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Encontro Ciência 2024: Collaborative projects within the scope of Portugal’s partnerships with CMU, MIT and UTAustin

On July 3rd, the CMU Portugal Program will host, along with the MIT Portugal Program and UT Austin Portugal, the session “Collaborative projects under FCT’s international partnerships with CMU, MIT and UTAustin” at the 2024 Encontro Ciência Summit. This year’s edition will take place at 2:30 pm, D. Maria Hall of Centro de Congressos da Alfândega do Porto.

The CMU Portugal session will highlight innovative initiatives and partnerships established within the Program to address critical challenges. These include contributions to talent development within its unique ecosystem  and to academic and industrial innovation and entrepreneurship 

14.35 -Welcome Notes and Session Background: Brief Retrospective on FCT’s International Partnerships| José Manuel Mendonça, National Director, UT Austin Portugal

14:45 – Panel I -International Partnerships and Talent Development
Moderation: Inês Lynce (National Co-Director Nacional CMU Portugal)

  • CMU Portugal – Lia Patrício (FEUP | INESC TEC | CMU Portugal)
  • MIT Portugal – Nelson Costa ( Universidade do Minho| MIT Portugal)
  • UT Austin Portugal  – Mariana Miranda (INESC TEC,  UT Austin Portugal) 

15: 20 – Panel II – International Partnerships and their Contribution to Scientific and Technological-Based Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Moderation: Pedro Arezes (National Diretor MIT Portugal)

  • CMU Portugal – Pedro Oliveira (Dean, NOVA SBE)
  • MIT Portugal – Simão Soares (CEO, SilicoLifel)
  • UT Austin Portugal – Rosa Romero (CEO, Sphere Ultrafast Photonics)

Additionally 8 CMU Portugal Ph.D. students will present their work in an e-poster format that will soon be available on the conference’s virtual gallery. These will be:  Cláudia Mamede (FEUP), Diogo Silva (FCT NOVA), Francisco Neves (FCT NOVA), Manuel Carneiro (Universidade de Coimbra), Maria Eduarda Andrada (Universidade de Coimbra), Marta Freitas (Universidade de Coimbra), Sofia Ferraz (FEUP) e Tamás Karácsony (FEUP).

The calendar for the sessions is available here. To attend the event, registration is required, through the Encontro Ciência website.

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.

Invited Talk on Gender Balance: Breaking Barriers in Technology by Jeria Quesenberry (CMU) – Porto

On June 28th 2024, from 14:30 to 16:30, the CMU Portugal Program in collaboration with INESC TEC and the Diversity and Inclusion Commission, will host the Invited Talk on  Gender Balance “Breaking Barriers in Technology: Women in Computing at Carnegie Mellon and Global Perspectives” by Jeria Quesenberry, from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).

Jeria Quesenberry is the Associate Dean of Faculty in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and a Teaching Professor of Information Systems at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on cultural influences in the technology field, with particular emphasis on social inclusion, broadening participation, career values, organizational interventions, and work-life balance. She is the co-author of the book “Kicking Butt in Computer Science: Women in Computing at Carnegie Mellon University”. 

 

Agenda
June 28th | INESC TEC (Auditorium A)

14:30  – Welcome Words by Maria da Graça Barbosa, Member of the Executive Board of INESC TEC – Institute for Systems and Computing Engineering, Technology and Science

14:45 – Presentation by Jeria Quesenberry (CMU)

15:30 – Discussion “Working Towards Gender Balance in STEM areas – sparking the conversation at INESC TEC”

16:00 – Q&A

16:30 – End of session

To attend the event, registration is required via the form here

 

Invited Talk on Gender Balance: Breaking Barriers in Technology by Jeria Quesenberry (CMU) – Lisbon

On June 26th 2024, from 11 am to 1 pm, the CMU Portugal Program in collaboration with INESC-ID and the Gender Balance Group from Instituto Superior Técnico, will host the Invited Talk on  Gender Balance “Breaking Barriers in Technology: Women in Computing at Carnegie Mellon and Global Perspectives”, by Jeria Quesenberry from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).

Jeria Quesenberry is the Associate Dean of Faculty in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and a Teaching Professor of Information Systems at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on cultural influences in the technology field, with particular emphasis on social inclusion, broadening participation, career values, organizational interventions, and work-life balance. She is the co-author of the book “Kicking Butt in Computer Science: Women in Computing at Carnegie Mellon University”. 

The talk will be followed by a Roundtable discussion under the theme “Gender imbalance in STEM: the Portuguese academia experience”, with the participation of the Portuguese Secretary of State for Science, Ana Paiva.


Agenda
June 26th I Instituto Superior Técnico (Salão Nobre)

11:00  – Welcome Note

11:10  – Talk by Jeria Quesenberry – Associate Dean, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, CMU

11:40 – Q&A 

12:00 – Roundtable: “Gender imbalance in STEM: the Portuguese academia experience”

Participants: 

Moderator: Sara Sá – Science Writer,  INESC-ID 

Attendance is free upon registration here

ICSE 2024 Conference in Lisbon with Carol Smith (CMU) as keynote speaker

Carol J. Smith, AI Division Trust Lab Lead and a Principal Research Scientist at the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Software Engineering Institute, will be one of the keynote speakers at the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2024). 

The event, held from April 14th to 20th,  is one of the World main Software Engineering Conferences and will gather in Lisbon over 1500 Developers. In addition, this edition will have CMU Portugal Scientific Director Rui Maranhão  from Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto as Co-President. Supported by the CMU Portugal Program, Carol Smith will host the Talk “Trustworthy by Design” on the new challenges and opportunities brought by dynamic AI systems, on April 19th, at 9 am.

“Trustworthy by Design”

Abstract: The relatively recent public release of generative artificial intelligence (AI) systems has ignited a significant leap in awareness of the capabilities of AI. In parallel, there has been a recognition of AI system limitations and the bias inherent in systems created by humans. Expectations are rising for more trustworthy, human-centered, and responsible software connecting humans to powerful systems that augment their abilities. There are decades of practice designing systems that work with, and for humans, that we can build upon to face the new challenges and opportunities brought by dynamic AI systems.

Carol Smith is the AI Division Trust Lab Lead and a Principal Research Scientist at the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Software Engineering Institute. She leads research focused on development practices that result in trustworthy, human-centered, and responsible AI systems. Ms. Smith has been conducting research to improve the human experience with complex systems across industries for over 20 years. Since 2015 she has led research to integrate ethics and improve human experiences with AI systems, autonomous vehicles, and other complex and emerging technologies. Ms. Smith is recognized globally as a leading researcher and user experience advocate and has presented over 250 talks and workshops in over 40 cities around the world. Her writing can be found in publications from organizations including AAAI, ACM, and the UXPA, and she has taught courses and lectured at CMU and other leading institutions. Ms. Smith is currently an ACM Distinguished Speaker and a Working Group member of the IEEE P7008™ Standard. Ms. Smith holds a Master of Science degree in Human-Computer Interaction from DePaul University.

More about the event here

🔗 Keynote speakers
🔗 Article in Expresso with interview with Rui Maranhão

“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