Secondments are important in our Marie Curie EJD project SCENT, and in this blog post, I want to share my thoughts, challenges, and trends concerning it.
The MSCA Guide for Applicants informs:
''During their secondment, researchers receive supervision and training at the premises of the receiving beneficiary, its entities with a capital or legal link, or partner organization. The premises of these institutions must be independent from each other and therefore the secondment must involve physical mobility of the fellow, with specific supervision arrangements. Secondments should be differentiated from short visits, i.e. of a few days.''
In this context, some activities were performed before the COVID-19 outbreak, such as the during the Summer School I in Twente.
Furthermore, my secondments in the companies registered as partners in the SCENT project were in the process of being approved before the COVID-19 outbreak. Due to the consequences and changes imposed by the restrictions in COVID-19, my host university could not approve my plans. Thus, my secondment plans in the companies registered as partners in the SCENT project are on standby (under the analysis of my supervisor).
However, on the other hand, the interface with partner universities strengthened since I start to be in the '' home office '' and worked remotely. Therefore, that's what this blog post is about, how I've been developing my "remote secondments", with partner universities, without physical mobility due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19.
1. University of Twente
Especially with the support of Dr. ir. Niek Moonen, I have been trying to consolidate two proposals of papers for the next EMC conferences, as illustrated in Fig. 2.
In summary, the proposal conference paper for the APEMC 2021 intends to consider the evaluation of electromagnetic disturbances in hospital environments, considering the atypical situation of one case study in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. On the other hand, the proposal conference paper for the EMC+SIPI 2021 intends to evaluate the effects of changing the duty cycle in the DC/DC converters parallel topologies.
In both proposals for articles, tests, and measurements carried out before the COVID-19 outbreak has been fundamental for the development of writing and paper typesetting.
2. University of Nottingham
The role of DC/DC converters and their applications has been one of my research approaches. In this context, I started one cooperation with Arun Dilip Khilnani, ESR-12 from the ETOPIA project, to exchange information and knowledge about DC/DC converts topologies. Fig. 3 illustrated one of the last discussion topics, the EMI measurement from DC/DC converters parallel topologies, with deterministic and random modulation.
Fig. 3 – EMI measurement from DC/DC converters parallel topologies, with deterministic and random modulation.
However, new measurements are necessary, mainly to understand the behavioral model of the associated phenomenon . At the moment we are restricted to analysis and discussions by means of simulations.
3. Thoughts, Challenges, and Trends