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“Building The Future” 2024 Conference

 

The CMU Portugal Program joins again as partner of the “Building The Future” 6th edition, one of the main Portuguese annual Conferences on Digital Transformation, sponsored by Microsoft. 

Under the title “Unlocking Superpowers: The Fusion of Human Ingenuity and AI”, this year’s event will take place on February 21 and 22 onsite at Convento do Beato, and online. The Building the Future Conference brings together nationally and internationally renowned speakers, business decision-makers, members from the technological community, startups, entrepreneurs, and government. The full list of speakers is available here

“Building The Future” main mission is to empower people and companies through technology, always keeping an eye on the future. This year’s edition will revolve on the frontiers between human potential and artificial intelligence, promoting discussions, use cases and explorative sessions to unravel the strands where human and AI capabilities intertwine. The event will serve as a platform to discuss the dawn of an era marked by groundbreaking innovation and transformative discoveries. 

More information on the event’s website.

Online participation is available through this registration link.

CMU Portugal 2023 Doctoral Symposium

Date: December 6 and 7, 2023
Locations: Culturgest, Lisbon (Portugal) and Scott Hall, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (USA)

The CMU Portugal 2023 Doctoral Symposium will run onsite simultaneously in Lisbon (Culturgest) and CMU (Scott Hall) gathering the  CMU Portugal community, including students, researchers, faculty, partners from Industry, non-corporate entities, and Institutions of the Portuguese R&D System that are a key part of the Program.

The CMU Portugal 2023 Doctoral Symposium serves as a platform for the engagement of CMU Portugal Dual Degree Ph.D. candidates, Affiliated Ph.D. candidates, and all Ph.D. candidates conducting their research within the framework of CMU Portugal Research Projects, including ERPs and Large-Scale projects.

Its primary objective is to foster a collaborative and supportive community among Ph.D. candidates, offering a unique opportunity for participants to present their research plans and engage in insightful discussions with their peers

Students’  Presentations:

CMU Portugal Dual Ph.D. candidates, Affiliated Ph.D. candidates, and all Ph.D. candidates conducting their research within the framework of CMU Portugal will present their research in a 10-minute presentation or poster format.

    • Posters: Students in their 1st and 2nd years will exhibit their research plans and preliminary results through poster presentations. These posters will be featured in print at the Lisbon venue and electronically on the CMU Portugal website.
    • Oral presentations
      Students in their 3rd year of Ph.D. and beyond will give 10-minute presentations showcasing their ongoing work. These presentations will run simultaneously in Lisbon during the afternoon and at CMU in the morning on both days, with live streaming bridging the two locations.

Engaging Sessions:

  • December 6th, AM, in person, Lisbon:
    • Poster Session – A time slot will be dedicated to engaging with the posters presented by 1st and 2nd-year students.
    • Roundtable “The CMU Portugal Ph.D. Experience” fostering the exchange of experiences within the CMU Portugal context, bridging Portuguese universities and Carnegie Mellon.

December 7th, AM, in person, Lisbon:

    • Training sessions: “Entrepreneurship for Scientists” and “Making Great Presentations.”

More information on the Symposium website and full agenda here.

Encontro Ciência 2023: “FCT International Partnerships: Building bridges across the Atlantic”

On July 5th, the CMU Portugal Program will host, along with the MIT Portugal Program and UT Austin Portugal, the “FCT International Partnerships: Building bridges across the Atlantic” Session at the 2023 Encontro Ciência Summit. This year’s edition will take place at 2:30 pm, Sala de Actos, Universidade de Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago.

The discussion will focus on the impact of the FCT GO Portugal International partnerships with the US institutions of Carnegie Mellon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Texas at Austin.

The session aims to discuss and showcase the existing collaborations and bridges formed through these partnerships to promote the internationalization of Portuguese scientific and higher education institutions, boost the competitiveness of Portuguese companies, and facilitate the mobility and development of highly skilled individuals. The session will begin with an open discussion involving stakeholders from the three programs. Following that, a showcase of three flagship projects will exemplify the outcomes and achievements resulting from these partnerships.

To attend the event, registration is required, and it can be done for free through the Encontro Ciência website.

Agenda:

2.30pm: Opening remarks and Overview Video – “Two decades ago, three bridges rose over the Atlantic, connecting Portugal and the United States of America: the story of FCT’s International Partnerships.”

2.45pm: Roundtable – “Bridges connect places, shorten distances, break down barriers and bring people closer together: how was my experience as a beneficiary of FCT’s International partnerships?”

With the participation of:

  • Nuno Nunes, Co-Director of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Progra
  • Pedro Arezes, Co-Director of MIT Portugal Program
  • José Manuel Mendonça, National Director of the UT Austin Portugal Program
  • Petia Georgieva, University of Aveiro
  • Eunice Costa, Hovione 
  • Jorge Sá Silva, University of Coimbra

3.10pm: Q&A

3.20pm: Project Presentations – “These bridges offered various but unique pathways for talented and bold people, disruptive ideas and scientific knowledge to circulate and mature: what are the outcomes of our collaborative work?”

With the participation of:

  • Carlos Viegas, University of Coimbra, SAFEFOREST Project 
  • Inês Lynce,  Co-Director of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program
  • Eduardo Pereira, University of Minho, K2D Project
  • Doug Hart, co-Director of the MIT Portugal Program at MIT
  • Tiago Hormigo – Spin.Works S.A – uPGRADE Project
  • José Manuel Mendonça, National Director of the UT Austin Portugal Program

3.50 pm: Q&A
4pm: Closing remarks

About Encontro Ciência:
“Encontro Ciência” is the major Science Conference organized by the Portuguese Government through the Ministry of Science Technology and Higher Education (MCTES) and Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia(FCT). It is held annually to highlight Portugal’s main achievements in science and technology.

Bauhaus of the Sea Sails Kickoff Event

The Bauhaus of the Seas Sails project’s official kickoff event will take place on February 1-2, 2023, in Lisbon. The event will be hosted by Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), the Municipality of Lisbon (CML) and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the project’s local partners. The CMU Portugal Program is also one of the supporters of this initiative, led by its National Codirector, Nuno Nunes.

This two-day event aims to launch the project among the consortium members and showcase the new initiative to local and international audiences interested in Bauhaus of the Sea Sails. The project was one of the six selected projects by the European Commission under the call for the development of ‘lighthouse demonstrators‘ of the New European Bauhaus (NEB).

The first day (February 1) will take place at Factory Lisbon in Hub Criativo do Beato, with an institutional welcome by local hosts and artistic performance. The afternoon will count on local showcases consisting of short, interactive presentations.

The second day (February 2) at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation will introduce the concept of “drops” – concrete activities and experiments within the project to engage local communities on a sustainable, fair, and appealing transition.

Draft agenda

Day 1 – Wednesday, February 1 – Factory Lisbon (Hub Criativo do Beato)

9 – 9.30 – Welcome by Coordinators team – Nuno Jardim Nunes (PI) and Mariana Pestana (Co-PI)
9.30 – 10.00 – Welcome speeches “Starting the journey in Portugal”
10.00 -11.00 – Opening performance “A Metabolic Procession” by artists Evy Jokhova and Jamie Allen
11.00 – 11.30 – Teresa Valsassina Heitor, Professor of Architecture, Instituto Superior Técnico
11.30 – 12.00 -Jorge Brito, Professor of Civil Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico

Break

14.30 – 16.00 – Local Context Showcases on 3D printing, regenerative cultures with local architects, engineers, and curators
16.30 – 17.30 – Workshops (for consortium only)

Day 2 – Thursday, February 2 – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

9.30 – 13.00 Morning session – Introduction to the “drops” activities and experiments designed to engage local communities on a sustainable, fair, and appealing transition with two streams “Connecting” and “Designing”

Break

14.00 – 19.00 Workshops (for consortium only)

The Bauhaus of the Seas, as «marhaus» (literally «the sea as our home») or «baumar» («the sea as a space for creation and impact entrepreneurship»), aims to promote renewed ethical and aesthetic regenerative development from a widely diverse range of dimensions of our continued relationship with the sea. Conceived as a journey with Portugal as a starting point, the Bauhaus of the Seas will generate a design movement that will extend to all coastal and maritime regions in Europe.

The project Bauhaus of the Seas Sails, which counts on CMU Portugal’s institutional support, was awarded approximately €5 million by the European Commission. Scientists, Artists, Architects, and Local Communities will work together to pursue the broad Vision of the New Bauhaus of the Seas, an initiative led by CMU Portugal National Codirector Nuno Nunes to demonstrate and archive solutions for climate neutrality with a particular focus on coastal cities as an interface to healthy seas, ocean and water bodies. With a network of 18 organizations across six European countries, the Project will be led Instituto Superior Técnico in Portugal.

The Bauhaus of the Seas Sails project will demonstrate and archive solutions for climate neutrality with a particular focus on coastal cities as an interface to healthy seas, ocean and water bodies envisioning a triangle of sustainability, inclusion and design focused on the most important global natural space.

More information on the initiative website.

 

 

“Building The Future” Conference

The CMU Portugal Program is one of the partners of the 5th edition of “Building The Future”, one of the main Portuguese Conferences on Digital Transformation, sponsored by Microsoft .

The event will take place on January 25th and 26th, 2023, bringing together nationally and internationally renowned speakers, business decision-makers, members from the technological community, startups, entrepreneurs, and government. The full list of speakers is available here

“Building The Future” main mission is to empower people and companies through technology, always keeping an eye on the future. With this goal in mind, this year’s edition will revolve around the Chaos Theory. In a time profoundly affected by post-pandemic challenges, inflation, threats of economic recession, war, energy and climate crises, the event will focus on new opportunities that may arise, bringing the attention to the power of technology as a driving force for change. 

More information on the event’s website.

Online participation is free through this registration link.
For further information: hello@buildingthefuture.pt

CMU Portugal Summit 2022 I New Frontiers in Tech

 

The CMU Portugal  Conference is a privileged moment for discussing cutting-edge topics in ICT, related to the scope of the Program. This year, under the theme “New Frontiers in Tech”, the Summit will bring together on November 9 and 10 in Lisbon, at Factory Lisbon (Hub Criativo do Beato), experts from Portuguese universities, Carnegie Mellon University, and companies to present ICT research progress in areas as diverse as Health, Forests, Security, Artificial Intelligence, Language Technologies, Machine learning, among others.

This two-day meeting will be a platform to explore the many opportunities offered within the scope of the international partnership for research collaborations and training programs in ICT at top Portuguese Universities, companies, and across CMU departments.

Portuguese and CMU researchers and industry representatives will lead the conversations around exciting topics such as:

  • Mobilizing agendas for business innovation;
  • Improving machine learning and applications in healthcare;
  • AI for extracting value from data;
  • Understanding conversations to improve productivity;
  • From the edge to the cloud.

The CMU Portugal Summit 2022 will have as one of its key moments a Ph.D. Student’s Poster Session that will take place on both days and enable students affiliated with the Dual Degree Ph.D. Programs, Affiliated Ph.D. Programs or CMU Portugal research projects to showcase their Ph.D. research to the Summit attendees. The submitted posters will be printed and displayed at the event, and will also be available on the event’s website.

More information including the preliminary agenda available on the Conference’s website.

 

Ciência 2022: CMU Portugal at the annual Science and Technology Summit in Portugal

The CMU Portugal Program will host on May 16th the session “Knowledge Creation and Talent Development under the CMU Portugal Program” at the Summit “Encontro Ciência 2022” that will take place onsite at the Centro de Congressos de Lisboa. This year, the Program will also have an exhibition stand at the venue with Demos from 3 CMU Portugal projects.

In this year’s session, the discussion will be focused on the contribution of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program to promote and support world-class educational initiatives between Portuguese Universities and Carnegie Mellon University. Through dual-degree and affiliated Ph.D. programs, CMU Portugal offers Ph.D. candidates the unique opportunity to study and develop research at CMU, participate in groundbreaking research projects, and collaborate closely with leading ICT companies.

The session will start with a presentation by the CMU Portugal Program Director Inês Lynce offering an overview of CMU Portugal Educational Initiatives since its beginning in 2006 followed by the testimonies of five Ph.D. candidates and alumni. At the end there will be time for a 15 minutes discussion. 

The session will be live steamed through the Event’s website.

From May 16 to 18, CMU Portugal will have an exhibition stand at the venue with Project Demos, showcasing one different project per day.

CMU Portugal Ciência 2022 Brochure. 

Session: “Knowledge Creation and Talent Development under the CMU Portugal Program” I
15h30 – 17h00 – Auditorium 2

Opening and Overview of CMU Portugal Program Knowledge Educational initiatives throughout the years
Inês Lynce, CMU Portugal, National Co-Director

CMU Portugal Ph.D. and Alumni: sharing different experiences under the Program

Moderators: Inês Lynce (CMU Portugal / INESC ID/ Técnico) and João Magalhães (FCT UNL)

Panelists:
Alex Gaudio,
CMU Portugal Ph.D. candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering at FEUP and CMU
John Mendonça, CMU Portugal Affiliated Ph.D. candidate in Language Technologies at Técnico
Maria Casimiro, Dual Degree Ph.D. candidate in Software Engineering at Técnico/INESC ID and CMU
Susana Brandão, CMU Portugal Alumnus in ECE and currently Lead Data Scientist at Feedzai
Zita Marinho, CMU Portugal Alumnus in Computer Science (Robotics) and currently Research Scientist at DeepMind

  • Final Discussion

Project Demonstrations:

May 16: SAFEFOREST, developing a way to control and reduce large forest fires
The Safeforest project is developing an advanced robotic system for Forest Cleaning and Fire Prevention.  The project intends to develop semi-autonomous mobile platforms that can execute a land clearing mission to drastically reduce costs associated with the maintenance of private or public forests, plus control and reduce the propagation of large forest fires.

Promoter: INGENIARIUS
Industrial Co-Promoter: SILVAPOR
Academic Co-promoters: ISR Coimbra and ADAI
CMU: Robotics Institute

May 17: iFetch, creating a new generation of task-oriented conversational agents
The iFetch project proposes to deliver a new generation of task-oriented conversational agents that interact and support users seamlessly using verbal and visual information. This innovative project will allow interaction with consumers through a multimodal interface, providing an experience close to the one you have in a physical store.

Promoter: FARFETCH
Academic Co-promoters: FCT NOVA and Instituto Superior Técnico
CMU: Language Technologies Institute

May 18: MAIA, enabling chats to develop multilingual conversations
The MAIA project will develop a multilingual conversational platform, supported by machine translation and dialogue systems, where AI agents assist human agents. This approach will overcome the limitations of existing customer service.

Promoter: UNBABEL
Academic Co-promoters: Instituto de Telecomunicações and INESC-ID
CMU: Language Technologies Institute

 

About Encontro Ciência:
“Encontro Ciência” is the major Science Conference organized by the Portuguese Government through the Ministry of Science Technology and Higher Education (MCTES) and Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia(FCT). It is held annually in Lisbon to highlight the main achievements in science and technology in Portugal. 

More at: https://www.encontrociencia.pt/2022/

31º Digital Business Congress by APDC with the participation of Inês Lynce

The 31º Digital Business Congress of APDC – Associação Portuguesa para o Desenvolvimento das Comunicações (Portuguese Association for the Development of Communications)  will take place in Lisbon between May 11 and 12 under the theme “Tech and Economics: The Way Forward” . On the afternoon of the 11th, CMU Portugal National Co-Director Inês Lynce will be part of the panel “Get Future Ready: Innovation Trends for Your Radar”.

The Conference will reflect on how economies can recover in the post-covid era and face the recent challenges placed by the war in Europe, fosusing on the impact of new technologies and their meaning for humanity.

The event will take place in a mixed format and will be live-streamed from the Amphitheater of the School of Dental Medicine from Universidade de Lisboa. 

More at the APDC Conference website and lin to the registration form.

 

Ciência 2021: CMU Portugal at the annual Science and Technology Summit in Portugal

The CMU Portugal Program will host on June 28th between 3:30pm and 5:00pm the session “The contribution of the CMU Portugal international partnership for the high-tech ecosystem in Portugal” in a mixed format with live broadcast. In this session, the discussion will focus on the contribution of the Program to the high tech ecosystem, by inviting representatives from Unicorn companies that have started as startups under the Program, that are currently Large Scale Collaborative projects promoters or/and Affiliated partners.

 

The session will start with a presentation by the CMU Portugal program Directors offering an overview of Industry participation under the Program since its beginning in 2006. In 2020, 12 new ICT projects started involving some of the major Portuguese ICT companies as promoters namely three Unicorn Companies: Farfetch, Outsystems and Feedzai. In addition, 2021 was also he year where CMU Portugal saw two of its startup companies, Feedzai and MAMBU, surpass the  $1 billion value mark. 

 Agenda

CMU Portugal Session: “The contribution of the CMU Portugal international partnership for the high-tech ecosystem in Portugal”

  • 5’ – Welcome: – Inês Lynce, CMU Portugal National Co-director (onsite)
  • 10’ – Launch of the new Video of the 12 CMU Portugal Large Scale Collaborative Projects 
  • 10’ – Overview of Industrial involvement and outcomes under the CMU Portugal Program throughout the years José Fonseca de Moura, CMU Portugal Director at CMU
  • 50’ – Discussion panel: CMU Portugal Program contribution to the Portuguese Ecosystem
    Moderator: Inês Lynce and Nuno Nunes, CMU Portugal National Co-Directors (onsite)
  • Panel members:
    Farfetch – Luís Carvalho (remote)
    Feedzai – Pedro Bizarro (onsite)
    Mambu – Sofia Nunes (remote)
    Outsystems – João Abril de Abreu (onsite)
  • 10’– Final questions
  • 5’ – Closing remarks: Inês Lynce and Nuno Nunes, CMU Portugal National Co-Directors (onsite)
“Encontro Ciência 2020” is a major Science Conference organized by the Portuguese Government through the Ministry of Science Technology and Higher Education (MCTES) and Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia(FCT). It is held annually in Lisbon to highlight the main achievements in science and technology in Portugal. This year, the event will have online and in-person participants.