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The Undergraduate Internship Program, offered by the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program, is an intensive eight to twelve weeks research experience for talented undergraduates, who will have the opportunity to participate in state-of-the-art research projects, interact with prominent research teams, and be mentored by leading faculty and researchers, in a cultural immersion at Carnegie Mellon University.   

Summer'14 :: Spring'15 :: Summer'15 :: Fall'15 :: Spring'16 ::  Summer'16 :: Fall'16 :: Spring'17
 

Fall'17

 
 
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Ana Sofia Ferreira
Instituto Superior Técnico (IST)

 Semester: Fall 2017
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Manuela Veloso (CS)

Sponsor in Portugal: Rodrigo Ventura (IST)
 

Main goals of the UIP: To address the problem of an effective HRI of collaborative robots (CoBot) with their users, while taking a symbiotic interaction approach, and building upon my previous work on my MSc. thesiswhich implements an architecture to command a robot from mobile devices with Wi-Fi.
Research interests: Robotics, Human-Robot interaction, Network Programming, Machine Learning

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André Sarandeses
Instituto Superior Técnico (IST)

Semester: Fall 2017
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Bruno Sinopoli (CS-Robotics)
Sponsor in Portugal: José António Gaspar (IST)

Main goals of the UIP: Development of a camera scheduling algorithm for multitarget tracking. Particularly, given a set of active cameras (pan, tilt, zoom) in a surveillance environment, find which cameras to assign to which targets. Assess the developed system and document the results.
Research interests: Computer Vision, Optimization, Machine learning
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Daniel Marques
Universidade de Coimbra (UC)


Semester: Fall 2017
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Carmel Majidi (Mechanical Engineering))
Sponsor in Portugal: Mahmoud Tavakoli (ISR-UC)

 

Main goals of the UIP:The development and characterization of interface methods in hybrid stretchable electronics with solid-state technology, besides the research in fabrication methods for multi-layer and fine-pitch highly stretchable circuits on soft-matter substrates, in the scope of my MSc. thesis.
Research interests: 
Stretchable electronics; Hybrid electronics interfaces; Soft-matter manufacturing; Wearables, Soft-robotics and Human-machine interaction

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João Cartucho
Instituto Superior Técnico (IST)

Semester: Fall 2017
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Manuela Veloso (CS-Robotics)
Sponsor in Portugal: Rodrigo Ventura (IST)
 

Main goals of the UIP: Increase robot perception by measuring uncertainties while classifying objects with a camera. This will allow on-line determination of the fittingness of the previous off-line training. When an object is unrecognizable the robot will make use of its symbiotic relationship with humans and ask for help, until being able to classify the object. By the end of the day, the robot will upload to a database its new knowledge and tomorrow he will be smarter but still very curious.
Research interests: Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Robot Perception

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Mariana Duarte Silva
Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto (FCUP)

 Semester: Fall 2017
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Douglas Sicker (EPP) 
Sponsor in Portugal: Luís Antunes (FCUP)
 

Main goals of the UIP: To explore a cooperative approach of Data transfer between different regulatory regions and come out with a critical view on how to proceed in order to find a global approach and, if possible, develop a process of implementation according to a matrix of requirements by major political forces. 
Research interests: Data privacy; Public Policy; Information Security

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Tiago Torres
Instituto Superior Técnico (IST)

Semester: Fall 2017
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Bruno Sinopoli (ECE)
Sponsor in Portugal: João Manuel de Freitas Xavier (IST)

Main goals of the UIP: To study and develop algorithms for finding the most informative path of given length in a variable quality sensor network.
Research interests: Optimization, Estimation, Signal, and Image Processing.

Summer'17

 
 
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António Lopes
Instituto Superior Técnico (IST)

Semester: Summer 2017
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Graham Neubig (LTI)
Sponsor in Portugal: David Matos (IST)

Main goals of the UIP: To study the usage of deep neural networks in the task of cross-lingual open domain natural language generation.
Research interests: Machine Learning, Natural Language Generation
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Duarte Silva
Instituto Superior Técnico (IST)

Semester: Summer 2017
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Alonzo Kelly (CS-Robotics)
Sponsor in Portugal: Alexandre Bernardino (IST)

Main goals of the UIP: To research and implement models for the estimation of the scale of the environment in the context of Monocular SLAM aided by an Inertial Measurement Unit, towards the development of low-cost navigation systems to be used in GPS-denied environments.
Research interests: Robotics, Computer Vision, Inertial Navigation

 Spring'17

 
 
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Catarina Lima 
Instituto Superior Técnico (IST)

Semester: Spring 2017
Host at Carnegie Mellon University:Manuela Veloso (CS)
Sponsor in Portugal: Rodrigo Ventura (IST)

Main goals with the UIP: Implementation of IntraFace in CoBot robots. Recognition of human emotions by robots and consequent body reactions from the robots.
Research interests: Robotics, Human-Robot interaction

 Catarina Silva - Spring 2017

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Catarina Silva
Instituto Superior Técnico (IST)
 
Semester: Spring'17
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Manuela Veloso (CS)
Sponsor in Portugal: Manuel Marques (IST)
Main goals with the UIP: To explore a cooperative approach between multiple aerial platforms among themselves and with other agents, in indoors environments. To form an experimental setting and test out its performance when interacting with robots such as the CoBot.
Research interests: Computer Vision, Robotics, AI
Nuno Mendes Spring 2016

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Nuno Mendes
Instituto Superior Técnico (IST)
 
Semester: Spring'17
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Manuela Veloso (CS)
Sponsor in Portugal: Rodrigo Ventura (IST)
Main goals with the UIP: Study the problem of manipulating common real world objects, with a robotic arm, using probabilistic planning methods on world models that include perception, human-robot interaction and motor actions. This method will be applied to a real robotic manipulator on the Baxter platform and benchmarked against other state of the art planners.
Research interests: Probabilistic logic programming, Robotics, Machine Learning
 Pedro Costa - Fall 2016

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Pedro Costa
Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto
 
Semester: Spring'17
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Gustavo Kunde Rohde (ECE)
Sponsor in Portugal: Aurélio Campilho (FEUP)
Main goals of the UIP: To create a system for preprocessing of eye fundus images and classification of diabetic retinopathy. Use modern machine learning techniques to perform quality control on eye fundus images. Evaluate and document the results
Research interests: Machine Learning and Computer Vision

Fall'16

 
 
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André Miguel Santiago
Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of the Universidade de Coimbra (FCTUC)
 
Semester: Fall'16
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Ziv Bar-Joseph (CS)
Sponsor in Portugal: Joel Perdiz Arrais (FCTUC)
Main goals with the UIP:The plan is to be involved in one of the Computational Biology courses (part of the MSc and Ph.D.), to assist all relevant seminars lectures and to be involved on a project that seeks to improve current state-of-the-art methods for signaling network reconstruction by building a computational model for this same purpose. The case-study will involve HIV human infection.
Research interests: AI, with a focus on Machine Learning; Modelling of Biochemical Mechanisms; Biomarker Discovery.
 
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João Caeiro Avelino
Instituto Superior Técnico (IST)
 
Semester: Fall'16
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Asim Smailagic and Dan Siewiorek (CS)
Sponsor in Portugal: Alexandre Bernardino (ISR-IST-UL)
 
Main goals of the UIP: To make the integration of pedestrian detection and tracking technology in Virtual Coach systems, to develop a dialogue system to give instruction to people to position correctly with respect to the system , and to make user evaluation tests and writing of scientific documentation.
Research interests: Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Robotics
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Miguel Ramos
Instituto Superior Técnico (IST)
 
Semester: Fall'16
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Alan W. Black (LTI)
Sponsor in Portugal: Isabel Trancoso (IST)
Main goals of the UIP: Exploring the use of deep neural networks and attention mechanisms in the task of cross-lingual voice conversion.
Research interests: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Audio and Speech Processing

Summer'16

 
CMU Portugal Afonso Moreira UIP Summer 2016

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Afonso Gomes Moreira
Faculdade de Engenharia of the Universidade do Porto (FEUP)

Semester: Summer'16
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Gary Fedder (ECE)
Sponsor in Portugal: José Machado da Silva (FEUP)
Main goals of the UIP: To design and develop a front-end architecture in CMOS for recording neural signals from the peripheral nerve, including signal amplifier(s), multiplexers and drivers.
Research interests: Electronics with Biomedical Applications
 
Catarina Pinto

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Catarina Pinto
Faculdade de Engenharia of the Universidade do Porto (FEUP)
 
Semester: Summer'16
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Siddhartha Srinivasa (CS)
Sponsor in Portugal: António Paulo Moreira (INESC TEC/FEUP)
 
Main goals of the UIP: Develop my MSc. thesis in Perception and Computer Vision, working with the research group of the Personal Robotics Lab. The goal is to conduct a robot on finding, grabbing and transporting common objects.
Research interests: Computer Vision, Robotics, Perception and Manipulation
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João Caramujo
Instituto Superior Técnico (IST)
 
Semester: Summer'16
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Travis D. Breaux (CS)
Sponsor in Portugal: Alberto R. da Silva (IST)
Main goals of the UIP: To label a data set of privacy policies to identify data purposes, to design a crowdsourcing task to collect additional data purpose labels from crowd workers; to identify NLP features to train a classifier to perform purpose identification; and to write a technical report describing the results of the classifier evaluation.
Research interests: Requirements Engineering, Natural Language Processing, Data Analysis and Integration, Business Process Management.
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Rui Pedro Pinho Rocha
Universidade de Coimbra 
  
Semester: Summer'16
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Carmel Majidi (Mechanical Engineering)
Sponsor in Portugal: Mahmoud Tavakoli (ISR/UC)
Main goals with the UIP: To evaluate characteristics of soft and stretchable sensors based on different fabrication methods.
Research interests: soft sensors, conductive materials and stretchable polyme

Spring'16

 
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Carolina Machado Loureiro
Instituto Superior Técnico (IST)
 
Semester: Spring'16
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Siddharta Srinivasa (CS)
Sponsor in Portugal: Rodrigo Ventura (IST)
Main goals of the UIP: To address the challenge that service robots for domestic environments have with the manipulation of domestic objects, by exploring continual motion planning methods that can cope with the unpredicted changes in the environment.
Research interests: Manipulation, Motion planning, Algorithms, Robotics
 
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Tiago Fernandes
Faculdade de Engenharia of the Universidade do Porto (FEUP)
 
Semester: Spring'16
Host at Carnegie Mellon University (Silicon Valley campus): Hakan Erdogmus (SV)
Sponsor in Portugal: Rui Maranhão (FEUP)
Main goals with the UIP: To study and understand the state-of-the art of Continuous Integration, and to start the development of CodeAware - a new research vision based on a flexible, scalable, and extensible ecosystem of soft agents that support software engineers in their endeavor to improve code quality and team productivity.
Research interests: Software Engineering; Distributed Systems; Agile Software Development; Information Retrieval

Fall'15

 
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Guilherme Rito
Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT-UNL)
 
Semester: Fall'15
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Umut A. Acar (CS)
Sponsor in Portugal: Hervé Miguel Cordeiro Paulino (FCT/UNL)
Main goals with the UIP: To propose a new scheduler or an adaptation of Work Stealing that takes into account current multicore machine's architecture, improving data locality and scalability. Message passing paradigm will also be a subject of study in order to leverage the possibility of creating a scheduler of parallel computations for a distributed system.
Research Interests: Scaling of computational systems, their scheduling algorithms and associated fault tolerance mechanisms.
 
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João Figueira da Silva 
Faculdade de Engenharia of the Universidade do Porto (FEUP)

Semester: Fall'15
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Fernando de La Torre (CS)
Sponsor in Portugal: João Paulo Cunha (FEUP)

Main goals of the UIP: To evolve VR into a system that can configure itself automatically, by exploring features from environment sensing (e.g. distinguishing indoor/outdoor scenarios) and human sensing. This work is integrated in the VR2Market project, which is funded by the CMU Portugal Program.
  Research Interests: wearable monitoring solutions; physiological sensors and instrumentation; telemedicine.
  
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João Sá Sousa
Universidade de Coimbra (UC)
 
Semester: Fall'15
Host at Carnegie Mellon University (Silicon Valley campus): Patrick Tague (ECE)
Sponsor in Portugal: João Paulo Vilela (UC)
Main goals with the UIP: To advance the state-of-the art on physical-layer techniques, to secure wireless networks against insidious eavesdropper adversaries that aim to overhear unintended information.
Research interests: Wireless security, physical layer security, spread spectrum techniques, jamming for wireless secrecy.
 
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Pedro Neves
Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Coimbra (ISEC)
 
Semester: Fall'15
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: David Garlan (CS)
Sponsor in Portugal: Jorge Bernardino (ISR-IST-UL)
Main goals with the UIP: To review the state-of-the-art in Big Data, Cloud and Architecture-based self- Adaptation, to propose self-adaptability mechanisms for cloud data management, and to write the final report and paper proposal.
 

Summer'15

 
  André Ferreira 
Universidade da Madeira (UMa)

Semester: Summer'15
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Dan Siewiorek and Asim Smailagic (CS)
Sponsor in Portugal: Nuno Jardim Nunes (M-ITI/UMa)

Main goals of the UIP: My research proposes to explore the use of physiological signatures of workload, and attention to adapt rehabilitation exercises implemented as game tasks. I am part of the NeuroRehabLab research team, who is involved in the “AHA: Augmented Human Assistance” project, funded by the CMU Portugal Program.
Research Interests: Serious games with Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI) for stroke rehabilitation.
  
Catarina Souto Ferreira 
 

Catarina Souto Ferreira 
Faculdade de Ciências of the Universidade do Porto (FCUP)

Semester: Summer'15
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: André Platzer (CS) and João Martins, Dual degree Ph.D. student
Sponsor in Portugal: Ana Paula Gomes Tomás (FCUP)

Main goals of the UIP:  To study a single-controller logic in Cyber-Physical Systems and to demonstrate its capabilities in some case studies with important safety requirements, which involves to model these case studies and to prove that these models are safe.
Research Interests: Logic, Proof Systems, Software Verification.


José Fonseca
Faculdade de Engenharia of the Universidade do Porto (FEUP)
 
Semester: Summer'15
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Jeyanandh Paramesh (ECE)
Sponsor in Portugal: José Machado da Silva (FEUP)
Main goals with the UIP: Collaboration in the design of the Wideband Mixer/Amplifier and the Time-to-digital converter blocks of an All-Digital Phase-Locked Loop aimed for Frequency Synthesizers with high spectral purity and fine frequency resolution. This is an on-going project whose details can be seen here.
Research interests: Mixed-Signal and RF Electronics design; Digital Signal Processing; Digital Systems design and validation.
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Miguel Silva
Faculdade de Ciências of the Universidade do Porto (FCUP)
Semester: Summer'15
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Frank Pfenning (CS)
Sponsor in Portugal: António Mário Florido (FCUP)
Main goals with the UIP: To add an explicit reasoning component to COIL, adding a layer of logical contract specifications which serves a dual purpose: on one hand they can be used to reason about the correctness of distributed code, and on the other hand they can be used to dynamically check adherence to the contracts by untrusted parties.
Research interests: Semantics of Programming Languages, Type Systems.

Spring'15

 
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Artur Balanuta
Instituto Superior Técnico of the Universidade de Lisboa (IST/UL)
 
Semester: Spring'15
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Anthony Rowe (ECE)
Sponsor in Portugal: Ricardo Pereira (IST/UL)
Main goals with the UIP: To increase knowledge in embedded systems, wireless mesh networks, building automation systems and to further develop the product created during the MsC thesis by leveraging the expertise gained in the DoE funded Mort.io project at CMU. 
Research interests: Wireless Mesh Networks, Sensor Networks, Building Automation Systems, Distributed Systems.

Bernardo Cardoso
Faculdade de Engenharia of the Universidade do Porto (FEUP)
 
Semester: Spring'15
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Xin Lin (ECE)
Sponsor in Portugal: Vítor Grade Tavares (FEUP/INESC TEC)
Main goals with the UIP: To get acquainted with best practices in research, to participate in research activities within the project “Hardware architecture and design for scene recognition”, to be in contact with other forms of organization, teaching/learning at a top American university.

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César Carpinteiro
Faculdade de Engenharia of the Universidade do Porto (FEUP)
 
Semester: Spring'15
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Shawn Blanton (ECE)
Sponsor in Portugal: José Machado Silva (FEUP/INESC TEC)
Main goals with the UIP: To collaborate in the development of a SLIC (statistical learning in clip)-based test and diagnostics methodology for ensuring that aging and wearout is minimized over the lifetime of the system.

Francisco Torres
Faculdade de Engenharia of the Universidade do Porto (FEUP)
 
Semester: Spring'15
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Shawn Blanton (ECE)
Sponsor in Portugal: Vitor Grade Tavares (FEUP/INESC TEC)
Main goals with the UIP: Get acquainted with good practices in research, to deepen the knowledge of the field of design analog integrated circuits, and to be in contact with other forms of organization, teaching/learning at a top American University.
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João da Silva Martins
Faculdade de Engenharia of the Universidade do Porto (FEUP)
 
Semester: Spring'15
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Xin Li (ECE)
Sponsor in Portugal: Vitor Grade Tavares (FEUP/INESC TEC)
Main goals with the UIP: To get acquainted with best practices in research, to participate in research activities within the project “Energy-efficient hardware implementation for compressive sensing”, and to be in contact with other forms of organization, teaching/learning at a top American university. 
Research interests: Microelectronics, Bioengineering and Multimedia.
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Beatriz Quintino Ferreira
Instituto Superior Técnico of the Universidade de Lisboa (IST/UL)
 
Semester: Spring'15
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Manuela Veloso (CS)
Sponsor in Portugal: João Paulo Costeira (IST-UL)
Main goals with the UIP: To combine the vision capabilities of Google Glass (a wearable smart-device) and Baxter (an industrial robot) with available sensor networks aiming at an integrated deployment of a hybrid localization system in an indoor scenario, such as factory floor.
Research interests: Localization, Computer Vision, and Optimization.

  
Renato Negrinho
Instituto Superior Técnico of the Universidade de Lisboa (IST/UL)
 
Semester: Spring'15
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Noah A. Smith (CS)
Sponsor in Portugal: André Martins (Priberam) and Mário Figueiredo (IST-UL/IT)
Main goals with the UIP: To devise methods for the identification of multiword expressions with the goal of improving the performance of natural language processing systems. 
Research interests: Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Optimization.
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Rui Teixeira Silva
Instituto Superior Técnico of the Universidade de Lisboa (IST/UL)
 
Semester: Spring'15
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Manuela Veloso (CS)
Sponsor in Portugal: Francisco Saraiva Melo (IST-UL/INESC-ID)
Main goals with the UIP: My main research interests revolve around the use of machine learning algorithms in the development of autonomous robots for complex tasks. Most recently I have been working with quadcopters, which present challenging problems in the fields of control and perception due to the lack of precision of their sensors. Previously, my research focused different fields, namely data processing and information extraction, and computer networks.
Research interests: The use of machine learning algorithms in the development of autonomous robots for complex tasks.
 

Summer'14

 

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Albert Linde
Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT/UNL)
 
Semester: Summer'14
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Umut A. Aca (CS)
Sponsor in Portugal: Rodrigo Rodrigues (UNL)
Main goals with the UIP: To contribute to the design and implementation of a distributed self-adjusting computation engine being currently under development at CMU. 

 Mariana Oliveira
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Mariana Oliveira
Faculdade de Ciências of the Universidade do Porto (FCUP)
 
Semester: Summer'14
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: J. Zico Kolter (CS)
Sponsor in Portugal: Luís Torgo (FCUP/INESC TEC)
 
Main goals with the UIP: To be involved in a research project that is building a web platform for a new material science database system.

Salomé Azevedo
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Salomé Azevedo
Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics (CLSBE)
 
Semester: Summer'14
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Pedro Ferreira (EPP)
Sponsor in Portugal: Pedro Oliveira (CLSBE)
Main goals with the UIP: To develop studies in the predisposition of patients to innovate, in order to find the best strategies to encourage society to find solutions beyond the medical and engineer research. 
Tiago Cardoso 
Tiago Cardoso
Faculdade de Engenharia of the Universidade do Porto (FEUP)
 
Semester: Summer'14
Host at Carnegie Mellon University: David Garlan (ISR)
Sponsor in Portugal: Rui Abreu (FEUP)
Main goals with the UIP:To research and improve the work that is currently being done by the ABLE group at CMU on "Formal Models for Time/Fidelity Trade-offs in Services Compositions.

Last update: May 2017

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The Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program is a platform for education, research and innovation that brings together Portuguese universities, research institutions and companies, and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). The partnership was launched in 2006, and was renewed for another five years until 2017. Its mission is to place Portugal at the forefront of innovation in key focused areas of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), by promoting cutting-edge research, world-class graduate education and a close collaboration with the Portuguese industry. Its activities are funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), supported by the Conselho de Reitores das Universidades Portuguesas (CRUP), and co-financed by business partners and by CMU.