforms for these emerging fields to help them bridge “the Valley of Death” in shorter time and at lower cost. Open technology platforms used by multiple users for multiple applications with the prospect of medium to high volume markets are an attractive proposition for the European ECS industry. The combination of typical MedTech applications with an ECS style platform approach will enhance the competitiveness for the emerging medical domains addressed in Moore4Medical. With value and IP moving from the technology level towards applications and solutions, defragmentation and open technology platforms will be key in acquiring and maintaining a premier position for Europe in the forefront of affordable healthcare.


TeamUp5G is a European Training Network (ETN) in the frame of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (MSCA ITN) of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 framework. ETNs are multi-partner research training networks whose beneficiaries will be drawn from the academic and non-academic sectors to form a structured, international, intersectoral, and interdisciplinary research and training environment for PhD students (read more on MSCA ITN ETNs).

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16 companies and institutes from across Europe have joined forces as part of the EU-funded project EMB3Rs to add value to waste heat and help make better use of renewable energy sources. A novel tool, to be developed by August 2022, will allow energy-intensive industries and other excess heat and cold sources to explore ways of reusing their excess thermal energy. This will improve their energy performance and contribute to a healthier future for everyone.

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The PharmaLedger project brings together 29 partners from 10 EU Member States, including 12 large pharmaceutical companies; highly innovative technology SMEs specializing in Blockchain development, security, privacy and business intelligence; universities and research institutes specializing in pharmacoeconomic analysis, research of patient requirements, big data analytics and electronic health records; leading clinical trials companies; supply chain partners; patient representatives; and leading healthcare service providers.

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In circular manufacturing (CM), manufacturers find ways to eliminate waste by reusing and recycling materials and goods. The EU-funded KYKLOS 4.0 project aims to show how cyber-physical systems, product life-cycle management, life-cycle assessment, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence technologies and methods are able to transform CM. It will achieve this through seven large-scale pilot projects that will demonstrate improvements in operational efficiency and deliver solutions for resource reuse. It will further ensure the scalability of novel CM technologies, engage over 100 European industry actors, transfer know-how and mobilise additional sector investments. The project's advanced ecosystem can reshape factory processes and services so as to benefit manufacturing throughout Europe.

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GLASS is a Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Union to create a new paradigm for the sharing and transfer of personal information, with the citizen in control. It will provide a distributed framework for sharing common services of public administrations across the EU for citizens, businesses, and governments. GLASS brings together recognized European SMEs and large enterprises, with universities and public authorities from all parts of Europe, to cooperate for the development of a novel eGovernance paradigm. The multi-disciplinary expertise of each organization, including big data analytics, distributed systems, blockchain, deep learning, innovation & project management, business development, risk management, legal compliance and eGovernment service delivery, as well as the active engagement with stakeholders and end-users throughout every phase of the project, creates a consortium capable of successfully delivering the expected outcomes.

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