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Researcher creates company to identify technological needs

Moura: human-computer interaction

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Since the age of 13, Ronaldo Carvalho Moura Junior, 32, from Espirito Santo, has been interested in the interaction between humans and computers. This idea took shape when he entered the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA) in São José dos Campos, in the state of São Paulo, from which he graduated in 2004 with a degree in computer engineering. “In college, I realized I could achieve my goal through industrial research,” says Moura, who had his first contacts with the subject when he interned on projects involving companies and the Casimiro Montenegro Filho Foundation, a research institution linked to ITA. A few months before he graduated, Moura had to make a choice: either head to the labor market, like most of his classmates, or invest in the area that most interested him, computer vision.” The problem was that there were no companies in this field in Brazil. The solution was to open my own business,” he says.

Monity began operating in 2006, after Moura identified a demand for computer video systems in the security industry. This is a technology in which a computer can recognize objects in a video and obtain information automatically through images. For example, a security camera connected to a software application can be programmed to perform facial recognition of persons authorized to enter a building.

The company was established in the Incubaero, the ITA incubator for technology-based companies, and now serves clients in the transportation industry. One of the principal products is a real-time camera system that uses hardware and software developed by the company and is connected via 3G to the Internet. Monity’s technology can be found today in the municipal police cars in São José dos Campos and in the fleet of trucks of Rapidão Cometa, a cargo transport company.

The life of a businessman has not kept Moura away from the university. Between 2005 and 2010 he did a Master’s at ITA in computer vision. “A company based on innovation that does not access scientific knowledge is very limited. Academic research allows me to learn about new ideas and theories that, although they may not have technological applications, are essential to the development of innovative products,” says Moura.