Instituto Nacional de Telecomunicações

Official translation into English (if original is not English): 
National Institute of Telecommunications
Mailing address: 
St João de Camargo 510, Centro, Santa Rita do Sapucaí, Minas Gerais, 37540000
(+55) 35 3471-9200
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Name: 
Carlos Nazareth Motta Marins
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Title/Position: 
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Email:
Focal point 1 - Name: 
Filipe Bueno Vilela
Focal point 1 - Title: 
Coordinator of Research and Projects
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Focal point 2 - Name: 
Fabiano Valias de Carvalho
Focal point 2 - Title: 
Coordinator of Biomedical Engineering Program
Focal point 2 - Email:
Focal point 3 - Name: 
Filipe Loyola Lopes
Focal point 3 - Title: 
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Please provide a brief description of your academic structure: 
Inatel is a degree granting institution of higher education founded in 1965 in Santa Rita do Sapucai, Brazil, that offered the first Brazilian Telecommunications Engineering undergraduate course. Later, it has incorporated new courses seen as innovative to the country, such as Biomedical Engineering, Software Engineering and so forth. Nowadays, it offers ten undergraduate engineering and technology programs, as well as Master and Doctoral degrees in Telecommunications. Moreover, it has expanded to other cities, such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, education hubs to provide continuing education courses. Due to its pioneering, Inatel collaborated to the development of the region, that has been transformed from an agricultural economy into a technology national pole with more than 150 companies of electronics and software areas. Therefore, with this interface between industry and academy, it built laboratories dedicated to specific themes, where industry 4.0, healthcare devices, internet of things, games design concepts are studied by students having professors and innovation specialists as tutors for academic projects. In addition to the college, Inatel also acts as an extension of the areas of RD&I business and transfers all knowledge of the academy to society through a service center - Inatel Competence Center (ICC). More than 500 specialists in the areas of hardware, software, corporate training, testing, calibration and advice, many of them former students of the college, create projects that meet the needs of technology companies. Furthermore, it maintains research centers to attend different needs of the society, transferring solutions of healthcare, communication, software and automation to Brazilian institutions and associations, such as hospitals, schools and industries.
Please describe briefly any activities your institution is already carrying out, which are relevant to UNAI and its principles: 
Inatel created a center called Cas@ Viva (translating from Portuguese to Live House) for teaching technology, ethics and sustainability to young students of public elementary schools. In this center, Inatel’s engineering students, tutored by professionals from different specialities, lead activities of algorithms and robotics, use of recycled materials to design new projects, proper communication between intercultural groups and so forth. Therefore, undergraduate and elementary school students learn together and expand their knowledge within an environment of positive social impact. Inatel has a Center for Development and Transference of Assistive Technology (CDTTA) where students of different courses work together to develop projects to help people with various disabilities. In this center, the projects they create are transferred to healthcare institutions and professional groups. Examples of their projects are a system to help people with hearing loss to properly attend lectures, a device to “translate” images into audio for blind individuals and an interface using winks and movement of the eyeballs to patients with motor restrictions of their members. Moreover, students receive a scholarship to motivate them to keep studying and progressing. Inatel also has programs for global education and multicultural engineering experiences. By these programs, students coming from Angola, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Germany, China and other countries have classes and/or professional short-term experiences in Inatel Competence Center, where engineering projects are developed as described previously. Furthermore, Inatel’s students have many opportunities to visit other countries for having this intercultural experience. For example, due to an agreement between Inatel and Jade University in Germany, students can have a double undergraduate degree.