António Cunha

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António Lindo da Cunha is executive director of Laboratory of Systems and Automation ( from the Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN) ( – a technology transfer institute from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He was co-founder and member of the board of the Critical Move S.A., a company dedicated to the development of Automatic Guided Vehicles for people transportation.

He has an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Porto and has a Master Degree in Innovation and Knowledge Management.
His main experience and interest are in the following subjects: robotics, wireless sensors networks, opportunistic networks, entrepreneurship, social innovation, and knowledge transfer.

He worked as principal researcher and work package leader in the project N4C: Communications for Challenged Areas (FP7); AirSeal: Aviation Seal (FP7); and Co-Living: ICT-based Virtual Collaborative Social Living Community for Elderly (AAL). In the last years, he also was the IPN coordinator on other European R&D projects: eLearningDTN: How to Build and Implement DTN Based Internet Access; WatchIT: Promotion of Innovation Centers and Technology Transfer, Connected Cities – Sustainable mobility and spatial development (Interreg), Cybermove: Transportation Systems for the Cities of Tomorrow (FP5), among others. António Cunha was co-creator of TICE.Mobility and TICE.Healthy concepts (open data platforms for SmartCities), and now is member of the coordination board.

António Cunha coordinates the Technology Transfer Process between IPNlas and the business sector, with a strong emphasis to create economic value to the industry, especially to the SMES, and is the IPN representative member in two Living Labs (Smart Rural and Cova da Beira).